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Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of the Board

Dear CBC Members and Friends,

Greetings from Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi! It has been a very busy and exciting year for CBC Abu Dhabi. There have been a significant number of changes and progress within the organization, which we will be reporting on at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at Hilton Corniche. 

CBC Abu Dhabi have organized and participated in various events as well as supported international conferences and exhibitions in Abu Dhabi. One of our major events, the Maple Leaf Ball 2018 held on 19 April 2018 under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance was a great success and we received outpouring congratulatory messages. On membership, several companies such as Apparel Group, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and Bombardier, have recently joined the Council. We have started a number of key initiatives where members can join and be part of communities of interest. And those who volunteer their time to help CBC are now recognized as CBC ambassadors.

I wish to thank CBC board members, ambassadors, staff and members for their time, energy and valuable contributions to CBC Abu Dhabi. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as Chairman for this year and I am confident that this business year will be an even greater success!

Gregory Zoughbi | Chairman of the Board


UAE and Canada Explore Increasing Direct Flights at Ministerial Meeting 

02 June 2018. The UAE and Canada are exploring the possibility of increasing the number of direct flights between the two countries in a bid to further strengthen their existing business ties. READ MORE.




Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Visits the Canadian Space Agency    

31 May 2018. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has visited the office of the Canadian Space Agency, CSA,  in Quebec as part of his official visit to Canada. READ MORE.





Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Visits Artificial Intelligence Lab in Montreal

30 May 2018. Sheikh Abdullah BinZayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has visited the headquarters of "Element AI", a Canadian artificial intelligence company, within the framework of his official visit to Canada. READ MORE.





In the Middle East, Momentum for Women Must Pick up Speed

30 May 2018. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation contributes to Globe and Mail. Positive stories are easy to overlook among all the turmoil in the Middle East. The UAE, an Arab nation only a generation old, has worked hard to ensure that every woman has a chance to play a leading role in public and political life, that every girl receives an education and that women and girls are protected from the pernicious ideas propagated by extremists. READ MORE.





UAE, Canada Discuss Military Cooperation

29 May 2018. During the meeting, the two sides discussed cooperation ties between the UAE and Canada especially in the military, security and defence industry sectors. They also exchanged views on the latest developments in the region and discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern. READ MORE.





Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Meets Canadian Minister of Innovation

29 May 2018. During the meeting, which was held as part of Sheikh Abdullah's visit to Canada, the two sides discussed UAE-Canada relations and means of boosting them across various sectors including education, innovation, artificial intelligence, and space sciences. READ MORE.





Canada and United Arab Emirates Announce Successful Conclusion of Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement Negotiations

29 May 2018. Creating the right conditions for Canadian companies to compete internationally is an important part of the Government of Canada’s progressive trade agenda. ?Expanding and diversifying Canada’s trade and investment relations contributes directly to the economy and benefits hard-working Canadians. READ MORE.





Canada Lifts Travel Visa Restrictions for Emiratis

29 May 2018. The UAE passport has another feather in its cap as one of the world’s most powerful passports following a Monday decision by the Canadian government to lift pre-entry visa restrictions on Emiratis travelling to that country.. READ MORE.





Canada Set to Become Member of International Renewable Energy Agency

24 May 2018. Canada is set to become a Member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) after confirming its intention to begin the membership applications process. Speaking on behalf of the Canadian Government, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Kim Rudd, made the announcement today during the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen.READ MORE.





H.E. Masud Husain Talks About His Personal Reflections About His Highness Sheikh Zayed and the Relationship of Canada and the UAE. 23 May 2018. WATCH HERE.





DP World Reinforces Commitment to Canada

25 January 2018. The importance of Canada to DP World's global operations and the global trade enabler's commitment to the country were a focus of discussions between DP World group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. READ MORE.





Advancing Tertiary Paediatric Care in Abu Dhabi - SickKids Signs Clinical Partnership with Danat Al Emarat Hospital    

17 January 2018. A clinical partnership agreement between The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group, was announced in Abu Dhabi. READ MORE.


