In this issue:

  • NZMEBC Christmas Drinks 2017.
  • Auckland Islamic Economy Forum sets foundation for future partnership.
  • New Member: Zealong Tea Estate.
  • Emirates’ Algiers service to become daily.

  • I will return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam, says crown prince.
  • Saudi Arabia is the first country to grant citizenship to a robot.
  • Special Benefits from Emirates for NZMEBC Members.



NZMEBC Christmas Drinks 2017

Members are invited to come together and celebrate a successful 2017 at the NZMEBC Christmas drinks, to be held on Thursday, 30 November, at 5.30 pm, at the Emirates Boardroom, Level 8, 45 Queen St, Auckland.

Entry is free to all NZMEBC members.


Merry Christmas!


Auckland Islamic Economy Forum sets foundation for future partnership

The recent Islamic Economic Forum co-hosted by the NZMEBC and the UAE Embassy has laid the foundation for a mutually rewarding partnership, according to two of the agencies that took part and sent delegates to the Forum: Dubai Exports and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre.

See below for the story about New Zealand that featured in the Dubai Manufacturers’ NewsWire as a result of the Forum.

Over 100 delegates from NZMEBC members and non-members attended the Forum, which has led to the strengthening of commercial relationships between companies and organisations involved in the Dubai economy.



New Member: Zealong Tea Estate

The NZMEBC is proud to welcome to its ranks new member Zealong Tea Estate.

Zealong Tea are the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand and would like to invite Council members to a High Tea they are hosting on 2-3 December.

This is a unique opportunity to taste their 100% organic award-winning teas and to take a tour of their Hamilton premises.

The event is Halal friendly and offered at a discounted price of $45.

Bookings are essential, please email for more information.


Emirates’ Algiers service to become daily

Emirates will be adding an extra flight to its service between Dubai and Algiers, making it a daily frequency from 13 December.

Emirates has direct connections to the Algiers service at Dubai with its daily A380 services from Auckland and Christchurch.

The launch of the additional flight will complement Emirates’ current six flights a week, and further boost inbound and outbound passenger traffic and cargo flows between Algeria and Dubai, and Emirates’ worldwide network.



I will return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam, says crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has vowed to return the country to “moderate Islam” and asked for global support to transform the hardline kingdom into an open society that empowers citizens and lures investors.

In an interview with the Guardian, the powerful heir to the Saudi throne said the ultra-conservative state had been “not normal” for the past 30 years, blaming rigid doctrines that have governed society in a reaction to the Iranian revolution, which successive leaders “didn’t know how to deal with”.



Saudi Arabia is the first country to grant citizenship to a robot

History has been made in Saudi Arabia as a humanoid robot has been granted citizenship for the first time.

The robot, Sophia, took to the stage at a conference in Riyadh in October to express her delight at being given citizenship, which she described as “historical.”

Sophia also mocked Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, claiming that her interviewer had been “reading too much Elon Musk”, in response to his concerns about robots.



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