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publié le 11 September 2010

World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, 26-28 October Marrakech

[#The 2010 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa will take place on 26-28 October in Marrakech, in partnership with the Government of Morocco.#]

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Under the theme "Purpose, Resilience and Prosperity", the meeting will gather the foremost leaders from business, government and civil society to renew the region’s growth and development strategies in the context of pressing global risks, including oil price volatility, water scarcity and migration.

Particular attention will be paid to sovereign wealth and its heightened focus on regional engagement in such pivotal areas as renewables, health and social systems, infrastructure development and technology readiness.

The prospects of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in view of new modalities for trade and investment across the Mediterranean and with sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the region’s evolving relationships with the United States and Asia.
#]
The programme of the meeting will revolve around three core workstreams:
Regional Responses to Global Risks
Unlocking Sustainable Growth
North Africa: New Business Geographies

Co-Chairs
Anass Alami, Director-General, Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion (CDG), Morocco
Shyam Sunder Bhartia, Chairman and Managing Director, Jubilant Bhartia Group, India
Brian Duperreault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC), USA
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan Alliance (France and Japan), France; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum
Lubna S. Olayan, Deputy Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer; Olayan Financing Company, Saudi Arabia; Chair, Arab Business Council
David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group, USA

WEF

publié le 30 May 2013

Arab Business Club 2nd Annual Banking and Finance Event

The 2nd Annual Banking and Finance Event will bring together the Arab Business Owners, C Level Management of Companies within Banking, Finance, and Investments in Banks and Stock Markets.

The program for the 2013 Banking and Finance Event is designed to focus on important current issues in banking and finance.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date: June 17, 2013
Venue: Dubai, UAE
Dress Code: Business or National Attire.

TARGET AUDIENCE: The event will be attended by members of the Arab Business Club and other C-Level executives, strictly by invitation. They will include CEOs, managers, business owners and top management executives from regional banks and financial institutions.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Interact with banking leaders from different financial institutions directly. Benefit from networking opportunities that can enhance your trading opportunities and build trustful relations. Discuss challenges, opportunities and the 2013 outlook for Banking and Financial Services Industry.

Explore the opportunities to market and promote your business to business people. Share experiences and present point of view with whole banking industry. Keep up-to-date with business opportunities and new banking technology trends.

EVENT PROGRAM:
7:00 P.M. Registration and Networking Event
8:00 P.M. Welcome Speech by Arab Business Club President, Mr. Hamdan Mohamed Al Morshedi
8:05 P.M. Speech by the Speech by: Mr. Jassem Al Baloushi, Head of Retail and Banking Group, Sharjah Islamic Bank, "Sharjah Islamic Bank;Improvements of Islamic Banking and Finance"
8:15 P.M. Speech by the Guest Speaker
8:25 P.M. Q & A from the attendees and media
8:30 P.M. Buffet Dinner and Networking
10:00 P.M End of the Event

Event link: http://arabbusinessclub.org/event/view/arab-business-club-2nd-banking-and-finance-event/

publié le 4 June 2010

Economic Leaders Summit, 3rd Invest in Med annual conference Barcelona, June 3 and 4

[# On June 3 and 4, in Barcelona, the Euro-Mediterranean business community, together with the business supporting organisations will gather to prepare the private sector recommendations to the political leaders of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)#]

[#Following the very successful « Med Business Days" organised in 2008 in Marseille (France) and the Athens Euro-Mediterranean Business Forum "Bridging the Mediterranean" organised in 2009 in the framework of the Invest in Med (1) programme, the private sector will meet in Barcelone for the Mediterranean Economic Leaders Summit and the 3rd Invest in Med annual conference?
This Summit, under the slogan « Taking the initiative: shaping the UfM » is organised by ANIMA, ASCAME, BusinessEurope, BusinessMed and Eurochambres, with the support of the Catalan government and the financing of the Invest in Med programme.
Over 400 representatives of public and private authorities of the region, investors, business networks and enterprises will actively take part into working sessions dedicated the UfM initiatives and the related business opportunities, meet to develop partnerships and investments, shape socially responsible investment. They will also discover a toolkit to facilitate business and investments in the Mediterranean.
The two days will also allow to present the state of play of Invest in Med, the EU co-funded programme with acts for Mediterranean SMEs thanks to the mobilisation of about 300 field operators, all members of the MedAlliance (economic development organizations, CCi and business federations, as well as their special partners) who are dedicated to boost foreign investments, sustainable economic relations and smart partnerships between Euro-Mediterranean SMEs.

48 very concrete pilot initiatives have been selected and financed by the programme to develop investment and business partnerships in market niches.

Invest in Med is setting up one operation every two working days over the three year period, contributing to reinforce strategic sectors for the development of the region. 9,000 key players (including 5,000 enterprises) have benefited from these actions and the programme is already generating directly over 900 enterprise partnerships.
"Invest in Med is the success story of a business community willing to take charge of its present and its future" Rachid Mohamed Rachid, Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry says.
"Invest in Med is definitely contributing to a better understanding between Mediterranean leaders. It is essential to develop our businesses." Hassan Laaziri adds, CEO of CDG Capital Private Equity (Morocco).
Invest in Med key figures:

  • 284 economic field operators from Europe and the Mediterranean
  • 48 initiatives to contribute to the strategic business sectors for the Mediterranean
  • Over 350 Invest in Med operations between 2008 and 2011, among which:
    • 68 operations to move on with the environment
    • 67 operations to develop logistics, distribution and supply
    • 48 operations to promote entrepreneurship chains
  • 7,800 B2B meetings
  • 5,000 companies involved
  • 1,000 partnerships identified
  • 4,200 people trained
  • 43 studies
  • 1,000+ press articles, and over 60,000 web references

To discover the Invest in Med challenges and success stories click here

(1) The Invest in Med programme aims at developing sustainable trade relationships, investments and enterprise partnerships between the two rims of the Mediterranean. Funded at 75% by the European Union over the 2008-2011 period, it is implemented by the MedAlliance consortium, which associates economic development organisations (ANIMA, leader of the programme), CCIs (ASCAME, EUROCHAMBRES), and business federations (BUSINESSMED). The members of these networks, as well as their special partners (UNIDO, GTZ, EPA Euroméditerranée, World Bank, etc.), gather a thousand of economic actors - mobilised through pilot initiatives centered on key Mediterranean promising niches. Each year, a hundred operations associate the 27 countries of the European Union and 9 Mediterranean partner countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria and Tunisia.#]

www.invest-in-med.eu

publié le 15 March 2011

Kuwait Oil and Gas Summit & Exhibition 2011, 4-5 April 2011

[#The Kuwait Oil & Gas Summit & Exhibition will bring together senior decision makers in the Kuwait and international oil and gas industry to highlight the opportunities and challenges of Kuwait energy in a global context, focusing on the development, diversification and growth of the economy.#]
http://www.cwckuwait.com/summit/index.aspx

publié le 20 May 2012

Qatar: al khaliji supports regional SME forum for second year in a row

Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC, in its unwavering commitment to local and regional Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), will provide support to the ‘2nd Middle Eastern SME Forum 2012’ to be held in Doha on the 28th and 29th of May 2012 at the Grand Hyatt.

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“SMEs are the economic backbones of most countries,” said Robin McCall, Group Chief Executive Officer at al khaliji. “As regional countries move towards diversification of their resources, the importance of supporting SMEs becomes more and more crucial.

Despite the GCC region’s strong entrepreneurial traditions and the large size of the Gulf SME sectors, they have not yet fully lived up to their potential of sustainable diversification and job creation.

The government of Qatar recognizes this in the state’s National Vision 2030, which calls for economic diversification in the next two decades and recognizes the role which private sector and SMEs continue to play in the development of Qatar. Our support of the forum is the sign of our commitment to the growth of the SME sector, and the development of the region’s economy as a whole.”

The ‘2nd Middle Eastern SME Forum 2012’ will be held under the auspices of Qatar’s Ministry of Business and Trade. The event will discuss opportunities and challenges for the SME sector, with local, regional, and global business leaders, including al khaliji executives, sharing their experiences and thoughts with a diverse audience. This year, the forum will tackle the importance of education and innovation in the development of the SME sectors, as well as mechanisms for supporting them. This is the second year that al khaliji has supported the forum on this high level.

“al khaliji has been providing unprecedented support the SME sector in Qatar, not only as a matter of principle, but as a matter of strategy,” continued McCall. “That is why we have been supporting this event since its inception a year ago. We are more than pleased to share our experiences with the attendees. Therefore, I encourage everyone with a stake in SMEs – entrepreneurs, business leaders, industrialists, government officials, and financial leaders - to attend and actively participate in what will definitely turn out to be a very interesting and rewarding debate.”

al khaliji’s support for the forum falls within the bank’s general corporate responsibility strategy that aims to support education, enhance business knowledge, and build awareness in the local community. For more information about al khaliji, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

about us

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to premium, business, corporate and international customers in Qatar, UAE and France.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 26.6 billion in total assets and QR 12.1 billion in customer deposits as of 31 March 2012.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services. 
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.#]

publié le 31 May 2013

1st Trilateral Conference France, India & Gulf countries

The Greater Paris investment Agency organize the first France, India & Gulf countries Trilateral Conference on Wednesday June 26 2013 .
The themed conference " Smart City§ E health" will be addressed to the top level political & business leaders.

Website: http://trilateralconference.net/

publié le 20 August 2010

2nd Annual Islamic Finance Paris, 28 september 2010

Following on from last year’s success, Euromoney Seminars’ 2nd Annual Islamic Finance Paris Summit offers the market an ideal opportunity to meet to examine the most pressing issues facing the industry in France, Europe and beyond. Join your peers in Paris, in September, to hear from senior Shariah scholars, investment and retail bankers, corporate borrowers, takaful providers, asset managers and institutional investors as they discuss the opportunities in Islamic finance in France as well as the hurdles to continued development of the French capital as a competitive hub for Islamic finance.

Islamic finance worldwide continues to offer a competitive and viable alternative to traditional forms of banking and finance. Considered ethical and socially responsible by investors and borrowers alike, the appeal of Islamic finance has, over the last decade, broadened beyond the traditional geographic confines of the Gulf and SE Asia. In France, Paris is poised to become Europe’s financial hub for Islamic finance, thanks to progressive amendments to legislation and regulation.

Featuring Euromoney’s renowned:

Open fatwa and Shariah audience discussion

In addition, at this year’s Islamic Finance Paris Summit, key issues to be discussed include:

  • Evaluating the viability of Islamic Finance worldwide and in Europe
  • A regulatory review: Paris, and France, as an Islamic financial hub for Europe
  • Evaluating the viability of French corporate sukuk issuance in light of recent regulatory change
  • Institutionalisation of Islamic banking and finance in Paris
  • Analysing how the recent TaHawwut (hedging) agreements influence business in France
  • For SMEs in France, how does Islamic finance compete with other forms of finance?
  • Can Islamic finance complement the conventional in French infrastructure and project finance?
  • Structured finance: Balancing innovation with permissibility
  • Unbundling Shariah compliance in the event of a default: How lessons from recent refinancings and restructurings in other markets can help in the development of France’s nascent Islamic finance industry
  • Investment solutions and returns: Channelling French assets into Islamic funds and products
  • Risk management in Islamic finance: Mitigating risks associated with Islamic Finance (asset liability, Shariah risk, liquidity risk)
  • Maximising business opportunities from the growing appetite for retail banking and takaful products


For more information contact Natasha Wood, nwood@euromoneyplc.com tel: +44 (0)20 7779 8547
For registration and marketing enquiries contact Tom Barnes, tbarnes@euromoneyplc.com tel: +44 (0)20 7779 8775
For speaking and sponsorship opportunities contact Siham Ammoura, sammoura@euromoneyplc.com tel: +44 (0)20 7779 8063

publié le 3 January 2014

2nd Bahrain retail fair opens from 2 to 5 january 2014

The four-day second Bahrain Retail Fair and Seminar opened today at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Nader Al Moayyed, Undersecretary for Trade, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, said Bahrain had witnessed a 10 per cent increase in floor space for exhibitions in 2013 over 2012. This pointed to exhibitions having a direct effect on the economy.
"The overall economic sentiment is turning more bullish as evidenced by the rise in number of commercial registrations," the undersecretary said. Abdulhameed Al Asfoor. Managing Director, AMG, said the auto sector was the new entry at this second edition. This resulted in a 30 per cent jump in overall floorspace, he added. He projected a 20,000 visitor count for the current edition.
Source: Bahraini News Agency (BNA)

publié le 3 June 2011

5th Middle East Energy Security Forum

[# The Fifth Middle East Energy Security Forum 2011 (MEESEC 2011) is the Middle East’s leading energy security forum- that reveals the latest strategies & technologies which can be implemented to effectively mitigate threats.#]

[#The Fifth Middle East Energy Security Forum 2011 (MEESEC 2011) is the Middle East’s leading energy security forum that reveals the latest strategies & technologies which can be implemented to effectively mitigate threats.

The conference will focus on regional security Hotspots, non-technical risks, next generation technology, security culture, onshore security, offshore security, risk management and security.

The event aims to emulate the success of its predecessors by strategically meeting the heavy demands on the energy security today.

Top industry leaders such as Nigel Carpenter, AMEC, Director - Group Security, John Meakin, BP, CISO & Director- Group Security, Dennis Amachree, Addax Petroleum, Country Security Manager, Kristiina Kangaspunta, UN Interrogational Crime & Justice Institute, Office –in-Charge, Ross Johnson, Capital Power Corp, Security Manager and many others will discuss the security management, risk mitigation, intelligence strategies & operational continuity and will also share the best practices in the industry related to energy security.

MEESEC 2011 is organized by Fleming Gulf Conferences which is named as one of the biggest names in business intelligence. The company has 5-year history of producing high quality, industry specific business events around the world and in the Middle East.

