I am proud to serve as President during this 33rd anniversary year at the American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (ABC Dubai). This milestone embodies the strength of the enduring relationship between the US and the UAE and represents the past 33 years of doing business, creating opportunities, and partnering with Dubai and the UAE. The UAE is the US’ top trading partner in the Middle East and Africa. We can attribute much of this success to the UAE’s visionary leadership and Dubai’s openness to working with international companies. With over 1,000 American companies and 50,000 American citizens in the UAE, both countries remain extremely well positioned for a longstanding and strong bilateral relationship. The ABC’s 30th Anniversary commemorates this history and sets the stage for another 33 years of mutual growth and partnership.
As you have come to expect in the past 33 years, ABC Dubai will continue to deliver quality programs including, knowledge sharing, policy shaping, and high-level networking events, and working closely with our members, stakeholders, other business councils, and friends of ABC Dubai. Already this year ABC Dubai has brought you a refreshed attitude and our innovative programs for 2017, aimed at helping your business achieve greater results. Keep a watch out for what else we have in store, as we continue to strive to be the organization “where business gets done.”
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest members and thank our existing members for their continued support. ABC Dubai is primed and ready to support you in your endeavors, and I encourage you to consider the ABC team your “boots on the ground” experts in relation to Dubai as your regional business hub. I encourage you to be active in your business council. Join us at a program, volunteer for an industry group, run for election to the Board of Directors, market your business through sponsorship opportunities, or create your own program. We are a member-driven organization that depends on your participation, so let us know if you would like to contribute toward our collective growth and success.
In 2017, I am looking forward to working with the ABC members to build on our past successes toward our objective of establishing the ABC as the most influential and well-regarded business council in the UAE. This is the mission that I take seriously and if you have any feedback or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Ramsey B. Jurdi
American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates