In this issue:

  • JOYOUS EID MUBARAK.
  • NZMEBC AGM.SEMINAR – MENA AIR & SEA FREIGHT, 13 AUGUST, 5:00PM.
  • NEW CARE COLLECTIVE SPONSORS ANNOUNCED BY NZTE EXPO 2020.

  • NZMEBC WEBINAR SERIES.
  • NZTE BDM OPPORTUNITY (SAUDI ARABIA).
  • UPDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL AND VIA DUBAI EFFECTIVE 1 AUGUST 2020.

 

JOYOUS EID MUBARAK


ANZMEBC sends best wishes to members, contacts and followers for a joyous Eid.

 

NZMEBC AGM


The Annual General Meeting of the NZ Middle East Business Council will be held on Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5.30 pm at EY, Level 9, Takutai Square, Britomart.

Nominations from members are welcome for the four open positions on the Executive Committee – please email secretary@nzmebc.org.nz if you would like to stand for election to the Executive Committee.

The business to be conducted at the AGM is:

  1. Welcome – Chairperson – Health and Safety briefing
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the 2019 AGM – to be approved
  4. Chairperson’s address
  5. Presentation of Annual Accounts
  6. Election to Executive Committee
  7. General business
  8. Refreshments are hosted by NZMEBC member EY – thanks to EY for their support

The Chairperson’s Annual Report, the 2019-2020 Annual Accounts and the Minutes of the 2019 AGM will be made available to members closer to the date of the AGM.

 

SEMINAR – MENA AIR & SEA FREIGHT, 13 AUGUST, 5:00PM


All NZMEBC members are invited to join an online panel discussing current challenges and opportunities with both air and sea freight, from NZ into the MENA region, and beyond. The online event will take place on Thursday 13 August at 5 pm NZ time (9 am UAE time).

To register please register here or email Edwin Lim, NZMEBC Secretary by 5 pm Tuesday 11 August.

Guest Panelists:

Our subject matter experts will be addressing the following topics for NZMEBC members:

  1. How are supply chains to the Middle East region and beyond coping?
  2. What opportunities, Government led or otherwise, are arising to assist New Zealand exporters?
  3. Freight costs – there has been a big hike in freight rates for cargo, what does the short and long term future look like?
  4. Are there concerns with capacity during forward peaks and how are these being addressed?


This seminar is part of a series of events that are open to all members and invited guests. Please contact secretary@nzmebc.org.nz or call Chris Paykel on 021-751-042 to receive an invitation or ask any question
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NEW CARE COLLECTIVE SPONSORS ANNOUNCED BY NZTE EXPO 2020


NZ at Expo 2020 announces nine new sponsors to the Care Collective showcasing New Zealand innovation, while also gaining global attention for their goods and services.

This brings the number of sponsors to 21. The sponsors include household names, including NZMEBC members. NZMEBC offers congratulations to all sponsors.

The full announcement can be found here.

Members who are interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact NZ at Expo 2020 using this link.

Expo 2020 will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

 

NZMEBC WEBINAR SERIES


At the end of June, we kicked off our webinar series on doing business in the Middle East.

In our first webinar,NZMEBC chairperson, Andrew Short, talked to Ed Capaldi (The Growth Catalyst) and Mohammad Raza (EY) about the opportunities and challenges in the Middle East in today’s Covid era.

Click here to watch it.

 

NZTE BDM OPPORTUNITY (SAUDI ARABIA)


NZTE has a job opportunity for a Business Development Manager in Saudi Arabia who is an adaptable generalist with a background in business development and maximising collaboration opportunities with strategic partners.

Proven experience in trade promotion, business development for international organisations is desirable.

The position will be a locally engaged position so applicants must have the right to work and travel often within Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and UAE.

Applications close on 13 August 2020.

The job can be found here.

 

UPDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL AND VIA DUBAI EFFECTIVE 1 AUGUST 2020


Emirates has updated the travel requirements for residents and tourists travelling to and via Dubai, which take effect from 01 August 2020.
TRAVELLING TO DUBAI AFTER AUGUST 1ST

  • Depending on the passengers nationality they can get a visa on arrival, or passengers can apply for a visit visa from Dubai Immigration before they travel. Check if you need a visa here.
  • From 1 August 2020 all passengers arriving in Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability.
  • If the UAE government has specified a designated laboratory in the passengers country of origin, then they must get the certificate from that lab. If it is not specified, please use an accredited lab in their country of departure.
  • Passengers may need to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. If passengers take a test at the airport, they must remain in their hotel or residence until they receive the test result. If the test result is positive, the client will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines. Passengers must also download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App, links are available click for both iOS and Android.
  • All travellers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete this health declaration form and give it to the staff at check-in. This form will also be available at check-in.
  • Passengers will also need to complete the quarantine undertaking form provided on board if Dubai is your final destination. They will hand this form to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.

 

DEPARTING DUBAI AFTER AUGUST 1ST

  • All passengers travelling from Dubai to UK or Europe (and other mandated destinations) will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 96 hours before departure and present the test result certificate at check-in.
  • Before your client travels, please check the requirements of the country they are travelling to. They may need to take a printed COVID-19 PCR test before you depart.

Costs incurred for COVID-19 tests will be covered by the passenger.

COVID-19 flight and travel restrictions remain in place across many countries around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves, and we hope to resume services as soon as conditions allow. This includes receiving government approvals, the easing of travel restrictions, and commercial demand. We will announce any service resumption when we can.

Click here to view latest requirements when travelling to & via Dubai.