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  • 21 July 2020 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi organized the first virtual meeting of the Communities of Interest (COI) – Oil and Gas Sector chaired by Dhia Hussain, Director and Head of Business Services in CBC Abu Dhabi with three invited panelists in the oil and gas field. The guests were Dr. Patrick Allman, CEO of DanaGas, Michael Mezei, Business Partnership Manager of Packers Plus, and Julian Lambert, General Manager of Copperleaf Technologies ME. The meeting held on 20 July 2020. 

    Mr. Hussain has introduced the panelists and the main discussion points on the agenda regarding recent and future oil prices, upstream production status, and oil refiner’s situation. He started the discussion with an announcement made by Wood Mackenzie Company saying that this year the money spent on upstream is decreased by $130 billion comparing to the pre-crash view outlook on investment and will cut further by 530 billion up to 2025. Besides, foreign direct investment is estimated to decrease by 50 billion because of project delay and cost-efficiency measures. Mr. Allman responded to Mr. Hussain's statement with the recent trend of the oil barrel price. In April the price of oil reached 20 dollars which is a two-third reduction in the actual price. Hence, such trends have had a big impact on the oil business; they were forced to adjust the capital expenditures of the year by 75 percent, delay projects, cut operating costs by 20 percent, and decrease manpower by a third to make up on some of the financial loss. Also, he emphasized that depending on the flexibility to get staff and supplies they may postpone upstream activities such as drilling even beyond 2021. Moreover, Mr. Mezei mentioned how travel restrictions have limited the field specialist to run their jobs which resulted in slow operations and unbalanced working hours for some of them. 

    On the other hand, Mr. Lambert expanded on the sustainability aspect of the oil business saying that “sustaining aging assets is about growing production on existing plants”, having capabilities of new technology and new security and enabling operators to optimize that space so they maximize the return on investment. He suggested that having a powerful software solution driving that space would provide benefits to manage unexpected crises such as the COVID-19. Mr. Hussain then started to discuss studies regarding the downstream saying that according to FG Energy jet fuel demand has fallen by 23 percent because of flight restrictions. “UAE alone accounts for more than 30 percent of jet fuel oil consumption” which is 2.5 percent of the global demand on refineries. Meanwhile, refineries are shifting to gas and diesel oil if this continues longer. Mr. Hussain asked the guest speakers on how to improve the refineries process. Mr. Allman focused on demand related issues since this was his field of expertise saying that the demand for jet fuel might not come back as it was last year much before 2024. Alternatively, the demand level might never return as it was in the last year since people got used to the remote meetings. Therefore, traveling for business purposes is going to decrease if people continue with remote methods which naturally going to reduce the demand on jet fuel almost permanently. However, traveling for tourism purposes is likely to make up on that reduction in fuel demand once a vaccine is approved and everyone is immune from the Coronavirus. In his opinion, gas and diesel have a fruitful future since currently people in China specifically prefer to take private vehicles-which consume gasoline- over public transportation. In addition, corresponding to Mr. Hussain after question about the future of renewable energy, Mr. Allman emphasized that the possible high demand on gas in the future is because of its low cost, however, the climate change debate is taken seriously by governments hence there is also a future with “stimulus for renewable energy supplies going forward”.

    Mr. Hussain moves the discussion mentioning Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) trend with reducing its production since 2016 by 5.2 million barrels per day but also having the issue with supply excess in the market. He then asked the guest speakers on shale oil fundamental development based on these facts. Mr. Allman responded saying that shale manufacturing will not be stopped unless the price of oil goes lower than 50 dollars per barrel. Hence, once the price of oil started to decrease significantly this year the US shale production started to shut down. Yet, according to him shale oil production is controllable and will be back once the price of oil returns to at least 50 dollars per barrels. More importantly, he mentioned how the price of oil in the future is unpredictable and might continue fluctuating because of issues with breakeven cost per share versus fiscal breakeven cost for the major oil producers. Mr. Hussain continues the discussion by asking Mr. Lambert on how can oil suppliers service companies plan their budget to sustain their business. Mr. Lambert suggested developing the company value framework link strategy to quantifiable metrics whereas each metric enables them to value each project in a different dimension. For instance, a project might aim to reduce production risks and another project might reduce safety risks hence together these two add value for the company in different dimensions. However, there are some project constraints to consider such as money, people's availability, and shutdown times. More importantly, companies have to “apply powerful optimization algorithms to reduce the budget while still maximizing returns”.

