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The View from the Chair - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sun, March 18, 2018


As we inch ever closer to Christmas, I wanted to thank you all for your support again this year for our annual Great British Christmas Ball. Held last Thursday evening on the lawns of The British Embassy in Dubai, over 400 BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates guests came together to have a ball and start the festive celebrations ahead of the seasonal exodus this weekend.
We were privileged to be supported by the British Embassy for this event, as we have been for so many others since 1987. I would like to personally thank HM Consul General, Paul Fox, along with his wife Vicki, and his team at the British Embassy for hosting us, as well as the Operations team of the BBG who have worked tirelessly to produce what was another fantastic event.
We were delighted to have the support of Jaguar, Al Tayer Motors, whose prizes meant that some of our guests Christmas' came a little early! Meanwhile, our Platinum Sponsor, Jumeirah Group's external catering service offered guests a veritable feast of traditional Christmas delights, with MMI ensuring there were plenty of accompanying refreshments. Other BBG members without whose support this event would not have been possible include HSBC, Motivate Publishing, AIG, Emirates, Qantas, Links Group and Custard, so many thanks to them all again.

We would also like to sincerely thank those of you who were able to join us and share in the celebrations, and everyone wishing us well from afar. The music provided by Swing Revue was fantastic, keeping spirits high and the dance floor occupied until late into the night.

As you all (hopefully!) know, we pride ourselves on being the region's go-to business group, and after what has been a tough year, it was good to see everyone coming together as a community to celebrate another year of learning and success - and to enjoy each other's company and let their hair down.

The feedback we have received has been fantastic, and you will therefore no doubt be pleased to know that this is not the first or the last of our Great British events. The Great British Christmas Ball followed the success of our Great British Day Out in October, and the next in the series is out Great British Burns Night, which will be held on Friday 26th January in the private garden of BBG member Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel. We are bringing out a modern rock Ceilidh band from Glasgow for the event to provide a traditional event with a modern twist. Early bird tickets are available on our website click here 
The Great British series of events has been designed to be diverse and inclusive to support the varied and dynamic membership that we have at BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates. We are incorporating family events, community events, and events that appeal to a younger audience, whilst maintaining British traditions and the successes of the past. And this series is just part of the initiatives that we have undertaken at BBG to reinvigorate and add value to our members, whilst at the same time ensuring all activities for the group are delivered by members for members, as I promised in my initial campaign for Chairman.
We will be sharing photos from the event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over the coming week, so please do keep an eye on @BBGOnline, and if you have any feedback, please do let us know so that we can continue to build on our successes for an even better 2018!

Catch up soon.
BBG Chairman & CEO