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Sharjah FDI Forum

The Gateway to the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia

Sharjah, Middle East |  - 
Speakers include:
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan  bin Muhammad Al Qasimi

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi

Member of the Supreme Council of the U.A.E. & Ruler of Sharjah

His Excellency Abdullah  Al Saleh

His Excellency Abdullah Al Saleh

Ministry of Economy, UAE

His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal

His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)


Long recognised as a key financial and trading hub and as a gateway to the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, investment interest in the U.A.E is at an all-time high.  Despite a global FDI lull in 2014, investment in the UAE reportedly rose by 25% to reach US $13 billion cementing its position as a stable and business friendly destination in the region. 

Sharjah, one of the seven emirates and located at the heart of the country, has been a major route for commerce since 1932 and has in recent years diversified its economy into a key industrial zone positioning itself for growth in the key sectors of healthcare, travel and tourism, transport and logistics and environment. Despite the financial crisis Sharjah has maintained a solid growth rate and is ripe with opportunities for international investors keen to capitalise on its location, close connections with its neighbouring emirates and the economic free zones designed to facilitate and integrate business growth and development. 

This key event, organised in partnership with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority - (Shurooq), and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, provides an unrivalled opportunity to examine the outlook for investment in the U.A.E. and in Sharjah, and the opportunities available to your business. The programme will feature a combination of keynote addresses and lively panel debates from international business leaders and high level policy makers, all keen to share their knowledge and experience. 

Attendees will benefit from insights into how to set up a business in the UAE and specifically Sharjah, as well as the associated legal and tax issues, and learn how to ensure a successful investment and uncover the potential for public-private partnerships. Plus you will find out about costs and locations, take the temperature of current business sentiment and learn more about how the political and economic climate is impacting on business.

We have a limited number of complimentary flight and accommodation packages available for investors and senior level executives from corporations interested in investing in Sharjah. Please apply for a place to find out more.

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/28/2016 08:15:0009/29/2016 13:30:00trueSharjah FDI Forum Long recognised as a key financial and trading hub and as a gateway to the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, investment interest in the U.A.E is at an all-time high.  Despite a global FDI lull in 2014, investment in the UAE reportedly rose by 25% to reach US $13 billion cementing its position as a stable and business friendly destination in the region. Sharjah, one of the seven emirates and located at the heart of the country, has been a major route for commerce since 1932 and has in recent years diversified its economy into a key industrial zone positioning itself for growth in the key sectors of healthcare, travel and tourism, transport and logistics and environment. Despite the financial crisis Sharjah has maintained a solid growth rate and is ripe with opportunities for international investors keen to capitalise on its location, close connections with its neighbouring emirates and the economic free zones designed to facilitate and integrate business growth and development. This key event, organised in partnership with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority - (Shurooq), and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, provides an unrivalled opportunity to examine the outlook for investment in the U.A.E. and in Sharjah, and the opportunities available to your business. The programme will feature a combination of keynote addresses and lively panel debates from international business leaders and high level policy makers, all keen to share their knowledge and experience. Attendees will benefit from insights into how to set up a business in the UAE and specifically Sharjah, as well as the associated legal and tax issues, and learn how to ensure a successful investment and uncover the potential for public-private partnerships. Plus you will find out about costs and locations, take the temperature of current business sentiment and learn more about how the political and economic climate is impacting on business.We have a limited number of complimentary flight and accommodation packages available for investors and senior level executives from corporations interested in investing in Sharjah. Please apply for a place to find out more.Sharjah-FDI-Forum-3e93b5f06752498da5029d9094eaf0ebMM/DD/YYYY

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His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan  bin Muhammad Al Qasimi

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi

Member of the Supreme Council of the U.A.E. & Ruler of Sharjah
His Excellency Abdullah  Al Saleh

His Excellency Abdullah Al Saleh

Undersecretary for Foreign Trade and Industry Affairs
Ministry of Economy, UAE

Abdullah Ahmed Al Saleh is Under Secretary for Foreign Trade and Industry Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Economy, a position he has held since 2013. Additionally, Mr. Al Saleh is currently the head of the UAE negotiating team within the framework of the Free Trade Negotiations between the GCC and other countries and regional blocks.  He has previously served as Under Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Trade between 2008 and 2013, and prior to that Assistant Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and International Cooperation and then Under Secretary at the Ministry of Economy.  He was a Diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE Embassy in Washington DC and also at the UAE Embassy in Paris between 1991 and 2001.    Mr Al Saleh is  Member of the Board of Directors of Investors Abroad and a Member of the Emirates Gender Balance Board.  He holds a Masters in International Politics from the American University in Washington DC and a Bachelor of Political Science from the UAE University.

His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal

His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal

Chief Executive Officer
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal is CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and has been integral to the success of the Authority since its inception in 2009, with the guidance of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq.  Steered by HE Al Sarkal’s creativity and drive, Shurooq has adopted world-class standards in providing services and studies to attract investors from the UAE, the Middle East, and all over the world.  He has a keen understanding of the market and in-depth insights into the functioning of economies, and international legalities and legislation.  HE Al Sarkal has proven his mettle in quality, operations control and strategic planning and has been instrumental in the shaping of the Sharjah arts and culture scene, through the launch of the Maraya Art Centre.  He i strives to create a friendly working environment in which all employees are encouraged to create, innovate and openly express their ideas. He is a keen proponent of creating opportunities for talented UAE Nationals representing almost 40%, holding various positions including executives and management positions.

Alongside his role at the helm of Shurooq, HE Al Sarkal is a Board Member of the Sharjah Football Club, a patron of Design Days Dubai, Chairman of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)-Sharjah Chapter, Trustee of the Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum, Deputy Head of Knowledge Without Borders and a former Board Member of Sharjah Tourism and Development Authority.   He is also a Member of the Sharjah Tourism Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of Governors of Skyline University College and a member of several UAE Ministry of Economy joint councils with other countries. Having held a multitude of senior positions, he is widely considered a key figure in Sharjah’s growth ambitions.