    The meeting was concluded with live Q&A from the participants.

     

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    About the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi

    The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi (CBC) promotes business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE with a particular focus on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We provide opportunities for Canadian business executives in the UAE to meet on a regular basis and to exchange information about business opportunities. As a link with organizations in Canada, CBC Abu Dhabi is dedicated to the development of trade and corporate investment between Canada and the UAE and assist Canadian companies and business people who are establishing or contemplating to establish a trading base in this country. www.cbcabudhabi.com

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    Maryam Almansoori, Intern, CBC Abu Dhabi


  • 16 July 2020 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi organized a webinar on the outlook of the hospitality sector post-covid in collaboration with Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi. The webinar took place on Wednesday, 15th of July 2020 with Mr. Elias Chakhtoura, the General Manager of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi. Mr. Chaktoura was invited as the guest speaker to talk about the state of the hotel business and hospitality industry in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Mr. Awais Chughtai, the Relationship Manager in CBC Abu Dhabi welcomed the participants, thanked CBC Abu Dhabi’s partnering councils, and introduced the guest speaker.

    At the beginning of the webinar the guest speaker, Mr. Chakhtoura has mentioned about the trends regarding hotel booking from February till June. According to him, they started to receive international booking cancellations by February and domestic cancellations by March. Those trends affected their business significantly since it was the time of the high season for the tourism industry. Things got worse when Corona cases existed in few hotels, which led some to temporary shut-down. However, with the support of Culture and Tourism Department and the health authority guidance helped their business to deal and cope with such a crisis. Some of the major changes in their industry was testing the employee for COVID-19 every two weeks while taking strict hygiene measures. In April, the business state was a little better since some groups such as workers were staying in hotels because of travel restrictions. By June, domestic tourism revived a little with the ease of visiting and lockdown restrictions. Currently, hotel resorts with beaches are profiting more than city hotel and he expects that their business will at least survive the next three months but not beyond that. Also, according to the Mckinsey survey, 49 percent of people are still anxious to travel whereas 43 percent are anxious to stay in hotels, which increase the health and safety measures in hotels. Another major trend is last-minute bookings since a lot of people are uncertain about their traveling plans. Besides, most people prefer hotels with outdoor activities since it feels safer than indoors crowded places.


    Mr. Chaktoura continued that due to coronavirus, different initiatives and procedures are being applied in the hospitality industry. Some of the initiatives are ALLSAFE program and virtual medical assistance for visitors and employees. Moreover, main procedures such as wearing a mask, self-service parking, limited restaurant capacity, contactless payment, social distancing, temperature checking, and rapped blankets are few essential practices they integrated into the business. More importantly, Mr. Chakhtoura believes that the hospitality industry is resilient and will survive this epidemic since people cannot lock themselves for too long and will need to socialize and overindulge at some point. And once situations become more safe and stable people often will travel and attend social events. Finally, some main qualities about the business to attract and satisfy the visitors are increased booking flexibility, safety, good price, and adjustment based on customers' expectations. Mr. Chughtai shared his experience as a customer in one of the hotels and how it felt unusual yet assuring. 

    The webinar was concluded with live Q&A from the participants.

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    About the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi

    The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi (CBC) promotes business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE with a particular focus on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We provide opportunities for Canadian business executives in the UAE to meet on a regular basis and to exchange information about business opportunities. As a link with organizations in Canada, CBC Abu Dhabi is dedicated to the development of trade and corporate investment between Canada and the UAE and assist Canadian companies and business people who are establishing or contemplating to establish a trading base in this country. www.cbcabudhabi.com

    About Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

    The hotel features 369 contemporary and spacious guestrooms and suites, Fairmont Gold, highlighted by one of the largest lounges in the city against a staggering backdrop of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, world class on-site amenities, including private sandy beaches, an Olympic-length swimming pool, and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Additionally, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr boasts an impressive portfolio of 10 award-winning dining outlets, ranging from casual poolside dining to world-class gourmet fare. https://www.fairmont.com/abu-dhabi

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    Maryam Almansoori, Intern, CBC Abu Dhabi


  • 15 July 2020 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi organized a webinar titled Exponential Crisis Needs an Exponential Response, Thriving in the Future . The webinar took place on Tuesday, 14th of July 2020, with keynote speaker and co-founder of the Xponential platform, Mr. Tariq Qureishy to talk about the importance of futurist thinking in response to current epidemics. Mr. David Laliberte, the Executive Director – Legal of Digital 14 and moderator of the webinar welcomed the participants, thanked CBC Abu Dhabi’s partnering companies, and introduced the guest speaker.