To know more details about 5th Middle East Energy Security Forum 2011, please click the link below:

http://www.fleminggulf.com/energy/middle-east/5th-middle-east-energy-security-forum#]

publié le 11 July 2010

Abu Dhabi: SIAL Middle East 22-24 November 2010

[#SIAL – a global business platform for all those involved in the food industry – retail, trade, manufacturing, catering, services and more.
A place where business and innovation meet.SIAL Middle East, the new addition to the SIAL Group is set to become your must attend event in the region.#]

[#Brought to you by the industries leading exhibition organisers in the world combined with the invaluable expertise and market knowledge of the organising team.

The trade only exhibition will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which is now regarded as the richest city in the world.

- * Middle East, despite economic downturn, remains a booming business & tourism destination – (passenger traffic grew by 18.1% in 2007, continue to grow at 7.1% up to 2015)
- * Middle East still holds its place as the fastest growing economy in the world
- * Middle East foodservice market now valued at $35billion
- * Over 600,000 new hotel rooms set to be available in MENA region from 2010 onwards
- * UAE ranks 4th in global retail index
- * Saudi Arabia – a $7 billion import market for food and agricultural products alone
- * Potential for agricultural production is limited – food imports will grow with the population throughout the GCC
- * Region is home to over 2billion consumers

The growing demands from the industry for professional B2B meeting points in the region, resulted in a launch of SIAL in the Middle East.

Focused on bringing together high profile buyers with manufacturers and serviceproviders from around the world, SIAL Middle East is set to become your must attend event in the region.#]


SIAL Midlle EAST

publié le 1 June 2014

al khaliji France Hosts an event with the French Business Community in Paris

Al Khaliji France S.A, a subsidiary of Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C recently hosted a networking business event at the bank’s Headquarters on the prestigious Avenue George V in Paris.

H.E Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani; the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to France honored Al Khaliji France with his presence along with H.E Sheikh Hamad Bin Faisal Bin Thani Al-Thani, Chairman and Managing Director of al khaliji Group and GCEO Robin McCall. The event was organized and hosted by Gilles Dermaux, General Manager of Al Khaliji France.
A number of French business dignitaries from various sectors were in attendance thus providing all attendees with a wonderful networking opportunity. The interactive event provided a unique platform for the French companies to meet with key officials of al khaliji bank.
The evening represented al khaliji’s commitment to France, and it was a great chance to strengthen the bank’s relationship with its preferred customer, colleagues, and VIP representatives of the French business community.

publié le 6 March 2011

ALUMINIUM DUBAI, 9-11 May 2011

[#ALUMINIUM DUBAI is the leading exhibition for aluminium products, technologies and investments in the Middle East and the most recent addition to Reed Exhibitions’ portfolio of aluminium events including ALUMINIUM INDIA, ALUMINIUM CHINA and ALUMINIUM in Germany.#]

[#ALUMINIUM DUBAI serves as a regional platform that brings together international industry leaders including aluminium producers, processors and manufacturers of raw materials and end products with aluminium components as well as suppliers of technologies and accessories for aluminium production, processing and refinement.

Launched in 2009, ALUMINIUM DUBAI is being held every two years. On its second edition, ALUMINIUM DUBAI 2011 will feature the Middle East and North African region’s fast growing role in the global aluminium industry as its highlights investment plans of new smelters and expansions of existing regional market players from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries.

ALUMINIUM DUBAI 2011 will also gather decision makers from companies operating in the GCC and MENA region that are involved in industries like manufacturing and processing, building and construction, packaging, hardware, automotive and transport, power transmission, factory and machinery production and metal & commodity markets#]


www.aluminium-dubai.com

publié le 1 March 2015

Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2015 to Highlight Investment Opportunities across SME sector

press release

Investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be a key topic of discussion at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2015, to be held from 30 March to 1 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai.

AIM 2015 will bring experts and officials from over 140 countries to discuss major topics related to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), mainly in SME sector.

HE Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy that organizes AIM 2015, says SMEs are the cornerstone of any economy, given their huge contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as employment generation. Hence, it is important to have extensive discussions on SMEs being an incubator for creativity and innovation.”

Speaking about SME scene in the UAE, Al Mansoori said: “SMEs have become a springboard for creativity and innovation, given their economic value addition. Many of the SMEs have grown rapidly attracting a variety of investments, as well as funds and governmental support through bodies like Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) and Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development.”

Al Mansouri said that SMEs are essential for accelerating innovation. An SME is established based on an idea, or as implementation of a patent, and keeps developing to become a productive entity. He added: “We support these institutions by providing facilities. This year’s edition of AIM aims to discuss this subject threadbare, and recommend solutions that would be beneficial to the macro interests of the economies in the world.”

SMEs are facing many obstacles, particularly on the funding side, which calls for increased investment. Participants at AIM 2015 will highlight the significance of boosting investments in such institutions, and ways to address barriers to financing, development and investments.

Mr. Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, AIM’s Organizing Committee, says: “The AIM agenda will include investments in general as well as FDI in SMEs and their integration with the overall financial system. It will also shed light on its financial obstacles and suggest solutions. We hope that AIM will come out with tangible results to strongly support this vital sector.”

The AIM program includes in-depth debates on patents and orientations of investments highlighting preferences of investors and host countries. It will highlight the views of governments, investors and owners of SMEs, with the goal of finding ideal solutions and ideas for developing this important sector.

SMEs have shorter establishment process for foreign investors, as they find ready entities for investments and promotion in large open markets.

“SMEs invest in areas that are not on the radar of bigger investors, and develop themselves to become pioneers with huge potential of further growth, especially if they find foreign markets to sell their products or services,” said Al Shezawi.

AIM 2015 will be held under the theme ‘Sustainable Development through FDI Induced Innovation and Technology Transfer’.

Some specialized reports reveal that SMEs play a key role in reducing unemployment, especially in some developing economies.

It should be noted that many of the SMEs have evolved and grown as a result of innovative ideas of its owners, especially young people. These startup companies are considered centers for innovation and creativity to support the economy, particularly as their activity is concerned with the needs of the community.

In addition to the challenges of financing, SMEs are facing obstacles related to selling in foreign markets, in light of competition from larger companies, or in light of obstacles preventing them from entering new markets.

Product development is also a challenge, since these facilities may lack the necessary mechanisms for developing its products, or they might lack expertise or market research, or lagging behind in technological advancement.

Lack of funding is one of the obstacles facing the SME sector, as they are unable to develop their products or expand business. Here is where the role of FDI comes in.

publié le 3 February 2015

Annual Investment Meeting 2015 focuses in Foreign Direct Investment based on Innovation and Technology Transfer to achieve sustainable development

press release

FDI Projects are key means to continue development of local skills and provide sustainable job opportunities says 5th AIM 2015

Dubai, UAE, 28 January 2015: The fifth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) organized by UAE ministry of Economy from 30 March - 1 April 2015 at the Dubai international Convention and Exhibition Center is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the theme "Sustainable Development through FDI Induced Innovation and Technology Transfer". This theme supports the national innovation policies in line with the comprehensive National Innovation Strategy of the UAE with the goal of making the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world within seven years. The strategy embraces in its first phase 30 national initiatives for achieving a top rank in innovation, especially after that the UAE was named the most innovative Arab nation in 2014.

HH Sheikh Mohammed remarked while announcing the strategy that innovation is driven by effective institutions, strong policies, specialised skills, and an economy where all sectors work together to discover new ways to conduct business. A flexible and creative economy based on a national culture of innovation is the fastest and most sustainable way to reinforce the UAE’s competitiveness on a global level.

The Dubai Strategy launched last December clearly lists the key drivers of sustainable development, the most important of them being innovation.

Today, the current annual investment in innovation is around AED14 billion in the UAE, of which AED7 billion goes to research and development; but spending is expected to rise significantly in the years to come.

Sustainable development means from a broad perspective, developing the right mix of economic, social and environmental policies for the present and future. However, foreseeing the future is not easy, and this is where the importance this year’s AIM’s theme is visible, as it relates to achieving sustainability through quality investments based on innovation and technology transfer.

A deeper look shows that we can spot the similarities between the developed and the developing economies. The developing countries seek to benefit from the expertise of the developed countries, as seen in the waves of economic development policies in Western Europe. The United Kingdom is a good example of this: it saw gradual decrease in industries of steel and coal in the seventies and eighties which has led to put in place a strategy based on FDI, which focused on attracting people of specific skills through the development of the manufacturing sector. The solution adopted at that time actually addressed that high surge in the unemployment rates in some parts of Britain, and it matched with the need for transferable skills to a huge number of laborers who used to commonly work in handicrafts.

With the gradual expansion in the European Union to the East and the priorities given to the developing regions, Eastern Europe benefited by providing a more competitive, skilled and supported laborers base, and Britain started priotising the promotion of what was known as "Knowledge Economy". This drive came generated more new jobs in the UK through collective skills available at that time.

In many cases, the developing economies benefit from this expertise because many of these countries depend on innovation and technology transfer as key drivers of national economic strategies.

The concept of Sustainable FDI is now more important than at any other time in history, because this approach not only attracts foreign investment but also leaves its impact on host countries that benefit from technology transfer through investment.

This topic is very important in the UAE, especially against the huge economic development seen in the past few years, which was largely driven by FDI.

Just as Britain has seen a drop in the competitiveness of its natural resources and manufacturing during the last decades and as a result it shifted its FDI policy, the UAE which also used to depend heavily on its oil reserves moved towards diversifying its economy and thus succeeded in becoming the trade, services, logistics, finance and tourism hub of the region.

The UAE has a far sighted vision and it values the concept that continuous development of services, manufacturing should be based on technology and innovation to be sustainable.

The UAE has ambitions to become the leading technological hub in Europe, Middle East and Africa and to accomplish this it needs technology transfer that FDI can provide. The UAR FDI-driven economic strategy attracted higher quality and value added investments and policy makers are now more aware of the importance of developing local skills and nurturing them not only through FDI but also through proactive internal innovation.

AIM 2015 is rooting for a sustainable economy and society, and also seems to blend technology transfer with local innovation. This will also trigger the use of FDI projects as a means to continue the development of local skills and providing sustainable job opportunities for coming generations.

Sustainable FDI and economic policies that encourage innovation and technology transfer through FDI will be the key topics that will be discussed at the 5th AIM that is expected to attract more than 500 exhibitor companies from 140 countries. It will also display products, services and projects from industries like agriculture, aviation, basic commodities, trade, construction, education, research centers, energy, financing, financial services, free zones management, insurance, government, healthcare, investment in basic infrastructure for IT communications, legal, logistics, pharmaceutical, marine industries, mining and real estate development, tourism and hospitality, transportation and waste management.

publié le 22 April 2012

Arab Business Club First Middle East Freezone Meeting 2012, Dubai

[#The Middle East Free Zone Meeting aims to be the foremost annual gathering of regional and international business leaders, top industry players, decision makers and their global counterparts.
#]

[#Who Should Attend:
CEOs, Free Zone Authorities, Business Owners, Top Management Executives and Arab Business Club Members

Some of the Confirmed Attendees from Free Zone Authorities:

1. RAK Offshore
2. Dubai Maritime City Authority
3. Twofour54
4. Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority
5. Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone
6. Ministry of Economy
7. Sharjah Airport International Free Zone Authority

Why Attend:
• Learn about the impact of Free Zones to the economic development of the Arab World, from the perspective of industry players.
• Get in-depth insight into the economic relevance and implications of Trade Agreements between regional Free Zones and the West.
• Discuss challenges, opportunities and the 2012 outlook for Free Trade Zones.
• Examine and analyze how regional Free Zones can strategically complement each other.
• Get expert opinions about the best business practices for companies operating in Free zones.
• Benefit from networking opportunities that can enhance your trading opportunities and build trustful relations.
• Interact with Free Zones Authority to learn about how to set up business in the Free Zones or expand business in the Arab World.

The event will run from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm with dinner at 9:00 pm.

Dress Code: Business or National Attire

Registration:
Kindly register by sending the following information to events@arabbusinessclub.org:

ABC Members:
• Name
• Membership Number

Non-Members:
• Name
• Title/Designation
• Company Name
• Mobile Number
• Email Address

Payment:
Payment can be made through Pay Pal or Bank Transfer. Payment fee is as follows:
For Arab Business Club Members: FREE

For Non- Members: AED200#]

publié le 14 September 2013

Arab Business Club Health Care Event, Dubai 2013

The Arab Business Club 1st Annual Health Care Event aims to be the foremost annual gathering of Business Owners, C level management Hospitals, Health Ministries, Health Care providers Hospitals, Pharmacies, Doctors, Medical Suppliers, Medical Universities, and Medical HR.

The program for the 2013 Health & Care Event is designed to provide an unrivalled platform for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community from the Middle East and beyond.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date: 25th September 2013
Venue: Dubai, UAE
Dress Code: Business or National Attire.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Business owners and C level management Hospitals, Ministry of Health, Health Care City Hospitals, Pharmacies, Doctors, Medical Suppliers and Medical HR

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Interact with business leaders from different healthcare industry. Benefit from networking opportunities that can enhance your trading opportunities and build trustful relations.
Discuss advanced medical technologies, investment opportunities brought by Health Care City Free Zones and Dubai rising to be the Middle East’s Medical Centre.

Explore the opportunities to market and promote your business to business people. Share experiences and present point of view with health care sector.

Keep up-to-date with business opportunities and new medical technology.

EVENT PROGRAM:
7:00 P.M. Registration and Networking
8:00 P.M. Welcome Speech by Arab Business Club President, Mr. Hamdan Mohamed Al Morshedi
8:05 P.M. Speech by: Dr. Reem Osman, Chief Executive Officer ,Saudi German Hospital - Dubai

"Advanced Medical Technologies"

8:15 P.M. Speech by the Guest Speaker
8:25 P.M. Q & A from the attendees and media
8:35 P.M. Buffet Dinner and Networking
10:00 P.M End of the Event

For more information and to register please contact: health@arabbusinessclub.org, Mobile: +971559687167, Office: +97143583000

REGISTRATION: Kindly register by sending the following information to events@arabbusinessclub.org:-
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Non- Members:

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AED500 for registration paid after 30th of August
AED800 after 12th of September
AED1500 on the date of the event.