Dalya Al Muthanna

Dalya Al Muthanna

President and CEO
GE Gulf

Dalya Al Muthanna is President & CEO of GE Gulf. In her role, she develops the company’s business strategy for the Gulf region, leading business growth and driving cross business selling across GE's portfolio.  She joined GE in 2008 and is the company's first UAE national to graduate from GE's Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP), during which she received multiple global ECLP awards and undertook global rotations in the US.  Dr Al Muthanna has held multiple leadership roles within GE including Director, Global Growth Strategy for Middle East, North Africa & Turkey where she led strategic partnership activities and drove growth programs and strategic priorities in the region.  Prior to joining GE, she founded and managed a multi-million dollar international franchise.  Dr Al Muthanna is also a board member of the Global Foreign Direct Investment Association.  She holds a PhD from Imperial College London and an MBA from the American University in Dubai.

Saud Al Mazrouei

Saud Al Mazrouei

Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

Saul Salim Al Mazrouei is Director of Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone.  He is responsible for  transforming these two economic growth engines in Sharjah attracting 13,000 investor companies from 157 countries, substantially boosting annual foreign direct investment in the UAE.  Mr Al Mazrouei has pioneered IT supported  business solutions in his organizations, delivering transparency and simplicity in rules and procedures. Mr Al Mazrouei often drives corporate social responsibility initiatives in his efforts to improve the society around him. He is a keen proponent of boosting business and capturing efficiency opportunities while upholding the values of professional and personal integrity, and shares common development goals with his investors.  He is rated as a deeply committed business leader, possessing proven potentials to drive economic developments in Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates.

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson

Managing Director and Regional Head Middle East
S&P Global Ratings

Stuart Anderson was appointed Managing Director and Regional Head Middle East in September 2011 and since then has significantly strengthened S&P Global Ratings’ analytical presence in the region along with an expanded program of thematic research and thought leadership within the financial community. Mr Anderson is also the current Chairman of The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association.  Previously he had more than 20 years of experience with Standard Chartered Bank in business development, risk management and governance functions throughout Asia and the Middle East.  He had most recently held a regional chief risk officer role based in the UAE.  Mr Anderson’s extensive knowledge of capital markets and wealth of experience across business development, risk management, governance, investor and government relations enable him to lead S&P Global Ratings as an important participant within the Middle East's financial markets, as S&P Global Ratings continues to engage with debt issuers, investors, intermediaries and policymakers across the region.  Mr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University in Australia and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.

Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali

Head of Corporate Banking
Noor Bank

Kazim Ali has been the Head of Corporate Banking at Noor Bank, a full service and leading Shari’a Compliant Bank in Dubai, since 2007.  In his role, Mr Ali oversees the Corporate Banking business function for the entire bank. He is also in charge of transaction services and the bank's dedicated platform for the financing of SME businesses, the Noor Trade brand.  Prior to his role, he worked at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. as Senior Vice President, on various assignments in Pakistan, as well as the ABN AMRO regional office in Hong Kong. He also worked at Citi on various projects in Pakistan.

Awni Al Rushoud

Awni Al Rushoud

Senior Consultant and Advisor
Arab Planning Institute, Kuwait

Awni Al Rushoud is a Senior Consultant and Advisor in the Arab Planning Institute (API) in Kuwait since 2015. He was previously  the Investment Commissionaire at the Jordan Investment Commission (JIC) where his main responsibilities were attracting FDI to Jordan, initiating and drafting the investment and export promotion plans, and the internal investment strategy for the new commission, as well as developing and refining the investment strategies to be compatible with the new investment law.  Prior to that Dr. Al-Rushoud was the Jordan Investment Board CEO from 2011 to 2014 where he managed, organized, supervised, and coordinated all JIB operations.  He holds a Phd from the University of New Mexico – Albuquerque – USA, a Master of Economics from the University of North Texas, Denton, USA, and a Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration, from Yarmouk University,  Irbid in Jordan.

Ahmed Abdelaal

Ahmed Abdelaal

Regional Head of Corporate Client Coverage MENA and Head of Commercial Banking UAE

Ahmed Abdelaal is the Regional Head of Corporate Client Coverage and Head of Commercial Banking in UAE responsible for providing strategic direction and overall management and development of HSBC’s Corporate franchise in MENA. This involves leading and managing different units covering diverse and multi layered portfolios focusing on Large Corporates, Middle Market, SMEs and International Clients.  Mr Abdelaal has worked in the financial services industry for more than two decades. Prior to joining HSBC back in 2007, he held variety of roles covering the entire spectrum of banking products and solutions while working for global and regional organizations.  Areas of expertise include Corporate Lending Conventional and Islamic, Trade Finance, Payment and Cash Management, Treasury and Investment Banking solutions including Corporate Advisory, Project Finance, and debt capital market transactions.  He graduated with Major in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University Egypt and holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Sudesh Aggarwal

Sudesh Aggarwal

India Trade & Exhibition Centre m.e.

Sudesh Aggarwal is Chairman of the Indian Trade and Exhibition Centre m.e. and of the Indian Business and Professional Council - Sharjah.  He is also the Chairman of Giant Group of Industries established since 1988.  Based in the UAE,  Giant Group has diversified business interests i.e. manufacturing glass reinforced polyester mouldings for application in electrical, building and oil & gas industry, manufacturing home furnishings, food and catering industry, entertainment and events management, real estate, media and others. In recent years Mr Aggarwal has stepped back from business and devotes his time promoting trade and investments between India - UAE and actively participates in Indian politics.  He holds BCom and MBA degrees and has lived in the UAE since 1975.

Thorsten  Braun

Thorsten Braun

General Manager, Middle East, Iran and Pakistan
Lufthansa Cargo AG

Thorsten Braun was appointed General Manager for the Middle East, Iran and Pakistan at Lufthansa Cargo AG in 2015.  Prior to that he served as Head of Key Account Management for Asia Pacific in Singapore.  He began his career at Lufthansa AG in 2008 and after completing several projects (benchmarking, integration and auditing) in Frankfurt, Atlanta and New York he was promoted to Executive Assistant to the Hub Manager Frankfurt at Lufthansa Passage.  Mr Braun holds a MSc in Mechatronics from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany which included two semesters abroad at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, USA, with a focus on management and economics. 