    The guest speaker, Mr. Qureishy emphasized at the beginning of the webinar on the importance of trust, which comes with harmony, empathy, and ethics. He introduced the current trends with the COVID-19 epidemic, which include fear, isolation, and insecurity of individuals and companies. In his opinion, the biggest epidemic is “misinformation, disinformation and too much information” which we find in social media. Hence, trust is an essential element to preserve the future and keep the world moving. He mentioned the 2009 financial crisis and how during the next ten years many new companies were founded such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Pinterest. Therefore, his theory is that with the current crisis there is a chance for even better innovations and companies to initiate in the next ten years. Exponential technologies are the trending ones currently for the future. Some exponential technologies are AI, nanotech, Bitcoin, robotics, and medicine, which are expected to accelerate by doubling their growth continuously. More importantly, when these technologies are being digitalized at some point they will also be demonetized and so their value will be reduced significantly allowing a possibility for energy, food, and water to be free in the future. 


    Mr. Qureishy advises people to think like futurists by designing around abundance rather than obsolete through continuous development and transformation. He also mentioned examples of such futurist thinking such as drones, which can carry 51,200 kilograms objects and ambitious visions of involving the health care industry in Apple, Facebook, and Amazon companies by 2030. More interestingly, he mentioned how human creativity decreases from 95 percent in childhood to 10 percent in adulthood mainly because of negative factors such as fear of failure and societal perception. Mr. Qureishy concluded his presentation saying how values such as love, harmony, and empathy cannot be digitized which makes them more valuable than any existing technology and innovation. More importantly, with current epidemics people should not worry as long as they recognize their “true values, true feelings and they look forward in the future”.

    The webinar was concluded with live Q&A from the participants.

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    About the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi

    The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi (CBC) promotes business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE with a particular focus on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We provide opportunities for Canadian business executives in the UAE to meet on a regular basis and to exchange information about business opportunities. As a link with organizations in Canada, CBC Abu Dhabi is dedicated to the development of trade and corporate investment between Canada and the UAE and assist Canadian companies and business people who are establishing or contemplating to establish a trading base in this country. www.cbcabudhabi.com

    About Xpontential

    Xponential Talks is a unique video and audio podcast platform that focuses on exponential stories of the future. They intercept futuristic stories bringing it to the present. Their platform is complemented & powered by their partner MAD Group’s memorable archived stories. https://xponentialtalks.com/

    https://www.mad.group/mad-stories

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    Maryam Almansoori, Intern, CBC Abu Dhabi

  • 18 May 2020 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    View the recording HERE.


    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi organized a joint webinar in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), with the participation of several other business councils. The webinar took place on Monday, 18 May 2020 and covered ADIO’s mandate to support business growth in Abu Dhabi, and ADNOC’s In-Country Value (ICV) 3.0 certification process. Mr. Dhia Hussain, Board Director of CBC Abu Dhabi and moderator of the webinar, opened by welcoming and thanking the participants and speakers for attending.

    The first phase of the webinar featured a presentation by H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General of ADIO. His Excellency complimented the Abu Dhabi government’s unwavering support of the private sector and confirmed that ADIO is keen on taking part in such initiatives. His Excellency discussed how Abu Dhabi has proven its position as a business growth hub and has become a gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies, and expressed ADIO’s various programs that promote, attract and facilitate investment opportunities in the capital. With its commitment to innovation-led growth through the private sector, ADIO has implemented a holistic approach to business backing through their investor care services that provide investors with end-to-end support during the business set-up phase. ADIO also offers a range of cash and non-cash incentives to support businesses growth. Concluding H.E. Bin Hendi’s presentation, participants were given the opportunity to ask questions.

