Australian Business Council Dubai sponsored by Qantas and Emirates

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The Australian Business Council Dubai (ABCD) recently announced Qantas and Emirates as its official airline partners.

Australian Business Council Dubai Chairman, Craig Holding, said the synergy created by the two airlines working in tandem, would provide a range of new opportunities to ABCD members and businesses within the region.

Craig Holding; “Qantas and Emirates are national icons in their home markets and two of the biggest names in global aviation. The partnership they started in March is already helping to strengthen ties between Australia and Dubai. We are very pleased to welcome Qantas and Emirates as sponsors of the Council.

Australia’s investment relationship with the UAE was already valued at over a billion Australian dollars per annum prior to the new Qantas and Emirates partnership. Australia sits within the top 10 export destinations for the UAE but has significant opportunity beyond just tourism with importing, particularly as Australian resources such as car manufacturing, fresh produce and iron ore are already well established. Plus with over 16,000 Australians and 350 Australian companies in the UAE, we are proud to welcome our national carrier to the Middle East region.” — Craig Holding, Australian Business Council Dubai Chairman

Qantas International CEO, Simon Hickey, said the sponsorship of ABCD would provide greater trade and business opportunities between Australia and Dubai.

Simon Hickey; “Qantas has been operating in and out of Dubai for two months and already we’ve carried approximately quarter of a million passengers through Dubai.

Many of our customers are choosing to stopover in Dubai on their way to Europe and similarly, large numbers of Emirates customers are booking on the Qantas domestic network. This is creating an economic and cultural exchange that can only strengthen relationships.

In the first two months of the partnership, the number of Emirates customers booked to travel on Qantas’ domestic network was up almost seven times compared with our previous partnership arrangement.” — Simon Hickey, CEO of Qantas International

Emirates’ Vice President, Commercial Operations (UAE) Badr Abbas, said Emirates may be better known for sponsoring sports teams, but is also a good friend to the business community.

Badr Abbas; “Our sponsorship of the Australian Business Council Dubai, on the back of the landmark Emirates-Qantas partnership, is a fine example of our support for the business community.

In the same way that we’ve seen an upsurge in passengers travelling between Australia, the MENA region and Europe as a result of the Emirates and Qantas deal, we also expect to see a similar boost to trade, supported by the new ABCD partnership.” — Badr Abbas, Vice President, Commercial Operations, Emirates (UAE)

The sponsorship is a two year deal and involves the ABCD providing an avenue for Qantas to consolidate its position within the UAE business community, with the support of Emirates. Through a combination of proactive business networking and social events tied around the Australian calendar, along with effective joint marketing, this natural partnership can only go from strength to strength.

For further information contact Craig Holding, Chairman at ABCD at: [email protected]

Press Release submitted by Hemoine Macura

Hermoine Macura is the first Australian female English-speaking TV News Anchor in the Middle East, and also one of the area’s most recognized faces. Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Hermoine was one of the main Anchor’s on Dubai One TV’s Emirates News. Her first book, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST was published in 2010.

Faces of the Middle East by Hermoine Macura

Faces of the Middle East 
by Hermoine Macura

FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST is a book that aims to introduce the various ethnic and social groups who reside throughout the Middle East, proof that this part of the world is not, as many in the West mistakenly believe, a monolithic culture.

Neither a definitive story nor a political statement, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST, is the culmination of more then seven years of Photojournalism that documents the existence and rich diversity present in the region.

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