Gulf and sub-Saharan Africa trade
10 November 2012 Last updated at 14:59 GMT
With a population of 800m people and predicted 5% annual GDP growth, sub-Saharan Africa is touted as a market with great potential for businesses.
As a traditional trading hub, the UAE is seeing a rise in the number of Africans coming and setting up firms that do business with their homelands - or even simply to cater for this African influx.
But are there really enough serious opportunities? And do the region's long-established traders from places like India not have the market in trade sewn up?
Simon Atkinson reports.