Consul General of Canada visits Dubai Chamber
Mr. Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, Director General of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), received His Excellency Graham Rush, Head of Consulate and Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada in the UAE, in the presence of Mr. Sultan Majid Lootah, Director of Business Promotion at the DCCI.
The meeting discussed the ways of developing and supporting the commercial ties between Canada and Dubai through the activation of the key role of the Canadian Business Council in Dubai, launching and increasing direct flights between Dubai and Canada, and setting a date for another visit of a Canadian high-ranking official delegation to the Dubai Chamber in September.
Al Mutaiwee welcomed the Canadian Consul and highlighted the significant role of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in enhancing the trading process of the local and foreign businessmen and investors through providing the business community with a bunch of distinguished services and coordination with the business councils which operate under the umbrella of the DCCI, representing a number of the countries from all over the world.
"It would be highly important to activate the roles of the Canadian Business Council in Dubai and the Arab-Canadian Business Council in Canada due to their important contribution in developing the commercial relations and trade exchange between the two countries, in addition to the urgent need to launch and increase air flights between Dubai and Canada through the Emirates and the Air Canada airlines," said Al Mutaiwee.
The DCCI director general pointed out that the Dubai Chamber is always keen in supporting the Canadian investors, as well as the Australians, to improve their businesses in Dubai through their trade centers. As much as the increasing air flights between Dubai and Australia have largely contributed in enhancing the trade exchange between the two countries, it is quite important to launch and increase flights between Dubai and Canada due to its significant role in supporting the bilateral trade between both countries, Al Mutaiwee added.
His Excellency Graham Rush, the Canadian Consul in the UAE, agreed on the necessity to open up the air services between Dubai and Canada due to its key role in upgrading the trade and tourism sectors in the two countries.
"Launching new direct flights between Dubai and Canada through Air Canada and the Emirates is a very significant issue that we should discuss with our Canadian government. We would like to send a top official delegation from Canada to visit the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in September 20th to discuss several issues that would help enhance the trade exchange between our countries, especially as Dubai is turning into an international and regional business hub," said Rush.
The Canadian Consul pointed out that the top official delegation will include more than 35 people of senior Canadian politicians, the Canadian Ambassador to the UAE, as well as the Consul General and the CEOs of about 25 Canadian companies, including those operating in Dubai.
The director general of DCCI noted that this visit would be very important in terms of helping to create a mutual vision to activate and upgrade the trade exchange and attracting investments from both countries.
"The Dubai Chamber will arrange an effective meeting for the Canadian delegation with the DCCI Chairman and some of its major members, in addition to the representatives of the Canadian Business Council in Dubai and managers of some top Canadian companies that operate in the emirate. The visit will be a chance to discuss all issues that contribute to the development of trade ties between the two countries," said Al Mutaiwee.
He stressed that the top Canadian delegation visit to the DCCI in September would also be an opportunity to introduce the Canadian officials and investors to the astonishing economic development which Dubai is witnessing and which helped making the emirate an international and regional business center.