Visitors to the Fujairah International Business Forum, which opened today (Monday 4 April 2011), were welcomed warmly and offered enticing cakes, chocolates and coffee as they registered at the Al Bustan Centre.
A very active exhibition was on display with the
Some Things Never Change
The forum got underway with the procession of sheikhs and VIPs accompanying His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi and the singing of the National Anthem.
Ms. Kate Sweeting, a journalist with the BBC, introduced speakers and added a personal touch. Ms. Sweeting said when she was about to leave the
“You will see lots of changes but some things never change—the tremendous hospitality and the generosity of the culture.”
Kate Sweeting said, “In my short time in your country I have already experienced something of what my grandfather remembered.”
A welcome address was given by Mr. Sharief Habib Al Awadhi, Chair of the Organising committee and Director General of the Fujairah Free Zone Authority. A representative of the Patron of the inaugural Fujairah International Business Forum, Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah gave some words on behalf of His Highness.
In addition to keynote addresses the conference is adopting the method of holding forums in which six or seven speakers are given 10 minutes each to address a common theme.
In the first forum Dean Monske, the Deputy Mayor of
From the words of welcome to the first forum it sounded like the conference was going to be a sustained selling of
Many international investors were present and UAE speakers were quick to list the advantages of investing in Fujairah-based business.
Mr. Juma Mohammed Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Affairs in the UAE, sought to instill business confidence with these headlines:
- There is a general air of economic optimism in the region.
- The UAE has been recovering rapidly from the global recession.
- The UAE has one of the highest rates of economic growth—growth in GDP was one of the highest in the world in 2010.
- The UAE relies strongly on innovation.
- The UAE is a country that is most open to trade as it has trade relations in more than 202 countries of the world.
- The UAE is among the top 20 exporting countries of the world.
- The growth is attributed to the wisdom of the country’s leaders, its sound policies, free market policy and cheap export costs.
- The UAE has a wide range of investment opportunities.
- The UAE provides assistance to businesses wishing to set up in the country.
As well as being part of an innovative country, the unique assets of
- The strategic location of being outside the Persian Gulf and having access to the
- The large multipurpose shipping port.
- Its status as one of the top three bunkering ports in the world.
- The new and growing infrastructure for the city and emirate.
FujairahFree Zone Facilities.
Participants at the Fujairah International Business Forum will be hearing more of the qualities of the UAE and
On Tuesday (the second and final day) there will be four more forums, another ‘Business networking lunch’, further plenary meetings, a business tour and a concluding city sight seeing tour that winds up at 5pm.
Take a Look
Some photos taken of some scenes at the Fujairah International Business Forum are in this photo album.
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