|About the Candian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates|
The Canadian Business Council endeavours to foster communication and networking between Canadian and other business people in the region, and to build awareness amongst the regions' business community of the contribution that Canadians and Canadian goods, services and technologies have made in the development of the UAE.
There is also an existing Memorandum of Understanding with our sister organization in Abu Dhabi: http://www.cbcabudhabi.com/
As Chairman of the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates (CBC), our team looks forward to working very hard again to serve the best interests of our new and returning business Members. We closed at 450 members this past year, making us the largest Canadian Council in the GCC region. Our goal is to raise the awareness of the CBC in the Middle East Region and at home in Canada. We also look forward to providing our membership with many high profile business events and programs this coming year.
The CBC thanks our Annual Maple Leaf Sponsors whose objective is to enhance the profile and quality of our CBC events. 2012-2013 proved again to be a very successful year of events and programs with over 20 events being offered. Notably the CBC co-hosted the largest and most successful Intercouncil Networking event with 25 participating Councils in June.
We truly believe that the UAE and the Middle East remains an environment with high growth potential for Canadian businesses to thrive. On behalf of the executive committee, we look forward to supporting and promoting our membership this year to enable them to reach their business goals.
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UAE Opens New Consulate In Toronto
The UAE has opened a consulate in the Canadian city of Toronto, the Emirates’ second in the continent of North America, official news agency WAM reported on Thursday.
The consulate was opened by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.
The move will contribute to “strengthening the ties of cooperation in the trade sectors and business communities,” the report said.
The UAE currently has its embassy in Canadian capital Ottawa.
The WAM report also confirmed that the UAE’s PM and VP and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktoum, and Abu Dhabi crown prince General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan have accepted invitations to visit Canada. No dates were specified for the visits.
Sheikh Abdullah said: “The diplomatic relations between the two countries, which were established during 1974, developed significantly and effectively and are represented by the high-level visits of the leaders of the two countries over the past years.”
He stated that that around 40,000 Canadians were residing in the UAE as of 2013.
During his visit, the UAE’s foreign minister and his Canadian counterpart also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political consultations and discussed bilateral relations.
They looked at ways to boost cooperation in the sectors of trade, economic, investment, industrial, transportation, gas and renewable energy and food security, the report added.
The UAE and Canada are also confirmed this week that they are holding formal negotiations for the launch of a foreign investment protection agreement (FIPA).
They are further looking at signing agreements related to defence, energy and cultural cooperation, WAM reported.
The two countries had a dispute few years ago over landing rights, following which the Emirates withdrew a visa waiver for Canadian citizens. However, the two nations resolved the diplomatic spat and the visa waiver was reintroduced in June last year.
Dubai-Canada trade grows 61% to AED2bn in Q1 2014
DUBAI, 9th July, 2014 (WAM) -- Dubai's Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, PCFC, has affirmed its commitment to support the economic ties between U.A.E. and Canada, as reflected by their growing bilateral trade between U.A.E. and Canada surged 53% in 2013 to AED9.2 billion compared to AED6 billion in 2012, while Dubai foreign trade with Canada scored a 61% growth in the first quarter of 2014 to reach AED2 billion, up from AED1.3 billion for the same period in 2013, according to Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai's Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, PCFC.
PCFC released the figures as its Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has explored stronger cooperation with Ed Fast, the Canadian Minister of International Trade, as part of the current official visit of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, to Canada.
In Canada, Bin Sulayem discussed future prospects of cooperation between PCFC and the Canadian government with Ed Fast, Canadian Minister of International Trade.
During the meeting in Vancouver, Bin Sulayem spoke about the role of DP World in supporting the performance of Vancouver Port by managing a major container terminal at the port, which is considered a main gate for trade between markets in Canada, Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Bin Sulayem, Chairman of PCFC, said, "We endeavour at PCFC to nurture strong business relations between DP World and Canada in terms of seaports management, based on the fruitful results already achieved by their joint cooperation which is to be further reinforced in the near future." On his part, Canadian Foreign Trade Minister hailed DP World's contribution to the development of Canadian ports services, through its exceptional management of a containers terminal at Vancouver Port. He also stressed strengthening ties of cooperation in this area in order to benefit from the vast experience of DP World in running a large network of ports around the globe.
DP World-Vancouver terminal is located in the inner harbour of downtown Vancouver, and is a key gateway port for the Trans-Pacific Trades between Asia and the Pacific North West. In addition to serving the local market for British Columbia, DP World Vancouver provides direct daily intermodal rail connection to the important markets of Eastern Canada and the US Mid West, covered by both Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canada National (CN) railway.
DP World Vancouver continues to be a leader in the application of advanced technology with GPS tracked RTG along with Optical Character Readers (OCR) being introduced at the truck gate, rail gate and gantry quay cranes. In 2007, DP World Vancouver was the first container terminal in North America to be certified to ISO/PAS 28000, the highest independent security certification, and is an accredited member of C-TPAT.
FCFC said the Canada's visit also included a meeting with a number of business leaders in Vancouver, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.
Sultan bin Sulayem who presented the U.A.E.'s investment potentials backed by a conducive legal infrastructure, emphasized the advanced services offered in seaports and airports and the overall country's infrastructure that fulfills the highest global standards.
Emirates offering special discounts to CBC Members
Emirates is pleased to offer exclusive savings for Canadian Business Council Members and their immediate family members (spouses and children only), for both business and personal travel from Dubai to all Emirates online destinations worldwide.
How to book this offer:
Book online using the special promotional code "AECBC14" or logon to www.emirates.com/cbc.
1. Enter your destination and travel dates
2. Select your flights
3. Make payment at an Emirates Office
Book by April 30th, 2015
Please see the attached file to book online.
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Criteria for CBC Membership
The CBC is open to levels of Membership: Corporate Membership and Individual Membership.
Corporate full membership is open to Canadian companies established in the U.A.E., and which either have Canadian shareholding or ultimate Canadian ownership and/or management. (UPDATED September 2011: Valid for 3 members)
Individual full membership is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are senior members and/or professionals of either Canadian or non-Canadian entities established in the U.A.E.
If you do not qualify for the above Full Membership levels, the CBC also has an Associate Membership category.
Associate membership are individuals or companies who carry on, as a major business, an agency, distributorship, franchise or other representation for a Canadian business, or a joint venture or management contract with a Canadian business, or a business which is managed or operated substantially by Canadian professionals, or which otherwise has a special nexus with the Canadian business community.
In all such cases, however, the application must be accompanied by a written request from the concerned individual or company requesting the Executive Committee to consider its application for Associate Membership. If requested by the Executive Committee, the applicant shall provide an outline of its overall business operations paying particular regard to the proportion of its activities that are related to the promotion/sale of goods or services originating in Canada.
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Corporate Membership is valid for 3 members AED 2500
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