By Abdul Rawuf
Arabian Business forum is being held from 9.30am on Monday at The Armani Hotel, Dubai
Gulf businesses today face their greatest ever challenges as they charter a successful course out of the worst financial crisis in living memory. But what is the true state of the economy? What levels of growth can realistically be expected, and which sectors will it come from? Have the lessons of the crisis really been learnt, and as companies fight for new markets, are they adequately prepared in terms of structure and leadership?
The 3rd Arabian Business Economic Forum will aim to answer these and many more of the key economic questions of the day, through a series of high level key note speeches, one-on-one interviews and debates.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Emirates Group Chairman will open this year’s event and will be followed by a keynote speech from Emaar Properties PJSC chairman Mohamed Alabbar, who will provide a frank assessment of where the region is now heading, and where both the pitfalls and opportunities lie.
The Forum will also feature a keynote speech from Dr. Habib Al Mulla. The distinguished lawyer and former chairman of the Dubai Financial Services Authority will talk about his experiences in setting up the DIFC, and its impact on putting Dubai on the global map as a role model for international business.
The AB Forum will also for the first time explore the challenges facing the retail sector with one of the world’s most respected retailers, Mohammed Alshaya, chairman of M.K Alshaya and Co.
To close the event, HH Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, CEO of Al Fajer Group, will look to the future in his keynote address; setting out his vision for the road ahead.
A number of business leaders will also participate in a specialist debate on “The real state of the economy”, including Omar Boulos, Managing Director, Accenture Middle East; William Keliehor, Managing Director, Amex Middle East; Dr. Tejinder Singh Bhatia, Director and CEO, Spanco GKS; and Mohamed Hadi Mejai, Managing Director and CEO, Oryx Capital.
Attendance for the event is by special invitation only, guaranteeing a 250 strong audience that represent the decision makers in the Gulf business community. The event will be covered live on www.arabianbusiness.com, and also be featured in a special issue of Arabian Business magazine (both English and Arabic).