David Burns

David Burns

Chairman and CEO
The British Business Group

David Burns is Chairman and CEO of The British Business Group. The Group is one of the largest and most active business groups in the GCC and operates under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is closely aligned to the UAE office of the UKTI.  He is a Director at UHY Saxena responsible for Consulting, Business Development and Marketing and he set up Baker & Burns and Arabian Gulf Sub Sahara Group in 2013 to facilitate trade between the UK and the Arabian Gulf as well as the sub-Sahara region.  Mr Burns first came to the Middle East in 1967 and since 1976 has been in the region working for a number of different organisations. He is a globally experienced CEO/Director with a passion for advising and assisting regional entities, start up commercial projects and turnaround operations.  He has founded and developed companies in industries including commercial property, project management, logistics, publishing, HR consultancy and recruitment. Through his career, he has developed a sound knowledge of CSR consultancy, sustainability and carbon foot-printing. Moreover, through his work in the Caribbean, UK & Europe, North Africa, India, and the Far East, he has gained a deep understanding of the work ethics presented by many diverse cultures, religions, nationalities and regions.  In June 2014 he was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to British business, community and charity in Dubai.

His Excellency Dr. Khalid Al Midfa

His Excellency Dr. Khalid Al Midfa

Director General
Sharjah Media Corporation

Dr Khalid Al Midfa has been Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation since 2012 and worked as Sharjah Radio and TV manager in 2011.   Dr Al Midfa plays an active and influential role within the local community, having been a member of the Sharjah Emirate Consultative Council between 2003 and 2007.  He is the founding member of the Sharjah Tatweer Forum.  He worked as Assistant Professor in Telecommunication Engineering in Khalifa University between 2003 and 2007.  He holds a Phd in Telecommunications Engineering and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Centre of Telecommunications Research, Bristol University, United Kingdom. Dr Al Midfa's first degree is a BEng with honours. He also graduated from the Telecommunications Department at the Khalifa University (previously known as the Telecommunications College) with a BA in Electric and Electronic Engineering.  

Robin Butteriss

Robin Butteriss

Managing Director
Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited

Robin Butteriss is head of Deloitte’s Middle East Corporate Financial Advisory practice. He has in excess of 21 years of professional services and corporate finance experience, having worked in in the UAE, Qatar, London and Toronto.  Sectors in which he has operated include telecoms, media, food processing, F&B, education, banking and financial services, oil & gas, construction and building products, and retail.   Mr Butteriss holds an Honours degree in Commerce from Queen’s University, Canada, and became a Chartered Accountant (ICAO) in 1997.

Jeff Colyer

Jeff Colyer

Lieutenant Governor

Jeff Colyer, MD, is Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008, and has been a leader on taxes, fiscally responsible budgeting and healthcare policy.  He led the Kansas Medicaid transformation that resulted in better health outcomes for members and a savings to Kansans of more than $1 billion over three years under the new KanCare managed care program. He also served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush in international affairs.  Over the last 25 years, Dr Colyer has volunteered, as a surgeon, in dangerous war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Libya and Africa. He was an International Medical Corps volunteer and the only surgeon in southern Rwanda during the genocide that killed 800,000 people.  At home in Kansas, Dr. Colyer is driven to serve his community. As a craniofacial/plastic surgeon he is passionate about reconstructing complex skull and facial deformities in children.  Dr. Colyer holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in International Relations from Cambridge University and a medical doctorate from The University of Kansas, School of Medicine.

Flemming  Dalgaard

Flemming Dalgaard

Chief Executive Officer
Gulftainer Group

Flemming Dalgaard joined the Gulftainer in August of 2015 and was appointed Group CEO in February 2016.  He has spent nearly 30 years in the Maritime / Logistics industry around the world (Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East) most recently as Senior Vice President for Group Strategy at DP World in Dubai and before that as CEO for DP World Europe region. In the latter position he was amongst others responsible for 3 large greenfield projects in London, Turkey and Rotterdam.  Prior to joining DP world Mr Dalgaard was employed by the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group for 20 years, his last position being Managing Director for Maersk Line UK and Ireland. During his long career at Maersk he gained extensive global experience, including Managing Director Maersk Line UK and Managing Director Maersk Line South Africa.  Furthermore he has worked in China as Chief Commercial Officer (Vice President) for the Maersk Greater China region which consists of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia/Macau.  In addition to the above he has held various other senior positions in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. He has also worked on various marine terminal projects for the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group in Germany, China and the UK.  Mr Dalgaard holds a degree in International Shipping and has completed numerous executive programmes, most recently at Wharton University, London Business School and the CSEP at Columbia University (New York).  He is also a Chartered Director at the IOD as well as a Chartered Fellow at the UK Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Dany Farha

Dany Farha

Co-Founder and CEO
BECO Capital

Dany Farha is the Co-founder and CEO at BECO Capital, a Venture Capital firm that provides early stage growth capital and hands-on operational support for technology companies in the MENA region with a focus on the GCC. Prior to founding BECO Capital, Mr Farha co-founded and exited, the Middle East’s largest job site; Butlers, the UAE’s largest commercial laundry company and Intercat, one of the largest catering companies in the UAE. He was also a seed investor in Gonabit, a Middle East focused daily deal website that was acquired by Living Social in 2011. He currently sits on the board of the Propertyfinder Group and several other portfolio companies. Mr Farha has graduated from UCL in London in Management Sciences and finance.

Neil George

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

Neil George heads Starwood’s Development team for the Middle East & Africa. He leads a team spread across Brussels, Dubai and Johannesburg and is responsible for all aspects of the planning and execution of the growth of all ten distinct Starwood brands across the Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean.  He is also responsible for overseeing the negotiation and renewal of management contracts as they come up for renewal across the almost 100 hotels that make up Starwood’s Middle East and Africa portfolio.  Within his over 20 years of experience in the hotel industry and an international career spanning India, the US, Europe, the UK and the Middle East, Mr George has held roles in hotel operations, consultancy, corporate finance and development.  Prior to Dubai, he was based in Starwood’s divisional office in Brussels.  Before he joined Starwood he was based in London for almost 10 years in various roles as an industry specialist with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen and has advised most major industry players during this time. Mr George holds a Masters degree in hospitality management from Cornell University, New York.

