BUSINESS leaders from more than 40 countries will converge on Dubai next week for one of the most important business events to be held in Middle East.
The Leaders in Dubai Business Forum 2006 to be held at the Dubai International Convention Centre on November 28 and 29, has attracted a record number of registrations from around the world, including a trade delegation led by the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Valery Pustovoytenko.
They will join more than 1800 senior business executives and government officials, including representatives of the Bahrain Prime Ministers Court, the Royal Office of Oman and the Lagos State Government.
The Leaders in Dubai Business Forum will feature keynote addresses from seven top international speakers including Queen Noor of Jordan, former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell; the immediate past president and CEO of Disney, Michael Eisner; internationally renowned business strategist, C K Prahalad; economic forecaster Harry S Dent; former IBM president Louis V Gerstner and creative thinker, Edward De Bono.
They will be joined by a line up of Arabian business leaders including Maha Al-Ghunaim who was recently named in the Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women; Ibrahim Belselah, Chairman, I Capital; Faisal Juma Belhoul, Founder and Managing Partner, Ithmar Capital; Yousef Al-Essa, Chief Executive Officer, Addax Investment Bank; Ibrahim Al Asmakh, President Regency Group; Essam Janahi, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member Gulf Finance House. One of the features of this year’s event will be the CNN CEO debate moderated by CNN Middle East Anchor Hala Gorani and featuring the group chief executive of DMI, Khalid Janahi; Chairman & CEO of GroupMed Holding, Mohammad Hariri; and the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Aramex International, Fadi Ghandour.
Event director Alan Kelly said the fact that senior business people and government officials from 42 countries had registered for the event showed how important Leaders in Dubai had become to the region.
“This is the third time the event has been held and it is already having a huge impact on big business in the Middle East. The responses we have had from delegates in the past show that they find the networking invaluable and that they go away from the Forum with a lot of new ideas on how to improve their business.
“This year we conducted a major survey of business attitudes in the GCC and the results of that survey are already creating a lot of interest internationally. The survey will become one of the major talking points of the Forum and is sure to lead to some interesting debate,” said Mr Kelly.
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