MENA Economic Update and Outlook

  • 04 November 2019
  • 18:30 - 20:00
  • InterContinental Hotel Abu Dhabi


  • Price is inclusive of 5% VAT.
  • Price is inclusive of 5% VAT.

Registration is closed

Join the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi along with five other business groups in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Economy and First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) economic update and outlook.


  • 6:30 – 6:45 : Participant registration
  • 6:45 – 6:50 : Moment to take photos with the speakers
  • 6:50 – 7:00 : Welcome Speech and introduction – Barbara Farahick-Mathonet,  Chairwoman of the Benelux Business Council
  • 7:00 – 7:25 : Presentation / Q & A – Mr. Simon Ballard
  • 7:25 – 7:45 : Presentation / Q & A – Mr. Juma Al Kait
  • 7:45 – 8:00: Networking / canapes and drinks.


Mr. Juma Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary – Foreign Trade Affairs at the Ministry of Economy will discuss the UAE economy, sharing his insights on the current economic situation as well what can be expected in the near future. Moreover, he will touch upon current economic challenges and the newly implemented FDI laws. Last but not least he will touch upon how investors can use the UAE as a platform for investments in other countries.

Mr. Simon Ballard, Executive Director, Macro Strategist at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) will share his insights into the region and report on its growth prospects, as well as the risks for companies operating in its key markets. He will also sketch a global macro outlook thereby providing context to the MENA / GCC outlook.

Ticket Prices:

CBC members: AED 125
Non-CBC members: AED 225
*Price includes 5% VAT, canapes and soft beverages.

Dresscode: Business attire