Driving commercial and political engagement between Asia, the Middle East and Europe

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  • Driving commercial and political engagement between Asia, the Middle East and Europe


    Dubai: Moving into the Middle East’s key trading hub

    Asia House will discuss how Dubai, the region’s key trading hub, has become a prime destination for international companies – and why companies should look to Dubai to expand their business.

    Located in the geographic and economic centre of the Middle East, there is a need to understand the opportunities – and potential challenges – that come with developing your business in Dubai. At this event, attendees will make vital contacts with those able to help develop their businesses, as well as receive advice on the practical aspects of moving into the market, from determining the best legal structures to identifying potential investment opportunities.

    We will be joined by Ayman Al Awadhi, Co-Founder and Group Managing Director of The Corporate Group (CBS). CBS is a UAE-based company that acts under the umbrella The Corporate Group. Their speciality is market entry and corporate support services.

    Our second speaker joins us from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). DIFC is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of US$ 7.7 trillion. With a 15-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, DIFC connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai. DIFC is home to the region’s largest financial ecosystem of more than 24,000 professionals working across over 2,200 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region. Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.

    One-to-one meetings following the briefing can be arranged upon request.

    To register interest in attending, please email Cordelia Begbie, Middle East Programme Manager, at cordelia.begbie@asiahouse.co.uk



    Ayman Al Awadhi

    Ayman is the Co-Founder and Group Managing Director of The Corporate Group. He is in charge of subsidiaries responsible for delivering a one-stop-shop of professional services related to business setup solutions and enabling both FDIs and foreign companies to do business in the UAE and in the region more generally. He has worked with businesses across multiple sectors including, but not limited to, education, healthcare, technology, energy and professional services. His experience also includes advising companies on corporate structuring and merge & acquisition transactions along developing operational framework that delivers unique customer engagement with clients and stakeholders along with association with both private and government sectors.


    Ali Hassan

    Ali Hassan is a Senior Representative for the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority in Europe and North America and Director of Business Development for the Centre.

    In his current role, Mr. Hassan supports the CEO in developing and promoting the Insurance, Banks & Capital Markets, and Wealth Management sectors, in line with the Centre’s business strategies and plays an active role in managing client development. He is also responsible for promoting and spreading awareness of DIFC’s competitiveness and positioning regionally and globally. Mr. Hassan brings vast regulatory knowledge and commercial experience to his position at DIFC Authority, having supervised and authorised a diverse range of businesses including exchanges, trading platforms, wealth management, investment banking, and brokerage operations with experience in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.



    • Event Details
    • Date
      29 October 2019
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    • Asia House
      New Cavendish Street