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Foreword from CBC Chairperson

Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of the Board

Dear CBC Members and Friends,

We are excited to announce that the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi has moved to a new location in Makateb Business Center, Makeen Tower (landmark: Abu Dhabi Mall), with an office and facilities that are suited to the growing business needs of CBC and its members. CBC facilities including a conference room is available for CBC members to meet, discuss business opportunities and share expertise on various business topics. Please contact CBC staff to arrange for your own corporate briefing to follow members.

In addition, CBC has recently partnered with The Business Year (TBY) to give our members access to TBY resources and publications, including UAE country reports. Exciting times are ahead, and we look forward to your increased engagement with CBC and fellow members.

Gregory Zoughbi | Chairperson


Minister Carr announces award of contract for Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai         

08 July 2019. the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, announced that EllisDon Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract for the design, build and operation of the Canada Pavilion and Public Presentation at Expo 2020 Dubai. READ MORE.

Thousands gather to watch Burj Khalifa lit up with Canadian flag colours in Dubai

02 July 2019. The flag-inspired projection on the world’s tallest building was seen for over one minute. People especially Canadian cheered with joy as the Canadian flag colours with trademark maple leave wrapped the world’s tallest building in Dubai at 8.25pm.  READ MORE.



UAE, Canada discuss boosting bilateral ties

01 July 2019. H.E. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, received H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, and his accompanying delegation in the presence of H.E. Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. READ MORE.


UAE participates in International Economic Forum of Americas         

15 June 2019. The United Arab Emirates participated in the 25th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, which convened in Montreal on June 10-13, and brought over 200 of the world’s leading political, economic and industry experts to debate the most pressing issues facing Quebec, Canada, and the global community. READ MORE.



UAE Defence Ministry takes part in CANSEC 2019 in Canada

30 May 2019. The Ministry of Defence’s delegation has participated in the 21st session of CANSEC 2019 in Ottawa, Canada. The UAE delegation met with a number of members of participating delegations of a number of countries with the aim of enhancing cooperation with their respective countries. READ MORE.



Canada Leads the World in Accelerating a Clean Energy Future

29 May 2019. A global energy transition is fundamentally changing the way we produce and consume energy. In a world increasingly seeking clean, affordable and reliable energy sources, Canada is positioned to become a supplier of choice. READ MORE.


UAE Embassy honours Emirati students in Canada

02 May 2019. The UAE Embassy in Ottawa, in cooperation with, the Emirati Consulate in Toronto, has organised a dinner banquet at the Consul-General's residence in honour of Emirati students studying in the Canadian educational institutions. READ MORE.



The UAE and Canada are exploring cooperation in the military and defense sectors

21 April 2019. Mohammed  Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, received on Sunday, Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada's Minister of National Defence, who is currently visiting the UAE. During the meeting, held in Abu Dhabi, the two sides discussed means to develop cooperation between the two countries. READ MORE.



Thousands unite for 22nd Terry Fox Run in Abu Dhabi

19 April 2019. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, the annual Abu Dhabi run has become the largest single-day fundraiser for cancer research. Terry Fox’s legacy continues to inspire thousands of people to come together in support of his mission. READ MORE.



Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UE Medical listed in the World’s Most Powerful Arabs 2019

30 June 2019. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi brings a host of strengths to his role as the CEO and managing director of UEMedical with his track record and proven abilities in strategic planning, policy implementation, financial investments and innovative management skills. READ MORE.


Makateb Business Center joins the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi as Gold Member

04 July 2019. Makateb Business Center (Makateb) joins the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi as Gold Member. Makateb is a group of business centers that offer a full range of serviced offices, tailored to any arrangement required. MBC have the expertise required to meet the needs of their clients and they make sure that they continue to be their partners of choice. Makateb currently operates two business centers, in Ajman and Abu Dhabi. READ MORE.


Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) Reduces Its Trading Commission Fees By 50% up to 90%

30 June 2019. Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) announced today that it is reducing its trading commission fees starting 1st of July 2019 thus making ADX among the MENA region’s least expensive stock markets with regards to trading commissions. This initiative is designed to reduce costs on investors, build confidence, increase liquidity, as well as attract more investors into the Exchange. READ MORE.



CCC, Europe’s Most Wanted Footwear Brand, Launches its First Store in the UAE at World Trade Center Mall, Abu Dhabi

20 June 2019. CCC, Europe’s Most Wanted Footwear brand, with over 1,500 stores across Europe, added another feather to its cap by launching its first store in the UAE at World Trade Center Mall, Abu Dhabi. H.E. Robert Rostek, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the UAE and Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Executive Officer at Aldar inaugurated the grand launch event of CCC’s first store on June 19th, 2019 along with Nilesh Ved, Chairman of Apparel Group. READ MORE.


Bombardier and JETEX Sign Agreement for Establishment of New Line Maintenance Station in Dubai

15 May 2019. Bombardier is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with JETEX for the establishment of a new Line Maintenance Station in Dubai, further complementing the tip-to-tail maintenance services provided by Bombardier’s Service and Support Network in the Middle East and around the globe. READ MORE. 



