It’s been a busy start to the year! Members and friends of BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates have already enjoyed some cracking events for 2019!
Personally, I really enjoyed the Planned Power workshop, run in early January by our Focus Chair for Personal Development, Blake Sergeant, where a group of 40+ of us were treated to a valuable session on ‘finishing your year before it starts’. This appealed to me personally and delivered in every sense. I can honestly say I’m following some basic but innovative steps advised by Blake and starting to see some green shoots. That’s all I’m saying – you should check it out yourselves!
This event was followed by the first HMA [Her Majesty’s Ambassador] briefing for 2019, part of our continued Ambassador Series. HMA to Jordan, Edward Oakden CMG, was joined by our very own HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East, Simon Penney, to discuss and share opportunities to, within and from Jordan for British Businesses in the region. A lot of development in the areas of healthcare and financial services abound. HMA was also joined by members of the Department of International Trade [DiT] from Jordan, who very kindly issued an open invitation for BBG members to make contact with their offices for more detailed information about such opportunities. If you’re interested to know more, the BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates Business Team can initiate contact, so please do feel free to reach out on 04 3970303 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The next HMA to join us as part of this hugely popular and useful series will be HMA to Iraq, Jon Wilks CMG, who will host our members for a business breakfast at Jumeirah Emirates Towers next month. This Ambassador Series initiative further endorses a key tenet of our group’s collaborative value proposition, with our colleagues within Her Majesty’s Government promoting trade, market opportunities and intelligence, and I would urge you all to take advantage of these sessions. Find out more and sign up now for the Breakfast Briefing with HMA to Iraq here.
Whilst on the subject of collaboration (again!) I am pleased to say that we are working on further initiatives alongside our friends and colleagues at BBG Abu Dhabi that will benefit our joint memberships. All of these supported by our amazing partners, without whom much of this activity would not be possible. If you’d like to know more about becoming a partner or sponsor of our Group, or for our flagship events, including our Annual Golf Day and Dinner (the date for which has just been announced as 7th March), please do get in touch with the Business Team on the contact details above.
For those of you interested or connected with the burgeoning healthcare sector I hope you had a fabulous Arab Health 2019. I write this on the day that 600 individuals are being hosted on the lawns of the British Embassy for an Arab Health reception! Judging by this and the traffic I think it was a pretty big deal!
That’s all from me this time. For those who kept to their New Year’s Resolutions - well done! January seemed a rather long month for me to abstain from anything in particular, so it is February that will curb any excesses for me! See below for our upcoming events and wishing you all a continued positive start to 2019.
Catch up soon,
Wed, 03 Apr, 2019
That weather conversation
One thing we Brits are GREAT at is icebreaking every meeting and interaction with a bit of weather chat.
It’s been a busy month for the BBG team! On October 1st, as promised, your administrative board, along with focus chairs Terry Willis and Caroline Rowe, met to review and launch our Group’s new operating model.