Members and guests have heard from local, national and international leaders, enhanced their businesses and built their brands during our advocacy, education and connection events. Take a look at some of our 2016 events below.
The first of the Chamber’s popular members’ networking events of 2016 took place on the afternoon of 28th January. Ten member companies from various industries delivered five-minute presentations in front of an audience of ABCC members, non-members and other guests.
Reception in Honour of the Bahrain Trade Minister
Ministerial Roundtable - Bahrain
A ministerial roundtable discussion with His Excellency Mr Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, the Minister of Industry Commerce & Tourism, of the Kingdom of Bahrain, was hosted at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce on the morning of 29 February.
Opportunities in Qatar
The Arab British Chamber of Commerce hosted a business seminar on Opportunities in Qatar on 13 April 2016.ABCC members and representatives of British companies attended keen to explore the potential new business available in this dynamic Gulf market.
The event boasted a panel of six expert speakers who delivered well informed briefings on aspects of doing business in Qatar which is currently implementing an ambitious investment programme to diversify its economy away from Oil & Gas and in readiness to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Second of the Chamber’s popular members’ networking events of 2016 took place on the afternoon of 27th April. Ten member companies from various industries delivered five-minute presentations in front of an audience of ABCC members, non-members and other guests.
HH Moroccan Ambassador Farewell Reception
On the evening of 25th May, the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce held a farewell reception in honour of Her Highness Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Kingdom, who is leaving London to take up a diplomatic posting in the United States.
The reception was hosted by Rt Hon Baroness Symons, ABCC Chairman, and Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby, ABCC Secretary General & CEO.
Opportunities in Kuwait
A business seminar to highlight investment opportunities in Kuwait took place at the Chamber on the afternoon of 26 May 2016.
Upwards of 80 delegates, drawn from the Chamber’s members and non-members, attended the event which saw a panel of expert speakers share their vast experience of doing business in Kuwait.
Ambassadorial Roundtable - Iraq
H E Dr Salih Husain Ali Al-Tamimi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the UK, visited the Arab British Chamber of Commerce on 27 May 2016 to participate in a business roundtable on investment prospects in Iraq.
The event was attended by leading investors and senior business people all keen to explore the emerging opportunities for doing business in the Iraq market.
The 2nd GCC-British Economic Forum
The 2nd GCC-British Economic Forum took place on 21st July 2016 in the elegant setting of Lancaster House, London, with some 250 delegates from the Gulf countries, Britain and around the world in attendance. The high-level forum, organised by the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, was widely hailed as a success by participants.
The day-long event provided a unique platform for British and Gulf decision makers to discuss common challenges and topical issues such as the economic vision of the GCC countries and the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union. The international conference was an opportunity to identify new areas of cooperation and to develop joint strategies for productive engagement.
Ministerial Roundtable - Saudi
On 22nd July, the Arab British Chamber of Commerce was privileged to host a business roundtable with H E Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, the Minister of Commerce and Investment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Minister was accompanied by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UK.
H E Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi delivered an extended presentation which explained how the Kingdom was moving towards a more diversified economy with a strategy that was motivated by recognition of the need to move away from oil dependency.
Alfred BASBOUS - Figurative to Abstraction | Exhibition
The Arab British Chamber of Commerce was proud to host an exhibition of the work of acclaimed Lebanese sculptor, Alfred Basbous. The exhibition, which took place 15th September 2016 gave an opportunity to showcase his unique talent which enabled the British public to become much more familiar with his work.
A members’ networking event was held at the Chamber on the afternoon of 28th September 2016. The event was extremely well attended with new and established members joined by executives from non-member companies along with diplomatic staff and others.
Opportunities in Tunisia
Tunisia’s economic strengths were in focus at the Opportunities in Tunisia event hosted by the Arab British Chamber of Commerce on 12th October. An audience of business executives, fund managers, entrepreneurs and diplomats, gathered at the Chamber’s premises to listen to a high-powered panel of speakers deliver a positive message about Tunisia’s attractions for investors. The country wanted to achieve a 3-4% growth rate by 2020 and aimed to mobilise investment of up to $60 billion from various sources over the next five years.
New Technologies in the Health Sector
A successful seminar on “New Technologies in the Health Sector” took place at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce on the afternoon of 24 November. The event was organised by the ABCC to bring together professionals in the health and medical industries to share ideas and explore the potential for joint ventures between the UK and Arab healthcare services at a time when technological advances are developing at an extremely rapid pace. A panel of expert speakers highlighted the applicability of new computer technology to health treatment and medical services including how robotics can assist people with disabilities, DNA mapping and remotely performed surgical operations.