Khaled  Al Huraimel

Khaled Al Huraimel

Group Chief Executive Officer

Khaled Al Huraimel is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Bee’ah. Mr Al Huraimel oversees the company’s day-to-day operations and maximises the efficiency of projects by ensuring close cooperation and communication between different departments. He helps Bee’ah operate at the forefront of the environmental industry both regionally and internationally while his strategic planning helps strengthen the company’s environmental achievements, growth and profitability.  Before joining Bee’ah, Mr Al Huraimel was one of the founders and CEO of Arabian Global Investments LLC (AGI), a UAE-based investments company founded in 2007 to invest in emerging real estate opportunities.  In 2005, he became Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Waterfront at Nakheel, a large-scale project that occupies a last undeveloped seafacing land in Dubai and prior to that he held the position of Senior Manager of Sales & Marketing at ENOC International Sales, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company.  Mr Al Huraimel holds a BSc (Honours) in Marketing from King Fahd University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as an MBA from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He is also a graduate from the first batch of students to study at the Dubai Leaders Programme at Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania, United States of America.

Badr Jafar

Badr Jafar

Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises
President, Crescent Petroleum

Badr Jafar is Managing Director of the Crescent Group, which has been operating from the UAE for 44 years. The Group today comprises of two main companies: Crescent Petroleum, the region’s first independent and privately-owned petroleum company; and Crescent Enterprises, the Group’s conglomerate operating across six core sectors.  Mr Jafar serves as Chairman of Gas Cities LLC and Pearl Petroleum. He is also active in other industries including ports and logistics, serving as Chair of the Executive Board of Gulftainer and private equity, serving as Board Member for The Abraaj Group and GrowthGate Capital.  He founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit venture in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability across the Gulf Region of the Middle East. Through his passion for social entrepreneurship, he sits on the Boards of Education for Employment, Synergos Arab World Social Innovators Program and Endeavor UAE.  Mr Jafar is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio Chair of the YPO Emirates Chapter. He was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is Co-chair of their Family Business Community and a Global Agenda Trustee for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion.

Henry Loewendahl

Henry Loewendahl

Founder & CEO

Henry Loewendahl is Group CEO of the WAVTEQ Group and Senior Vice President representing fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Limited.  He has 20 years of experience in FDI. He has advised over 150 governments and multinational enterprises in 60 countries and has worked extensively in the region, advising clients in Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and UAE.  Mr Loewendahl started his career in PwC's International Investment Group before becoming Manager of Inward Investment in IBM and subsequently founding several successful start-up companies.  He has over 50 publications on FDI and he has been an FDI expert to the World Bank, UNCTAD, Financial Times, and Columbia Law School for many years. His most recent publication in July 2016 was titled The Impact of Brexit on FDI into the UK: Recommendations for UK Investment Promotion Strategy.  Mr Loewendahl holds a primary degree in Economics & Politics, a Masters Degree in International Political Economic and a PhD studying German and Japanese FDI strategies and economic development implications.

Thumbay Moideen

Thumbay Moideen

Founder President
Thumbay Group UAE

Thumbay Moideen is the Founder President of Thumbay Group UAE.  He is also the Founder President on the Board of Governors at the Gulf Medical University, Ajman in the UAE.  Since its establishment in 1998 the Thumbay Group has been active in sectors including health education, healthcare, medical research, diagnostics, retail pharmacy, health communications, information technology, retail opticals, wellness, hospitality and real estate. Mr Moideen was the first Indian to be invited to UAE by the Rulers of Ajman to set-up a medical college in 1998. He set up the Gulf Medical University and the first private teaching hospital in the country.  The university attracts students from over 70 nationalities, staff from over 22 countries and patients at Thumbay Hospitals from 175 countries.  Mr Moideen aims to achieve a presence in medical education and healthcare in India, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East with ambitious plans to expand his Group in the next five years.  He is regularly invited to speak at conferences all over the world and the success of his business endeavours have been featured in many publications.   A recognized philanthropist, Mr Moideen has established the Thumbay Foundation.

Hussain Mohaammed Al Mahmoudi

Hussain Mohaammed Al Mahmoudi

Chief Executive Officer
American University of Sharjah

Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi is currently is the Chief Executive Officer of the American University of Sharjah Enterprise, the Commercial Company of the AUS which is chaired by the H.H the Ruler of Sharjah and created by Amiri decree. For the past eight years, Mr Al Mahmoudi was the Director General of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UAE as well as a Member of the UAE Chamber Federation and GCC chambers. He was responsible for the overall management and operations including HR, Finance, Business Development and reputation of the Sharjah Chamber including servicing its 60,000 company members. He previously served in various roles at the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies, stationed between Dubai and The Netherlands starting out as Head of External Affairs, and Health Safety, Security and Environment, progressing to Senior Advisor New Business Development for the Middle East, Caspian and South East Asia.  Prior to that he was Director of Marketing at Dubai Internet City (DIC) and before that he was Corporate Communications Manager at the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).  Mr Al Mahmoudi is the founder and the formal Chairman of the Sharjah Tatweer Forum. He is now an Honorary Board member Chaired by the Ruler of Sharjah.  He is also the Chairman of the Emirates Business Council for Sustainable Development (Local chapter of the World Council of Sustainable Development).  He holds a BA in Economics and Communications from Seattle Pacific University, Washington, an MBA from the American University of Sharjah and he is also an honorary board member of Maastricht University in The Netherlands.

Arjen Radder

Arjen Radder

Chief Executive Officer
Philips Middle East and Turkey

Arjen Radder was appointed as Chief Executive Officer Middle East & Turkey in 2015. He is responsible for all Philips business in the geography.  He joins the Middle East & Turkey market from Asia where he was the President for Philips Healthcare in Asia Pacific, covering India, Japan, Korea, Australia New Zealand and ASEAN. During this time he was also a member of the Philips Healthcare Global Executive Team.  Mr Radder’s career in Philips began as Managing Director Netherlands for an early Home Healthcare venture, subsequently he worked as General Manager at the Nuclear Medicine business based out of California, USA. Later on he assumed the role of Market Leader for Nordic Healthcare and became Senior Vice President/Market Group Leader for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Turkey, Russia & Central Asia and Africa early 2010. Before Philips, he held leadership roles at a number of other companies including his role as General Manager at Nutricia’s (now Danone) clinical division. He was fortunate to work in 3 distinct time zones, at small companies and MNCs and experience both commercial as well as innovation challenges.  Mr Radder holds a PhD in Medicine, obtained prior to joining the healthcare industry in the mid-nineties.