    The second phase was a presentation by Mona Ahmed Balalaa, In-Country Value Operations Manager of ADNOC and Hamad Saif Belmahaina, In-Country Value Development Manager of ADNOC. Ms. Balalaa reiterated the objectives of the ICV program on Emiratization, the diversification of the UAE’s GDP, and supply chain localization. The UAE has adopted a single ICV certification process across all participating entities, which include ADNOC, the Department of Economic Development, ALDAR and Abu Dhabi Ports. As the officials explained, companies can utilize this unified certification process, however, implementation is subject to each entity’s implementation program and method of using the certificate. This new ICV formula has resulted in reducing manufacturing costs and third party spend, increasing investments, and other bonuses. There are a number of key changes in consideration such as financial and credit factors, which were explained at length. The process of getting an ICV certificate remains the same, where suppliers can approach any of the twelve certifying bodies.

    The webinar was concluded with live Q&A from the participants.

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    About the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi

    The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi (CBC) promotes business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE with a particular focus on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We provide opportunities for Canadian business executives in the UAE to meet on a regular basis and to exchange information about business opportunities. As a link with organizations in Canada, CBC Abu Dhabi is dedicated to the development of trade and corporate investment between Canada and the UAE and assist Canadian companies and business people who are establishing or contemplating to establish a trading base in this country. www.cbcabudhabi.com

    About Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is one of the world's leading energy producers, and a primary catalyst for Abu Dhabi’s growth and diversification. ADNOC operate across the entire hydrocarbon value chain, through a network of fully-integrated businesses, with interests that range from exploration, production, storage, refining and distribution, to the development of a wide-range of petrochemical products. For over 46 years, ADNOC have played an integral role in Abu Dhabi’s economic development, managing, producing and preserving the Emirate’s hydrocarbon reserves on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Government. ADNOC are the principle catalyst of growth in the Emirate, and our work has had a positive and lasting impact on the quality of millions of lives. Since 1971, ADNOC have created thousands of jobs, driven the growth of a diverse knowledge-based economy, and played a key role in Abu Dhabi’s global emergence. Today, ADNOC continue to look for new and innovative ways to maximize the value of our resources, pioneering those approaches and technologies that will ensure ADNOC are able to meet the demands of an ever-changing energy market, and continue to have a positive impact on the Abu Dhabi economy for generations to come.https://www.adnoc.ae/en

    About Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)

    The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is the central government hub supporting investment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We are committed to the growth and diversification of Abu Dhabi’s economy through the private sector. ADIO enables opportunities for domestic and foreign investors aligned with Abu Dhabi’s economic priorities. We support investors and businesses with innovation at the core to help ensure long-term, sustainable success in the market and across the region. At our core is our Investor Care services, supporting the establishment and ongoing growth of businesses in Abu Dhabi. We also offer a range of targeted programmes for private sector entities including competitive cash and non-cash incentives, SME enablement and Public-Private Partnerships. www.investinabudhabi.ae/en 


  • 21 March 2019 6:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in the UAE organized “A Conversation with UAE Space Agency (UAESA) Director General, H.E. Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President, Mr. Sylvain Laporte” on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at St. Regis Saadiyat Island. The event gathered delegates of the UAESA, CSA and Global Space Congress and members of CBC Abu Dhabi.  


    H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE

    H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE gave a welcome remarks and spoke of the growing relationship between Canada and the UAE and their collaborative efforts in space exploration.  


    Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi

    Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi welcomed and introduced the honored speakers, noting on CBC’s role in promoting business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE through its Communities of Interest (COI) initiative.


    From left to right: H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency, Sylvain Laporte, President of Canadian Space Agency, and Mustafa Alrawi, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The National

    Mustafa Alrawi, Assistant Editor-In-Chief of The National opened the discussion by how the investment in space will benefit different sectors such as energy, construction, education, media and others; and what opportunities it may have to offer to society.

    It was a historic moment for the UAE when it launched its first Emirati-made satellite in 2018. H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency spoke of how this vision came into reality because of the country’s dedicated leadership who foresaw the future of this nation as well as the region. The UAE’s space program has various initiatives such as hosting the Global Space Congress and teaming up with different countries, such as Canada, with the same passion for space exploration. 

