Shurooq delegation meets with head of the directorate for businesses and global economy in France
24/05/2014 2:00 pm EDT


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The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has concluded hosting two seminars in Paris, France on May 22nd and May 23rd. The seminars, which followed closely after a two-day conference at the Paris Dauphine University, were organised by Shurooq to promote Sharjah as a prime investment hub for France and explore avenues of future collaboration.

Shurooq’s delegation was led by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and included HE Marwan bin Jasim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq; Amani Al Ali, Manager of the Executive Office of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi; Elie Armaly, Director of Business Development at Shurooq; Hatem Heidar, Public Relations Executive, and Maryam Bin Al Shaikh, Business Development Coordinator at Shurooq.

The seminars were held in collaboration with the Chambre de Commerce Franco-Arabe and MEDEF International, in addition to IPEMED, the Euro-Mediterranean think tank, where attendees met with Shurooq and learned more about its role in Sharjah’s and Middle Eastern operations, and the different incentives and facilities Sharjah’s government entities offer to investors. This marks the second occasion Shurooq has visited France, following the Authority’s first trip to the country in March 2013.

Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq, inaugurated the seminars by warmly welcoming attendees as well as elucidating the shared interests and already strong bond between Sharjah and France, especially concerning their mutual respect for the cultural and economic contributions made by the two regions.

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi said, “The UAE has enjoyed excellent political, economic and social relations with France for more than four decades, and bilateral ties are constantly expanding with growing economic, cultural and artistic exchange. Ties between France and Sharjah, in particular, have resulted in promising projects in a number of areas. Our aim here today is to build on this already well-established relationship and to introduce the many advantages that Shurooq has to offer to the French business community.”

Commenting on France’s rich contribution to human progress, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi added, “France is universally held to be one of the most important cultural centres in the world and His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah – who is himself an avid historian and cultural advocate – has made no secret of the high regard he holds for role France continues to play in fostering culture on the world stage.”

The seminars were led by HE Marwan Al Sarkal, in which