C. S.  Raghavan

C. S. Raghavan

Chief Representative GCC, Middle East and West Asia Region
Confederation of Indian Industry

CS Raghavan is currently the Chief Representative of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the GCC, Middle East and West Asia Region.  The CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Prior to assuming his current role Mr Raghavan was Head of Education Business Development, India at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Dubai.  He previously served as Executive Director at the Indian Business Leaders’ Forum and before that was the UAE Centre Head for the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.  Between 1998 and 2003 he was Secretary General of the Indian Business Council in Dubai and prior to that was the Deputy Director of the Confederation of Indian industry in New Delhi. Mr Raghavan was instrumental in the setting up of the first Indian Business Council, IBC (now IBPC) in Dubai in 1998 with subsequent councils following in Sharjah and Fujairah. He has also helped the Indian community in other GCC Countries to set-up similar Councils in Qatar and Kuwait.  Mr Raghavan also serves on the Board of Bahrain – India Society (BIS) as an Honorary Member.  He is a graduate in Commerce and holds a postgraduate Diploma in Foreign Trade (International Trade) from the University of Madras.  

Ahmed Ramdan

Ahmed Ramdan

Roya International

Ahmed Ramdan is the founder of hospitality advisory firm, Roya International, providing industry guidance to investors keen to develop their own hospitality portfolio.  He plays a key role in shaping investor visions into hotels/mixed-use developments and efficient hospitality designs.  Mr Ramdan and his team have worked with prominent government institutions to serve as key advisors to some of the region’s most iconic master plans, namely, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai Media City, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Reem Island and Saadiyat Island. Before branching into his own ventures, and driven by a passion for the hospitality industry, Mr Ramdan had a 30 year long career across all the various fields in hotel management, including the running of multiple properties on behalf of global hotel brands such as InterContinental Hotels and Le Meridien hotels.

Nasser Saidi

Nasser Saidi

President, Nasser Saidi & Associates
Member of the Regional Advisory Group for MENA, IMF

Nasser H. Saidi heads Nasser Saidi & Associates and is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA.  He also serves as Chairman of the regional Clean Energy Business Council; Deputy Chairman of Eureeca, an innovative global equity crowdfunding platform, and as Co-Chair of the OECD MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. Dr Saidi is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution of the World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms.  He is the former Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and the Mudara Institute of Directors, He was senior adviser to the UAE Minister of Finance between 2004 and 2006; Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000; First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two successive mandates from 1993 and 2003, and was a Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) for over the period 2000-2006, having been appointed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his personal capacity.  Dr Saidi was a private banker and served as an economic adviser and director to a number of central banks and financial institutions in Arab countries, Europe and Central and Latin America.  Prior to his public career, Dr Saidi  served as a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics in the University of Chicago, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva, CH), and the Université de Genève. He also served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut and the Université St. Joseph in Beirut.   Dr Saidi holds a PhD and a MA in Economics from the University of Rochester, USA, a MSc from University College, London University and a BA from the American University of Beirut.

Paras  Shahdadpuri

Paras Shahdadpuri

Nikai Group of Companies

Paras Shahdadpuri is Chairman of the Nikai Group of Companies with business interests in electronics, appliances, food products, outsourcing and restaurants, with offices in China, Saudi Arabia, Georgia, Russia and other countries.  He is a former diplomat with the Indian Foreign Services, and has served in various Indian diplomatic missions in China, the US, Saudi Arabia and Libya.  He started his business in the UK in 1987, moving to Dubai soon after.  With a view to giving back to the community, Mr Shahdadpuri has taken keen interest in developing India-UAE business relations and served as President of the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC), between 2009 and 2011, and between 2013 and 2015.   

Geoff Walsh

Geoff Walsh

Country Manager, U.A.E.
DHL Express

Geoff Walsh is the Senior VP and Country Manager for DHL Express UA.E. Based in Dubai, he is responsible for all DHL Express operations within the U.A.E.  His career with DHL spans more than 20 years. He joined the company in 1996 as Operations Manager for the East Midlands in the UK, and since then has moved into several senior roles within DHL MENA such as Area Operations Manager, MENAT Road Network Manager, Oman Country Manager and lastly the Country Manager of DHL Saudi Arabia before arriving in the U.A.E. Over the years Mr Walsh has overseen and vastly contributed to the expansion of the air and road networks of the DHL footprint in the Middle east over the last 16 years, along with market leading performance and service enhancements.


Chair and Moderators (3)

Courtney Fingar

Courtney Fingar

fDi Magazine

Courtney Fingar is the editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine and head of content for fDi Intelligence. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial production for the bimonthly magazine and its website, as well as editorial outputs for fDi Intelligence.
She is also the presenter for the ‘fDi On Location’ video series, and a regular contributor to the Financial Times newspaper. As a trained journalist, Ms Fingar interviews political and business leaders at the highest levels about economic and investment issues. She has covered business stories in all major regions of the world and has been on assignment to more than 80 countries in her career.
She is a popular panellist and moderator at international economic gatherings and has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment.
Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a London-based magazine focusing on trade finance. She worked previously as a journalist in Washington, DC.

Ms Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in the United States and an MSc in International and European Politics, with a special focus on political economy and trade issues, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Jacopo Dettoni

Jacopo Dettoni

Deputy Editor
fDi Magazine

Jacopo Dettoni is the deputy editor of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication from the Financial Times. In his role, Jacopo produces multimedia content for the title’s print magazine and online portal, also hosting the fDi Podcast since its inception in December 2016.

Jacopo lived and reported from Europe, Asia and Latin America, keeping a close eye on patterns of investment during boom-and-bust cycles triggered by developments in the commodity markets.

He is a frequent speaker at events focusing on foreign investment. He chaired the latest “Panama: The Gateway to Latin America” investment summit in London and co-chaired the past two editions of “The Mongolia Investment Summit” in Hong Kong.

He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Finance from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, where he focused on trade policies and economic welfare.

Tim Rogmans

Tim Rogmans

Assistant Professor, College of Business
Zayed University

Tim Rogmans is Assistant Professor at the College of Business at Zayed University in Dubai, where he teaches courses in Strategy, Economics and Management. His research and consulting work is in the areas of International Business, Business Planning and Strategy with a focus on the MENA region. He is the author of the book The Emerging Markets of the Middle East; Strategies for Entry and Growth, co-author of Prospects and Challenges of Free Trade Agreements, Unlocking Business Opportunities in GCC Markets and co-editor of the casebook Actions and Insights Middle East North Africa: Managing in Uncertain Times. He serves as Board Member of the Academy of International Business – MENA Chapter.  Professor Rogmans previously worked as a strategy consultant for LEK Consulting and Gemini Consulting, and in various management roles with Atradius Credit Insurance. From 2005 to 2007 he taught at the Hariri Canadian University (Lebanon). In 2007, he became Director of Zayed University’s Executive Education unit and in 2010 he joined the University’s College of Business faculty.  Professor Rogmans holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD from Nyenrode University. His PhD thesis is entitled The Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in the Middle East North Africa Region.

