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The View from the Chair - Sharing Scotland’s Pride

Wed, February 21, 2018


For the first time in BBG history, on Friday 26th January 2018, we hosted our first Burns Night event.  We were delighted to welcome over 260 guests, including fellow members, collaegues and friends. Scots and non-Scots alike came together in the gardens of Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel to celebrate a true institution of Scottish life - the life and works of national poet, Robert Burns - a key event for the culture and tradition of Scots everywhere.
Many thanks to HM Consul General, Paul Fox and his wife Vicki, as well as former BBG Chairman and guest of honour Walter Bailey, for joining me in welcoming guests before we enjoyed the traditional poetry reading and tucked into the renowned haggis, flown in specially from Scotland. The real highlight from the evening however was Glaswegian modern rock band, Bahookie, who joined us for the evening, providing plenty of energy to spur on the Ceilidh dancing long into the night, for both traditionalists and modernists alike!


We would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported us to make this event possible, particularly the event partners Virgin Atlantic, CANSCO, Bahookie, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Motivate, Studio52 and Custard. Special thanks go to our main event partner Sharon Milne who effortlessly provided her time, advice and Burns Night expertise to the BBG team, our ‘Master of Ceremonies’ John Deykin, and to Leanne Baker who ‘Recited the Selkirk Grace’, to Gary Castell who ‘Addressed The Haggis’, Craig Miller’s who gave his unique rendition of ‘Tam O’Shanter’, Rikki Topp who ‘Piped in the Haggis’ and proposed the ‘Toast to the Lassies’, and our very own Pamela Ferrie who proposed the ‘Response to the Laddies’ and of course to all those of you who joined us on the night and truly embraced the spirit of the occasion.


We pride ourselves on being the region’s foremost business to business membership networking group and this celebration was the latest in our ‘Great British’ series of 30th anniversary events and initiatives for BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates, tailored to all member demographics #bymemberformember, and please make no mistake - this was a Great Scottish event!

Enjoy your weekend, and keep an eye out on our BBG Online Facebook page for the pictures!