BMO Financial Group Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

30 May 2018. "BMO's results this quarter demonstrate strong performance and momentum in our U.S. and Canadian P&C banking and wealth businesses, which drove adjusted earnings per share of $2.20, up 15% from a year ago, and very strong adjusted operating leverage of 3.5%," said Darryl White, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. READ MORE.





PAL Aerospace ranked amongst Canada’s Top 10 Aerospace and Defence Companies for the 2nd Year in a row by Canadian Defence Review Magazine

PAL Aerospace is a diversified international aerospace and defence company headquartered in Canada. With over four decades of operations, PAL Aerospace has continuously built on their experience to evolve into a global leader of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions.





Abu Dhabi Securities and Exchange (ADX) Becomes  a New Gold Member of Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi

30 May 2018. Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) was established on 15th of November 2000 by Local Law No. (3) of 2000, the provisions of which vests the Market with a legal entity of autonomous status, independent finance and management, and gives ADX the necessary supervisory and executive powers to exercise its functions.





Bombardier Becomes a New Gold Member of Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi

30 May 2018. Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains, and setting new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.





Hilton Abu Dhabi: The Hotel Opened by Sheikh Zayed that Changed the City Forever         

25 May 2018. Forty-five years ago this week, Sheikh Zayed opened the Hilton Abu Dhabi, bringing a new luxury - and smoked salmon - to the city. READ MORE.





SNC-Lavalin Announces $382 Million in Net Income Attributable to Shareholders for 2017, a 50% Increase Compared to 2016 

22 February 2018. “We are very pleased with our 2017 performance. Through the acquisition of Atkins, the largest and most transformative in our history, we continued to deliver on our strategic growth objectives while positioning the Company for future opportunities. READ MORE.




Bristol, One of Concorde Corodex Group's Subsidiaries Wins Innovative Exporter of the Year

20 February 2018. "We would to congratulate Bristol for their prestigious achievement in winning the Innovative Exporter Award. This award is a testament to their continuous hard work and perseverance over the years. Congratulations to us all and to many more years of success! " READ MORE.


Apparel Group Becomes a New Gold Member of Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi

30 January 2018. Apparel Group is a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate residing at the crossroads of the modern economy – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Today, the Apparel Group caters to thousands of eager shoppers through its more than 1750+ store growing, and 75+ brands across all platforms employing 12,000 multicultural staff covering four continents.


© Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji

The Louvre - A Floating Dome of Light and Shade

Monday, 25 June 2018
InterContinental Abu Dhabi

CBC Members: AED 120
Non-CBC Members: AED 170
*Prices are inclusive of VAT and 1 free drink and canapes.

Mrs. Mariam Al Dhaheri - Senior Communications Specialist The Louvre Abu Dhabi will discuss the construction, the collection of art work around the world and the public engagement.



Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Hilton Abu Dhabi

CBC Members: FREE
Non-CBC Members: AED 100
*Price is inclusive of VAT and 1 free drink and canapes.

Report from the Board of Directors on activities in the past year. Elect new members of the Board of Directors to fill five (5) vacant positions.



Canada Day Celebration

Saturday, 30 June 2018
Hilton JBR, Dubai

Adults: AED 150
Children (6-12 years old): AED 75
Children (0-6 years old): FREE

(Includes Canadian BBQ Buffet, 1 Soft Drink and Ice Cream. Drink specials also available)

An afternoon of Canadian food, festivities & fun! Guests are also welcome to cool off at the Hilton JBR’s pool and beach.


The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi Supports the following Conference and Exhibitions:


International Franchise Conference and Exhibition 2018

16-17 October 2018
Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre 

The 5th edition of the International Franchise Exhibition (IFE) is an opportunity for local and international companies to expose their brand to the booming UAE economy and expand their business in the Middle East. 



International Real Estate and Investment Show 2018

1-3 November 2018
Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre

This 3-day exhibition will offer you a snapshot of international property market as a whole. With more than 300 projects from 100+ exhibitors will help you to look at a wide spectrum of properties available, different investment options, financing sources, consultations and sorting out legal queries, all under one roof.


Joint Ramadan Iftar Abu Dhabi

06 June 2018. Ten business groups in Abu Dhabi joined together for a Joint Iftar to embrace the quintessence of the Holy Month of Ramadan - togetherness. 





