Friday, 15 April 2016, Dublin Castle

Facing the Changes in Arab Markets 

Registration is now open for the Arab-Irish Business Forum 2016, which is a must-attend event for those already doing business or considering new opportunities in the Middle East or other Arab markets.  

The forum will cover a range of issues including the significant political, economic and social changes taking place in the region that will present both opportunities and challenges for Irish businesses. Expert speakers will address the critical and practical issues such as doing business with family-run companies in the Gulf, attracting the best talent, interaction with government entities together with important legal advice. Speakers will include Misha Kannoo, Deputy Chairman Kanoo Group, Mirna Sleiman, Head of Government Sector, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters and Niall O’Toole and Stephen McKenna of Clyde & Co.

A keynote address will be delivered by long-time UAE resident Gerald Lawless who will draw on his almost 40 years of experience in the Middle East and his 18 years as Jumeirah Group President and CEO and more recently, as Head of Tourism and Hospitality at Dubai Holding a global investment holding that develops and manages an extensive portfolio of companies.

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Ahmad Younis AICC CEO, Enda Corneille Emirates Country Manager, Aidan Cotter Bord Bia CEO, Joe Geoghegan Honorary Consul for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan & Chairman of AICC, Peter Jackson Enterprise Ireland, Senior Market Adviser - Gulf Region

The forum will also feature the experiences of senior executives from Irish companies exporting to or operating in the region and business leaders from the Middle East who will provide insight on new and emerging markets that are already delivering for Irish businesses.   Irish exports to Arab markets surpassed all forecasts in 2015 with the value of goods and services topping €5.3bn from a previous high of €4bn in 2014. 

With opportunities to network with both speakers and senior business executives, this is an excellent opportunity to gain new insights into the Middle East and Gulf regions that could have a significant impact on your business.

Early booking is strongly advised - Click here:    For full details on the forum programme click here:

You can also check for updates on Twitter #ArabIrishForum

The event is being organised by the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bord Bia, Emirates Airline and Enterprise Ireland  and supported by Clyde & Co and Jenkinson Logistics.  The Forum will take place at the Printworks, Dublin Castle.