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publié le 28 August 2012

Arab Business Club Networking Event- 10 september 2012

[#The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK) and American Business Council of Dubai & Northern Emirates

cordially invite you to the

3rd Inter-Business Council Networking Event "BACK TO BUSINESS"

Date: Monday, 10th September 2012
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Venue: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

FREE for Arab Business Club members
Non-members: AED 50 (cash/credit card at The Arab Business Club stand)

Including complimentary canapés, courtesy of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and free valet parking for all guests.

For information and registrations kindly contact Anna, e-mail: Annabelle Crisostomo events@arabbusinessclub.org or call 04 358 3000
latest by September 6th 2012.#]

publié le 1 November 2012

Arab Businnes Club: Meet Taiwan-The Emerging Hub in Asia

[#Taiwan Trade Center Dubai and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in cooperation with Arab Business Club, cordially invites you to participate in a seminar entitled "Meet Taiwan-The Emerging Hub in Asia" to be held in Al Bader Ballroom at Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai on the 4th of November 2012 at 10:30am-12:30pm.#]

Contact:
info@arabbusinessclub.org
www.arabbusinessclub.org

publié le 20 March 2011

Beauty & Fashion Exhibition 2011, Riyadh 12-15 June 2011

[#Saudi BEAUTY & FASHION 2011 is considere the most important exhibition of the year, bearing in mind the Saudi Arabia market potential and opportunitites for International Products in the region.
BEAUTY & FASHION 2011, Saudi Arabia is the largest and most successful exhibition in the region. It offers an ideal fashion business infrastructure for participants to have direct access to key decision makers.#]

www.fashion-arabia.com

publié le 22 February 2008

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Forbes Middle East to host event in celebration of the Top 500 Companies in the Arab World

Press release

Forbes Middle East is set to host a glittering gala dinner for the Top 500 Companies in the Arab World 2014, celebrating the passion and dynamism of the publically listed companies that continue to inject success into the region’s economy.

The VIP event will be held on June 17, 2014, in the lavish Godolphin Ballroom at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai. The evening will include a prestigious awards ceremony, recognizing the companies that are cultivating homegrown Arab success and placing it on the international stage.

Set in Dubai’s downtown area, the business hub of the city, the occasion will be attended by senior figures from a broad range of sectors. This year, industries represented include financial services, oil and gas, telecommunications, real estate and construction, retail, transport, healthcare, investment, energy, banking, insurance, hotels and tourism and petrochemicals.

The ranking of the Top 500 Companies in the Arab World builds on FORBES’ renowned Global 2000 list, which highlights the most successful publically-listed companies across the globe. Those with a keen eye will notice a number of new entries this year as Middle Eastern business talent continues to proliferate.

Commenting on the rankings and upcoming event, Mrs. Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Middle East, said: “We are witnessing an exciting time in the region’s business landscape and the Top 500 Companies in the Arab World 2014 reflects this. Once again, we are seeing regional companies - and the people behind them - excel, pushing money, innovation and talent into the growing Middle Eastern economy. Forbes Middle East is honored to be able to mark this pertinent time with the unveiling of our 2014 ranking at this exclusive event and awards ceremony.”

Those in attendance of the gala dinner will include Mr. Osman Sultan, CEO, Emirates Integrated Telecom (du); Mr. Nafel Mohammad Eisa Al-Hathal, Chairman, YIACO Medical; and Mr. Tasdique Pasha, EVP Insurance, Oman Insurance Co.

Forbes Middle East is proud to collaborate with title sponsor, The Investor for Securities Company for the occasion. Hayssam El-Masri, the company’s Advisor to the Board of Directors, says, “We are honored to join Forbes Middle East in recognizing our homegrown businesses who continue to place the region on an international platform. It is through the vision and leadership of these companies that the Middle East has become a leading business destination and The Investor for Securities Company is proud to be a part of that story.” Other esteemed partners include Al Tayyar Travel Group, Janabi Group, Elite Executive Services, Elegant Resorts and Skyline University College, Emirates Airline, HMG, The American Hospital, Montegrappa, Sprüngli, DMTV and Dubai Eye 103.8.

About Forbes Middle East

Forbes Middle East is the licensed Middle Eastern version of the world-renowned Forbes magazine and extends the Forbes brand of journalism across the Arab world. Forbes Middle East’s distinctive editorial style attracts a readership community of billionaires, powerful Arab men and women, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, government officials and investors united by a belief in the spirit of free enterprise and entrepreneurial values.

Across the region, Forbes Middle East is setting the pace for preemptive business journalism. By uncovering trends and anticipating opportunities in the regional marketplace, each monthly issue, brings top executives the information critical to their success – in both Arabic & English language editions. Forbes Middle East is the guiding compass for investments and best practices in the Arab region.

The magazine researches and publishes original and relevant Lists/Rankings, based on the criteria of neutrality, authenticity, commitment to the methodology of scientific research and the quality of standards set globally by Forbes Media, US.

publié le 11 November 2010

French pavilion at the SIAL Middle East’s first edition, November 22nd to 24th, 2010 - Abu Dhabi

[#For the first edition of the SIAL Middle East, France will be present with a fully fledged pavilion showcasing not only a profusion of products from various sectors but also the French gastronomic culture with a French Chef fully dedicated to the animation of the pavilion during the
whole exhibition. Moreover, the pavilion will offer an information platform about French food’s quality and diversity.
#]

New products from France

[#The French pavilion will feature a large selection of products of various sectors including fine
food, confectionary, bakery and fruit and vegetables. Almost all exhibitors present on this national
pavilion will be present for the first time on a food show in the Middle East, offering visitors a
unique opportunity to discover and taste new products from France.#]

Bringing over the French gastronomic culture

French Food and beverages are all part of French gastronomy, and they can match with a large
variety of culinary styles. The pavilion’s chef, will prepare live a choice of healthy and flavorful
savory and sweet recipes, epitomizing the wealth and modernity of French cuisine.
A daily live cooking session will be dedicated especially for local chefs in partnership with La
Cuisine du SIAL and the Emirates Culinary Guild.

France – a leading food supplier of agri- food products in the region

[#Visitors will also have the chance to find out more about the diversity and quality of the French
food production.
France, as the World’s no. 1 exporter of processed food products and Europe’s leading producer
of farm and agri-food products, is a key player on the dynamic Gulf countries’ market. The two
main markets in the region for French products are KSA and the UAE, they have respectively
imported for €190 million and €138 million worth of French food products in 2009, according to
French customs’ official data. These numbers are expected to rise as the spending on food
imports is set to more than double from USD 24 billion in 2008 to USD 49 billion by 2020 in the
gulf region as reported by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
“With a French pavilion on the SIAL Middle East, we efficiently support companies looking for
new business developments and partnerships in the region” commented Eric Santier, Sopexa
Middle East Country Manager#]

Organized by Sopexa

[#The Sopexa Group is a widely recognised expert in the field of international marketing, specialists
in the agri-food sector. For 50 years Sopexa has been providing support and assistance to clients
who wish to promote their products and brands at home and abroad.
At major food exhibitions throughout the world, Sopexa sets up French Pavilions for its clients, in
partnership with the French Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries - an opportunity to
consolidate all French food and beverage communications and promotions under one
distinguished identity.#]
Contact Sopexa Miiddle East
Marion MORAND
Tel.+971 4 283 3741 – ext. 202
marion.morand@sopexa.com

publié le 2 March 2011

Green Building Solutions 2011 positions Qatar as Gulf’s ‘Capital of Green’

The 1st Green Building Solutions (GBS) Conference & Exhibition Doha 2011, Qatar’s first major event to focus on sustainable development in the construction industry, is affirming Qatar’s position as the Gulf’s ‘Capital of Green’.

[#The 3-day event features a tour of Doha green developments, an awards gala dinner, workshops, seminars and a series of important green building announcements from organizer the Barwa and Qatari Diar Research Institute (BQDRI).
The GBS 2011 Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel (2 & 3 March) has attracted 500 local and international delegates by providing a powerful mix of international and local content for built-environment professionals and stakeholders, including a Master Class workshop to introduce delegates to the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS).
GBS 2011 Conference sessions focus on three of the most critical challenges facing the region’s construction industry: Sustainable Urbanization: Global and Local Perspectives - Sustainable Building Typologies: Residential, Educational, Commercial and Hotels and Products and Solutions for Sustainable Construction.

“The climate change data are clear – we are in a global environmental crisis, and building design and operations must be a key part of the response,” insisted Keynote Speaker and BQDRI founder and managing director Dr. Youssef Al-Horr. “The key issue at Green Building Solutions 2011 is to inspire and empower people in the building development and operations business to take the next significant steps.”

As green features increasingly enter into buyers’ decisions about purchasing properties, Green Building Solutions 2011 provides a platform to learn from green building thought leaders as they share strategies for market transformation, policies that accelerate green building practices and tackle global climate change while meeting local priorities.

“Green Building Solutions 2011 is identifying sustainable and practical ‘green’ solutions which can be applied to all projects and striking the balance between environmentally friendly, functionality and reality,” added Dr. Al-Horr

Meanwhile the Green Building Solutions Exhibition at the Doha Exhibition Center is encouraging property owners, regulators and construction industry and built environment professionals to visit the 3-day exhibition and help shape a better and more sustainable future.
Green Building Solutions 2011 is the first of its kind in Qatar with a carbon neutral footprint – offsetting carbon dioxide emissions created by the event itself. Organizers (BQDRI are eager to pioneer the carbon offsetting initiative and encourage corporations and individuals to follow their example.
Four visionary green building projects and one green contractor are to be honored when H.E. Abdullah Bin Mubarak Bin A’aboud Al-Mahdadi, Minister of Environment presents the 1st QSAS Sustainability Awards during the GBS 2011 Gala Dinner on 3 March.

Organized by the BQDRI in partnership with Qatar Expo Event Management and Grey Doha, GBS 2011 enjoys the support of The Supreme Council for the Environment and Qatar’s big two infrastructure and real estate development companies, BARWA and Qatari Diar.

“Green Building Solutions 2011 is Qatar’s first major sustainable development event. As well as promoting QSAS to an international audience, GBS 2011 provides the opportunity for delegates to share ideas and contribute to the green building agenda in the lead-up to COP17 in South Africa,” added Dr. Al-Horr.

GBS 2011 Conference – Intercontinental Hotel – Wednesday 2 March 11:00 to 15:30 – Thursday 3 March 08:30 to 16:30 - website www.greenbuildingsolutionsdoha.com

GBS 2011 Exhibition – Doha Exhibition Center – Wednesday 2 March 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 21:00 – Thursday 3 March 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 21:00 – Friday 4 March 15:00 to 21:00 - website www.greenbuildingsolutionsdoha.com

— ends —

For further information please contact:

Krikor Khatchikian
Senior Account Manager
Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations, Doha, Qatar
Telephone: + 974 4428 3177
Email: krikor.khatchikian@cohnwolfeqatar.com

Notes for Editors
Go Green with BQDRI

The BARWA and Qatari Diar Research Institute (BQDRI); a joint venture between Barwa Knowledge, Subsidiary of Barwa Real Estate, and Lusail Real Estate Development Company, Subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company; is a non-governmental organization whose purpose is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in Qatar.

BQDRI aims to build and strengthen a strong and vibrant local, regional and global consortium and network of respected research institutions, consulting and technology companies, real estate estate and construction companies, governmental and professional organizations that have genuine interest and commitment to support the strategic objectives of the Institute to address the environmental challenges and empower the construction society to apply sustainable applications and practices.

Our vision is for Qatar to be a leader in the field of sustainable development, design and construction, and for BQDRI is to be one of the driving forces behind this transformation.

Our Objectives

Knowledge Creation - BQDRI will engage in research relates to the development of knowledge and processes whose applications range from the building to the urban scale.
Research-based Consultancy - BQDRI will offer research based consultancy services on existing buildings and new construction projects as well as testing simulations and system integration.
Information Dissemination - BQDRI will provide educational opportunities for professionals through teaching & Research, training & workshops and publications.
Business Development & Administration - BQDRI will strategically partnering with local, regional and international organizations to develop strategic and innovative solutions in the fields of Renewable, Materials & Products Manufacturing, Recycling and Transportation#]

publié le 17 January 2010

Gulfood : Middle East identified as key growth market for food and beverage industry

[# With the Middle East and its neighbouring regions identified as one of the key growth markets for the food and beverage industry, Gulfood, the Middle East’s largest food, drink, foodservice and hospitality exhibition, is set to attract more than 45,000 industry professionals to Dubai in February 2010.#]

[#The dedicated trade show which runs from 21 – 24 February 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), has gained a reputation as the gateway for real business opportunities within the region, and an unprecedented 3,300 companies will be participating this year.

Considered a key emerging market by the industry, alongside the likes of China, Russia and Latin America; countries in the GCC, North Africa and India have been earmarked as ‘windows of opportunity’ for the food and drink industry according to the 2009 A.T.Kearney Global Retail Development Index.

While developed markets have endured economic hardship and sharp decline in sales over the past year, emerging markets have enjoyed continued growth, with eight of the top 20 countries in the Development Index in the MENA region.

The United Arab Emirates makes the biggest jump in the Index this year, moving up to 4th from 20th last year, thanks to an economy that has remained relatively sturdy during the global recession.

“With almost 90% of Middle East countries dependent on food imports, tremendous opportunity exists for food importers, packagers and manufacturers of food processing machinery to generate bigger, better, business at Gulfood,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the exhibition.