Annual Cheese and Grape Evening

09 May 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the Annual Cheese and Grape Evening with three other business councils. Members and guests enjoyed a buffet of regional cheese and free-flow wine while networking and listening to Adrian Hayes, a British record-breaking adventurer. 





Maple Leaf Ball 2018: Celebrating the Year of Zayed

19 April 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi held its annual Maple Leaf Ball (MLB) 2018 under the patronage of H. E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance. READ MORE.

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VAT Filing Compliance

11 April 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the VAT Filing Compliance - an informative session regarding VAT updates and filing compliance. 




Dinner with H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance of the UAE

04 April 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the joint business group dinner. H.E. Sheikh Nahayan talked about the how human tolerance benefits international business.





Global Trends that will Disrupt the Boards in 2018

20 March 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the roundtable session regarding global trends that will disrupt Boards in 2018: 1) trust, culture and diversity; 2) social license and changing community expectations; 3) Directors' duties and the pace of change.





Roundtable Briefing regarding Canadian Investment in Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX)

13 March 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi organized a roundtable briefing with H.E. Rashed Al Blooshi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Securities and Exchange (ADX) regarding the Canadian Investment in ADX. Please click here to watch the highlight of the event. 





Rendez-vous dela Francophonie: Celebration of French Language and Its Cultural Expressions

11 March 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi and several other business groups representing French-speaking countries celebrated the Francophone culture. 




Networking Breakfast to Kickstart International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) Abu Dhabi 2018

06 March 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi and three other business councils joined together for a networking breakfast to kickstart ISNR and a presentation on how we should respond on the continued threat in the Middle East.





Networking Evening with H.E. Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations

22 February 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the networking evening with H.E. Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh. Ambassador Nusseibeh addressed the group in her remarks detailing key areas of UAE's strategic global priorities at the UN.





Joint Speed Networking

13 February 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the joint speed networking - an efficient, face-to-face professional networking model that enables participants to make lots of new contacts through one-on-one focused conversation lasting just 2 minutes. 




Canadian Taxation Seminar

06 February 2018. CBC Abu Dhabi organized a seminar regarding Canadian Tax Considerations for Expatriates in the UAE. The event took place on 6 February 2018 at the Hilton Abu Dhabi, a CBC Gold member. READ MORE.


The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi supported the following conferences and exhibitions:

  Global Aerospace Summit 2018

30 April - 02 May 2018. As the aerospace industry goes through rapid changes the global audience of delegates gathered collectively as a sector, transferring knowledge and sharing experiences.  The Summit answered critical questions around how new technologies are transforming these aerospace, defence, aviation and space industries. 
  International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) Abu Dhabi

6-8 March 2018. ISNR is a global event offering a networking platform connecting regional government bodies, homeland security and law enforcement officers, professionals and buyers with international security solution providers and manufacturers.



Exclusive invitations to delegates in Canadian led trade missions


Priority invitations to selected CBC VIP events 


Promote your company on the CBC website by joining the Members Benefits Scheme and through CBC social media


Members rates at CBC events


Access to Online Directory page 


Ability to contact other members via the CBC portal 


For corporate members, membership is under the company's name and includes two representatives 


Special offers and discounts to CBC membership card holders for services, products and selected outlets in Abu Dhabi.


Please click Member's Benefits and Member's Discounts to learn more about our program. 

CBC Abu Dhabi has a number of Communities of Interest (COI) within its setup that bring together members interested in fields like Aerospace, Defense and Security, Arts & Culture, Youth and Education, Social Responsibility and Advocacy. Participation in the COIs is open to all CBC members. To register, please email 

Get the latest Canada-UAE news, real-time event happenings and important information at CBC Abu Dhabi. Get connected and follow us in social media. Tag us @cbc_abudhabi  

Congratulations to our CBC members who won complimentary vouchers from CBC Gold member, Hilton Abu Dhabi.

  • Complimentary voucher dinner or lunch buffet at La Terrazza for one: Donna Abboud, CBC member since March 2012
  • Complimentary one day pass at Hiltonia Beach and Pool for one: Adel Lotfy, CBC member since April 2012

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