Agenda - 28th Sep

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:30am
    Opening Remarks

    His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Sharjah

    Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 9:40am
    Welcome Addresses

    His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

    His Excellency Abdullah Ahmed Al Saleh, Under-Secretary for Foreign Trade and Industry Affairs,  Ministry of Economy U.A.E.

  • 10:20am
    Opening Keynote Address

    Parag Khanna, Director, Hybrid Reality Pte Ltd; Author, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    Awards to Sponsors
  • 11:10am
    Discussion: Sharjah as an unrivalled gateway for international expansion

    Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises; President, Crescent Petroleum

    H.E. Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, Chief Executive Officer, American University of Sharjah Enterprises

    H.E. Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Director General, Sharjah Media Corporation

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 11:45am
    Morning refreshments
  • 12:00pm
    Panel: Beyond oil – Capitalising on investment opportunities in the UAE

    Examining the business and political climate for investment and its impact on investor appetite

    • Where are the opportunities for established sectors and where will growth come from?
    • Exploring progress towards strengthening corporate governance, transparency, legal frameworks and accountability in business
    • How critical are soft factors (schools, health, lifestyle) when considering a business investment?

    Dany Farha, Co-Founder and CEO, BECO Capital

    Nasser SaidiPresident, Nasser Saidi & Associates; Member of Regional Advisory Group for MENA, IMF

    Arjen Radder, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Middle East and Turkey

    Neil George, Senior Vice President Acquisitions and Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
    Interview: Strengthening trade links between the UK, Europe and the UAE

    David Burns, Chairman and CEO, The British Business Group

    Interviewer: Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 1:15pm
  • 2:15pm
    Case study address: Creating an innovative, sustainable and self-financed private medical university and medical healthcare institution in the Gulf

    Thumbay Moideen, Founder President, Thumbay Group UAE

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 2:45pm
    Panel: Harnessing the investment potential in UAE’s transportation and logistics sector to meet with expanding trade demand

    The UAE’s logistics service sector has seen remarkable growth in the past decade alone, given its ideal location and fast developing infrastructure. For investors, this is a sector ripe with opportunity:

    • What are the key areas of investment priority in transport and logistics to meet market requirements?
    • Routes to investing - risks, rewards and Government incentives
    • What is driving growth in this key sector?

    Thorsten Braun, General Manager, Middle East, Iran and Pakistan, Lufthansa Cargo AG

    Flemming Dalgaard, Chief Executive Officer, Gulftainer Group AG

    Geoff Walsh, Country Manager, UAE, DHL Express

    Saud Al Mazrouei, Director,, Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

    Moderator:Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:50pm
    Address: How important is global connectedness for SMEs?

    Sharjah is home to more than 45,000 SMEs and counting and they are a key driver of the Emirate’s economic growth and development.

    Evaluating the importance of SME’s to economic activity in the UAE in connecting East to West

    Going cross border – capitalising on the opportunities and meeting the challenges

    How to effectively compete internationally as an SME – spotting the opportunities in international trade

    Sharjah as a springboard

    Robin Butteriss, Managing Director, Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited

    Najla Al Midfa, General Manager, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa)

    Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Panel: Financing cross-border expansion

    In a climate where bank lending is becoming more difficult to secure, investors are increasingly seeking alternative sources of finance for overseas projects and business expansion

    • What are the trends in financing cross-border expansion?
    • How do you leverage capital markets?
    • What special financing needs do SMEs have and what types of lenders are filling the gaps?
    • What role can Islamic Finance play in cross border financing of business expansion?
    • Beyond banks – exploring the place of non-bank lending for businesses

    Stuart Anderson, Managing Director and Regional Head Middle East, S&P Global

    Ahmed Abdelaal, Regional Head of Corporate Client Coverage MENA and Head of Commercial Banking UAE, HSBC

    Kazim Ali, Head of Corporate Banking, Noor Bank

    Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Chair closing remarks and close of Day One

    Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

Agenda - 29th Sep

  • 9:00am
    Welcome from the Chair

    Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote address: UAE - prospects and challenges of a non-oil economic development paradigm

    Nasser Saidi, President, Nasser Saidi & Associates; Member of Regional Advisory Group for MENA, IMF

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Panel: Growing trade links between India and the UAE
    • What has historically driven India’s FDI policy?
    • What is behind the growth of Indian investment into the Middle East?
    • Key sectors and targets for India’s investors into the Middle East
    • The investment outlook for the coming year

    Paras Shahdadpuri, Chairman, Nikai Group of Companies

    C. S. Raghavan, Chief Representative, GCC, Middle East and West Asia Region, Confederation of Indian Industry

    Sudesh Aggarwal, Chairman, India Trade & Exhibition Centre m.e.

    Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    Address: Investment trends – what are the prospects for FDI in the Middle East and UAE in the coming year?

    What is the role of FDI in the world economy?

    Is global FDI in growth or decline?

    What are the key trends, drivers and competitive advantages of cities when it comes to the globalisation of innovation?

    Henry Loewendahl, Group CEO, WAVTEQ Limited  

    His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

    Awni Al-Rushoud, Senior Consultant and Advisor, Arab Planning Institute, Kuwait

    Jeffrey Colyer, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas

    Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:10am
    Fireside chat: Beyond oil and gas – positioning the Middle East as a global industrial hub

    Dalya Al Muthanna, President and CEO, GE Gulf

    Interviewer: Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 11:40am
    Panel: Insights and perspectives on investing and growing your business in Sharjah and the UAE
    • Exploring Sharjah’s business climate, within the context of the wider UAE, and how it impacts on investors?
    • Understanding the legal practicalities of setting up and growing your business?
    • Recognising cultural similarities and differences
    • The power of partnership and the importance of early due diligence
    • How important are ‘soft’ factors such as schools, health and social life when considering a Sharjah investment
    • Working with the authorities to share experiences and inform policy making

    Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer, Bee’ah

    Ahmed Ramdan, Founder, Roya International

    H.E. Abdulaziz Ahmed Al Shamsi, Director General, Department of Real Property Registration, Emirate of Sharjah  

    Moderator: Tim Rogmans, Assistant Professor, College of Business, Zayed University

  • 12:20pm
    Closing remarks from Shurooq and the conference Chair

    His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

    Courtney Fingar,Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Networking lunch


Al Jawaher Convention Centre
Al Dhaid Rd
Al Juraina 1

United Arab Emirates

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

fDi Magazine provides an up-to-date image of the ever-changing global investment map.