“In addition, with the high population growth rate of the region, the availability of high quality certified raw materials and increasing consumer income levels, the food and beverage sector is set for fast and profitable growth.”

“Gulfood provides an ideal platform for businesses involved in every segment of the food and beverage industry to both source and showcase their products and services,” he added.

“We are working closely with our most valued trade clients to provide a package of measures to increase the value-offering at the show,” said Almarri.

Gulfood 2010 will be the biggest event in the show’s 15 year history, taking up one million square feet of dedicated space and leveraging its regional influence to highlight the latest trends, innovations and developments in the industry. Restaurant & Café Middle East and Ingredients Middle East run concurrently with the show, creating a 360° industry offering for buyers and vendors.

This year also marks the introduction of a number of value-added initiatives for both exhibitors and visitors, including the inaugural Gulfood Conference.

Taking place during the four day exhibition, the conference brings together international experts to discuss future trends and critical issues in the food and beverage industry and the relevance of these for the regional markets. Trade visitors can register their interest by visiting www.gulfood.com/conference.

The Gulfood Conference complements the Dubai International Food Safety Conference which runs during the show and is organised by the Dubai Municipality to address food safety systems, regulations and best practices.

Also new this year is the launch of the Gulfood Majlis Club, a commercial networking platform for senior industry professionals to network and develop new business opportunities, and one that recognises the importance of Gulfood as a serious trading platform for the global food and beverage industry in the region.

Excellence in all elements of the industry will be recognised during Gulfood 2010. The prestigious Emirates International Salon Culinaire, in association with the Emirates Culinary Guild, continues to attract more than 1,000 chefs to compete in front of a panel of 25 distinguished international judges, while the recent announcement of the 1st Gulfood Awards will be recognising the achievements and innovations of the region’s food and drink industry.

“Our success in delivering tangible business benefits, coupled with Dubai’s unrivalled position as the central trading and distribution hub for the Middle East, has established Gulfood as on of the worlds’ most important events for the global foodservice and hospitality sector,” said Almarri. “We will continue to support the industry needs, promote knowledge exchange and recognise excellence in the industry with new initiatives and activities.”#]

For more information, please visit www.gulfood.com/business.

Bi-me.com

publié le 14 April 2015

IWED Qatar 2015 to reveal latest trends in wedding fashion and planning at Doha Exhibition Center from April 29-May 2

The much-anticipated International Wedding Exhibition and Fashion Show in Doha IWED, is set for an 8th installment this year from April 29 till May 2, at Doha Exhibition Center.

Just like in preceding years, IWED 2015 has garnered top names and labels in the wedding planning, hospitality, fashion and related industries with more than 110 exhibitors and many valuable sponsors and partners, all of which will make this impending IWED a unique showcase of the best that’s available in wedding products and services in Qatar.
IWED is organized by Qatar Expo, specialized in conceptualizing and managing exhibitions, conferences, and tailored events. The event is generously sponsored by Royal Events as Pearl sponsor, Isadora as exclusive make up sponsor, Frames as official hair stylist sponsor withMelia Doha being the official hotel partner.
Several support sponsors have also pitched in to add value to the wedding supply chain including Elegant Events, YaHala Events and Royal Flowers as event management establishments offering comprehensive wedding planning services, in addition to Ludica Antiqua and Trinity Talent Qatar, a leading talent agency providing wedding and event staffing as well as models for designers and photographic services to exhibitors and organizers.
Other partners include: Ohlala official luxury fashion magazine, Glam official fashion magazine, E-Start official social media partner, Al-Muftah Group, BCC as official freight forwarder and Seqlia official stand contractor.
Media partners will also ensure the event and exhibitors receive optimal coverage of their activities and services in their prominent publications, mainly: Adam & Eve, Harayer, Arabia Weddings, Qatar Living, Le Nozze and 5-Star Wedding Directory.
The exhibition and fashion show event is expected to attract some 13,000 local and international visitors this year which will bring forth new exhibits showcasing the changing styles of an international wedding conception with exhibitors originating from Qatar, Italy, India, UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, KSA and United Kingdom.
Commenting on IWED’s reverberating success after seven successful editions, Mr. Hadi Al Zain Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Expo stated: “With Qatar emerging as a leading destination for both business and pleasure seekers, the exhibition industry has subsequently flourished as a platform for retailers and market players to remain at the forefront of all new developments and showcase their best products and services to end users and other corporate entities, therefore enriching business networking and exchange while shifting the focus to quality and customer service in this very competitive arena. In this same breadth, IWED continues to be one of the wedding sector’s key events in the region and a strategic appointment for the luxury market in the Middle East as it goes beyond the traditional wedding show to provide an opportunity for brides-to-be and grooms-to-be to find a complete array of the finest and latest products and services for their most special day, and for service providers, vendors and manufacturers to showcase their products and services.”
Whether it’s meeting with top fashion designers, sampling the offerings of incomparable caterers, sketchingthe perfect wedding with well-reputed wedding planners or arranging the ultimate honeymoon package, IWED 2015 offers an unparalleled opportunity to plan and consider every element of this special day.
It is worth mentioning that IWED 2015 will be inaugurated by celebrity Qatari socialite and founder of DNA Records, Ms. Dana Al Fardan, and will feature daily fashion shows by famous designers and daily entertainment programs and several mesmerizing performances.

publié le 29 March 2014

Media partnership between WorkSmart and Daily Public Relations

press release

WorkSmart CEO Ahmed AlHujairi said that Exhibitions and Conferences Industry is growing regionally and globally, referring to the growth of the sector globally which holds about half a million exhibition worth $300bn yearly.

AlHujairi stated his remarks on the margin of signing the Joint Project between WorkSmart and Daily Public Relations.

“We are happy to sign the partnership agreement with our Media Partner Daily Public Relations, we will be getting along together effectively to expand further horizons, particularly with the proliferation of the company’s activities in the Gulf.” AlHujairi said. “The company organized the Bahraini Pavilion GulfFood Exhibitor 2014 recently, which makes us feel more proud to help the Bahraini food companies to exhibit their products at an exhibitor as the size of “GulfFood 2014,” he added.

AlHujairi clarified, “The company seeks to offer its services in the Exhibitions and Conferences Industry of the institutions and companies in Bahrain and Gulf, in particular, that the private sector has been developing regionally and globally, supporting the industry in the region and hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai.”

Daily Public Relations CEO, Mahmood Al Nasheet, said, “The new agreement with WorkSmart is a new start for the company to expand its horizons, and the Bahraini companies which we are happy to be part of their successes and achievements.” “The agreement holds the responsible for Daily to provide media services to the company’s activities in Bahrain and the GCC Countries. And for the WorkSmart confidence in us, we will strive for the better,” Al Nasheet added.

“We are pleased to be a motivator factor for the Exhibitions and Conferences Industry, specifically with the government initiatives that encourage the economic diversification within the Vision of 2030, it’s a pleasure for us to support the Bahraini investor informational, his presence at the local and gulf exhibitions contributes him to be acquainted with the investments in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” Mr. Al Nasheet said.

Mahmood Al Nasheet said, “The Local Exhibitions and Conferences Industry is observing an upward phase, Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority data showed covering 95 events in 2013with the participation of 3600 viewers. The event sleased area is 2.2 million square meters, and the visitors’ number of 450,000. The figures show that the Exhibitions and Conferences Industry is already a significant contributor at the local level.”

The revenues of Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority in 2012 to total of 1.6 million byan increase equal to 36% compared to the year of 2011 when the income reached 1.1 million.

He also mentioned, “The industry takes a major part in Saudi Arabia, the official statistics estimates the number of conferences visitors in Saudi Arabia in 2012 by more than 305 million visitors of a spending rate exceeded 2.4 billion. It’s worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia has more than 600 facilities for exhibitions, conferences and meetings, and over 1,200 licensed organizers ofexhibitions and conferences by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.”

publié le 28 September 2010

Milipol Qatar 2010, 25-27 October 2010

[#Milipol Qatar – the international exhibition of internal State security – first took place in 1996. Based on the highly successful Milipol exhibition in Paris, Milipol Qatar was created to respond to a need for a specialised exhibition that was highly targeted to the needs of the Middle East market.The show will be celebrating its 8th edition 25-27 October 2010 in Doha.#]

[#All the countries of the Middle East region continue to invest heavily in security and defence products and services. Not only do they share the needs of other regions in the fight against criminality and terrorism – their consistently impressive rates of economic growth have lead to massive building and infrastructure projects as well as industrial development, all of which have generated specific requirements to ensure security.

Organised in partnership with the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar, the exhibition provides a showcase for products and services for the following sectors:

  • police forces
  • coastal and border security
  • customs
  • special forces
  • civil defence
  • prison services
  • critical infrastructure security
  • protection of sensitive sites and industrial security

The products and services covered include electronics (IT and communications), mobility (vehicles, boats, drones), arms and ammunition, optics/optronics, fabrics and clothing, forensic science equipment, building and perimeter security, civil defence equipment, bomb and mine disposal equipment, consultancy and training services.

There is now less than a month to go before Milipol Qatar 2010 opens on 25 October. The latest list of exhibiting companies can be found at www.milipol.com. With companies continuing to reserve their booths, there are currently almost 200 exhibitors from 33 countries promoting a wide selection of innovative products and technologies for the internal State security sector.#]

publié le 10 April 2014

Ministerial roundtable presents the current drivers for Foreign Direct Investment at Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai

press release

Ministers, business leaders and heads of international institutions tackled the central theme of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai yesterday on the role of FDI in developing markets.

Attendees gathered at the International Convention and Exhibition center in Dubai to make the most of the opportunity to hear from experts about the future trends predicted in FDI, growth opportunities, and the best ways to attract investment.

Eng. Sultan Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy in the UAE participated in the ministerial roundtable, saying that in order to attract investment, governments needed to address investors’ three primary concerns of political and economic stability, honoring of bilateral trade agreements and mature financial institutions.

Louis T. Wells, Professor of International Management at the Harvard Business School added that it is important to remember that lifestyle and human services are important factors in an investment location.

“Investors are human beings and like the rest of us, they want an attractive place to live, schools for their kids, and medical services,” he said.

Khaled Al-Aboodi added that another determinant for FDI is predictability, which he says is a more important consideration than the regulatory environment.

“If the decision is taken to go outside the border, investors will go, even if the regulatory environment isn’t ideal,” he said.

He also raised the issue of developed countries increasingly screening investment, in the interest of national security in what experts have termed ‘FDI protectionism’.

But Eng. Sultan Al Mansouri said it wasn’t the case.

“Compared with 10 years ago, I consider there has been a lowering in investment restrictions because there is now much more competition,” he said.

Prof. Wells agreed, “I’ve lived through the period when screening really was tight and I don’t think restrictions are any tighter now”.

Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva said investors’ decisions are no longer solely driven to maximize profit but are also about contributing to the host economy in a sustainable way.

“We have moved from a world of investment to a world of sustainable investment. There is a growing tendency to include considerations not traditionally linked with investment such as safety, security and environmental concerns”.

AIM continues tomorrow with country presentations, a closer look at opportunities for partnerships in the UAE, and a whole program of plenary sessions to provide investors and attendees with a better understanding of the opportunities available in emerging markets.

About the AIM congress

The 4th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) will take place in Dubai on the 8th – 10th April 2014. Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, this year’s meeting will focus on the theme of: Investment Partnerships for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Frontier and Emerging Markets. Representatives of 165 countries having been invited and a total of 6000 visitors expected.

www.aimcongress.com

publié le 9 October 2014

Morocco: The Atlantic Dialogues to convene October 24-26 in Marrakesh

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the OCP Policy Center (OCP PC) will host The Atlantic Dialogues, a high-level gathering of international public- and private-sector leaders from around Atlantic Basin. For three days, more than 350 participants from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and Asia will engage in interactive panels and smaller break-out sessions to discuss cross-regional issues ranging from security to trade, and health to energy. Participants will come from the government, business, think tank, and media sectors.

The conference will take place at the Palmeraie Hotels & Resorts in Marrakesh, Morocco, from Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26.

Confirmed speakers include:

Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor, City of Rotterdam
Obed Akwa, Commandant, Executive Director, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
Bertrand Badré, Managing Director and World Bank Group CFO, The World Bank & International Finance Corporation
Hlumelo Biko, Executive Chairman, Spinnaker Growth Partners
Deborah Birx, Ambassador at Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Esther Brimmer, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University
Reinhard Hans Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament
Laura Chinchilla, Former President, Costa Rica
Marta Dassù, Board of Directors, Finmeccanica
Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister, St. Kitts & Nevis
Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Togo
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, European Commission
Marc Grossman, Former Ambassador; Vice Chairman, Cohen Group
David Ignatius, Associate Op-Ed Editor, The Washington Post
Clement Humado, Former Minister for Food and Agriculture, Ghana
Mickey Ibarra, President and Founder, Ibarra Strategy Group
Ira Kalish, Chief Global Economist, Deloitte
Peter Kellner, President, You Gov
Karim Lesina, Vice President, Intl External Affairs EU, CCLA and Transatlantic Relations, AT&T
Ronaldo Lemos, Director, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Jean-David Levitte, Professor, Science-Po
Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
Miguel Angel Moratinos, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria; Board Member, Africa Progress Panel
Marta Lucia Ramirez, Former Senator, Former Defense Minister, and Former Trade Minister, Colombia
Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize (1996) and Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peace Building Mission in Guinea-Bissau
Thomas Shannon, Counselor, U.S. Department of State
Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group and President, OCP Foundation
Aminata Touré, Former Prime Minister, Senegal
Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor, Los Angeles

publié le 8 April 2014

Optimistic global FDI trends revealed at Dubai’s Annual Investment Meeting launch

press release

Today marks the opening of the 4th Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai, and the mood is set to be optimistic, with the global economy in recovery and emerging markets set to profit.

Over 6000 visitors will attend the three day event, including high level officials from government and the private sector.

