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Newsletter 09/2014

Chairman's Message

Back to business after summer

Summer is over, kids are back at school and expats are back on the roads. After a summer of lower numbers at our events, the ABCD team and committee members have been working hard to build the calendar of events for the second half of the year.

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A word from the Ambassador

Australian sports stars in the UAE

I hope that most of you have had some time away, whether that be abroad to new places or back to Australia, and are now refreshed for the remaining few months of 2014 in the UAE.

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Austrade update

Major sporting and industry events

The summer was mostly spent planning for the new financial year and growing our network of colleagues in the region. We welcomed our new Deputy Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Ms. Elodie Journet in July.

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Face to Face with...

Penny Couchman

This month we talk to Penny Couchman, Managing Director at da Vinci Marketing.

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Member profile

Andarakis Advisory Services

This month we talk to Rob Kellner from Andarakis Advisory Services, a boutique size consultancy that offers marketing and management related advisory services.

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Finance

Is the UAE a financial safe haven?

In the Arab Spring, Dubai was the safe haven of choice in the Middle East and the inflow of money and people helped to end the recession of 2009-10.

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Construction/Property Updates

Introducing district cooling agreements

District cooling agreements are unsurprisingly common in this region. They are often complicated arrangements, given the long duration over which the terms of the agreements apply to each party.

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Industry insights

Women face retirement roadblocks

The modern woman is well educated and more likely to be a key financial contributor, if not the main breadwinner, for her family than in previous decades. However, despite earning more money and controlling more wealth, many women fail to adequately save for retirement

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Sponsors Updates

Qantas and Jetstar voted best airlines

Qantas and Jetstar have been named the two leading airlines in the Australia-Pacific region in the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

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Sponsors Updates

Personal electronic devices on Qantas

Qantas customers are now able to use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of each flight, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment.

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Member News

2014 Queen's Honours List

Stewart Routledge receives award in 2014 Queen's Honours List.

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Member News

Melbourne - most livable city

Australia’s fastest-growing city, Melbourne, has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live, topping The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index for the fourth year in a row.

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Member News

University Of Wollongong Dubai

Australian curriculum tailored to the UAE markets needs.

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Member News

Crown Relocations

Valuable cargo? It's important to choose someone who will take extra care of the most precious things...

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Latest Members Benefits

Dining delights that benefit you.

Movenpick Hotel, Ibn Battuta Gate: 20% off at Sicilia Park Regis Kris Kin: 20% off all F&B at Kris Crowne Plaza Deira: 25% of various bars & restaurants

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Event round-up

 
Past Event Gallery

Editorial

Contributing to FOCUS

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