In this issue:

  • Jeff Langley and Halia Haddad to speak at NZMEBC AGM, Tuesday 29 August, 5.30 PM, EY, Auckland
  • UAE Delegation visiting Auckland, Thursday, 28 September.
  • Hon Murray McCully becomes NZMEBC Honorary Member.

  • Reminder: NZMEBC event with Scott Bickerton, 2nd Secretary to Abu Dhabi, Auckland, 30 August.
  • Egyptian MOU signed by Ambassador Elwassimy.
  • Dubai-Khartoum route becomes Emirates daily service.
  • Emirates and flydubai join forces, announce extensive partnership agreement.
  • Dubai Opera opens first restaurant with Kiwi chef.


Jeff Langley and Halia Haddad to speak at NZMEBC AGM, Tuesday 29 August, 5.30 PM, EY, Auckland

Members are invited to attend the New Zealand-Middle East Business Council’s 2017 AGM on Tuesday 29 August, at 5.30 PM, at the offices of EY, Level 9, 2 Takutai Square, Auckland. 

Guest speakers at the AGM will be Jeff Langley and Halia Haddad.

Jeff Langley was appointed Deputy Secretary for the Europe, Middle East & Africa and Australia (EMA) Group in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in October 2016.  Prior to that he was Acting Deputy Secretary during the period which saw the establishment of the EMA Group.  He has previously served as head of the Middle East and Africa Division and the Australia Division.

Halia Haddad is a Senior Policy Officer in the Middle East and Africa Division at MFAT. Prior to this, she was First Secretary at the New Zealand Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta. During her three year posting she also established and ran temporary New Zealand offices in Myanmar and Laos to support New Zealand’s engagement with the ASEAN and the East Asia Summit.

Nominations are open for the Executive Committee, where there are six vacancies.

Four existing Executive Committee members are standing again:

  • Stewart Germann
  • Brad Wheeler
  • Bryan Read
  • Andrew Short

Nomination Forms and Financial Statements should be sought from

Only NZMEBC financial members may vote at the AGM.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of EY.

Register for the event here.


UAE Delegation visiting Auckland, Thursday, 28 September

UAE Ambassador HE Saleh Ahmed Alsuwaidi has advised that an Islamic Economic Trade Mission comprising 11 Government and semi-Government organisations will be visiting New Zealand this September. He invites NZMEBC members to join him and the delegation at an all-day seminar on Thursday 28 September, at the Northern Club in Princes St, Auckland.  

The delegation will include representatives from the following sectors:

  • Exports
  • Economic Development
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Design
  • Duty Free
  • Culture and Arts
  • Islamic Affairs
  • Fashion
  • Wholesale and Retail Food

There will also be a focus on Dubai 2020 Expo with an update on the construction of the Expo site.

Official invitations will be issued through the NZMEBC in the next couple of weeks.

Expressions of interest should be directed to with the heading “UAE Delegation Visit”.


Invitation to meet Scott Bickerton, Second Secretary to Abu Dhabi, Auckland, 30 August, 1.00 pm

Former New Zealand Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully was made an Honorary Life Member of the NZMEBC at a Council event in Auckland last month.

Mr McCully met with NZMEBC members for an informal discussion, where he spoke at length about the lessons he has learned from his nine years of contact with countries in the Middle East, and entertained members with colourful anecdotes from his travels.

In presenting Mr McCully with a framed Life Membership certificate, NZMEBC Chairman Stewart Germann thanked the Minister for both his time and contribution to furthering New Zealand ties across the Middle East.


Reminder: NZMEBC event with Scott Bickerton, 2nd Secretary to Abu Dhabi, Auckland, 30 August

All members of the NZ-Middle East Business Council are invited to meet Scott Bickerton, New Zealand’s new Second Secretary to Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday 30 August, at 1.00 PM.

The event will take place at the Auckland MFAT Offices, Level 6, 139 Quay St.

The meeting will be an opportunity for members to discuss latest political developments, trade missions, and NZ company interests in the UAE and Qatar.

Register for the event here.


Egyptian MOU signed by Ambassador Elwassimy

The NZMEBC’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association has been confirmed and signed by His Excellency, Egyptian Ambassador Tarek Elwassimy in Wellington.

The MOU is expected to prompt interest from a number of Egyptian businesses seeking to develop ties with New Zealand producers, manufacturers, importers and exporters.


Dubai-Khartoum route becomes Emirates daily service

Emirates has increased the frequency of flights between Dubai and Khartoum from five to seven a week, as of August 8.

As with Emirates’ current flights between the two cities, it will operate a Boeing 777 on the additional services, offering customers a choice of cabins with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and plenty of room to relax in Economy Class with 304 seats.

“Emirates’ decision to commit two additional scheduled flights a week is a clear indication of customer demand for our award-winning products and services. Our expanded schedule will provide customers with greater flexibility in their travel plans and allow more options for them to connect seamlessly to other flights on Emirates’ extensive global network via our Dubai hub,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Africa.

Emirates flies four times daily between New Zealand and Dubai.



Emirates and flydubai join forces, announce extensive partnership agreement

Emirates and flydubai have unveiled an extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines join forces to offer customers unmatched travel options.

Both airlines will continue to be managed independently, but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.

The innovative partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. The new model will give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents. For Emirates’ customers, it opens up flydubai’s robust regional network.

The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International, aligning their systems and operations to ensure a seamless travel experience through the ultra-modern airport; currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.



Dubai Opera opens first restaurant with Kiwi chef

Dubai Opera is set to open its first restaurant by New Zealand Chef Sean Connolly this September.

‘Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera’ will be a contemporary brasserie stretched across 12,000 square foot on top of the iconic building in Downtown Dubai.

The outlet will also be Connolly’s first in the Middle East. It will comprise a main restaurant, private dining room, chef’s table, bar and outdoor rooftop terrace that overlooks views of the Burj Khalifa.


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