The theme for this year is Investment Partnerships for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Frontier and Emerging Markets.

The event will not only encourage FDI investment, but is also an opportunity to learn from over 100 FDI experts and a large number of corporates who have successfully expanded their global footprint, as well as Investment promotion agencies and governments who have managed to attract investment successfully to their markets.

The UAE’s Minister of Economy, Eng. Sultan Al Mansouri said the event will help to stimulate investment partnerships.

“We do believe that it is together through our joint efforts that we can build a better world and improve the lot of our people through greater interaction, understanding and the development of new partnerships in investment and trade,” he said.

320 exhibitors from 48 countries will also be attending the event to highlight the investment opportunities available in their location.

The publication of the Annual Investment Meeting will also be launched today, revealing the latest trends in FDI and OFDI flows globally and regionally in particular in frontier and emerging markets.

It is the first time that different sources of data combining FDI, investment projects and mergers and acquisitions (M&As) from reputable international bodies such as UNCTAD, fDi Intelligence and MergerMarket, are compiled together and examined providing a comprehensive picture of major developments in investment trends in the developing world.

Some key findings in the report reveal that emerging markets including China and India will continue to contribute to over half of the global levels of FDI.

Developed economies can also breathe a sigh of relief as FDI figures show a recovery from the global financial crisis.

A growth rate of 8% is expected to be maintained over the next 5 years until 2018 for greenfield investments, with a rate of 10% growth for all FDI investments.

The report also estimates that China is likely to overtake North America as the world’s largest investor measured by FDI flows and that Africa and the Middle East are expected to be the fastest growth markets. Delegates from each of these economies will be present at AIM to discuss how to maximize this growth opportunity.

With such optimistic economic forecasts, the Annual Investment Meeting is bound to lead to many fruitful partnerships amongst investors and host economies.

About the AIM congress

The 4th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) will take place in Dubai on the 8th – 10th April 2014. Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, this year’s meeting will focus on the theme of: Investment Partnerships for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Frontier and Emerging Markets. Representatives of 165 countries having been invited and a total of 6000 visitors expected.

www.aimcongress.com

publié le 23 October 2010

Portugal: International Superyacht Coatings Conference, 14-15 December 2010

[#The Informa Yacht Group and ICOMIA are pleased to announce an impressive line up of industry experts to address the International Superyacht Coatings Conference at the Estoril Congress Center, Portugal, between the 14-15 December, 2010.#]

[#The conference represents the ideal opportunity to join over 100 key industry influencers for two-days of intense debate, case study presentations, demonstrations and to play a key role in the future direction of the Superyacht coatings industry.
The international speaker faculty will include the following speakers:


Tony Rice, Secretary General, ICOMIA
Tom de Vries, Director, Royal de Vries Shipyards
Paolo Moretti, Director, RINA
Nikos Florakis, Managing Director, Yachting Protection Ltd.
Remy Millot, Managing Director, Pinmar
Jean-Christophe Lenoir, Technical Director, ITM
Carlos Vidueira, Vice President, Rybovich
Bert Beckers, Production Manager, Amels
Ken Hickling, General Manager, AKZO Nobel
John McCaughey, Abu Dhabi Mar Group
Ian Bailles, International Institute of Marine Surveying
Mark Vermeulen, Technical Director, Moonen Shipyards
Richard Masters, Managing Director, Masters Yachts
Nick Horton, Partner, Dorade Law
Ivo Van Emstede, Partner, Emstede, Netherlands
Tom H. Grucza, Certified Coating Inspector, Wrede Consulting
Joop Ellenbroek, Managing Director, Conmar Coating Services
Tony Allen, Partner, Hill Dickinson

The programme will feature a range of topics including:
An analysis of the legislative implications on producing quality paint products and finishes - A paint manufacturer’s perspective.
How to reduce hazardous emissions while increasing efficiency and maintaining quality? - A live demonstration using the latest equipment and paint products in the application process including new coatings, electro static spray guns, ionization equipment and robotic paint systems.
The Government and Industry speaks. The views of legislators, Authorities and the industry - The panel will discuss the current Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and paint related emission legislation.
What are the key developments of the Surveyors protocol and the view of Shipyards and Paint applicators regarding the protocol?
ISO and ICOMIA Standards. ISO DIS 11347. A proposal for a new ISO standard related to the application process and the ICOMIA Technical Standard
The challenges of minimizing coatings failures and costs for application process and owner. What are the expectations of prevention measures from the owner and the industry?

Details of the conference programme and speakers are available on the event’s website: www.superyachtcoatingsconference.com

- Ends -

About The International Superyacht Coatings Conference

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference is organised in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) to address the current important issues facing the manufacture and application of coatings for luxury yachts, changes in environmental regulation as well as the significant changes in legislation with which the industry is having to adapt over the next few years.

Attended by some of the biggest shipyards in the Superyacht industry, as well as legislators, builders, surveyors, coatings manufacturers and other suppliers, ISCC is an essential conference featuring presentations and debates from an international speaker faculty to help determine and decide the future of the Superyacht coatings industry.

About the World Yacht Racing Forum

The third edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum will take place in Estoril, Portugal, on December 14-15, 2010. The event will be co-located with the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium on the same dates. The purpose of the Forum is to create a global platform for sailing events, racing teams, builders, designers, suppliers, sponsors, pro sailors, race managers and sailing venues - the whole industry from all over the world. It allows delegates to debate the latest issues critical to the future of yacht racing.

About The World Yacht Racing Forum

Launched in 2008, the World Yacht Racing Forum has become the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. Currently the only conference of its kind in the sport, the WYRF has established itself firmly on the international yachting calendar and attracts sponsors, exhibitors and delegates from around the world. Held each December, at the end of the international sailing season, the Forum attracts the world’s leading event organisers, pro sailors, sponsors, suppliers, yacht clubs, agents and many others to meet, network, discuss and debate the key issues in the yachting industry over two information packed conference days. Social events and workshop sessions allow delegates to maximise their networking opportunity at the Forum.

About The Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium

Now in its second year, the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium brings together over 150 senior designers, engineers, and technology experts from the world of performance yacht racing for two-days of intense debate and discussions. This leading-edge conference provides a wealth of practical information, insights, solutions and case studies across a range of key topics including composites, rigging, sail technology, coatings, CFD, and hydrodynamics.

YRDTS brings innovative thinking and exclusive insight to the major issues and opportunities facing the dynamic performance yacht racing technology and design industry. The Symposium is co-located with the popular World Yacht Racing Forum (WYRF) which brings together over 400 delegates from the world leading sailing teams, event organisers, sailors, sailing venues and sponsors. This provides participants of the YRDTS the opportunity to network not only with their peers from the design and technology side of the yacht racing industry but also with key stakeholders and influencers from the yacht racing world.

About Informa Yacht Group

The Informa Yacht Group: Global Leaders in Yachting Events

The Informa Yacht Group (IYG) is part of Informa Plc, and encompasses all of the events organised by the company in the marine leisure sector. Informa is one of the world’s leading providers of information and knowledge via a wide range of media, and is also the largest publicly-owned organiser of exhibitions and conferences, with some 10,000 events held annually in 46 countries world-wide.

IYG is the world’s leading organiser of Business-to-Business yachting events and offers a unique marketing platform, through a global portfolio of exhibitions, conferences, regattas and other properties, to clients interested in reaching the luxury yachting and lifestyle sectors.#]

IYG portfolio of events:

publié le 14 September 2013

Qatar Expo Announces the 8th Doha International Oil & Gas Exhibition Major Sponsors and 90% Sell Out.

press release

Qatar Expo Event Management, the organizer of Qatar’s largest oil and gas event, the 8th Doha International Oil and Gas Exhibition (DIOGE) takes pride in announcing the major event sponsors as well as 90% of exhibition space sold out as the event will take place from October 7-10, 2013 under the patronage of H. E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al – Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum.

DIOGE 2013 is guaranteed to be the Gulf’s premier and influential oil and gas exhibition meeting place in Doha Exhibition Center covering 10,000 sqm of premium exhibition space, the four day event features a major exhibition with participants from 20 countries; Kenya, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, KSA,UAE, Oman, US, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey just to name a few and expected 10,000 visitors from local, regional and international oil and gas companies.
Showing their interminable support for DIOGE, Qatar Petroleum confirmed their participation as the Host and Platinum sponsor. Qatar Petroleum is responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in the State of Qatar.
The principal activities of QP, its subsidiaries and joint ventures are the exploration, production, local and international sale of crude oil, natural gas and gas liquids, refined products, synthetic fuels, petrochemicals, fuel additives, fertilizers, liquefied natural gas (LNG), steel and aluminum.
An affiliate of the world’s largest publicly traded oil and natural gas company, ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. signed on as a Diamond Sponsor of the 8th DIOGE. ExxonMobil Qatar has partnered with Qatar Petroleum to develop the North Field, the world’s largest non – associated natural gas field, through joint ventures with RasGas and Qatargas.
“ExxonMobil is pleased to partner with the Doha International Oil and Gas Exhibition this year,” said Saleh Al Mana, Vice President of Public & Government Affairs for ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. “This Doha-based exhibition offers immense opportunities, and our decision to support it stems from our commitment to support Qatar across various fronts, particularly in advancing the public’s awareness of the role Qatar has assumed as the largest supplier of liquefied natural gas.”

Renowned in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry as one of the most successful global energy suppliers in the world, RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) has corroborated their support for the 8th DIOGE as a Diamond sponsor. RasGas overseas and manages all the operations associated with seven LNG trains, two sales gas production facilities, helium production facilities, major shipping contracts and global commercial partnerships.
A subsidiary of NYSE Oxy, Occidental Petroleum of Qatar will partake as Gold and Lanyard Sponsor for this year’s 8th DIOGE. Oxy is an international oil and gas exploration and production company and its OxyChem subsidiary is a major North American chemical manufacturer. Oxy is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies based on equity market capitalization.

The second time, Shell Qatar has once again confirmed their collaboration for 8th DIOGE as Gold Sponsor. Shell recognized as the largest international investor in Qatar and has established a world – class research and development facility and a learning center, the Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre at Qatar Science & Technology Park.

Guaranteed with excellent unwavering hotel and hospitality services, the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel as the official hotel for DIOGE 2013, attached to the City Center Mall, offers excellent innovative options for Doha residents and hotel guests through uniquely designed rooms, state-of-the-art amenities and exciting entertainment activities, such as its world-class Spa and health club and 8 international dining options. The Renaissance Hotel with its 17 meeting rooms and outside catering services offers the option of tailoring any kind of event, conference, meeting and social function.
The 8th DIOGE has proved immensely popular as the leading oil and gas event in the region with the quality of sponsors from well known energy companies. This event will undoubtedly create a fantastic platform that will strengthens relationships with the most influential key players in this field, said Hadi Ali CEO of Qatar Expo.
The 8th DIOGE have also the support of reputable national and international media partners that plays a significant role in promoting and advertising this outstanding event namely, The Oil & Gas Year, Spie Oil & Gas Year, Universal Solutions/ Gulf Oil and Gas, Oil Gas Directory, Upstream, Worldoil, DMS Global, Alain Charles, Upstream, Easy Finder, Gasworld, the Edge, Media Network, Petrofinder, Petronoticias, Pegasus Consultancy ,TPG Publishing – Qatar Magazine and Creative Design.

For additional information on this prestigious event, please log on to dioge.qatar-expo.com or contact the Organizer at +974 4465 0211.

publié le 22 March 2011

Qatar: 10th Banking Conference for GCC Countries, 23-24 March Doha

Press release

[#The 10th Banking Conference for GCC Countries will be held under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affair, H. E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha on March 23-24.#]

[#
Organised by the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) in cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretariat General, the theme of 10th Banking Conference for GCC Countries is ‘GCC Banking and its role in development in light of current updates - Reality and Ambition’.

A prestigious line-up of speakers will feature H. E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani (QCB Governor), H.E. AbdulRahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiyya (Secretariat General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf), Mr. Ali Sharif Al-Emadi (CEO, Qatar National Bank), Professor Narayan Naik (Professor of Finance at the London Business School) and leading experts from international institutions, regulatory agencies, educational institutions, and banking and financial organisations.

Delegates to the region’s most influential banking gathering include the Governors of the GCC Central Banks and Monetary Agencies, heads of GCC capital markets, and senior bankers from Arab and international financial institutions.

Following a Gala Dinner on Wednesday 23rd March, the conference will be divided into four Panel Sessions on Thursday 24th March - ‘Credit Bureau Centers – Ambitions & Challenges’, ‘GCC Monetary Union – Reality & Future’, ‘Global Financial Crisis and Reflection on the GCC Banking Sector – Lessons Learned’ and a Closing Panel Session conducted by their Highness/Excellences, the GCC Central Banks Governors.

The GCC Banking Conference has been taking place for over 15 years, and is hosted by each of the GCC countries in rotation. This year the event is hosted by Qatar and organized by Qatar Central Bank.

— ends —

For further information please contact:

Ibrahim Elrassi
Account Executive
Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations, Doha, Qatar
Telephone: + 974 4428 3145 / + 974 5507 2251
Email: ibrahim.elrassi@cohnwolfeqatar.com

Notes for Editors
About 10th Banking Conference for GCC Countries
Against a background of regional financial challenge and global economic recession, the 10th Banking Conference for the GCC Countries takes place in Doha, Qatar under the patronage of HE Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

Hosted by the Qatar Central Bank, the 10th Banking Conference for the GCC Countries on the 23rd and 24th March 2011 boasts an outstanding line-up of government and private sector financial decision makers, all coming together to focus on topics of crucial interest to regional economies.