    Canada has been exploring the space for decades. Sylvain Laporte, President of Canadian Space Agency spoke of the many lessons learned throughout this program. One of these is, a country cannot do space exploration without the international collaboration. Mr. Laporte expressed how the UAE, with its space agency’s short time of existence, is able to achieve great milestones.

    The topic on Canada’s commitment to the Lunar Gateway by providing smart robotic system was also discussed wherein Mr. Laporte explained how this system will work and how Canada has taken advantage of the technologies from the two Canadarms. There are many sectors and investment funding involved keeping this project ongoing.

    Mr. Alrawi concluded the informative discussion stating that UAE and Canada have driven inspiration for the youth to get involved in space initiatives. UAE and Canada encourage innovation, commercialization and diversity in space.


    From left to right: Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi, Sylvain Laporte, President of Canadian Space Agency, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency, and Mustafa Alrawi, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The National

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    About the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi

    The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi (CBC) promotes business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE with a particular focus on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We provide opportunities for Canadian business executives in the UAE to meet on a regular basis and to exchange information about business opportunities. As a link with organizations in Canada, CBC Abu Dhabi is dedicated to the development of trade and corporate investment between Canada and the UAE and assist Canadian companies and business people who are establishing or contemplating to establish a trading base in this country. www.cbcabudhabi.com

    About the Canadian Space Agency

    The Canadian Space Agency, established in 1989, is responsible for coordinating all government-funded space activities in Canada. Some of the CSA's more high-profile projects include its robotics, most famously the Canadarm and Canadarm2. http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/Default.asp

    About the UAE Space Agency

    The UAE Space Agency is a federal agency that was created under Federal Law by Decree No. 1 of 2014. The space sector includes all projects, activities and programs related to outer space. The Agency is focused on the development of policies, strategies and plans related to the space sector that are approved by the Council of Ministers. https://www.space.gov.ae/Home/Index   

    About the Global Space Congress

    The Global Space Congress, hosted by the UAE Space Agency, is a strategic gathering of global space industry leaders. Promoting the worldwide industry of space, the Congress brings together over 600 key space agencies, commercial space, academia and end users of space services to evaluate the biggest opportunities in the space sector and to get exposure to the world’s most vibrant and energetic new space programmes. Focused on partnerships, the Congress enables these leaders to focus on collaborative development and the implementation of core space and satellite technology strategies, bringing global and regional economic benefits. https://www.globalspacecongress.com/


  • 13 October 2018 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi held its annual Thanksgiving Brunch that Canadians and non-Canadians enjoyed with their families and friends. This year, over 200 participants, gathered in the ballroom of Hilton Corniche Abu Dhabi to mark this special occasion and reflect on the many blessings they are thankful for. The Thanksgiving Brunch program was filled with activities and entertainment for adults and kids!


    The event started with welcoming remarks from the event’s Master of Ceremonies (MC), Mr. Hans Fraikin, CBC Board Member. This was followed by the singing of the Canadian National Anthem that was led by Ms. Tayana Badwan, a student from the Abu Dhabi Grammar School (AGS).  Mr. Fraikin then invited the Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, H. E. Masud Husain, and, CBC Chairman, Mr. Gregory Zoughbi to the stage to say a few words. They highlighted the importance of Thanksgiving and extended their own thanks, including appreciation to the CBC sponsors and members.


    H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE

    Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman of the Board

    Once again, the AGS student dance troupe entertained everyone. This year they delighted guests with an intricate Spanish dance.  Their costumes were eye-catching in red and black, and they danced in perfect synchronization. Later on during the event, AGS dance troupe showcased their diverse repertoire as they performed the traditional Arabic Panorama dance, to the joy of those present.


    Mr. Jim McPherson, Assistant Principal of AGS led the prayer of thanksgiving before everyone was invited to the buffet, where a wonderful turkey dinner was served. The traditional carving of turkey with cranberry sauce and potatoes, pasta dishes, salads and a rich dessert buffet were enjoyed by all. As the guests were chatting and relaxing to the music of Canadian singers, the Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Air Canada (AC), AGS, and Concorde Corodex Group (CCG) as the event sponsors, represented by Mr. Deepu Cyriac, AC Country Manager, Mrs. Fatima Assad, AGS Director and Mr. Mahmoud Awad, CCG Managing Director.


