In this issue:

  • ‘How to do business in the Middle East’ Seminar Series.
  • New NZ Inc appointments for MENA.
  • 2nd Iran Expo is coming to Tehran.
  • New Member: New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT).

  • Emirates service to Tunis becomes daily.
  • 3 Gulf nations make top 20 most popular countries with expats.
  • Special Benefits from Emirates for NZMEBC Members.



‘How to do business in the Middle East’ Seminar Series

The success of the recent UAE-sponsored forum on opportunities for NZ businesses from the Global Islamic Economy was a huge success, with over 100 representatives from various New Zealand companies attending the event, and holding subsequent meetings with UAE government and private sector organisations.

However, the meetings did highlight that many New Zealand companies do not know the basics of how to engage in appropriate business etiquette and what sort of preparation is required for business meetings.

The NZMEBC has therefore organised with our Honorary Cultural Adviser, Anna Gailani, to conduct a series of workshops both before and after Christmas to assist our members who need to have clarity and understanding of the protocols of doing business in the Middle East.

The first seminar will be held in the third week of November, generously hosted by Emirates.

For available dates and times please call Marina Ohtsuka on 021-2572666 or email to reserve a place.

There will be a small fee payable and the workshops will be open only to current financial members of the NZMEBC.


New NZ Inc appointments for MENA

NZMEBC members should be aware of two key new NZ Inc appointments to the MENA region.

The New Zealand Government has announced diplomat James Munro as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Based at the Embassy in Riyadh, James is responsible for New Zealand’s interests throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Based in Wellington, Simeon Berry is the Commercial Manager for Middle East and Africa at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s G2G programme. In his role, Simeon helps NZ companies commercialise their products in MENA markets.


2nd Iran Expo is coming to Tehran

The 2017 Iran Expo is taking place from the 31 October to 3 November 2017 at the Shahr-e-Aftab International Fairground in Tehran (near the Imam Khomeini International Airport of Tehran).

This Expo is the second of its kind following the success of the first Iran Expo in 2013 which saw the signing of more than 70 agreements and contracts. NZMEBC members have been officially invited by Mr Ahmad Imani, Secretariat of Iran Expo 2017.

More than 500 exporters and 800 merchant organisations are predicted to attend with interests from over 60 countries.



New Member: New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT)

The NZMEBC is proud to welcome to its ranks the New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT). The New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT) was a key partner in the UAE-NZ Trade Forum the NZMEBC co-hosted at the Northern Club last week with the UAE Embassy.   

NZIDT CEO, Taoufik Elidrissi, made a presentation to the Forum on Halal Trade, outlining how the NZIDT operates right across New Zealand employing a team of expert Halal Auditors providing Halal Certification Review and Verification Activities within their defined regions.

NZIDT has become one of the first certification bodies in the world to be accredited by Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and Gulf Accreditation Centre (GAC) for the UAE/GSO Halal certification scheme.

Their vision is to be recognised as the leading Halal service provider in New Zealand and their mission is to guarantee that all Halal certified products from New Zealand are compliant with Islamic Shariah.    Recently admitted as a member of the NZMEBC, the NZIDT  aims to develop unified Halal certification standards and practices in New Zealand.



Emirates service to Tunis becomes daily

Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to Tunis by increasing the frequency of flights between Dubai and Tunis from six to seven a week starting October 30.

The additional Dubai-Tunis flight will be operated every Monday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and plenty of room to relax in Economy Class with 310 seats.

The daily service from Dubai will provide direct connections with all four daily Emirates A380 flights from New Zealand (three from Auckland and one from Christchurch).



3 Gulf nations make top 20 most popular countries with expats

The UAE has been named the Middle East’s most popular destination for expats, and 10th in the world, in a survey that polled nearly 30,000 migrant workers around the globe.

The HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2017 placed the UAE two places higher than the previous year, ahead of destinations such as the US, UK and Hong Kong Singapore remained at the top of the list, while Norway climbed six places to the second spot, ahead of New Zealand that dropped a place. Meanwhile Germany and the Netherlands both climbed dramatically into the top five compared to the previous year..



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


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