Join the 10th Banking Conference for the GCC Countries as banking experts, academics and representatives of major GCC banking institutions gather to debate and formulate policies to tackle the region’s financial challenges.

www.10thgccbankingconference.com#]

publié le 29 August 2010

Qatar: Doha Aviation Summit, October 30th - November 1st, 2010

[#After the phenomenal success of last year’s annual, the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority and naseba are proud to
present this year’s summit, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before. This is a focused platform for
influential international and regional decision makers from across the industry to meet, discuss and decide on the
future of aviation.#]

[#Committed to gathering aviation thought leaders from across the globe, the summit will discuss some of the industry’s most pressing issues.

The three-day event features high profile keynotes, CEO panels and exclusive networking sessions for open discussions on regulatory reforms and topical issues.

This is the ideal initiative to open up opportunities for growth between the Arab states and the international aviation market.

Topics open for debate and direction include:

  • Greener aviation
  • Alternative fuels – Qatar leading the way
  • Open skies policy and ATC openness
  • Lessons learnt from the volcanic ash cloud over Europe and the way forward
  • Managing recovery - clearer skies ahead
  • Tackling the human resource challenge
  • Efficient route management and cross-border partnerships.
  • Aviation financing
  • The IT revolution in the aviation industry#]

www.dohaaviationsummit.com

publié le 20 June 2014

Qatar: IWED 2014 – A Huge Success!!

press release

In festive atmosphere, 7th International Wedding Exhibition and Fashion Show Doha 2014 (IWED 2014), unlocked its doors yesterday at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) the most awaited event by men and women, the soon-to-be-wedded, fashion designers, fashionistas and wedding planners and visitors from the Qatar and neighbuoring countries. Eager and keen to discover wedding and fashion new ideas, multitudes of visitors delightfully filled the lounges and halls of the QNCC and attended the grand opening of IWED 2014. The wedding exhibition was graciously inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Mohammed Bin Ahmad Bin Towar Al Kuwari, Honorary Treasurer of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, various Qatari and resident dignitaries, Their Excellencies Ambassadors and Ambassadress, the IWED 2014 guest of honuor Mr. Fadi Nahle, the true connoisseur Lebanese designer of Wedding and Evening Dresses, together with the CEO of the event’s organizer, Qatar Expo, Mr. Hadi Alzain Ali.

Glamourously, IWED 2014 showcased under one roof an extensive profile and a full range of wedding and fashion products and services including upshot exclusive fashion designs of wedding gowns and bridal wear by top designers, latest trends of wedding accessories, selected traditional Arab wears, entertainment services, gifts, mind blowing displays and ideas of floral arrangements, wedding studios, hotel services, hair and beauty saloons and makeup stylists. The exhibition provided an outstanding and thrilling opportunity to visitors and guests to view creative and sumptuous exhibits and elegant pieces by exhibitors from Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Italy, Greece, and more.

Expecting more from IWED? The event offers four days and nights of glamour and dazzling combinations of entertainment and exceptional fashion shows on the catwalk stage of IWED. Shows will take place following a pre-set schedule. On the closing day, apart from doing the VIP Exclusive Fashion Show at the Intercontinental Doha the City, the event VIP Guest from Lebanon, Fadi Nahle, will set the walls on fire presenting his own designs on the local runway. For the first time, the VIP Guest will let the crowd see and get dazzled as e personally presents his designs to the public.

Overall, this edition is your ideal way to collect information for planning and preparing future glamourous and elegant wedding celebration. IWED will then transform into fantastic memories for everybody.

According to a visitor, “It has been extremely gratifying and rewarding to come along and watch how brilliant promising designers participating in IWED have grown over the course of the last six years. We are excited by how glowing the exhibition has been in the fashion industry and by these persistent and determined designers who want to be part of it. This year is a shot.”

IWED 2014 is sponsored by Elegant Events, Fadia El Mendelek, Intercontinental Doha the City, Trinity Talent Qatar, Portrait Photography, Ya Hala Events, BCC Logistics, EStart Solutions, and Al Muftah Rent A Car.

Media Partnered by Glam Qatar, Harayer Magazine, Jamila Magazine, OhLala Magazine, Marie Claire, Haya Magazine, Your Wedding Guide, I Love Qatar, Qatar Living and The Buzz Doha

IWED is open from 18th – 21st June, from 4PM – 10PM on Wednesday, and from 12 Noon to 10 PM on Thursday & Saturday. On Friday it will open at 3 PM until 10PM, at Qatar National Convention Center. For information, call +974 44650211 or email Qatar Expo at iwed@qatar-expo.com. Registration is open for free. Visit now!

publié le 26 July 2010

RAK Free Trade Zone to Host World Free Zone Convention in November

Press release
  • Two-day event to mark 10th anniversary of RAK Free Trade Zone & the World Free Zone Convention
  • First-of-its-kind free zone conference and exhibition in the region [#

The Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) – one of the fastest-growing and most cost-effective free trade zones in the UAE, today announced that it will be hosting the World Free Zone Convention [WFZC] in November 2010. This is the first-of-its-kind free zone convention to be held in the Middle East.#]

[# “Harnessing economic zones worldwide to the cause of economic recovery, dynamic growth and strengthened world trade.”

To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Ras Al-Khaimah and his Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the two-day conference and exhibition will be held on November 2 and 3, 2010 at Al Hamra Convention Centre & Hamra Hotels & Resorts in RAK.

RAK FTZ will also be the Platinum Sponsor of the two-day conference and exhibition. This year’s convention marks the tenth anniversary of both WFZC and RAK FTZ. Over 200 delegates from various free zones across the globe are expected to take part in WFZC, which will be held under the theme ‘Gathering Global Support For Free Zone Industry’.

WFZC 2010 will be held under the slogan: “Harnessing economic zones worldwide to the cause of economic recovery, dynamic growth and strengthened world trade.”

This was announced at a press conference held in RAK today, attended by His Highness Sheikh Faisal Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK FTZ, Oussama El Omari, CEO of RAK FTZ, Graham Mather, Chairman of WFZC, and Maryam Al Murshedi Al Shehhi, Deputy Director General of RAK FTZ.

In his comments, H.H. Sheikh Faisal Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said: “RAK is privileged to be hosting and sponsoring the WFZC. This is the first time a convention of such stature is being held in RAK and is an important milestone for both RAK and RAK FTZ. We will utilise this unique chance to review the successes achieved in the past decade and set benchmarks for the conventions to come.”

In his address, Mr Oussama El Omari said: “This year RAK FTZ marks its 10th anniversary and what better way to mark this than hosting and sponsoring the 10th edition of WFZC here in RAK. We are extremely proud of our achievements in this last decade and we truly live up to our slogan — The Home of Business.”

He added: “Even in the extremely challenging 2009, registrations and company revenue in the RAK FTZ have grown by 10 and 11 per cent respectively. And we forecast 2,250 additional companies in 2010, which speaks a lot about our vision. We are confident that the WFZC 2010 will offer a one-of-its-kind opportunity for participants from various parts of the globe to explore the immense growth potential of free trade zones and help learn new initiatives that will bring economic and trade development all around.”

Highlighting the details of the convention, Mr Graham Mather said: “We have come a long way since the first WFZC convention in London in June 2001 and are privileged to bring the 2010 convention to RAK, which has carved a niche with its proactive growth and expansion strategies. During WFZC 2010, we are inviting several multinationals who will offer their valuable feedback on their experiences in free zones. Similarly, we will also look at explaining the various benefits accrued to investors if they are part of the free zone community and ways to best utilise the zones.”

The conference will also look into relations and strategies between the various zones, government authorities as well as private companies. Case studies of various sectors and companies will also be discussed during the forum. The second day of the conference will examine the current issues affecting free zones across different regions.

“As a facilitator, we will look at steps to help foster the image of zones and their contribution to the global economy,” said Mr Mather, adding the early bird registration period ends on 30 September. Details about the convention, hotel accommodation and airport transfers are available on www.freezones.org and www.wfzc2010.com.#]

publié le 20 November 2011

RAK FTZ to partipate in rencontres Paris Export 75

[#
Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) will be participating in the export meeting – Rencontres Export 75 – organised by Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event is to be held in Paris on 30 November 2011.

During the event, Joyce Choukri, Marketing & Sales Coordinator, European Office-RAK FTZ will give a presentation on the advantages of establishing a company in RAK FTZ at 03:00 PM.#]

Date : Nov 30, 2011 to Nov 30, 2011
Location : Bourse de Commerce, Paris

To attend the event or the presentation, please register by following the below link;
http://www.ccip75.fr/upload/html/inscription_rencontres_export.html

publié le 16 January 2011

Saudi Arabia: 5th Annual Global Competitiveness Forum, 22-25 January 2011

[#While the 4th Global Competitiveness Forum focused on finding the right balance of economic growth and sustainability through competitiveness, the 5th GCF will dig into one of the key elements of competitiveness – “Innovation as a Means to Competitiveness”. Over the last 4 years of the Global Competitiveness Forum, innovation was discussed as a means of developing competitiveness - to build sustainability, promote responsible development, and drive economic growth. For the Global Competitiveness Forum’s 5th anniversary, the world’s premier gathering on competitiveness challenges will not only look at what challenges to competitiveness exist, but how to use innovation to solve those challenges.#]

[# Five years ago, the Global Competitiveness Forum started as a gathering of ICT experts, which included Bill Gates, discussing how ICT enables competitiveness. For the next three years, the GCF grew through the financial crisis to tackle the world’s most important competitiveness issues. The 5th Global Competitiveness Forum will continue building on the success of previous years, with the goal of being one of the year’s most important conferences.

The Forum will be held from 22 – 25 January 2011, and a number of speakers have already been confirmed, including: HE Ali Al-Naimi, Klaus Kleinfeld, Marco Tronchett-Provera, Jean Pascale-Tricoire, Janine Benyus, Ulf Henriksson, James Wolfensohn, Andy Bird, Professor Michael Porter, Linda Rottenberg, Paul Hawken, Jean Chrétien, Andy Meyers, Amy Zhou, James Carpenter, Atul Punj, John C. Warner, and many more.

The Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF), the only event of its kind, is an annual meeting of global business leaders, international political leaders, and selected intellectuals and journalists brought together to create a dialogue with respect to the positive impact organizational and national competitiveness can have on local, regional and global economic and social development. It was founded in 2006 by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and is held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under the patronage of HM King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Vision: An annual program of activities attended by global business leaders, international political leaders, and selected intellectuals who share a common interest in competitiveness.

Mission: To continue fostering awareness and enthusiasm around the issue of competitiveness, and to evaluate the applicability of competitiveness theory and practice as a tool for generating real solutions to contemporary global challenges.#]

publié le 29 August 2010

Saudi Arabia: Modern Makkah exhibition, October 10th - 11th, 2010

[#In partnership with HH Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khaled bin Muhammad Al Saud and STAR Group Holdings, naseba is proud to host Modern Makkah, a unique exhibition, showcasing the projects that are shaping the future of the Holy City.#]

[#Held at the Umm Al-Qura University, the Modern Makkah exhibition invites both Islamic and non-Islamic, local, regional and international companies and organisations to be part of the historical transformation of the province. In collaboration with Modern Makkah, the Islamic Investment Summit will host industry leaders who are driving the region’s development.

Modern Makkah will:

  • Focus on projects that will shape the future success of the Makkah province.
  • Deliver a high-level, strategic, business-based initiative that will see VVIPs, royal families, government officials, tourists, local residents, families, international media representatives and more, attending.
  • Feature must-have solutions and innovations covering comprehensive development of the Makkah province.
  • Ensure massive inward and outward investment opportunities.
  • See top-level executive speakers from the public and private sectors presenting detailed strategic analyses for lucrative upcoming projects that aim to emphasise the Makkah province’s huge bank of opportunities.

Modern Makkah showcases top organisations driving expansion plans for the Makkah province. The initiative will bring together high-level decision makers from leading Infrastructure, real estate, infrastructure, hospitality and tourism project developers to play an active role in the historical transformation of the Holy City and its greater province.

Be a part of the transformation and capitalise on massive expansion plans for the Holy City of Makkah and the greater province.#]

www.modernmakkah.com

publié le 6 March 2011

Saudi Downstream Strategic Forum§ Exhibition 8-9 March 2011

[#Saudi Downstream will host the first forum in Saudi Arabia to focus on the downstream petrochemicals and mineral industries. The forum and exhibition will unite industry leaders and high level government representation to discuss the new technologies, industries and investors which will play a central role in the diversification of the Kingdom’s economy.#]
www.saudidownstream.com

publié le 1 February 2011

SAUDI OPHTHALMOLOGY 2011, 27 February-2 March 2011 Riyadh

The Saudi Ophthalmology 2011 Symposium is the combined meeting of the 28th Annual Symposium of the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital and the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society.
The symposium will focus on recent advances in the following topics:
Cornea
Refractive Surgery
Cataract
Retina
Oculoplastics
Glaucoma
Neuro-Ophthalmology
Genetics
Imaging/Biotechnology
Prevention of Blindness
Optometry
Event url
http://www.saudi-ophthalmology.orgOrganizer
King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH)
Saudi Ophthalmology Meeting Office, +966 1 482 1234 ext 2166/2049
Phone: +966 1 482 1234
Fax: +966 1 482 1234, extension 1908
P.O. Box 7191 Riyadh 11462 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. , Riyadh
E-mail : aeid@kkesh.med.sa
Website : www.kkesh.med.sa
King Fahd Cultural Center, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ,
Riyadh

publié le 1 February 2011

Saudi Urban Transport Conference 2011

[#Come and network with transportation experts and key industry players from government ministries, municipalities, contractors, consultancies and solution providers.Explore future transportation projects planned throughout Saudi Arabia#]
Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh, 19 -22 February , 2011

www.saudiurbantransportation.com

publié le 7 February 2015

Sharjah: WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment 8-10 February 2015

press release

Held annually in locations around the world, The WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment provides a unique platform to network and discuss global location decisions amongst FDI dealmakers, including globally expanding companies, economic and investment agencies, and the multipliers and site consultants who advise both parties.

