In this issue:

  • Powerful image of NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern features in colour on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
  • NZMEBC Condemns “Violation Against Humanity”.
  • Membership Renewals for Year Beginning 1 April 209.

  • Last Chance to Register for Cultural Insights Seminar, 27 March.
  • Special Benefits for NZMEBC Members. 


Powerful image of NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern features in colour on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa

New Zealand has been the focus of international media this week as we have coped with the impact of the terrible tragedy in Christchurch.

NZMEBC Condemns “Violation Against Humanity”

The Chairman of the NZ Middle East Business Council, Stewart Germann, today expressed support for Muslim communities in New Zealand and labelled the Christchurch massacre as a “violation against humanity.”

“It is impossible for New Zealanders to understand how a mind can become so twisted that it can justify the taking of innocent lives,” he said.

The New Zealand Middle East Business Council promotes and facilitates cultural and economic contact, communication, trade, technology transfer, services and investment between New Zealand and the wider Middle East region.

“As a Business Council we promote constructive and mutually rewarding business relationships with a region where Islam is the dominant faith.  Our principles and our activities are based on tolerance, acceptance of differences and working together to benefit our communities through trade and commercial partnerships.

“The extremist violence we have witnessed in Christchurch is completely foreign to all that New Zealand and its people stand for.

“We condemn this senseless act of violence and send our sincere condolences and prayers to the communities of Christchurch and all New Zealand Muslim communities that are suffering today,” Mr Germann said.

The statement was immediately published in the NZ Herald.

In addition, as in many capitals around the world, the New Zealand flag was featured on the Abu Dhabi skyline.


Membership Renewals for Year Beginning 1 April 209

All members will by now have received their membership subscription invoices for the 2019 financial year.  If you have not received yours please call Michelle Boag on 021-940884. 

The benefits you receive from membership are:

  1. Travel with Emirates at NZMEBC discounted rates – contact Chris Paykel on
  2. We help you to open doors:  Our members know the people, processes, pitfalls, and shortcuts in the region and happily share this knowledge with other members.
  3. NZMEBC has direct relationships with the governments of the Middle East through formal MOU’s and joint business councils. These formal relationships include provisions for mutual recognition of members, helping you to establish credibility in the market.
  4. The council hosts local and international guests on a regular basis.  As a member, you have the opportunity to meet with New Zealand trade and foreign affairs officials, as well as visiting foreign trade officials and politicians.
  5. Some companies don’t qualify for support from NZTE.  Joining the NZMEBC gives you access to a network of people in New Zealand and in the Middle East.  Use this network to build relationships and partnerships.
  6. We host regular events for our members which are mostly free.
  7. We communicate with you regularly through regular newsletters and email communications to advise you of upcoming opportunities and keep you informed about what is happening in the market.
  8. NZMEBC has members, not clients.  Members are treated as partners in the wider venture of doing better business in the Middle East.
  9. The Council is publishing a Members’ Directory on its website – don’t forget to contact if you would like your company to be included.
  10. The recent establishment of a Dubai chapter – the New Zealand Business Council -gives members new opportunities to connect with businesses and New Zealanders operating in the region to pursue business activities of mutual benefit.


Last Chance to Register for Cultural Insights Seminar, 27 March

The upcoming Cultural Insights Seminar will be held on Wednesday 27 March, from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon at the offices of Emirates, Level 8, 45 Queen St, at a cost of $75 for members and $200 for non-members.  

This is an excellent learning experience for all those who need to be aware of protocols and cultural practices that will govern your in-person relationships in the Middle East, conducted by our highly experienced Honorary Cultural Adviser, Anna Gailani.

Please contact me at if you or any of your staff or contacts wish to attend this.


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