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  • 16 Jul 2020 12:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Luxembourg has just released a new version of the brochure "How to set up a business in Luxembourg".

    The guide provides practical information for international company executives on business permits, legal forms, immigration, financing, taxation and social security as well as on settling down and education in Luxembourg.

    Follow this link in order to view the new guide: "How to set up a business in Luxembourg: 8 Simple Steps"

  • 16 Jul 2020 08:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Discover exclusive dining experiences and unwind by the beach at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

    Chef's Lunch at Giorgnotte

    Discover the Ritz' cosmopolitan Chef's Lunch prepared à la minute by their world-class Chefs and enjoy gourmet dining from all over the world.

    • Fridays, 1 PM - 4 PM
    • Giornotte Restaurant
    • Packages start from AED 299 net per person

    Meat Flights at the Forge

    • Silver Boarding pass AED 189
      • 300 gr - Brazil Tenderloin, New Zealand Tenderloin, US Tenderloin
    • Gold Boarding pass AED 289
      • 400gr - US Wagyu Tenderloin, Australian Golden Angus Sirloin, Brazil Tenderloin
    • Platinum Boarding Surf & Turf pass AED 450
      • 400gr - US Wagyu Tenderloin, Australian Wagyu Tenderloin, Maine Lobster Tail, Gulf King Prawn
    • Sunday - Friday, 6 PM - 11 PM
    • The Forge Restaurant

    Beach Day Pass

    Head over to the beachside and sip on your favourite beverage. Enjoy light far at Al Fresco with your dining credit.

    • Weekday - AED 150 | AED 100 on F&B credit
    • Weekend - AED 250 | AED 200 on F&B credit
    Children below the age of 6 are free of charge - 1 child per adult. Children below the age of 12 will receive 50% discount on the Beach Day Pass and receive AED 50 of F&B credit.

    For reservation call at +971 2 818 8282 or email

  • 15 Jul 2020 16:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel has launched an exclusive promotion starting from AED 450 on single/double occupancy per room per night including breakfast and subject to Taxes, Service Charge and Other Fees.

    Located on Sheikh Zayed Street, overlooking the stunning Mangroves National Park, the hotel is combining business and pleasure, offering guests a luxury escape from the bustle of the city.

    Book and stay until 20 December 2020 and enjoy 30% savings on food and beverages, a complimentary room upgrade to the next room category and late check-out until 4:00 PM (subject to availability, excluding suites).

    Experience kayaking amongst the mangroves as you enjoy scenic views and wildlife


    AED 160 double seater rental and AED 110 single seater rental

    AED 160 per adult, 2 hours guided tour and AED 130 per child (age 3 - 10), 2 hours guided tour

    Daily from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Advance booking is required.

    For further information or bookings, please contact Mr Carlo Lazzarini at 054 305 7449 or email at

  • 15 Jul 2020 15:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa have launched a staycation package perfect for golfers. With their Stay & Play package, you can play at the championship course of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, or Yas Links Golf Club.

    Starting from AED 390 per golfer, enrich your stay with a package offering daily breakfast, one round of golf, 40% off all restaurant & bar, and more.

    See the flyer below on how to make a reservation, or to contact The Westin for more information.

  • 15 Jul 2020 14:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get away from it all with the exclusive Stay & Refresh staycation package at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa.

    Starting from AED 610 per room, the package offers daily breakfast and AED 150 credit to spend in any hotel restaurant & bar and more.

    Staycation package includes:

    • One-night stay including breakfast
    • Complimentary dining up to 2 kids per room
    • AED 150 credit to spend in any hotel & bar
    • 35% discount on food and beverages
    • Late check out

    For more information or to reserve, click here.

  • 14 Jul 2020 12:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Go-Lokal A new online platform to empower and support UAE businesses;

    Skyne has launched, a new online platform to empower and support local UAE businesses. Go-Lokal, an independent online platform, is a Skyne initiative created to help UAE-based companies. Through the platform, consumers will be able to find and support local companies and entrepreneurs directly.

    With over 175 local brands already registered, Go-Lokal is looking to become the central portal for UAE brands looking to connect with locally focused consumers. All brands are conveniently organized in different categories, covering for instance Food & Beverage, Fashion, Arts & Crafts, Health and Personal care and many more.

    Go-Lokal is also looking to raise the profile of hidden gem destinations across the UAE that residents and tourists can visit such as; Emirates Bio Farm, the largest private organic farm in the UAE, Hatta Honey, local specialist in honey production or Dibba Bay Oysters, the first home-grown oyster farm, and the bespoke Al Suwaidi Pearls Farm in RAK.

    Helping the local economy

    "Over the last six months, across the world, brands have struggled to adapt to their changing environment. We wanted to find a way to help companies in the UAE through this difficult period by connecting them with their local communities and potential customers.

    Increasingly, consumers want to support local over international brands. These past few months have really underscored that people are wanting to make sure that local business and entrepreneurs survive."

