In this issue:
- New Event with Nathan Guy postponed.
- Government releases Dubai 2020 Business Case.
- Wellington firm taking NZ products to United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
- Iran: Rouhani wins landslide in huge victory for reformists.
- Uber picks Dubai for its planned 2020 Flying Taxi launch.
Event with Nathan Guy postponed
Due to a bereavement in his immediate family, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is unable to attend the proposed breakfast event on Wednesday, 24 May, in Wellington.
This will be rescheduled and members will be advised of the new date.
Government releases Dubai 2020 Business Case
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has released the Cabinet documents and Business Case for the Government’s $53.3m investment in Dubai 2020.
These three papers are available to download:
Wellington firm taking NZ products to United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
One Wellington company is tapping into the Middle Eastern market to promote luxury New Zealand products and offer premium Kiwi services.
NZMEBC member Maven, a strategy and implementation firm, has opened a sales and operating hub in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to help with the company’s expansion plans.
Since opening the office, the company has secured contracts including reviewing Oman’s education system and working with Dubai police in relation to a world-first DNA testing product developed in New Zealand.
Iran: Rouhani wins landslide in huge victory for reformists
The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has won a sweeping endorsement for efforts to end Iran’s international isolation and bring greater freedoms at home, with an unexpected landslide victory in a fiercely contested re-election bid.
His powerful mandate protects the nuclear deal, which has been his landmark achievement to date, and his courting of foreign investment. It could also have much longer-term implications for Iran’s future, by giving reformists a greater influence over the looming battle to choose a new supreme leader.
Polling stations were forced to stay open until midnight in parts of the country because so many Iranians wanted to vote, defying fears of voter apathy. Rouhani claimed 23.5 million votes, while his rival Ebrahim Raisi trailed on 15.8 million, after nearly three-quarters of the electorate cast their votes, the interior ministry said.
In a victory speech to the nation on live TV, Rouhani promised to rule for all Iranians. But while celebrating his huge mandate in the election, which he labelled the “most competitive ever”, he also described his opponents as dangerously backward-looking.
Uber picks Dubai for its planned 2020 Flying Taxi launch
After upending the taxi market with its ride-hailing service, Uber Technologies is now aiming for the skies with its flying taxis.
The company expects to deploy its flying taxis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai by 2020, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday.
Uber’s flying taxis will be small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically, or VTOLs, with zero emissions and quiet enough to operate in cities.
Uber, which has partnered with the Dubai government, expects to conduct passenger flights as part of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Special Benefits from Emirates for NZMEBC Members
Members are reminded that special flight concessions are available to members from Emirates, the Council’s major sponsor, for all NZMEBC members.
These rates may be accessed by contacting Annette Glass of Business World Travel, contact details for Annette are:
Phone: 09 529 3700