In this issue:
- FRESH THINKING.
- NZMEBC UPDATE BREAKFAST, ‘2021 – LOOKING FORWARD’, 7.30AM, 9 DECEMBER 2020, NZTE, LVL 6, 139 QUAY ST, AKL.
- UAE DECRIMINALISES ALCOHOL & LIFTS BAN ON UNMARRIED COUPLES LIVING TOGETHER.
- DUBAI GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES NEW REMOTE WORKING VISA.
- SAUDI ARABIA TO EASE FOREIGN WORKER RESTRICTIONS.
- UAE, BAHRAIN & ISRAEL SIGN HISTORIC ACCORDS.
- FIRST WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA.
- EMIRATES SKYCARGO INTRODUCES AIRBUS A380 ‘MINI-FREIGHTER’ CHARTER OPERATIONS.
- FLYDUBAI TO TEL AVIV.
2020 has been a year that we will not easily forget. It has brought about many challenges, however, as many members can attest too, the year has also brought about opportunity and stories of resilience.
The executive group of the New Zealand Middle East Business Council have taken the time to come together for a strategic review, looking forward to the years to come and how we want to serve our members. There was great discussion and some very constructive outcomes as to how we will be engaging across our membership base and delivering value as we enter 2021 and beyond.
STATEMENT OF OUR INTENT
The NZMEBC is an experienced, trusted, respected and knowledgeable connector for business. We deliver relevant, timely information and connections which make it easier for members to explore the opportunity to capture business in the Middle East.
YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
- Chair – Andrew Short – email@example.com
- Vice Chair – Chris Paykel – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer – Simon Cartwright – Hesketh Henry – email@example.com
- Secretary – Edwin Lim – Hudson Gavin Martin – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Justin Arroll – Fonterra
- Brad Wheeler – EY
- Tanya Foster – Tegel
- Andrew Perrier – Almusbah Group – based in Dubai
NZMEBC UPDATE BREAKFAST, ‘2021 – LOOKING FORWARD’, 7.30AM, 9 DECEMBER 2020, NZTE, LVL 6, 139 QUAY ST, AKL
Andrew Short, Chair of the New Zealand Middle East Business Council and the Executive invite you to join us for a breakfast update on current events in the Middle East Region.
Join us for an update from the council and insights on the region from Stuart Horne, Tony Martin and Clayton Kimpton.
This event will be held in the NZTE Auckland office. For those based in Auckland, please join us for breakfast and meet the new executive team of the NZMEBC. Stuart Horne will be with us in person, Tony Martin and Clayton Kimpton will be joining via Zoom from managed isolation having recently returned from Dubai.
For those members outside of Auckland or unable to join in person, NZMEBC and NZTE will be hosting this session via Zoom and will send those details post registration.
- Time: Wednesday 9th December | 7.30am – 9.00am NZ
- Location: NZTE Auckland office, Level 6, 139 Quay Stree
- Cost: No cost for members or their invited guests
Register for the breakfast event here.
UAE DECRIMINALISES ALCOHOL & LIFTS BAN ON UNMARRIED COUPLES LIVING TOGETHER
The United Arab Emirates has ended lenient punishments for so-called “honour” killings, lifted a ban on unmarried couples living together and decriminalised alcohol, in reforms to personal laws.
Foreigners living in the Gulf state will also be able to follow their home country’s laws on divorce and inheritance, rather than using UAE legislation based on Islamic religious law, government-linked media reported.
The country, where citizens are outnumbered nine-to-one by migrants, has long branded itself internationally as a modern business and tourist destination and has not always strictly implemented its own law.
DUBAI GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES NEW REMOTE WORKING VISA
The Dubai government has launched a new remote working visa system, allowing one to be a UAE resident without the need for a sponsorship or freeZone license.
With the huge amount of available residential accommodation continuing to grow in Dubai and also in Abu Dhabi around the Al Raha area, it’s a new initiative to get people to move easily and inexpensively to Dubai.
SAUDI ARABIA TO EASE FOREIGN WORKER RESTRICTIONS
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced new plans to ease foreign workers’ contractual restrictions, improving a sponsorship system known as kafala.
The plans, to take effect in March 2021, aim to make the Saudi labor market more attractive, the deputy minister for human resources said, by granting foreign workers the right to change jobs and leave the country without employers’ permission.
UAE, BAHRAIN & ISRAEL SIGN HISTORIC ACCORDS
History was made on September 15 as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed the Abraham Accords with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Abdullatif Al Zayani.
The signing ceremony was hosted by US President Donald Trump at the White House. Copies of the agreement in English, Hebrew and Arabic were signed by all parties.
FIRST WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia has welcomed back international live sports, holding its first professional women’s golf tournament.
The $1 million Aramco Saudi Ladies International, presented by the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, ran between Nov. 12-15, while the $500,000 Saudi Ladies Team International took place between Nov. 17-19.
EMIRATES SKYCARGO INTRODUCES AIRBUS A380 ‘MINI-FREIGHTER’ CHARTER OPERATIONS
Emirates SkyCargo has started utilising its Airbus A380 aircraft on select cargo charter operations to transport urgently required cargo across its network. The first dedicated Emirates A380 ‘mini-freighter’ successfully transported medical supplies between Seoul and Amsterdam via Dubai.
Working collaboratively with the Engineering and Flight Operations teams within Emirates, the air cargo carrier has optimised the cargo capacity of the Airbus A380 to safely transport around 50 tonnes of cargo per flight in the bellyhold of the aircraft.
FLYDUBAI TO TEL AVIV
flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, has announced the start of flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv from 26 November 2020. The carrier will operate 14 flights a week offering a double daily service between Dubai International (DXB) and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion (TLV) and flights are now available to be booked on flydubai.com.
This announcement follows the air transport agreement that was recently signed by both countries as well as the start of passenger and cargo operations by other national carriers. In addition, there have been a number of bilateral visits as travel and tourism opportunities open-up.