The International Code Council (ICC) has established its first overseas office in Dubai. This is the group’s first major achievement in its larger effort to grow in the international marketplace, according to the announcement.

The Dubai office provides the opportunity to build on the ICC’s more than 25 years of work in building safety in the region. It will provide the organization with a local presence to build and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders and identify additional opportunities to provide products and services to building safety professionals in the region.

“The Code Council has always been dedicated to promoting resiliency and safety in the built environment on a global scale,” said Judy Zakreski, the ICC’s vice president of global services. “The Dubai office, our first outside the United States, is an exciting step forward in our mission of expanding delivery of products and services internationally.”

The Code Council recently sponsored the U.S. Commercial Service’s 2019 “Discover America” campaign in the United Arab Emirates. The campaign celebrates trade, investment and cultural ties between countries in the Gulf region and the United States.

“Sponsoring the ‘Discover America’ campaign was an important demonstration of the Code Council’s strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration and commitment to sharing our thought leadership with building professionals around the world,” said Code Council CEO Dominic Sims. “We look forward to growing our relationships with the communities of building professionals and government advocates in the Gulf region.”

Thomas Bruns, commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, adds, “The Code Council is an excellent partner to the U.S. Commercial Service and we are grateful for its leadership in making this year’s Discover America campaign a tremendous success. We look forward to supporting the new office in Dubai and to strengthening our partnership and the U.S.-UAE cultural and commercial relationship.”