View from the Chair - And We’re Off...

View from the Chair - And We’re Off...

Date: Mon, 22 Oct, 2018

View from the Chair - And We’re Off...



We promised a cracking start to the business event season and it has certainly been that. This feedback is already telling your business team that the mix and balance between business and social appears to be just right.

In the last couple of weeks we were honoured to be joined by a variety of distinguished guests, from our panel of trail-blazing panel of Emirati ladies on Emirati Women’s Day, and the new HM Consul General, the EXPO 2020 team and HM Dept for International Trade (DIT) for our Expo update, to Jasper Hope, the CEO of Dubai Opera for the iconic cultural institution’s second anniversary, and not forgetting the most important people – all of you loyal members and your guests who have taken the time out to join us and kickstart the new season in the city.

I personally attended our unique networking event with BBG Dubai member, Dubai Opera, to celebrate their second anniversary of their opening. Dubai Opera CEO, Jasper Hope, regaled us with successes of the eclectic programme that is Dubai Opera. Catering to all tastes and genres, the client experience there really is quite incredible. We were delighted to be able to host a prize draw that was won by a gentleman who decided to join our Group that very night! Anand Vengurlekar won two tickets to the upcoming spectacular ‘Never Mind the Opera’

Then a real treat ensued. We were all invited into the main auditorium for a sneak preview of the final dress rehearsal of Carmen, which had its opening performance the very next day. Our thanks again to BBG Dubai member, Dubai Opera, for arranging such a wonderful #member4member experience.

Do now keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events that your business team have been working flat out to execute. Along with this work, we are also reaching the culmination of our strategy planning over the summer months, and can’t wait to share more detail over the next few weeks. Collaboration is the key tenet of our value proposition - ‘enabling our members to succeed’ - and I’m pleased to report the collaborative arrangement between us and the British Embassy is in its final throes of being drafted. We are also in meaningful discussions with our friends and colleagues at BBG Abu Dhabi to see where a joint member value proposition can be crafted. It’s not ‘them and us’, it is the ‘stronger together’ approach much mooted in our own businesses that operates in this region. With that in mind, we’ll be heading to Abu Dhabi next week for an after-work joint event around Blockchain and coin offerings and its value for business – please do come and join us, you can sign up here.

Well that’s it from me this week, have a great long weekend today in celebration of the Islamic New Year, and hopefully we’ll see you in Abu Dhabi next week!

Catch up soon
John MSV
Chairman

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