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  • 12 Sep 2021 10:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BeNeLux Business Council of Abu Dhabi is a non-profit organization. We belong to the top 10 biggest and most active business councils in Abu Dhabi. Our objectives are to create relevant platforms for people to meet and network.

    Job description for office and events manager (part time)

    Reporting to: The Chair of the Board

    Working hours: around 25 flexible hours per week from a flexible work space. You will be required to participate in the BBC’s events (which sometimes take place during evenings). 

    We are looking for a candidate who is ready to start immediately. 

    Skills & requirements:

    • Fluent in English. Dutch and/or French are highly recommended as well. 
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced context.
    • Flexible, conscientious, mature person able to work with a variety of personalities and volunteers
    • Must be able to work under pressure when there are deadlines
    • Have experience in budget management, planning and business development
    • Be good at time management, problem solving and multi-tasking skills
    • Ability to work within a board setting and in liaison with the BeNeLux Embassies
    • Computer skills required, good knowledge of content-management system (website), excel, word, outlook, power point
    • Be well versed in accounting and book keeping and accurately reporting the numbers to the Board
    • Access to vehicle is a must

    Main duties include:

    Administration: Management of the overall activities of the BBC

    Marketing & Communication: Implement the marketing strategy, make suggestions to the board.

    External Affairs: Maintain good relationship with the Embassies and other Business Groups and business community affiliates.

    Social Media: Ensure that the Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts are monitored, updated and active.

    Membership: Ensure the database is up to date, on-going recruitment for new members, member’s services and interfacing are effective.

    Web Site: Ensure that the website is kept up to date, attractive, interactive and relevant.

    Event Management: Plan, organise, advertise and deliver all events.

    Sponsorship: Work to expand sponsorship base. Interface and retain current sponsors

    Government Relations: Maintain good relationship with Abu Dhabi government departments.

    Bookkeeping: Liaise with the Treasurer to keep the financial records and assist with budgeting.

    If you feel that you have the skills required to add value to the BeNeLux business community and are interested by this position with the BeNeLux Business Council, please kindly forward your CV with references to no later than 16 of September 2021. 


  • 19 May 2021 09:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2021 (WAM) -- UAE Ministry of Economy announced that the amended Commercial Companies Law will come into effect on June 1st, 2021, allowing foreign investors and entrepreneurs to establish and fully own onshore companies.

    The UAE government has recently adopted an amendment to the Commercial Companies Law allowing 100 percent foreign ownership of companies.

    Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, said, "The amended Commercial Companies Law aims at boosting the country’s competitive edge and is a part of UAE government efforts to facilitate doing business."

    Bin Touq added that the amendments introduced by the new Commercial Companies Law will boost the UAE’s appeal as an attractive destination for both foreign investors, entrepreneurs and talents. It will further strengthen the country’s position as an international economic centre and encourage the flow of investments to the country’s vital economic sectors.

    Source: WAM

  • 24 Nov 2020 10:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President signs new Decree that updates 2015 Commercial Companies Law.

    Dubai: The UAE has scrapped the need to have UAE nationals as sponsors, thus allowing expatriate investors 100 per cent ownership with effect from December 1, 2020. The move is in line with a federal law issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and which amends Law No. 2 of 2015 on companies and their shareholding.

    The long-awaited 100 per cent ownership by foreign nationals of companies licensed and registered in the UAE is allowed as per Cabinet Resolution No. 16 of 2020. In recent years, individual emirates allowed foreign national owned companies to acquire the remaining stakes on a case by case basis. The latest amendment thus extends the scope of that significantly.

    The new law amended 51 articles and added new ones, mostly focusing on the regulation of provisions of establishing companies with limited liability shareholding. The amendments exempt expatriate investors from the minimum percentage ownership of UAE nationals.

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the amendments to the law, noting that the UAE now enjoys a fertile legislative environment for the establishment of businesses in order to enhance the UAE’s competitiveness.

    Image Credit: Gulf News Archive


    Under article No.10 of the amended law, a committee shall be formed as per a Cabinet decision and will include representatives from relevant agencies. It will deal with proposals to oversee companies engaged in activities of strategic importance. The Cabinet will then issue a decision based on the committee’s recommendations to issue regulations licensing such companies.

    A key update

    As per the Commercial Companies Law, Law No. 2 of 2015, foreign shareholders were limited to owning a maximum 49 per cent in a 'limited liability company' (LLC) operating as an onshore UAE business. This requires an Emirati individual or 100 per cent Emirati-owned company to hold the balance 51 per cent share as a local sponsor.

    The amended law allows natural and legal persons to establish companies without the need for a specific nationality. The law, however, will not apply to some companies that are excluded based on decisions by the Cabinet and those that are either wholly-owned by federal or local governments or their subsidiaries. 


    • The new amendments allow non-joint stock companies to engage in investment activities on behalf of third-parties if laws governing these activities allow it.
    • The amendments included some provisions for organising the business of a company with limited liability and also one-person entities.

    Minister welcomes move
    Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy, said the new decree is an additional step in a series of efforts that the UAE is taking to raise the readiness of the national economy and prepare for the future by developing commercial and investment opportunities and increasing the competitiveness of the business environment, in line with the rapid economic changes and developments taking place in the global economy.