    From Left to Right:  Carol Milne, CBC Member of the Board and Head of Events Committee, Mahmoud Awad, Managing Director of Concorde Corodex Group, Fatima Assad, Director of Abu Dhabi Grammar School and Deepu Cyriac, Country Manager of Air Canada.

    The clowns then took the stage and engaged the attendees with their magical tricks. Additionally, kids were having their share of fun in a separate room, with clown entertainers, face painting, and organized games.


    The raffle followed. Thanks to our many event donors; it included vouchers for hotels, restaurants, gold coins, sunset cruise, golf package and the much awaited Air Canada two tickets. The companies that donated prizes are Air Canada, Abu Dhabi Grammar School, Arabian Nights Village, Bab Al Qasr Hotel, Beach Rotana, Captain Tony's, Careem, Coya Restaurant, Danat Al Ain, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Fitness First, Float UAE, Hilton Corniche, Labelle Chocolates and Flowers, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Shangri-la Abu Dhabi, Tamba, The Cove Rotana - Ras Al Khaimah, Tilal Liwa Hotel, Yas Movies in the Park, Yas Links, Zaya Nurai Island and gifts for the kids by Masaya Gifts. 


    From left to right: James Wilson, CBC Vice Chairman, Carol Milne, CBC Board Member and Head of Events Committee, Deepu Cyriac, Air Canada Country Manager, Mrs. Fatima Assad, AGS Director, Mr. Hans Fraikin, CBC Board Member, Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman, and Mr. Sameer Khoury, CBC Treasurer to the Board.



    From Left to Right: Mr. Erik Koeman, CBC Dubai Chairman and Mr. Hans Fraikin, CBC Board Member and Events Master of Ceremony

    In addition to the tremendous support from AGS volunteers, we thank the group of volunteers from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) who supported the event from start to finish. 



    Thanks to our Event Sponsors and Donors


  • 25 April 2018 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "First of all I would like to express my hearty congratulation for hosting an excellent event. This could have happen only with lots of sincere efforts and hats off to the CBC executive committee. Many Thanks for proving Air Canada a great exposure." 

    Deepu Cyriac, Country Manager, Air Canada


    "I would like to send you a massive thank you from BBG for the kind invitation to celebrate your Maple Leaf Ball.  Nathan and I had such a fabulous evening and met some really lovely people, as well as being able to catch up with old faces too.  Your Canadian hospitality was extremely warm and we were made to feel very welcome.  The whole evening was lovely – well organised, entertaining and incredibly humorous – we particularly enjoyed your MC!  It was an honour to be part of your celebration."

    Jenny Hunt, Deputy Chair, British Business Group (BBG) Abu Dhabi


    "Greg, I am writing to thank you for the invitation to the ball and congratulations on hosting such a great event. Al (Hinton) and I both had a great time, we met some wonderful people and were impressed with the organization, venue, music, good and the VIP guest of honour. You also made a very good speech, well done. Hans (Fraikin) was wonderful as MC, kept it light and entertaining. A great job by everyone! Thanks again for everything and hope to see you again soon."

    Colin Beaton, Chairman, Canadian Business Council (CBC) Dubai and the Northern Emirates

  • 23 April 2018 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi held its annual Maple Leaf Ball (MLB) 2018 under the patronage of H. E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance. The event gathered prominent members of Emirati and Canadian government and business community, including H. E. Masud Hussain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, H. E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada to the UAE, Mr. Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Co-Chair of Canada UAE Business Council (CUBC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals, and Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi.


    H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance

    H. E. Sheikh Nahayan spoke of the importance of tolerance and his role as the Minister of Tolerance. He said “In the UAE, tolerance is not simply enduring the existence of opinions, ideas, behaviors or practices that do not concur with your own. It is about recognizing, respecting and embracing diversity. It is about being secure in your own culture and beliefs, so that you respond to what is different with curiosity and compassion rather than with fear and intolerance. To be tolerant we need to be genuinely concerned for the welfare of our fellow human beings, and to take action based on those concerns.”

    H. E. Sheikh Nahayan also emphasized that “as a country, Canada is a shining example of tolerance”. He added that Canadians “share the respect for diversity expressed by the His Highness the President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, who has said: ‘… cultural and human diversity [is] a key engine for sustainable development and a means for deepening the culture of openness, dialogue, communication and coexistence, and the denunciation of intolerance, extremism, and intellectual isolation.’”