PAL Aerospace Ranked 8th by Canadian Defense Review Magazine in its annual Top 75 ranked aerospace and defence companies in Canada

09 May 2019. PAL Aerospace is proud to announce that it has been ranked 8th by Canadian Defense Review Magazine in its annual Top 75 ranked aerospace and defence companies in Canada. The recognition is a testament to the hard work and commitment of PAL Aerospace's dedicated employees.



Corodex Industries celebrates its success with double industry award wins

30 April 2019. Corodex Industries has picked up two separate awards for the excellent performance of its operations in various water purification and wastewater treatment plants. The company was recognized for its excellence in quality and innovation in the manufacturing sector and was awarded the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Awards (SKEA)-Gold Category hosted by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) at a ceremony held recently at Emirates Palace. READ MORE



SNC-Lavalin’s Middle East Diversity and Inclusion Business Network signs the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles

09 March 2019. SNC-Lavalin’s Middle East Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Business Network has signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (UN WEPs), which are aligned with the company’s commitment to foster an inclusive culture that promotes gender equality and supports employees’ professional development, skills and knowledge throughout their career. READ MORE




Summer Social

Tuesday, 17 July 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Roberto's, The Galleria Mall, Mariyah Island, Abu Dhabi

CBC Members: AED 130
Non-CBC Members: AED 180

Join the CBC Abu Dhabi and other business groups for an evening of casual networking during a "Summer Networker" at Roberto's, The Galleria Mall, Mariyah Island. An informal evening of socialising and networking, giving you the opportunity to make valuable contact with others working in Abu Dhabi.


Inter-Council Bowling Tournament

Wednesday, 24 July 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bowling center, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

CBC Members: AED 70
Non-CBC Members: AED 100

Join the CBC Abu Dhabi and other business groups for an Inter-Council Bowling Tournament. Make valuable contacts in a fun way. 


Young Professional Networking Evening

Tuesday, 20 August 2019
6:30ppm - 8:30pm

Belgian Cafe, Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan

CBC members: FREE
Non-CBC members: AED 100

Come along to this Joint Business Groups event especially created for our Young Professionals - you will have a chance to mingle with your peers, while enjoying the vibrant surrounds of Belgian Cafe at the Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan.Bring your friends and colleagues and plenty of business cards! Please note that registrations are accepted for attendees 40 years old and under. This event is sponsored by Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan.



Speed Networking

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

630pm - 8:30pm

Park Rotana Abu Dhabi

CBC Members: AED 375
Non-CBC Members: AED 500

Join our Joint Business Group Speed Networking with several other business groups in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, 28 August 2019. Speed Networking is 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 two minutes. Don't forget to bring your business cards.




Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2019 

11-14 November 2019. The ADIPEC Awards (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference Awards) to be held on 11 November 2019 is an opportunity for organisations and individuals from around the world to gain recognition as being amongst the best in class across the oil and gas industry. From highlighting achievements across the industry’s response to global economic and technological trends to the benchmarking of successes in social contribution and community empowerment, and the honouring of workplace diversity and young professionals for their contribution to the industry, the ADIPEC Awards is one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades that recognises companies for their outstanding contribution to the future of the industry.



    Global Aerospace Summit

    17-19 March 2020. The foundation of the Global Aerospace Summit is the extensive programme of thought leadership and strategic vision driven by over 150 industry decision makers who commit to speaking at the Summit. 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. In 2018 the Summit was led by two plenary keynote mornings, each featuring a high profile Ministerial Address outlining the progress of the UAE in aerospace and the critical partnerships and technology being put in place to make ambitious goals reality.


    New CBC Office Opening

    04 July 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi has moved to a new office location at Makateb Business Center, Makeen Tower (landmark: Abu Dhabi Mall). The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, some CBC Board Directors and members. 


    CBC Sponsors Appreciation Reception

    25 June 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi hosted the CBC sponsors reception in collaboration with The Abu Dhabi Edition Hotel. The reception was held in appreciation of the commitment and continuous support of CBC Platinum and Gold members, and event sponsors. 


    Annual General Meeting

    19 June 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi organized the Annual General Meeting at Bab Al Qasr Hotel. The Board of Directors reported the activities of the council in the past year and the FY 2018-19 Audit Report. The members approved the constitutional amendments and elected new board members.


    Joint Ramadan Iftar Abu Dhabi

    14 May 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi participated in the joint Ramadan Iftar orgnized by the Swiss Business Council. The event was in celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan and to embrace the quintessence of the Holy Month – togetherness.


      Business After Hours

    30 April 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi participated in the business after hours event organized by the BENELUX Business Group along with various business groups in Abu Dhabi. Members and guests won valuable prizes donated by generous sponsors.


    Maple Leaf Ball 

    25 April 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi organized the Maple Leaf Ball under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance of the UAE. The gala dinner celebrated the distinguished Canadian and UAE companies in Abu Dhabi and boasted attractive prizes and raffle draws for the attendees.



    Joint Business Group Dinner with H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance

    17 April 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the joint business group dinner with H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance. The event was organized by the British Business Group. 


    MENA Political and Economic Overview | What is next for the Gulf?

    16 April 2019. CBC Abu Dhabi participated at the informative session on MENA Political and economic overview. The speaker, Robert Willock, Director of the The Economist Corporate Network shared his insights into the region and reported its growth prospects, as well as risks for companies operating in its key markets. 



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