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German Centre Dubai to boost business links between UAE and Germany

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, January 13 - 2004 @ 11:23

The German Centre Dubai, owned by His Excellency Sheikh Rakadh Bin Salem Bin Rakadh Al Ameri and developed in close cooperation with the German Industry and Commerce Office (AHK) in Dubai, will encourage the relocation of existing major German companies and government agencies under one roof.

In addition, the facility will provide comprehensive support to German companies seeking to set up a base in Dubai for the first time.

This week, the German Centre Dubai joined forces with Lufthansa German Airlines as support sponsors for German soccer champions Bayern Munich who have set up their winter training camp in the Emirate. The link with one of Europe’s top clubs is being used to boost awareness of the facilities and commercial benefits available in the emirate.

“We’re creating an integrated business environment for a whole spectrum of businesses, from law firms to accountants, banks and airlines, car manufacturers, and many more, as well as shops and a boutique hotel,” said H.E. Sheikh Rakadh. “Our tenants will benefit from being part of a network of firms from different business sectors, coming together under one roof to profit from synergies in acquisition of customers, and support activities.”

He added: “German companies setting up a base in Dubai for the first time will benefit from referrals, advice and a wide range of assistance to help them quickly establish themselves in this emerging market.”

The German Industry and Commerce Office (AHK) in Dubai has been involved from the inception of the project, participating at all stages from concept through execution, and tailoring the German Centre Dubai to suit the specific needs of German businesses and German staff in the Middle East.

Representing the Federation of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, AHK is authorised and supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour to promote bi-lateral trade between Germany and the UAE, and is an invaluable resource for German business in the UAE. The German Centre Dubai will join Singapore, Shanghai and Mexico City in a worldwide network of similar facilities.

Dr. Juergen Friedrich, the official delegate of AHK in Dubai, said: “”According to recent trade statistics, the UAE is the most important export market for German products and services in the Middle East, while Dubai is the perfect hub from which to gain access to a market of 1.5 billion consumers. However, the German Centre will not be focused on commercial aspects alone. It will be a platform for social and cultural events and thus serve the mutual understanding between Germany and the UAE.”

Due for completion in mid-2005, the seven-storey development in Mina Road, Dubai has been designed by German architect Lucas Scheid. It features 12,000 square metres of rentable office space, serviced offices, conference and event facilities, a state-of-the-art business centre, as well as a ground floor lobby with restaurant, shops and showroom, rooftop garden, and a luxury 60 room boutique hotel.

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