The 2011 and 2010 Global Arab Business Meeting - also held in Ras Al Khaimah - successfully gathered 300 participants from over 35 countries.
We are witnessing a new era of change in the Arab world. Horasis will assemble the 2012 Global Arab Business Meeting to reflect on this process of change, facilitating engagement and dialogue among business leaders and government authorities from the Arab world and beyond. The event is open to CEOs of the world's leading companies.
The following public figures are confirmed so far:
• H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, The Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
• Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, UAE
• Nicolas Nahas, Minister of Economy & Trade, Lebanon
• Verrappa Moily, Union Minister of Corporate Affairs and Power, India
• Mohamed Najib Boulif, Minister Delegate for General Affairs and Good Governance, Morocco
The following business leaders are serving as meeting co-chairs:
• Sulaiman Al-Assaf, Chief Executive Officer, Middle East Investment Corporation, Saudi Arabia
• Yusuff Ali, Managing Director, Emke Group, UAE
• Sheikh Saif bin Hashil Al-Maskery, Chairman, Al Mahfadha Investments, Oman
• Naif A. Al-Mutawa, Founder and CEO, Teshkeel Media Group (THE 99), Kuwait
• Sherif El-Gabaly, Chairman, Polyserve Fertilizer and Chemical Group, Egypt
• Samir Brikho, Chief Executive, AMEC, United Kingdom
• Selim G. El Zyr, Chief Executive Officer, Rotana, UAE
• Natalya Kaspersky, Chairwoman, Kaspersky Lab, Russia
• Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Group, India
• Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Development Company Afghanistan, Afghanistan
• Jacques Sarraf, Chairman, Malia Holding, Lebanon
• D Shivakumar, President, AIMA; Senior Vice President, Nokia, Finland
"The Global Arab Business Meeting will see 300 top decision makers convene from business and government sectors from around the Arab world and beyond," said Dr Frank-Jürgen Richter, Chairman, Horasis.
"The meeting shall help to uncover the economics of change in the Arab world and to define Arab firms' growth agenda. The decision to host this third Global Arab Business Meeting is to reinvigorate Horasis' partnership with Ras Al Khaimah and to align its strategy with the evolving global context as well as the development priorities for the Arab world."
"Industries continue to grow rapidly in the region, and Ras Al Khaimah is pleased to welcome global business and political leaders as they come together to inspire a more prosperous future for our people," added Nasser Ahmed Salmeen, Director General, RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"It is through these developments that we continue to propel the emirate through shared knowledge and experience."
"The Horasis Global Arab Business Meeting will be held in Ras Al Khaimah at an important time for the emirate and the region as a whole," said Karam Al Sadeq, Deputy CEO of RAKIA. "The assembly will further promote the Ras Al Khaimah as a centre for business, tourism and trade; highlighting the many advantages that the emirate has to offer. We are pleased to reignite this fruitful partnership for the benefit of all concerned."
Horasis also hosts regional meetings on China, India and Russia. Horasis - a global visions community committed to enact visions for a sustainable future - provides a unique platform for companies from emerging markets to globalize their organizations.
In that sentiment, Ras Al Khaimah has emerged a lucrative destination for the surge of foreign direct investments to the UAE. The once quiet northern emirate now boasts a rapidly growing economy, thanks to its favourable locations, excellent infrastructure and strong governmental support that have allowed it to become a centre for tourism, manufacturing and trade.
Since 2005, RAKIA has been actively involved in this rise, promoting the emirate's competitive advantages drawing in investors from all over the globe who have been eager to arrange operations within emirate's borders.
As one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the UAE, RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in the context of the economic boom witnessed by the emirate.
The body is charged with keeping pace with developments, while carefully and constantly governing the business pool, in order to strengthen economic and social progression.