Published bi-monthly with an ABC audited circulation of 15,284 active corporate readers and crossborder investment professionals, fDi Magazine is a central part of the fDi Intelligence portfolio of investment products and services from the Financial Times.

fDi Magazine is part of the fDi Intelligence portfolio of investment products and services from the Financial Times. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the fDi Intelligence suite also includes:

fDi Markets - The most comprehensive online database of crossborder greenfield investments available, covering all countries and sectors worldwide. It provides real-time monitoring of investment projects, capital investment and job creation with powerful tools to track and profile companies investing overseas.

fDi Benchmark - A platform to benchmark the competitiveness of countries and cities in more than 65 sectors. Its comprehensive location data series covers the main cost and quality indicators for more than 700 locations around the world.

fDi Reports - Provides sector, country, company and bespoke FDI reports, delivering vital  business intelligence to corporations, investment promotion agencies, economic development organisations, consulting firms and research institutions.

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, also known as Shurooq, is the driving force behind the transformation of Sharjah. Guided by our traditions and inspired by innovation, we are committed to enhancing Sharjah’s appeal as an investment, tourism, and business destination. An independent government entity, we facilitate partnerships and connect investors, corporations, and entrepreneurs with the right opportunities.

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Bank of Sharjah PJSC is primarily a corporate bank, engaged in delivering financial services to UAE-based industrial and commercial entities. Founded on a policy of strong capitalization and high asset quality, the Bank maintains a portfolio comprised of general banking services, project finance, trade finance facilities, syndicated loans, and short-to medium-term loans defined by customer consultation and analysis.

Beyond its corporate finance activities, the Bank delivers private banking, wealth management, and investment services. The Bank focuses on strategic investments in regional public entities and performing SMEs that have undergone calculated return assessments.

Bank of Sharjah holds a branch presence in Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain. The Bank maintains a subsidiary in Lebanon, Emirates Lebanon Bank SAL. Bank of Sharjah endeavors to promote and protect growth by availing facilities to client organizations that substantiate their business cases with rationalized operational practices and a reputable market presence.

Emirates National Oil Company Group (ENOC) is a leading integrated global oil and gas player operating across the energy sector value chain. A wholly owned company of the Government of Dubai, ENOC Group offers a diverse portfolio of assets operating across five business segments: Supply, Trading and Processing, Terminals, Marketing, Retail and Exploration and Production. Servicing thousands of customers across 60 markets, the Group employs a workforce of over 9,000 employees and is deploying its world-class customer service, latest innovations and technologies and best practices towards the UAE’s social and economic development. 

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established by the Amiri decree in 1970, to play a vital and effective role in organizing economic life, and to develop all its commercial, industrial and professional sectors, at all levels, in cooperation with the competent institutions and authorities and local departments.

All chamber affairs are managed by a board of proficient directors to oversee the implementation of the public policy and to highlight its role in the local community. Steadily the chamber has witnessed the emergent specialized committees, which initiate multiple functions in all fields of trade, industrial, and professional as well as arbitration and reconciliation. Sharjah Chamber vision is to to be the driving force of commercial and industrial development in the Emirate of Sharjah, With the objectives of serving the associate members, and developing the trade relations, as well as enhancing the economic movement to a higher level.

Sharjah Islamic Bank was founded in 1975 in the name of National Bank of Sharjah. In July 2002, the bank successfully completed the first transition of its kind, from a conventional bank to an Islamic bank. With 31 branches and over 1200 associates, the bank is providing exemplary services in the areas of Corporate, Retail and Investment banking. Be it in Assets, Growth, Profits, Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility, SIB has been meeting and exceeding Industry Benchmarks and Best Practices. For this drive for Excellence, the bank has received numerous awards at International levels. 

Tilal Properties is a joint venture between Sharjah Asset Management and Eskan Real Estate Development LLC, to focus on the establishment, development and management of real estate projects in Sharjah. The vision of Tilal Properties is founded in the developmental boom achieved by Sharjah under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Tilal Properties plans to develop a series of high quality real estate projects in Sharjah.

Silver Sponsors (2)

Al Saja’a Industrial Oasis, a project by Sharjah Asset Management, an investment arm of the Government of Sharjah, aims to address the increasing demand for quality industrial, mixed use and retail land plots desired by astute local, regional and international investors.

Strategically located off Emirates Road (E611), in close proximity to Sharjah International Airport and Al Hamriya Port, Al Saja’a Industrial Oasis stretches over 14 million square feet divided into 353 plots. The plots are offered as freehold ownership for UAE, GCC, and Arab Nationals, as well as 100-year leasehold ownership options to all other nationalities.

Gulftainer, a privately owned, independent port management company, established in 1976 in Sharjah.  Four decades later, with facilities in Lebanon, KSA, Iraq, Brazil and the USA, Gulftainer is recognised as a leading international port operator with a reputation for exceptional productivity and customer service.

2016 has been defined by significant organisational upgrades, including enhanced IT infrastructure, new equipment and the introduction of new services to terminals ensuring a solid foundation for Gulftainer’s global growth strategy.

Official Broadcasting Partner (2)

CNBC Arabia is the Arab World's preeminent and first 24-hour Arabic language financial and business information Channel, presenting in-depth & up-to-the-minute coverage of regional and international affairs from an Arab economic perspective. CNBC Arabia brings real-time information to the most influential, powerful and affluent audience in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Broadcasting to the Middle East and North Africa, from  Dubai, free – to – air on Nilesat and Arabsat, with bureaus in major MENA region, CNBC Arabia is supported by the global newsgathering resources of CNBC.

Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC), a government organization dedicated to developing the media industry in the Emirate of Sharjah, was established by Emiri Decree No.25 of 2009.

SMC aims to develop national media cadres capable of keeping abreast with requirements for development by utilizing the best expertise and successful experience of public and private media institutions in coordination with relevant bodies.

