View from the Chair - In the family way…

View from the Chair - In the family way…

Date: Wed, 08 Aug, 2018

View from the Chair - In the family way…



Over the years – particularly from a social perspective – I have often heard the British Business Group Dubai & Northern Emirates being described as a ‘family’. In the context of human society, a family (from the Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognised birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word ‘family’).

The co-residence description is interesting as the one thing we all have in common as BBG Dubai members – other than our gracious Emirati hosts – is that we are all visitors in this vibrant work and social environment. Some of us are fortunate to have our consanguinity actually present with us in the UAE, but many are not. I thought this worthy of a mention this week to encourage us all to spare a thought for all those within our community who are absent from their family and loved ones this summer. Our situation as expats here in the UAE heightens the importance of a solid, diverse and sustainable group that is welcoming of all. If you are left on your lonesome this summer, check out some of our upcoming group social and networking events at bbgdubai.org/events – and meet a great bunch of people who can help you develop a genuine, professional, effective and friendly network here!

But all work and no play makes John a very dull boy indeed… 

My own situation is one of unplanned circumstances. Not the production and raising of children and grandchildren here in Dubai as the title of this post may suggest, but as the pleasant recipient of the so-called ‘boomerang expatriate generation’. This is a phenomena I share with many of my peers, whereby my own children were schooled here, completed tertiary education elsewhere, worked in the ‘real world’ and then returned with life partners/spouses to start their own families back here in Dubai! What a delightful situation this has become. My two children, their spouses and a combined total of three grandchildren living just down the road from my wife and I is a moment in time to be treasured. Nothing lasts forever.

All that sounds very self-indulgent but I mention these circumstances again in the vein of encouraging all of us to extend a welcoming hand to those who find themselves alone or away from those they love.

Last year we hosted our first real community event for family and friends of our members – the Great British Day Out - in celebration of our 30th anniversary. As a result of the popularity of this event, and your overwhelmingly positive feedback, I am delighted to announce that we will be making this an annual event, and will be hosting this year’s event on Friday 2nd November on the lawns of the British Embassy in Dubai. We’re still confirming the details (if you’re interested in getting involved, there’s still time, so please do let us know!) but save the date here, check out the videos of last year’s inaugural event here and be sure to join us for a fun-filled afternoon and evening of everything Great and British for our families – consanguine and adopted!

 

  

Catch up soon

JohnMSV

 

Thu, 16 Aug, 2018

View from the Chair - Off the Grid...

I shared some views on ‘family’ last week and the importance of our group - not just from a business perspective - in remembering and helping our friends and peers who may not be that fortunate in having theirs nearby.

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Wed, 08 Aug, 2018

View from the Chair - In the family way…

Over the years – particularly from a social perspective – I have often heard the British Business Group Dubai & Northern Emirates being described as a ‘family’. In the context of human society, a family (from the Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognised birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word ‘family’).

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Thu, 02 Aug, 2018

View from the Chair - Building Bridges...

Those of you that have been dedicated in following my weekly ramblings will know that a key focus for our Group has been to strengthen and ‘press the re-set button’ on the relationship between BBG and our British Embassy HMG hosts in the UAE.

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Thu, 26 Jul, 2018

View from the Chair - A warm Great British welcome…

With his feet firmly under the HMCG desk and having been formally presented to his new Diplomatic post, the BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates is pleased to warmly welcome Andrew Jackson to his new post of Her Majesty’s Consul General, at the British Embassy in Dubai.

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Thu, 19 Jul, 2018

View from the Chair - Hello? Anybody there…?

As a professionally organised and managed business group that works hard to enable our members to succeed, we have taken an abundance of advice in relation to how we communicate with you, our members, and all stakeholders of the BBG, Dubai & Northern Emirates, in relation to new data protection legislation [GDPR].

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