The aims of the WORLD FORUM are to improve the dialogue between government and industry on global FDI — to provide a better understanding of the conditions which attract corporate investors and how to overcome the challenges companies face when setting up in new countries/cities/zones.
This year’s WORLD FORUM will be hosted in Sharjah and the theme for the event is ‘Where East Meets West.’ Topics to be covered include; Geopolitics and Foreign Direct investment; Global Infrastructure: Enhancing FDI; Navigating Bureaucracy: Breaking the FDI Barriers; Cross Border Financing Options for FDI; Developing Top Talent and FDI and Mega Events. Attendees will also be treated to a wide array of networking opportunities throughout The FORUM – highlights include; Desert Safari Inaugural Dinner and Conference Launch; FDI Association Awards and Dinner on the Al Majaz Waterfront; and Closing Networking Lunch and Cultural Afternoon at the Islamic Civilisation Centre.

publié le 29 March 2014

Sheikha Al Mayassa inaugurates ROTA’s Empower 2014 Sports for Empowerment Conference

press release

The 6th EMPOWER Youth Conference 2014 on Leadership, Service Learning and Global Citizenship, organized by Qatar’s leading educational not-for-profit organization Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), began at Qatar Foundation Student Center-Doha, on Thursday 27 March.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, ROTA Chairperson, inaugurated the conference in presence of Sheikha Dr. Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, ROTA board member, and Mr. Essa Al Mannai, ROTA Executive Director, with the participation of 450 youth activists between the ages of 16 and 26.

This year’s occasion, under the theme “Sports for Youth Empowerment”, is sponsored by Msheireb Properties, a real estate company and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation. The company was established as a commercial venture to support the Foundation’s aims and Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

“Empower 2014 is a unique platform for the youth to discover their voices and unleash their full potentials to positively contribute in the community and develop their skills, perception and behavior in order to take effective lead roles in their societies. The event will provide a chance for young people from Qatar and outside the country to get to know each other and exchange experiences and information", HE Sheikha Al Mayassa said.

"The youth empowerment conference idea came out of our belief in the importance of youth role in shaping the future of our communities through their contribution in finding innovative solutions to their current and future problems. As organizations, our role is to support them with life skills and educational tools that contribute to become leaders of the future".

ROTA Empower 2014 is inviting regional youth activists this year. This will be a good platform for youth from different regions to network with the youth in Qatar; eight organizations from the United States of America, India, the United Kingdom, Lebanon and Qatar will take part in the conference and share their capabilities with Empower’s youth: Right to play (Lebanon), Coaches across continents (USA), Liverpool Sport Club Foundation (UK), Magic Bus (India), Aspire Academy, Aspetar, Qatar football association and Qatar Olympic Committee.

Sheikha Al Mayassa noted that ROTA is committed to providing a platform for community events that youth can participate in, so they can learn more about the importance of playing sports in order to stay healthy.

“Sports have a unique influence of attracting, motivating and inspiring youth, as it naturally revolves around sharing. It motivates engagement and integration and expresses values such as respecting competitors, accepting rules, team work and fairness. These are all principles enshrined in the UN Charter and the Human Development Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030”, HE said. “This is exactly what we are proud of sharing with the Arab and Gulf communities looking forward to raise awareness of the importance of sport and its effectiveness in achieving synergy between the individuals of one healthy society,” HE added.

During the 3-day event, delegates will attend several workshops that will raise awareness and build knowledge and capacity to enable young people to take leadership roles to address local and international developmental issues that concern them. These workshops will focus on exploring the theme of Sports for Youth Empowerment by sharing ideas, expertise, and common grounds while improving youth talents and abilities.

The main guest of the event was acclaimed author, philanthropist and President Barack Obama’s sister, Dr. Auma Obama, who subscribes to the belief that sports can be an efficient vehicle to help youth develop empathy and engagement with their communities - a vision shared by ROTA as well.

In an inspirational speech to the youth participants, Dr. Auma Obama said, “Sport is the perfect platform for youth to build self-esteem. When youth get to play – even by just participating – they stop feeling that cloying sense of vulnerability, and begin to be active participants in their communities. By having their accomplishments highlighted, they gain the confidence to take on larger challenges”.
Dr. Obama added: “I am very glad that ROTA has decided ‘Sports for Youth Empowerment’ as the theme for the Empower conference. Sports engage all potential change makers, even those standing idle on the sideline, to include them in a vision for a better world”.
“There is a direct link between the wellbeing of youth and the social and economic progress of a country. We are glad that Qatar is taking its responsibilities for the education and personal development of youth seriously, and we look forward to benefit from Empower’s opportunity to exchange our best practices and unite with youth from around the world”, she noted.

Currently, Dr. Obama sits on the board of the Jacobs Foundation, a prestigious Swiss based non-profit organization that funds research and development programs worldwide in the field of child and youth development, with special emphasis on early childhood development, employability and socio-economic wellbeing. Previously in her career, Dr. Obama worked as an Advisor for CARE USA’s Sports for Social Change Initiative that aimed to promote multiple approaches in using sports as a tool for social change for vulnerable and At-Risk Youth, particularly girls, in East Africa and other parts of the world.

In his key note address, General Secretary of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Mr Hassan, al-Thawadi said: "We meet today because one common goal brings us all together: Using Sport as a catalyst for social and economic change as we work towards the 2030 National Vision. We have always considered sports as an education tool that can be utilized for the benefit of the human development”.

Al-Thawadi added: "We value ROTA’s initiative, adopting sports concept to focus on achieving educational goals. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy are keen to raise awareness of sports importance in our daily life and we are pleased to gather with ROTA tonight to promote sport in general and Football in particular, as a key factor to unifying youth from different backgrounds, and equipping them with the sense of sportsmanship".

Later, youth activist Mohamed Sadoon Al Kuwari and ROTA Youth Advisory Board member Mohamed Al Hashemi delivered youth power speeches, much to the applaud of the youth gathering at the Empower 2014 conference.

EMPOWER 2014’s main objective is to encourage individuals to challenge themselves in an environment alien to them; an exciting experience which becomes a worthwhile educational experience. At the same time, the conference epitomizes the “work hard, play hard” ethic, as all delegates, facilitators and observers display both a serious professionalism combined with wit and humor when approaching the various EMPOWER activities.
EMPOWER has gained a reputation for in being the first youth led conference in Qatar to focus on equipping young people to take active roles in building your communities and having a voice on global issues.

For complete details of the 6th EMPOWER Annual Youth Conference 2014, visit http://reachouttoasia.org/en/event-details/empower-2014

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publié le 3 June 2011

SITL Dubai: International Week of Transport & Logistics

Date Sunday, 05 June 2011 To Tuesday, 07 June 2011

[#For the international and national communities of shippers, freight carriers and logistics service providers, SITL Dubai offers a unique access to innovative products and services dedicated to procurement, distribution and the supply chain of tomorrow.

• A unique world-class annual event organized in one of the most dynamic emerging markets in the world, the UAE
• An innovative networking platform for the Asian, European, Middle Eastern and North Africa‘s Logistic and Transport markets
• Attracting the world’s most known authorities, decision-makers, shippers and specialists through its Hosted Buyer Program and SITL Business and Investment Forum
• Offering market insights and industry trends through the Global Shippers’ Forum

You can learn more about this event by visiting - www.sitldubai.com#]

publié le 27 July 2010

Sugar French company based in Paris seek contact Gulf companies

French company based in Paris seek contact in sugar Import/export business with companies from Irak, UAE, Kuweït, Qatar and Bahrein

Contact:
World Business Development
M. Hared
Tél +33 01 71 60 33 42

publié le 30 November 2010

Summit on the Global Agenda, 29 November - 1 December 2010 Dubai

[#The Summit on the Global Agenda is a unique gathering of the Members of the Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils, the world’s most relevant thought leaders from academia, business, government and society.#]

[#Over 600 participants are engaging in interactive workshops and sessions to set priorities for the most compelling ideas to improve the state of the world and identify the latest trends, risks and innovative solutions to address the world’s challenges.

Foremost thought leaders aim for solutions as Summit on the Global

The World Economic Forum’s third Summit on the Global Agenda has opened, with over 600 of the foremost global experts from business, government, academia and civil society working together to address the key issues on the global, regional and industry agendas.

In the opening plenary session in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Members of the Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils were encouraged to develop innovative solutions to the many challenges the world faces.

The world is now living in “a new reality”, Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, told participants in his opening remarks. “What we want to do is to look at the world in the context of this new reality.” He added: “What we are doing here is trying to reduce the risk exposure of the world by cooperating, by thinking more proactively and in more strategic and comprehensive ways.”#]

World Economic Forum

publié le 1 February 2010

Syria: 5th Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions conference

5th Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions conference in Syria
A conference on Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions will be held
in Damascus on 15-16 March 2010 at Four Seasons Hotel.

http://www.syria-report.com/article.asp?id=3715

publié le 7 February 2014

The changing face of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): a greater focus on the emerging markets?

The theme of this year’s Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), which will take place in Dubai on the 8th – 10th April 2014, is Investment Partnerships for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Frontier and Emerging Markets. If representatives of 165 countries have been invited and a total of 10,000 visitors are expected, it is because this is a hot topic.

The opening day of the congress will see the presentation of the first AIM FDI report, with a special focus on FDI flows to and from frontier and emerging markets. Produced in conjunction with the fDi Intelligence unit of the Financial Times, the report will look at the key opportunities and challenges in these fast growth markets.
So what figures do we have at present for global FDI flows and investment into emerging markets?
According to the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2013 (released in June 2013), global foreign direct investment inflows fell by 18% in 2012 to US$1.35 trillion and their predictions for 2013 show little sign of a great increase with an upper range estimate of US$1.4 trillion.

For the first time ever, developing countries absorbed more FDI than developed countries, with a 52% share, even if these inflows declined slightly by 4%.

So is our perspective of global FDI changing?

According to Dr. Karl P. Sauvant, Resident Senior Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC) at Columbia University, New York, and moderator of the ministerial roundtable and a plenary session on the evolving regulatory framework for FDI at this year’s AIM congress:
“The rise of the emerging markets requires us to revisit our perspective on global FDI. Whereas the pattern shifted some 20 years ago from bipolar (dominated by the US and the European Community) to tripolar (entrance of Japan into the world FDI market and the notion of the FDI Triad), we can no longer use this characterisation. I am not sure however whether emerging markets will be able to maintain their share in world FDI flows in 2013. Their share, whilst remaining important, might drop as growth in developed economies continues to pick up.”

What type of investment are we seeing in the emerging markets?

Those emerging markets that are receiving most inward investment are those that participate in the manufacturing global value chains (GVCs). These are to be found mostly in Asia. Investment into Africa and South America is predominantly infrastructure and natural resources investment, with the exception of Mexico.
GVCs have increasing importance in terms of global trade, representing 80% of the total value, according to UNCTAD. These continue to represent a real opportunity for developing and emerging economies, contributing on average 30% to individual countries’ GDP. It is not just an increase in GDP that participation in these GVCs can add, but they can also positively influence aspects such as skill building and industrial upgrading in the host countries.
If we take the subject of GVCs, it cannot be denied that participation in these value chains does not come without certain risks for emerging and developing economies. The risks lie in the host country capturing only a small proportion of the value within that chain, and this engendering a negative environmental and social impact in terms of working conditions, low wages, job security and health and safety.
In terms of these risks, although it will not eliminate them totally, Dr. Sauvant believes that this crystallisation of multiple FDI poles will more than likely influence international rule-making and will engender changes in the way that developed countries and emerging markets both see the responsibilities of host countries and multinationals. This will encourage them to be more aligned, particularly as these emerging markets are becoming significant outbound investors in their own right. He states:
“The new players and established investors will have to understand that countries no longer look for more FDI, but sustainable FDI – investment contributing as much as possible to economic, environmental and social development in the framework of mechanisms that ensure a fair distribution of FDI benefits.”

And what type of investment do we expect to see in coming years?

Dr. Sauvant voices the opinion that the real growth for emerging markets will come from the service sector rather than manufacturing GVCs. This is not a surprise in the sense that the service sector is the largest worldwide. Heopines:
“Services have traditionally had to be produced when and where they are consumed. Information technology has however changed the rules of the game, and indeed continues to do so. Anyproduct that has a high information content and can hence be computerised, can also be outsourced. GVAs in the service sector in emerging markets really are in their infancy but cost issues will push their development into these countries. These markets need to anticipate this future trend by ensuring that the adequate telecommunications infrastructure and the relevant skill sets are in place.”
Do challenges face companies when investing in emerging markets?
With opportunity comes indeed certain challenges. On a very simple level, the access to information can often be much more limited than in developed countries making informed choices rather difficult. Bureaucracy and complicated administrative procedures can represent another challenge.
Evidently, the regulatory frameworks in place in different countries have their role to play. This is especially of interest in these times whereby we are seeing mounting signs of re-evaluation of the openness to FDI in developed economies, notably such as the increase of national policy changes, as well as more restrictive review processes, that make the investment environment less hospitable, especially for cross-border M&As.
The experiences of other companies investing in the same markets can be helpful and that is why this year’s AIM congress welcomes high-level,private sector representatives who will share with participants their views and experiences of investing in emerging markets, as well as their feedback as to what were the main drivers were behind their investments, the interaction and support they had and how they mitigated the risks in investing in these markets.

How can emerging markets improve their investment environment by anticipating these challenges and limiting the risks?

Ultimately, any emerging market needs to make sure that the right economic determinants are in place: the market, the physical and virtual infrastructures and the right skills. These are the real drivers behind an investment decision. A simplified regulatory framework makes it easier, but if the economic determinants are in place, a company will find the way to invest.
Easing the regulatory framework is however important, as on an even playing field this can indeed make a difference. One of the main instruments used is the creation of an Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) which will not only promote the developing country to overseas investors but also act as a lobbying arm to ensure that the investment climate is open and welcoming.
The creation of such a structure also increases FDI inflows by not only “getting their country as the map” as it were, but also in centralising all that market information that overseas investors can find hard to access. Investment Promotion Agencies typically also navigate the red-tape that companies can find burdensome.
Dr. Sauvant stresses the fact that the “World FDI market is extremely competitive. There are literally thousands of institutions worldwide with a remit for investment promotion and attraction. All IPAs really need to watch what their competitors are doing in order to stay in the game successfully.”