It also aims to reinforce the media’s role in family building and maintaining family cohesion, and to develop media performance on the grounds of professionalism, excellence, creativity, responsible freedom, and abidance by professional ethics without harming others’ rights.

SMC furthermore aims to enhance competitiveness of media in the Emirate with other media, as well as with other disciplines associated with the corporation’s activities, or any assignments it is entrusted with by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

Official Business Magazine (1)

Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East is a trusted source of essential, comprehensive insight that regional business leaders depend on to get ahead.  It combines global perspective with local insights to help them profit from smarter, faster, and more informed decisions.

Reaching more C-level executives than the competition, Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East keeps them a step ahead of today’s business world with complete coverage of critical issues: Business News, Regional Business, Global Economy, World Markets, Financial News, Industry Trends, Technology, Energy Trends, Political Policies, and Corporate Leadership.

Media Partners (4)

The Al Khaleej newspaper was launched in 1970 under the Late Taryam Omran and his brother, the Late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam. Al Khaleej has always defended all national and Arab issues and supported rights everywhere. Al Khaleej has personified a media message believed in by the owners, to manifest as a unitary project in the Gulf region, with an Arabic depth and a national belonging, aiming to establish a civilised Arab and Islamic identity, with a continued emphasis on Arab culture, as well as encouraging ideas for the advancement, enlightenment, knowledge and public freedom. Since its inception, Al Khaleej has been keen to set an example of distinguished administrative work and to get to the top of the journalistic ladder. Over the years, it has experienced a remarkable development.Besides Al Khaleej Newspaper; Dar Al Khaleej publishes English language daily newspaper, “The Gulf Today”, weekly publications like “Kul Al Usra” “Al Shurooq” “Al Sehha Wal Tib” magazines. In addition to all this, the website of Al Khaleej is considered one of the most important news sites in the region with the growing numbers of visitors to the site on a daily basis.

Gulf News, the flagship publication of GN Media, is the leading English language daily newspaper of the region.   A modern Berliner format, dynamic journalism, interface with its readers, subscriber benefits, bespoke solutions for direct marketing, the largest pan-Emirates print media distribution network and competitive advertising rates give the paper its commercial and social lead, as validated by the BPA Worldwide audit for the six month period ending in December 2015, confirming an average daily circulation of 104,251 and the IPSOS MediaCT - NRS - UAE – 2015 survey.

The group’s electronic media includes which has average monthly traffic of around 3.5 million unique visitors and nearly 29.8 million page views a month.  In addition Gulf News has an engaged social audience of over 2.5m.  Also very active are the group’s social media platforms i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SMS breaking news, various Apps, GN TV and Gulf News at Midday directly from the newsroom.

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.

OBG’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

Tasweeq has been established as a partnership between Sharjah Investment Authority (Shurooq) and Emirates Neon Group for marketing communications and media solutions. Services provided by the new company, Tasweeq, include: 

- buying media space in newspapers, radio, all forms of digital and social media, outdoor.

- Event management

- PR

-Media Planning & consultancy services                   

Tasweeq also has it owns portfolio of innovative outdoor advertising locations and will continue to provide efficient tools to all Sharjah Government entities. 

Supporting Partners (6)

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal was established in 1979 when it launched the first Pan-Arab business monthly magazine “Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal”. In 1993, it became the first Arab media group to establish a strong start in the conference industry in the region, an activity that was solely the preserve of western institutions. The Group has organized 250 events in 25 countries, attended by more than 10,000 leading businessmen and investors from the region and worldwide.

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine

Nominated as the leading Arab business publication in the region (according to Ipsos BES 2008, 2009, 2010), Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine, and since 1979, is still the most comprehensive source of information on Pan-Arab business and economy, delivering relevant, in-depth and timely coverage of news you can use.

With its 12 monthly regular issues and 15 special issues published with transparency and professionalism over the year, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal with 10% market share over all other 247 business publications in the region, is the right tool for a better understanding of major industries and country economies, as well as investment and business opportunities in the region.

When launched in November 2006, Business Islamica was the first monthly magazine of its kind in the Middle East, specifically covering all aspects of Islamic business and finance both regionally and internationally. The magazine's objective is to spearhead awareness initiatives about Shari'ah-based finance, heighten knowledge of its core principles and practices and feature the latest developments in this industry. Islamic finance, which was once considered as no more than an interesting aspect on the periphery of mainstream finance, has emerged as a major global force, developing and growing faster than its conventional counterpart. Our editorial covers interviews with key industry leaders, case studies, and features on a wide range of topics such as; Islamic Banking, Wealth Management, Takaf ul (Islamic Insurance) , Islamic investments, Marketing and Branding of Shari'ah-compliant products, Regulatory Issues, Islamic Financial Markets, Sukuk, Islamic Evolution and Global Islamic developments.

The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.

The Daily News Egypt is the only independent Egyptian daily in English, providing a sophisticated and highly targeted readership in Egypt, Daily News Egypt's readership represents the top tier of the country's purchasing power and the top notch of Egypt’s young adults. A large majority of our subscriber base consists of corporate entities and highly affluent businessmen. Our latest circulation and readership figure is 40,000. Please find our profile attached with more details about our readership. 
Daily News Egypt is always known as the official newspaper, main media sponsor in major conferences taking place in Egypt, such as Euromoney Conferences, the World Economic Forum, and all foreign & international Chambers of Commerce conferences.

First published in 1974, Gulf States News (GSN) is the Gulf-focused business information portal of Cross-border Information (CbI), a business intelligence company with a long established research focus on the politics, energy and financial sector trends of Africa and the Middle East. 

Through continual monitoring, independent research and an extensive network of local sources and on-the-ground experience, GSN has become one of the leading providers of political analysis on the region and the best source of accurate information about the business, financial and political affairs of Gulf royals, merchant families and the region’s ruling elites.

Dubai Chapter of ICAI was formed 34 years ago to promote the professional interest of Chartered Accountants by providing the forum to approximately 5,000 Chartered Accountants residing in Dubai and Northern Emirates.  It has won best foreign chapter award of ICAI for the last 3 consecutive years.  It organizes more than 40 events in a year which is usually attended by its members, leading businessmen, investors, Government and Consulate officials from the region and worldwide.    ICAI is the second largest accounting body in the world and Dubai chapter is the largest and first overseas chapter of ICAI, India. 

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