    "Our team has been in the UAE for many years, and together we felt the need to do something to help the local economy. Many great companies exist in the UAE, that deserve more attention. We are convinced that the community loves to discover the amazing range of local products and services UAE-based companies have to offer."

    Dennis de Rond, founder of Skyne.

    The UAE has a very rich culture and heritage and continues to embrace innovation year on year. As a hub for local entrepreneurship, Go-Lokal, will be the platform connecting the local community with the local economy, showing everyone all the hidden gems in the UAE.

  • 14 Jul 2020 11:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After weeks of hard work and preparations, we were a week away from the Global Forum for Agricultural Innovation (GFIA), an agricultural trade fair that takes place annually in Abu Dhabi. We had been building momentum towards this event, planning a large incoming horticulture mission from the Netherlands, energized by a previous visit during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) in Jan 2020. Unfortunately, we had to hit the brakes just a week before the planned event and incoming trade mission. As many can probably relate, it’s rather odd to lay blame solely on a virus, but it was true. COVID-19 had officially began disrupting our 2020 plans.

    Like dominoes, we witnessed one exhibition, conference, event and meeting being postponed or cancelled after the next. Perhaps the biggest wrench thrown into our 2020 plans was the postponement of Expo 2020 by one year. No doubt, it was a wise and balanced decision, but a challenge nonetheless.

    Faced with so much uncertainty, how do we continue the valuable work we do? How do we evolve diplomacy, be it economic, public or otherwise?

    Diplomacy, at the heart of it, is the crisscrossing paper-cup-phones that we often played with as children. It is about maintaining channels of communication, strengthening relationships, and increasing cooperation towards common objectives and goals. While diplomacy is unquestionably made easier with the shake of a hand, sharing a cup of coffee, or breaking bread together - COVID-19 has certainly awoken us to the opportunities of “digital diplomacy”.

    But perhaps we need to take a step back and ask some important questions first:

    1. What is "digital diplomacy"?
    2. Is it something that's even new?
    3. Is it always a good thing?

    In a nutshell, digital diplomacy is the digitization of the various activities performed under the diplomacy umbrella, including political diplomacy, public diplomacy, economic diplomacy along with a whole range of other “diplomacies”.

    The digitization of diplomacy has in fact been taking place for quite some time now, evolving alongside social media. This is especially true for political and public diplomacy, while digitization in economic diplomacy is only just now beginning to take off.

    With public diplomacy, communication, which was once one-directional and through limited channels, has now evolved significantly and become more online. Through social media, governments, via their representatives, institutions, embassies etc. began communicating directly with the public, reaching a much broader audience than before. This is undoubtedly a positive development.  The digital shift has allowed for greater transparency, accountability, and access - with citizens being able to reach out to their representatives and vice-versa. Looking at COVID-19, the ability of government institutions to pass on useful information and updates to the public on new rules and regulations, testing, repatriation etc. highlights the benefits of having greater engagement.

    The digitization of political diplomacy on the other hand, may have taken a darker turn. While foreign policy positions have become more transparent than ever, it might not necessarily be a good thing. Moving conversations that usually took place behind closed doors to the public social media arena has in many cases eroded the meaningful and constructive dialogue within and between nations. “Twitter diplomacy” is a good example of this, whereby statements are sensationalized for public appeal, and bilateral relations are reduced to a game of individual ego and machoism.

    This finally brings us to economic diplomacy, which has experienced the most lag when it comes to digitization – up until now that is. While many digital tools have emerged over the past 20 years that can facilitate trade and business, it remained largely traditional, with bilateral trade meetings having continued to take place in person and trade missions rooted in physical conferences and exhibitions. The majority of government instruments that support business development, internationalization and export remained physical in nature – just like the GFIA exhibition we were working towards. However, like many other areas in today’s world, economic diplomacy was also ripe for disruption, and nothing could have been more disruptive than COVID-19.

    So how do we evolve economic diplomacy? Especially in these turbulent times when people, businesses, and the whole world is looking to their governments for leadership and guidance. It is a difficult question to answer, especially from the microcosm of a single Embassy. Nevertheless, I do believe that we’re on the right track. As businesses and organizations globally adjust, re-evaluate their business models and prepare for a post-corona world, we too are having our moment of introspection.

    It would be wrong to suggest that every human interaction can be reduced to a digital equivalent, especially in diplomacy. Moreover, digital fatigue is a serious issue that many of us are facing. Still, what we’ve been able to accomplish to date is truly impressive. We’ve continued to maintain our core services and are even challenging ourselves to push beyond.

