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Newsletter 10/2017

Chairman's Message | Carl Dowling

 

Dear Members and Friends

It has been another busy month at the ABCD, with the team working hard on some new ideas and initiatives that we believe will popular with all the membership.

Thank you to all those who came and helped us celebrate the AFL Grand Final at Barasti. We had over 350 Aussies (and friends) in the room, cheering on the Richmond Tigers and the Adelaide Crows. As an Adelaide boy and Crows supporter, it was frustrating morning, but as the Chairman of the ABCD it was fantastic to see so many in the community coming together to celebrate a great Aussie tradition. Congratulations to Richmond on the win and thanks to all our partners on the day, particularly the Victorian Government, CBD Consultancy and Auskick. Well done to our team for coordinating a great morning.

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October also saw the launch of our new CEO Insight Series. We are delighted to start this new program of events where key CEOs share their insights on their particular industry sector. The launch was with Sanjay Manchanda, CEO of Nakheel and it was a great Q&A session with him. November will see Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai present and January will be Shayne Nelson, CEO of Emirates NBD. I must also thank Knights & Lords. A long-term member of the ABCD, Knights & Lords are partnering with us for the CEO Insight Series by donating a bespoke hand-made tailoring experience (worth AED5,000) to one lucky member at the lunch. But you need to be there to be the lucky winner (see our website for details).

As we all know, we are currently in the throws of Dubai30x30 - 30 minutes of exercise for 30 days in a row. We wanted to do our bit, so a huge thanks to Gulf Rugby Academy for partnering with us to give members and friends access to a complimentary workout session on Black Palace Beach in the mornings. Please go down and join Frank, Penny and the members for these excellent 'Networking Workouts' on Mondays to Wednesdays at 6.30am.

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I am delighted to say that our membership continues to grow and I would like to welcome Kooh Sports (It's Just Cricket, It's Just Football, Absolute Swimming), TTi Global, Treasury Wine Estates and Ritz-Carlton DIFC amongst many others. We have done some work on our Membership Directory, and all corporate members now have a profile on the website that is accessible to anyone who visits the DIrectory. However, once you log in as a member, you get access to the profiles of every member of the ABCD, a fantastic digital networking tool. Remember that the content comes down to  you, so please go online to make sure all your details are up to date(contact the office on business@abcduae.com if you need any assistance with this).  In November we will be launching our Members Forum on the website, where you can network directly with other members on topical issues of the day.

News Alert: Watch this space for an exciting new membership category to be launched in November.

I am currently in Australia on the Austrade MENA Connections Roadshow. Whilst I am attending for my own business, I am also wearing my ABCD hat, taking the opportunity to meet with the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI). I am delighted to announce that we are signing an MOU whilst I am here which will help us build stronger ties between our two associations and the two countries. This means that you will be kept up to date with relevant issues in Australia, and you will get the opportunity to network with AACCI members when they are in Dubai or you are in Australia. We will send out a detailed report on my return.

Just a reminder that Melbourne Cup Breakfast will be on Tuesday 7 November at the new St. Regis Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. This promises to be a special year and we are excited about the new venue. #melbournecupDXB

Finally, just a reminder that the VAT deadline is fast approaching. We have a number of ABCD Members who can assist you with any of your VAT needs. Give the Office Team a call if you need any referrals to a reliable accounting firm who can help you prepare in time.

Carl Dowling

Chairman, Australian Business Council Dubai

E: chairman@abcduae.com

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