    He went on emphasize the contributions that Canadians made to the UAE. He said: “Canadians were among the first group of talented and experienced experts welcomed from abroad by our nation’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.  As we celebrate the centennial of his birth in this Year of Zayed, we reflect on his achievements and realize that Canadians and people like you were critical to our development.”


    H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE

    Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, His Excellency Masud Husain, extended his thanks to the host nation UAE. He also thanked Sheikh Nahayan and called him a great friend of Canada. Ambassador Husain spoke of the big achievements in growing the Canada-UAE relationship over the past several years, and he recognized the contributions of his colleague, H. E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, towards this regard. He also thanked the Emirati and Canadian communities, including CBC board members and staff. Ambassador Husain concluded by emphasizing that “2018 is the Year of Zayed. It is also the year where the UAE-Canada relationship will reach a new high level.”


    Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi

    Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi, welcomed Sheikh Nahayan and thanked him for his continued patronage of CBC’s annual MLB event. He quoted the UAE’s founding father and visionary, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, who said “… those who come to us are welcome”, therefore setting the vision for the UAE to become the symbol of “tolerance, multiculturism, diversity and inclusion” that it is today. Mr. Zoughbi added that “such shared values provide the foundation for our countries’ successes and joint prosperity. UAE’s founding father and Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John MacDonald, both envisioned the UAE and Canada becoming two of the greatest countries in the world. Today, their visions are a reality. At the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi, we are proud to continue serving as a catalyst for our joint prosperity.”


    From left to right: H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi

    The event’s Master of Ceremony (MC) was Hans Fraikin, Board Member and Secretary of the Board who initiated the event by announcing the program for the evening and silent auction items prizes, courtesy of the sponsors and donorsThe event sponsors were Platinum sponsor PAL Aerospace, Silver sponsor Air Canada, and Bronze sponsors Abu Dhabi Grammar School (ADGS) and Careem. National anthems of the UAE and Canada were played by the student orchestra of the Canadian International School (CIS). Students at Abu Dhabi Grammar School (ADGS), Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi also volunteered for the event. Corporate attendees included CBC Platinum member, Bank of Montreal (BMO).


    From left to right: Ronan Caillo, Counselor(Commercial) of Embassy of Canada to the UAE, Aiham Alkhatib, Board Member and Head of Marketing and Communications Committee, James Wilson, Board Member and Head of Membership, Brij Bali, Board Member and Treasurer, Carol Milne, Vice Chair and Head of Events Committee, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, Laila Elfenne, H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi, Rana Kabbara, Board Member and Head of Administration Committee, Hans Fraikin, Board Member and Secretary / Inter-council Liason, and Dareen Zoughbi


    About CBC

    Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi is a membership-based organization that represents Canadian business people and companies in Canada and in the United Arab Emirates. CBC hosts many business events and supports its members to create business opportunities in the United Arab Emirates and Canada through a wide network of relationships and contacts in both countries. CBC members includes businesspeople that work in UAE-based companies and Canadian companies and represent them in the UAE. CBC members share common interests in creating excellent business relations and to strengthen trade relations between the UAE and Canada.

  • 14 March 2018 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi organizes a Roundtable Briefing with H.E. Rashed Al Blooshi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Securities and Exchange (ADX) regarding the Canadian Investment in ADX on 13 March 2018 at ADX Ballroom. 


    Please click the image to watch the highlights of the event.


  • 25 February 2018 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi participated in the Networking Evening with H.E. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi.

    Over 150 members and guests from various Abu Dhabi business groups have attended the event and enjoyed the two-hour program.

    H.E. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh addressed the attendees in her remarks detailing five key areas of UAE's strategic global priorities at the United Nations, namely;

    1. Women's empowerment & gender equality

    2.  Creating opportunities for youth

    3. Governing the digital space

    4.  Post-oil economy & leading the energy revolution

    5.  Region-specific issues

    Please click here to learn more about these key areas.


    Right after her remarks, the attendees had the opportunity to ask questions wherein H.E. Ambassador Nusseibeh gladly welcomed. 


    The event ended with a presentation of Plaque of Recognition to H.E. Ambassador Nusseibeh and a group photo opportunity with Ambassadors and chairpersons of the participating business groups.



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