TechnoPark represents UAE in pilot programme to bring US and Arab business communities closer

Published December 9th, 2007 - 01:47 GMT

Dubai World business unit TechnoPark represented the United Arab Emirates at a first-of-its-kind private sector programme aimed at developing business relationships between US companies and young Arab business leaders.

The Arab and American Business Fellowship Program (AABF) has been launched earlier this year in the US cities of Des Moines, New York, and Chicago. The programme hosted seven fellowship participants – four women and three men – from the Middle East in cooperation with the Young Arab Leaders organisation.

Zahra Al Dahmani, Senior Manager, Customer Service, TechnoPark, who was one of the participants said: “It’s just a great opportunity to learn about other cultures & business operations.” She said The AABF programme is aimed at promoting understanding and respect between American and Arab business communities.

As a joint effort between the US Centre for Citizen Diplomacy, Business for Diplomatic Action, the Young Arab Leaders in Dubai, and the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce, the pilot programme is designed to foster mutual understanding and respect between the American and Arab business communities.

By developing a dialogue between the cultures, participants hope to create an environment in which information, opinions and knowledge flow both ways.

Programme participants are young Arab business leaders who have been selected by the CEOs of their companies as representatives who are active in their communities.

The participants met senior executives from Des Moines and New York companies for two weeks, present a programme for employees of the companies in order to share their insights about doing business in the Arab world, and participate in social & cultural activities in New York, Chicago, Des Moines, and Washington, D.C.

The programme comprised an orientation programme in New York, two weeks with host businesses in Des Moines, New York, and Chicago, and a final three days in Washington DC.  Splitting the trip was designed to enhance the experience by showing two distinctly different areas of the US: a metropolitan city on the East coast and the Midwest Heartland.



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