    Source: Gulfnews
  • 18 Oct 2020 16:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    • A Consortium of BESIX and Jan De Nul Group has been awarded part of the expansion plans of the Port of Fujairah, in the eponymous emirate of the UAE.
    • The design-and-build Dibba Bulk Handling Terminal Project includes dredging and constructing breakwaters, a quay wall and port infrastructure.
    • It was awarded by the Port of Fujairah (PoF), the world's second largest bunkering hub, to expand and upgrade its bulk-handling capacity.

    BESIX and Jan De Nul Group are helping to deliver the expansion of the port of Fujairah in Dibba, the second largest city of the emirate of Fujairah in the UAE, located along the Gulf of Oman. The works for the Dibba Bulk Handling Terminal Project were awarded to the consortium of Six Construct, BESIX’s entity in the Middle East, and Jan De Nul Group by the Port of Fujairah (PoF), one of the world’s key oil storage centres and the second-largest ship-bunkering hub in the world.

    The design-and-build contract consists of dredging the navigation channel and port basin, reclamation and shore protection, as well as constructing breakwaters, a 765 m long quay wall, foundations for ship loader rails, port infrastructure and creating utilities and aids to navigation. The fishing harbour will be relocated in the process.

    The expansion plans are part of PoF’s strategy to increase the port’s bulk handling capacity and operational efficiency, as well as improve the quality of its service, which is considered among the best in the world.

    The consortium’s approach to optimise the design by providing ‘value engineering’, along with the newly-established Central Marine Support department, presented a strong, competitive solution to the client.

    Yasser Laroussi Ben Asker, Operations Manager Marine Works Middle East at Six Construct: “Six Construct is very pleased and honoured to partner with the Port of Fujairah, as part of our decades-long history in the Emirate. The history of Six Construct and the port of Fujairah are very connected. BESIX’s entity in the Middle East helped on several occasions to extend the port infrastructure. We share the same values in aspiring to create long-term partnerships to support the Emirate’s development goals, and we are investing in a long and prosperous relationship.”
    Stefan Moens, Area Manager Middle East at Jan De Nul Group:We build on many years of experience in the U.A.E. and this award confirms the Port of Fujairah’s satisfaction with our previous port expansion projects executed in the region. We are very proud to be appointed as a trusted partner for the delivery of these works, moreover, in consortium with BESIX, another company with Belgian roots.”

    The contract is valued at 371 million AED (90.4 million EUR). Works will be carried out over 19 months.

    About BESIX Group

    Six Construct is part of BESIX Group, a Belgian based multidisciplinary company with a leading position in construction, property development and concessions. The group excels in creating sustainable solutions for a better world in 25 countries and on 5 continents. Famous for iconic projects such as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, BESIX Group also specializes in the construction of marine facilities, such as breakwaters, jetties, quay walls, shore protection, canals, locks and flood barriers. More info on

    About Jan De Nul Group

    Design. Build. Connect. Jan De Nul Group shapes water and land. Worldwide. From complex services to the offshore energy and energy transition sector, over large dredging and defence works on the edge of water and land, to challenging civil and environmental works. Well integrated competences and investments lead to creative, sustainable and innovative solutions. In this way Jan De Nul Group delivers results that produce satisfied customers. Today, but also tomorrow. –

  • 17 Sep 2020 08:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Abu Dhabi, 14 Sept 2020: Skyne, the Dutch-founded international branding and design consultancy, has expanded its company to open an office in Abu Dhabi’s media hub, twofour54.
    Skyne’s Abu Dhabi office will be the fourth in the company’s portfolio, following the opening of hubs in Netherlands, Dubai and Saudia Arabia. Skyne’s head office opened in Dubai in 2008 and the company has since established a solid roster of local and international clients.

    Dennis de Rond, Founder of Skyne, said of the company’s expansion: “We strongly believe that Abu Dhabi is going through massive transformation and growth plans for the future. Skyne sees plenty of opportunities to partner with twofour54 and Abu Dhabi-based companies on their exciting projects that are born out of creative visions with a human-centric focus and spirit of innovation. Skyne definitely aspires to be part of this journey across various
    sectors. "We’re proud to be continuing our expansion during this globally challenging time and hope that our announcement sends a message of hope, optimism and resilience to business owners in the UAE and around the world.”

    Katrina Anderson, Director of Commercial Services at twofour54, said: “We are consistently seeing that Abu Dhabi is an ideal base for companies looking to expand further across the Middle East and North Africa. For media firms, there are huge opportunities in the region thanks to its innovative and pioneering new companies. We are delighted that Skyne has chosen twofour54 as its next hub and they join some of the region’s most dynamic creative leaders who value our collaborative ecosystem and industry-leading facilities and services.”

    Skyne opened their new branch with support from the Dutch Embassy. H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UAE, said: “Over the years, Skyne has established itself as one of the strategic
    branding and design agencies in Dubai. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UAE is delighted to experience the opening of the Skyne office at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. Skyne stands for creativity, innovation, pragmatism and resilience - Dutch traits we are happy to bring to the table. We look forward to supporting the agency’s ambitions and appreciate its contribution to the strong UAE-Netherlands friendship.”

    Skyne has advised more than 150 companies in the MENA region including Abu Dhabi Terminals, Shurooq, Sharjah Media City, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and industry, Deloitte and many more.

  • 16 Sep 2020 17:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Benelux Business Council, the Netherlands Business Council UAE, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands would like to share with you the results of our second COVID-19 survey.

  • 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.

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