About the AIM congress

The 4th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) will take place in Dubai on the 8th – 10th April 2014. Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, this year’s meeting will focus on the theme of: Investment Partnerships for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Frontier and Emerging Markets. Representatives of 165 countries having been invited and a total of 10,000 visitors expected.

www.aimcongress.com

publié le 6 November 2012

The Libya Summit 19- 2 Nov 2012 Tripoli

[#The Libya Summit will bring together business leaders, industry leaders, global policy makers, diplomats and other stakeholders across various industries such as Oil and Gas || Banking and Finance || Aviation and Defense || Construction and Real Estate || Energy || Transport || Telecom || IT and Utilities on a single platform to deliberate the transformation of Libya as a model of stability and economic excellence.#]

Contacts:
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publié le 6 October 2013

Thomson Reuters & Dubai Chamber Of Commerce Host A Global Islamic Economy Summit In November 2013

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced that it will host the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The event will take place on 25th & 26th November 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

With a consumer base of 1.6 billion Muslims, much has been said about the significance of the Islamic world and the promise it holds for economic growth and profitability. Yet very little transformative dialogue has been undertaken to assess the scale of opportunities and challenges within the global Islamic Economy.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Summit will gather leading thinkers, policy makers and stakeholders from around the world to moderate a meaningful and critical evaluation of the Islamic Economy.

The Summit will initiate critical dialogue on the development of the integrated sectors of the Islamic Economy, covering Islamic financial services, halal manufacturing and related lifestyle sectors. The event will feature the launch of several innovations relating to the Islamic Economy, including ground-breaking market studies and announcements from Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy.

Commenting on the launch, Mohammed Abdullah Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, United Arab Emirates and Chairman of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai’s Islamic Economy Higher Committee said “As part of the ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative, the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2013 offers that one point of focus highlighting a world of opportunities in the Islamic Economy. And Dubai is uniquely positioned to take advantage of those opportunities, the geographic and economic nexus of the Islamic world and a melting pot of citizens from hundreds of countries and dozens of cultures.”

H.E. Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber, said: “As a growing global business and leisure destination, Dubai is an ideal choice to become the capital of the Islamic economy. The UAE is already one of the biggest markets in the region for Islamic banking and we see major opportunities to enhance the halal food industry, develop trade policies and commercial laws, and Islamic tourism among other sectors. The Global Islamic Economy Summit will be the ideal platform to explore these ideas and begin a constructive dialogue for future growth and development.”

Russell Haworth, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters, said: “The emergence of an Islamic Economy as a definable economic paradigm opens up a new horizon of opportunities that, if nurtured, can bring tremendous benefits for societies all over the world.”

Sayd Farook, Global Head of Islamic Capital Markets, Thomson Reuters, commented: “In the current global economic climate, the search for new underserved markets has brought a fresh spotlight onto the Muslim world, and especially with regard to Islamic Finance and the Halal food and services sectors. The convergence of these two Shariah compliant industries is likely to be a new engine of growth that engages both the Muslim and non-Muslim world.”

The Summit will cover six major pillars of the Islamic Economy:

Islamic Finance (Islamic banking; Islamic asset management; takaful & retakaful; sukuk & capital markets and Waqf endowments)
Halal Food (agriculture, ingredients & manufacturing; retail; logistics; research & product development and food services)
Halal Lifestyle (cosmetics; personal care; pharmaceuticals; fashion; entertainment; art & design and media)
Family Travel (hospitality; tourism; meetings incentives conferences & exhibitions (MICE); healthcare and Hajj/Umrah)
SME Development (technology & innovation; venture capital financing; incubation and training)
Islamic Economy Infrastructure (training & education; compliance; standardisation; research; Muslim consumer marketing & research and government services)
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, go to http://thomsonreuters.com.

About Dubai Chamber

Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.

publié le 16 January 2014

UAE Ministry of Economy gears up for 4th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from April 8 to 10

presse release

Under the directive of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, UAE Ministry of Economy announced today that preparations for the 4th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) scheduled from 8 to 10 April 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre are in full swing.

Al Mansoori: “Dubai winning Expo 2020 bid whets appetite of foreign investors to invest in UAE services sectors”

Delivering the speech on behalf of H.E Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, H.E. Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Economy, Foreign Trade Sector said that the past three editions of AIM succeeded in putting the spotlight on challenges and opportunities facing investments in the region and globally.
He added that the fourth edition comes at a time the UAE has moved to the forefront as a key investment destination globally.
Al Saleh said that the UAE had become a tier-one investment destination thanks to its conducive business environment backed by its unique features and advantages like its strategic location, logistics infrastructure, high flexibility and increase inflow of foreign investment.
In Al Mansoori’s speech delivered by the Undersecretary, Al Saleh lauded the UAE government’s initiatives in maintaining a lead position when came to international and regional investment inflow.
This year’s meeting will focus on the theme ‘Investment Partnerships for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Frontier and Emerging Markets.’ Representatives of 165 countries have been invited to the forum that is expected to attract 10,000 visitors.
HE said that the AIM 2014 comes at a time when global growth is still in low gear and the drivers of growth are shifting, according to the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report. The IMF had forecast global growth to average 2.9 percent in 2013. However, much of the pickup in growth is expected to be driven by advanced economies.
Speaking about UAE, HE Al Saleh said: “In the UAE, the economy is back on the growth path, thanks to a balanced national strategy based on our comparative advantages and supportive policies toward entrepreneurship and private sector development. Increased government spending and a significant resurgence in tourism, transport and trade has contributed to this upswing.”
On UAE’s Expo 2020 win, HE Al Saleh said that the successful bid will whet appetite of foreign investors to invest in UAE services sectors in 2014.
He commented: “For the first time, developing countries absorbed more FDI than developed countries, with a 52% share.”
He said that AIM has attracted the participation of a variety of Economy Ministers, Undersecretaries, decision-makers, economists, experts and analysts, businessmen and investors in addition to the media of the world and the region.

Al Saleh stressed that the UAE has succeeded in attracting foreign direct investment through globalization and its strong role as a prominent player in the modernised globalized economy.

Al Saleh added that the UAE has the advantages of the ideal economic and investment environment supported by a modern integrated structure of airports and ports, communications, transportation and logistics services.

Mr. Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, AIM’s Organizing Committee said that international and regional investors are keen to attend this global event that will review a host of investment options, and share practices and experiences, with a focus on simplifying and maximizing investments in emerging countries.

He noted that the event will see participation of more than 10,000 senior officials from the UAE and the world.

The inaugural session on April 8 will witness the release of the foreign direct investment report for 2013, and discussions on legislative and regulatory frameworks for investments. This year, the new addition will be the Ministerial Roundtable, a high level forum involving ministers from various countries, business leaders, representatives of multilateral agencies as well as world renowned experts from research centres and academia.

In the last two days of AIM, the focus will be on investment in the agricultural sector, tourism and entertainment industries, infrastructure and logistics sector as well as discussions on investments pertaining to Expo 2020, risk management, dynamic institutional investments and investments in the sectors of energy, manufacturing and financial operations and a panel discussion on investments in China as well as case studies on best practices of investment in emerging markets.

Al Shezawi said that AIM 2014 will look into investment opportunities in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and the rest of the world.

Al Shezawi concluded: "The forum will focus on the challenges facing the global economy and their impact on foreign direct investment as well as the necessary legislations to promote investment partnerships and maximize investments, mergers and acquisitions. AIM will also assess significance of investing in different economic sectors and other issues critical to investments in modernized global economy.”

publié le 6 September 2015

UAE Ministry of Economy to Host Sixth Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai in April 2016

The UAE Ministry of Economy has announced that the 6th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM 2016) will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, from April 11–13, 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The upcoming edition will convene high profile government and private sector representatives, and address several investment-related issues and activities.

Held under the theme ‘The New World of FDI, Key Features and Best Practices’, the event will emphasize the prominent role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in emerging and developed markets, and its contribution as a key driver of economies. Successful case studies on attracting FDI flows and overcoming obstacles to this investment vehicle will be highlighted at the three-day global event.

A series of investment-related activities will be introduced at AIM 2016, in addition to featuring the previous instalment’s most significant components. The event will include a thought leadership conference that is expected to bring together FDI experts and specialists, as well as a global leaders debate, a ministerial roundtable, country presentations/investment destinations, G2B and B2B meetings, capacity building workshops, an exhibition, and a gala dinner.

In addition, an investment awards ceremony, an FDI experts’ corner, an investors’ zone and SME zone are value-added features to this year’s event. AIM 2016 will also see the launch of the third edition of the Annual FDI Report focusing on the latest trends in FDI on a global and regional level, and illustrating ways of procuring FDI investment in different types of markets, especially the developing ones.

His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, said: “The Annual Investment Meeting draws the attention of elite specialists in investment sectors. From a simple platform to highlight investment opportunities, AIM has emerged as a must-attend annual calendar event for reaching mega deals and strategic partnerships between decision makers and investors from different categories. Most of these entities are prime beneficiaries of FDIs that have evolved as a viable investment method in the current socio-economic milieu.”

The Minister added: “While oil used to contribute to more than 90% of the Gross National Product in the 1970s, in a reversal of fortunes it today accounts for less than a third of the GNP. Meanwhile, the contribution of non-oil sectors to the GNP registered 69% at the end of 2014. The move towards diversification of the economy was largely aided by attracting the right investments. Through AIM we are keen to promote more effective investment solutions that are not only limited to bringing in capital but will also lead to the transfer of expertise, technology and know-how that are so critical in the country’s goal to shape a knowledge economy.”

Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, AIM’s Organizing Committee said the 2016 edition will serve as a platform for FDI experts, investors, professionals and businessmen to discuss how the FDI landscape has changed dramatically in recent years as well as identify new sources of FDI.

Shezawi added: “AIM 2016 will tackle the importance of identifying new forms of investment and discuss the policies that promote and facilitate such investments and best practices. In addition, it will examine developments in the FDI sector against the backdrop of geo-political changes sweeping the world and explore ways of attracting investment from new sources and emerging markets.

“There is little wonder that FDIs have become the main item on the agenda at AIM. Numbers indicate that there are presently 50,000 multinational enterprises headquartered in emerging markets. Among these, a significant number are state-owned enterprises that are important investors in countries such as China, Singapore and the Arab world.”

The Ministry also plans to expand the scope of the accompanying exhibition of AIM 2016 to include new investment sectors for the benefit of participants and visitors. AIM will play a prominent role in facilitating communication among new investors and companies interested in emerging markets. The upcoming edition will be the largest and most diverse to date and witness individual initiatives organized by knowledge partners, sponsors and supporters of the event as well as investment promotion agencies.

The UAE model and the country’s experience in developing a safe environment that boasts an advanced infrastructure, ensures investor protection and high return on investment will be highlighted as part of a key case study by a designated country at AIM 2016.

The 2015 edition drew the participation of 124 countries and 145 prominent personalities, including heads of states and governments, ministers, mayors, governors, heads of international organizations and senior officials. The event was attended by 14,687 participants, and saw the announcement of projects worth billions of dollars.

AIM 2015 included four knowledge partners, 56 sponsors and supporting partners, 119 media partners, 85 investment promotion agencies, and was hosted across 8,000 sq mts of exhibition space.
- Ends-
For further information please contact Karine Barclais or:
Doaa Mounir,
Project Manager
Annual Investment Meeting
Dubai – UAE
T: +971 4 3923232
M: +971 56 4034044
E: doaa.mounir@aimcongress.com
W: ww.aimcongress.com

publié le 3 February 2011

Wetex 2011: Water, Energy Technology§Environment Exhibitions

[#A perfect place to meet largest number of institutional buyers from regional water and electricity authority.The region is witnessing phenomenal growth in water, energy and environment activities offering lucrative business opportunities.A cost effective and targeted medium to meet senior level decision makers.#]

[#An opportunity to renew and reaffirm contacts within a large exhibition environment.

13th edition of WETEX is being organized at the Dubai International Exhibition Center, during 8-10 March 2011 and it would be much bigger than ever before!

WETEX is organized by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Govt of Dubai. DEWA is a wholly Dubai Government owned entity, procures a varity of water, electrical and energy items for its desalination & power plants, substations, transmission & distribution systems, water pumping stations, etc. from all over the world. The authority’s annual purchases exceed $US 2-3 billions.

Traditionally WETEX is known for its high reach among the decision makers of the entire spectrum of public utility companies in UAE and GCC alike and it is a place tomeet the ’who is who’ of the public utility sector in GCC.#]
Mr. Jeen Joshua
Exhibition Manager
ALFAJER Information & Services
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Dubai, UAE
Tel : + 971-4-3406888
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publié le 4 November 2010

World Economic Forum: 700 global leaders to attend Dubai summit

[#Summit on the Global Agenda in the United Arab EmiratesThe Summit on the Global Agenda is a unique gathering of the Members of the Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils, the world’s most relevant thought leaders from academia, business, government and society.#]

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The Summit, held in partnership with the United Arab Emirates represented by the Government of Dubai, will take place from 29 November to 1 December 2010.

During the three-day Summit, over 700 participants will engage in interactive workshops and sessions to set priorities for the most compelling ideas to improve the state of the world and identify the latest trends, risks and innovative solutions to address the world’s challenges. The outcomes of the Summit will be integrated in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos-Klosters for further discussion and action.

Co-Chairs
Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates
Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director-General, Economic Department of the Government of Dubai
For more information, please e-mail: gac@weforum.org#]

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