Established in 2010, the Benelux Business
Council in Abu Dhabi (BBC) is a non-profit organisation that aims to
foster business ties between the Benelux countries (Belgium, The
Netherlands, Luxembourg) and Abu Dhabi.
The BBC is a forum for members to network
and exchange experiences about doing business in Abu Dhabi and the region,
a source of information for newcomers, and a bridge between the regions.
Members and sponsors benefit from a well established organisation where through our regular networking events, they connect to
Our members represent all major sectors that form the cornerstones of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. This includes energy, construction, healthcare, finance, agriculture, transport & logistics, defense telecommunications as well as various other industries and services. We support businesses in the BeNeLux and Abu Dhabi.
In May 2009, Oscar Rijcken-Voigt (Chairman of the Netherlands Business Council in Dubai), Didier Jacques and Youri Andre (Co-founder and Coordinator of the BelgoLux Association in Abu Dhabi) initiated discussions about the needs and benefits of starting a business platform in Abu Dhabi. The importance to join forces between Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg in order to reach a wider audience became quickly apparent and Richard Oude Reimerink (Chairman of the Nederlandse Vereniging in Abu Dhabi - NVAD) joined to represent Dutch interests.
The idea of a tri-nation business council in the UAE's capital was welcomed by their Excellencies the Ambassadors of Belgium and The Netherlands. After a formal meeting kick-off meeting in 2009, Luxembourger Frank Thome joined to share his vast experience as Committee Member of the BeNeLux Chamber of Commerce (BENCHAM) in China.
In 2010, an interim set-up Board for the BeNeLux Business Council was established. It consisted of Filip de Vos (3GGulf), Frank Thome (Rotarex), Jean-Yves Andre (Ipratec ME), Joost van Nueten (FALCK), Patrice Deans (Besix/ Six Construct), Robin Voogd (LeasePlan), Richard Oude Reimerink (Tebodin ME), Salar Babajan (Shell Abu Dhabi), and Youri Andre (Sorouh Real Estate).
On the 16th of June 2010 the interim Board visited His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan to submit their humble request to have His Highness as Honorary Chairman of the BeNeLux Business Council.
The BeNeLux Business Council Abu Dhabi became an official registered entity on the 3rd of October 2010, 50 years after the creation of the Benelux Economic Union. The BeNeLux Business Council is the first business council in Abu Dhabi that encompasses three nations at once.
Since the first event in November 2010, until today, the BeNeLux Business Council has experienced significant growth. From just a handful of pioneering entrepreneurs and career expatriates, the BeNeLux Business Council has grown to approximately 150 entrepreneurs, managers and executives from a large variety of industries. Many of whom attend our 30 plus events that are organised annually in order to promote the business interests between Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Abu Dhabi & the UAE.