    Though we are still experimenting based on our own experience and emerging best practices, below is a snapshot of what we’ve accomplished so far:

    1. Enhancing our economic bilateral cooperation

    • Development of Joint Economic Committee between the Netherlands and the UAE
    • Held multiple video calls with ministries and ministers on areas of strategic cooperation such as food security, culture and education

    2. Maintaining and expanding our local network

    • Reaching out to local companies and organizations that can partner with Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes
    • Partnering with other organizations where possible to improve our services and reduce redundancy (i.e. partnerships with the Netherlands Business Council and BeNeLux Business Council in the UAE)

    3. Checking up on Dutch companies in the country

    • Carrying out calls, video calls and virtual roundtables to see how companies are doing, understand their concerns/priorities, and support them where possible
    • Sharing information on economic stimulus measures in the Netherlands and Gulf countries

    4. Supporting small and medium sizes enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands

    • Raising awareness on market opportunities in the Gulf region through a series of webinars on: food security, water technology, clean energy, logistics, health care and beyond
    • Organizing virtual match-making sessions between Dutch SMEs, Dutch industry associations and local stakeholders
    • Developing an energy technology portal showcasing Dutch innovations to be used for export promotion

    Our colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) in the Hague, are continuously collecting best practices and cooking up new ideas and tools for enhancing our economic diplomacy. Like the Kickstarter voucher developed by RVO to support Dutch SMEs whose international activities have been impacted by the Corona crisis.

    While some of these measures are temporary due to COVID-19, the vast majority are not. The world is undoubtedly in a period of transition, including how we do business and facilitate it. However, one thing is certain, digital economic diplomacy is here to stay.

    Do you have any ideas on how to expand and further develop digital diplomacy? Please let us know, and share your suggestions!

    Author: Omar Saif, Regional Advisor on Water-Energy-Food Nexus Gulf Region - in collaboration with the Economic Departments in Abu Dhabi & Dubai

  • 13 Jul 2020 09:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members of the Benelux Business Council are now able to enjoy The Westin Abu Dhabi's weekly Bubbalicious Brunch with an exclusive 20% discount.

    Coming back this week, the Bubbalicious Brunch will take place every Friday from 1 PM until 4 PM. For drinks you will have the choice of either Soft Beverage, House Beverage or House Beverage & French Bubbly.

  • 19 Jun 2020 16:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2020 FM Global Resilience Index analyses core drivers of enterprise resilience, with the objective of helping companies assess the capacity of different countries to withstand disruption and, in case an disruption occurs, recover strongly. The index can be used by business executives in order to find the information needed to manage the exposure their companies face around the world.

    2020 FM Global Resilience Index - ranking

    The importance of resilience has become very obvious during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. “While pandemic risk is not explicitly measured in the index, the resilience of a country’s business environment is a reliable platform for businesses trying to rebound from the impact of the coronavirus,” says FM Global.

    Luxembourg: a highly resilient economy

    Luxembourg is ranked as the 7th most resilient economy among the 130 countries territories studied. The country slightly improves its overall score compared to the preceding year.

    The country’s high ranking is in particular due to its strong economy, for which it ranks 3rd in the world. The index analyses political and macroeconomic influences on resilience and looks at productivity (for which Luxembourg is 2nd in the world), political risk (4th), oil intensity and urbanisation rate.

    Luxembourg is in 18th place for risk quality, especially due to its low exposure to natural hazards. It ranks 26th for supply chain factors, where it stands out for its high control of corruption (6th in the world), the quality of its infrastructure (19th) and its supply chain visibility (33rd).


  • 19 Jun 2020 15:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It has been agreed with the Embassies of the Netherlands and France that KLM and Air France will operate a number of “Repatriation” flights between the 18th and the 30th of June.

    The schedule is found below:

    Air France and KLM repatriation flights (passenger and cargo) from Dubai in June:

       18  19 20
       X  X        X    X  X      
    Air France
     X      X        X      X    
    Dates of the repatriation flights are marked with an X

    To comply with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs requirements the flights will be closed for sale 3 days before departure so that we can complete the required UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs formalities.

    These flights are bookable online or via your travel agent.

    With the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands, KLM will operate a number of flights between Dubai and Amsterdam in the month of June.

    KL 428 with a departure from Dubai on June 19, 20, 24, 26 and 27.
    KL 428 departs Dubai at 02:50 from DXB Terminal 2 arriving in Amsterdam at 08:15 offering direct connections into Europe and beyond.

    These flights are bookable online or via your travel agent.

    Feel free to contact KLM directly toll-free on 800-556 or the office here on 04-602-5444 for additional information and to change or purchase your ticket.
    We look forward to welcoming you on board of KLM flights soon.

    Air France
    With the support of the Embassy of France, Air France will operate a number of flights between Dubai and Paris in the month of June.

    AF 655 with a departure from Dubai on June 18, 21, 25 and 28 are bookable on line or via your travel agent.

    AF 655 departs Dubai at 00:40 from DXB Terminal 2 arriving in Paris Charles de Gaulle at 06:15lt offering direct connections into Europe and beyond.

    Feel free to contact AF directly toll-free on 800-23823 or the office here on 04-602-5400 for additional information and to change or purchase your ticket.
    We look forward to welcoming you on board of Air France flights soon.

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