In this issue:

  • Expo 2020 invites NZMEBC members to breakfast.
  • 2nd Cultural Insights Seminar, Wednesday 27 March 2019.
  • Iran Update, Friday 8 April 2019, NZTE, Auckland.

  • Saudi Arabia appoints first New Zealand based Ambassador.
  • NZMEBC Members’ Directory.
  • Greenstone Pictures opens office in Dubai.
  • Special Benefits for NZMEBC Members. 


Expo 2020 invites NZMEBC members to breakfast

NZMEBC invites all NZMEBC members to breakfast with the New Zealand Expo 2020 team and its hospitality partner, Emirates Flight Catering.

Emirates Flight Catering will operate the New Zealand Pavilion restaurant and hosting spaces at Expo 2020 Dubai.  This partnership will introduce our food and beverage exporters to one of the world’s largest catering companies creating a legacy for the project.

Emirates Flight Catering’s Sourcing Manager, Matthew McCabe, will brief members on the company’s plans for Expo 2020 and how it onboards new suppliers.

Thursday 7 March, 8.30 – 10.00 am, NZTE, Level 6, 139 Quay Street, AKL


This event is free to NZMEBC members.  There will be a small charge of $15 for non-members.


2nd Cultural Insights Seminar, Wednesday 27 March 2019

Following the success of last year’s Cultural Insights Seminar, NZMEBC is running another seminar for NZMEBC members on Wednesday 27 March, from 10 am to 12 noon at the offices of Emirates Airline, Level 8, 45 Queen St, Auckland.

The seminar will be conducted by Anna Gailani, a prominent Cultural Adviser and Director of Mideast Modern, an immigration, translation and cultural consultancy agency.

Anna worked as a medical doctor prior to coming to New Zealand, then retrained here as a translator and interpreter, before qualifying as an immigration advisor. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the Faculty of Language and Culture at AUT where she lectures on translation studies.  Anna is currently providing cultural training on the Middle East to government agencies and private organisations.

This seminar is ideal for those who want to understand the cultural protocols of the different countries in the Middle East, especially those heading to a new country in the region for the first time.

The seminar is available to NZMEBC members on a discounted basis of $75 per head, with non-members able to access the seminar for $200 per head

Please respond to to book for this very important briefing.


Iran Update, Friday 8 April 2019, NZTE, Auckland

A further update on Iran will be provided by Sadeq Hedayat, NZTE Country Manager for Iran, on Monday 8 April at the NZTE Boardroom, Auckland.    

Sadeq will be visiting New Zealand and this will be a great opportunity for members interested in Iran to hear about  developments in that market from someone on the ground.

Time is yet to be confirmed so please register your interest by emailing


Saudi Arabia appoints first New Zealand based Ambassador

Saudi Arabia has appointed its first ever Ambassador to New Zealand, H.E. Abdulrahman A. Alsuhaibani.

Ambassador Alsuhaibani has previously served in London, Vienna, Paris and Washington.  He commenced his term in January, indicating a strong interest in New Zealand from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Previously, Saudi Arabia has had a large Consulate in Auckland but the new Ambassador will be resident in Wellington.


NZMEBC Members’ Directory

NZMEBC will shortly be writing to all members to ascertain whether they would like to have their contact details available on our website to assist those who are looking to contact companies and organisations active in the Middle East.

If you are keen to have your details included, please contact Michelle Boag on or 021-940884.


Greenstone Pictures opens office in Dubai

You may recognise the name Greenstone TV, but you’re more likely to know the popular television series like Border Patrol and Highway Cops, and acclaimed NZ documentaries like Artefact.

NZMEBC member Greenstone TV has been making highly successful documentary and entertainment series for over 20 years. Their original content takes NZ and Australian stories to the world and entertains audiences in over 30 countries. An NZTE 700 company, Greenstone has been actively exploring interesting story worlds in other markets and now have established a base in the UAE.

“We’re keen to help New Zealand companies to tell their brand stories in NZ or the Middle East,” said Tara Pradhan, Greenstone’s CEO in the Middle East.

“We are narrative-driven, storytelling specialists who draw on the breadth of experience of local talent and those within our extensive international networks. We provide film, television and digital full production services; ideas development and creation; interactive and or multi-platform content solutions; and brand-integrated content creation,” said Tara.

Greenstone is available to assist NZ or Middle East based businesses.



Special Benefits 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 Simon Urbahn of Business World Travel, contact details for Simon are:

Phone: 09 529 3700