14th Annual Business Groups Forum

AmCham Abu Dhabi and the Pakistan Business Council jointly host the 14th Annual Business Groups Forum in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry:Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.– Over 500 leading business executives, entrepreneurs, government officials and industry leaders gathered on December 10th at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers for the 14th Annual Business Groups Forum.

The Business Groups Forum, established in 2001, is an annual event that aims to strengthen the ties between Abu Dhabi’s diverse business groups, that collectively represent thousands of companies operating within the U.A.E., and facilitate opportunities for collaboration and networking between them. It celebrates the contribution of the business groups in promoting trade and commerce in Abu Dhabi by holding a trade show in the afternoon followed by a gala dinner in the evening. Dignitaries in attendance included His Excellency Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of Foreign Trade and Industry at the Ministry of Economy, His Excellency Ibrahim Al-Mahmood, First Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber and Ambassadors from many countries.  

The 2014 Forum’s theme “Innovation for Business Growth” highlighted the important components of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 in building a sustainable, knowledge based economy. Key sectors highlighted at the Forum included: Financial Services, Healthcare, Education, Media, Telecommunications, Tourism, Transportation and Trade.

AmCham Abu Dhabi Vice Chairman, Roy Panzarella, remarked in his opening speech, “With the U.A.E. government’s announcement that 2015 will be the Year of Innovation, we are proud to co­host this event which highlights the contributions of international business groups.”


AmCham Vice Chairman, Roy Panzarella, addressing the sold out crowd at the Annual Business Groups Forum Gala.

Pakistan Business Council President, Dr. Qaiser Anis, stated, “We are honored to be a co­host of this important event and thank the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry for its support. The Chamber is a leading voice of the private sector in Abu Dhabi. This year’s Business Groups Forum is the epitome of innovation – bigger and better than ever.”


Dr. Qaiser Anis, President of the Pakistan Business Council, thanking the Abu Dhabi Chamber for their support on behalf of the business community of Abu Dhabi.

During his keynote speech His Excellency Ibrahim Al-Mahmood, First Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, emphasized the importance of the Annual Business Groups Forum, and the business groups themselves, for the part they play in Abu Dhabi’s thriving economy. 

Speaking to the business groups in attendance, His Excellency said “You realize the great opportunities Abu Dhabi offers for investors and businessmen, which comes under the umbrella of launching many initiatives and mega projects across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with the aim of realizing economic diversification and encouraging companies to work in different pivotal sectors.” He added, “It is the strategy through which our wise government aims to establish a strong economic base, work on encouraging the spirit of innovation and creativity, implement a culture of excellence and superiority in the business environment, and grant the private sector a bigger role in realizing the economic vision 2030.”


His Excellency, Ibrahim Al-Mahmood, First Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, speaking about the important role of innovation in Abu Dhabi.


The trade show gave the public an opportunity to engage with the 25 international business groups of Abu Dhabi, and to learn more about how these groups can further commercial and business interests. More information about the business groups and their activities can be found in the Abu Dhabi Business Groups Directory 2014 published expressly for this event.

A highly anticipated event on the Abu Dhabi social calendar, this year’s Gala evening featured a live jazz band, celebrating the distinctive musical heritage of the United States, and a powerful percussion performance highlighting Pakistani culture.


Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and AmCham Abu Dhabi Board Members at the 14th Annual Business Groups Forum trade show

Top corporate sponsors and supporting partners of the event included Etihad Airways, Nirvana Travel and Tourism LLC, Dubai Trading Agency, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, ChocoBlooms, Radio 2 and the International New York Times.


Notes to the Editors:

For press inquiries contact:

AmCham, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.: Ms. Natasha Consolati, Communications Coordinator,at + 971 2 631 3604 or communications@amchamabudhabi.org

Pakistan Business Council, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.: Julius Garcia, Communications Coordinator at +971 6222300 or julius@alliottuae.com


The Business Groups and Councils of Abu Dhabi:

Abu Dhabi Business Women Council, AmCham, Australian Business Group, Benelux Business Group, British Business Group, Canadian Business Group, French Business Group, German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce, Indian Business Professional Group, International Business Women’s Group, Iraqi Business Council, Irish Business Council, Italian Business Council, Jordanian Business Council, Norwegian Business Group, Pakistan Business Council, Palestinian Business Council, Philippine Business Council, Polish Business Group, Serbian Business Council, Spanish Business Council, Swiss Business Council, Syrian Business Council, Tunisian Business Council.


About the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Abu Dhabi Chamber):

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry is an autonomous institution of public interest. Abu Dhabi Chamber enjoys its own legal entity to represent the various productive and services activities of the private sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Since its inception in 1969, Abu Dhabi Chamber has been working and co-operating with the Government and partners towards streamlining and regulating business and industrial affairs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, developing such affairs through the Chamber’s basic duties and strategic initiatives. The Abu Dhabi Chamber is striving to establish itself as a leading policy advocate in the Emirate in its capacity as the private sector’s partner and center for information. Abu Dhabi Chamber is the leading voice for the Emirate’s business community and one that is effectively networking with concerned public and private entities. The Chamber plays a major role as a supporter of and contributor to the economic development process, as well as an economic partner in contributing to Abu Dhabi’s economic growth. For more information, visit: www.abudhabichamber.ae


About AmCham Abu Dhabi:

AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. The AmCham Abu Dhabi mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit: www.amchamabudhabi.org


About the Pakistan Business Council:

The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) was established on December 26, 2004 and was inaugurated by the President of Pakistan on June 6, 2005 at Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Pakistan culturally, geographically and strategically enjoys very special ties with the U.A.E. Accordingly, PBC’s objective is to further strengthen these ties through its membership and organized events. PBC membership is open to all Pakistani business professionals and U.A.E. companies that have an interest in Pakistan. For more information, visit: www.pbcuae.org

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