The Capital Club, Dubai’s premier private business club and member of the ENSHAA group of companies, recently hosted a business lunch forum organised by the Australian Business Council Dubai.
Speaking about the event, Emma Cullen, The Capital Club’s General Manager, said: “The business opportunities for foreign firms in Dubai and the GCC region at large are growing at a phenomenal rate, a trend that is increasingly drawing the attention of the world’s major economies. As the central meeting place for Dubai and the UAE’s business community, The Capital Club is extremely pleased to be able to contribute to creating dialogue between stakeholders from a diverse range of sectors from across the World and we look forward to hosting many more similar events, aiming to further encourage the growth of Dubai’s business interests.”
The forum explored bi-lateral opportunities between Australia and the countries of the GCC on both a State and Federal level and included an address by HE Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar, in addition to a panel discussion mediated by Gerard Seeber, Senior Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and North Africa, which featured HE Pablo Kang, who also stands as Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner Middle East, Donna Massie, New South Wales Trade and Investment Commissioner Middle East, Moin Anwar, Victorian Commissioner Middle East, Turkey and Africa, John Butler, and Western Australia Commissioner Middle East and Africa, Pankaj Savara.
Commenting on the outlook for Australian business interests in Dubai and the GCC, HE Pablo Kang remarked: “In terms of Australia’s strategic interests we are very much focused on this part of the world. There is enormous potential for more two-way interaction in the fields of trade, investment, education, and tourism between Australia and the Gulf States.”
The Australian Ambassador went on to point out that Australia already has an 11 billion dollar trade relationship with the GCC, which could be significantly higher if negotiations on an Australia, GCC free trade agreement were to conclude.
He commented on the possibilities in the field of education, remarking: “Australia ranks fourth in the world on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in terms of the number of Universities in the top 400 and currently six per cent of all international students study in Australia.”
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