Governor Rick Perry today heads for the Middle East to help dedicate a Texas A&M-related engineering facility in Qatar.
His wife, Anita, is going along.
Perry also will meet with government officials and private companies in the region to promote investments in Texas.
The itinerary includes stops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The Perrys also will visit Texas troops stationed in the Middle East.
They return March 21st.
The new half-a (M) million square foot engineering facility in Education City is on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar. The project involves Qatar and A&M -- Perry's alma mater.
The state's non-profit group dedicated to business development -- called Texas One -- will pay the travel costs of the Perrys.