Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Obaid bin Suhail Al Maktoum, ‘The Chairman’s Vision Business Forum’ was organized on January 20, 2015, by Development Information at Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. More than 100 business entities and corporations participated in the Forum, moderated by Hikmat Beaini, Communications Manager at University of Dubai.
The Forum addressed key issues in tourism, real-estate, business and investment sectors in two panel discussions. The first panel, titled ‘Sustainable Development of Real Estate and Hospitability Sectors’, featured three speakers: Mohammed Al Rais, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Hill International; Mario Volpi, Managing Director of Ocean View; and Nicholas McDonagh who heads up the Finsbury Middle East operations, representing ACCOR M.E.
The second panel titled, ‘Dubai, hub of International Business and Leadership’ consisted of three speakers: Bruce Robertson, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover ME; IppoVrohidis, Vice-President, Middle East and Africa of 3M Gulf; and Joby Beretta, Partner, Finsbury, Head of Middle East & Africa representing Dentons & Co.
“Participation in ‘The Chairman’s Vision Business Forum’ was important for the University of Dubai, which has one the best business faculties in the UAE,” Beaini said.
He moderated the program focusing on the importance of advancing businesses before and beyond 2020.
Beaini said the University of Dubai has supported various business, legal and entrepreneurship forums as part of its educational mission.
“University of Dubai has successfully collaborated with local private and government agencies to transfer knowledge and create platforms for advanced community involvement in Dubai and the UAE,” Beaini explained.
Speakers at the Forum focused on subjects related to Building New Hotels as an Investment Project Beyond 2020, and the effects of Dubai Purchasing Power on Real Estate Market. Various strategies to increase and improve tourist facilities and real estate opportunities as well as international and local franchise opportunities were also discussed.
A speech by Dr. Marwan Al Ajmi, COO, Development Information, was delivered on behalf of Development Information, in which he thanked all sponsors for their support. He saluted the UAE National Guards and praised the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stating: “I would like to pay my tributes to the guards who are protecting our homeland.”