Facing the Changes in Arab Markets
Friday, 15 April 2016, Dublin Castle
The Arab-Irish Business Forum 2016 was a great success for companies considering doing business in the Middle East and for those who are already operating in these markets. Its focus on practical advice from senior personnel who are long established in the area and who shared their considerable experience of successfully doing business in the region was a major part of this success. It also presented opportunities to network with both panellists and other Irish companies across many sectors in an effective manner.
Fingal Dublin Chamber Chief Executive, Tony Lambert and Country Crest Commercial Manager, Tony Doyle attended on behalf of the Fingal Dublin Chamber which works closely with the Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce to support companies with export documentation requirements for doing business in Arab countries.
Irish exports to all Arab markets surpassed forecasts in 2015 with the value of goods and services topping €5.3bn from a previous high of €4bn in 2014.
Expert speakers addressed the critical and practical issues such as dealing with government bodies, doing business with family-run companies in the Gulf, attracting the best talent, together with important legal advice on best practice in working with local partners.
A keynote address was delivered by Gerald Lawless who drew 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 company.
This was an excellent opportunity to gain new insights into the Middle East and Gulf and to learn from others practical experience that will help business development in the region.
Pictured at the Forum were: Chamber CEO, Tony Lambert, AICC Secretary-General, Ahmad Younis and Tony Doyle, Commercial Manager, Country Crest