“Bridging the Divide”
5th Annual Conference
13-15 January, Dubai 2015

The AIBMENA committee is getting ready to welcome all of you who are from the MENA region and those who want a first hand experience of the Middle East to Dubai, UAE! This will be an action-planned event.  Those of you who have visited in the past – we look forwards to welcoming you again. It will be the middle of the Dubai Shopping Festival so bring your credit cards!

About UAE

As many of you know the UAE is ranked 12th in the 2014 WEF Global Competitiveness Report. In 2013, with respect to humanitarian aid, UAE was the world’s largest donor country of official development assistance (ODA), with the highest Official Development Assistance/Gross National Income ratio (ODA/GNI ratio). As a destination it is the 2nd largest market for international brands, the 3rd largest re-export hub and 2nd busiest airport in the world!  What makes this place amazing (besides all the records breakers) is the 200 nationalities that reside here and the fact that you can reach 1/3 of the world’s population in a 4 hour flight and 2/3rd of the world population in an 8 hour flight. No wonder a country with a population of 9.5 million has seven international airports!

UAE ranks number 1 in the world out of 132 countries  for treating women with respect according to the Global Social Progress Index. UAE women are empowered. Whether it is fighting for their country (one of the UAE pilots fighting against ISIS is Major Mariam al-Mansouri), whether it is government  (Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development is constantly listed in the Forbes list of most powerful Arab women), business (Raja Easa Al Gurg, managing director of UAE-based Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group; Fatima Al Jaber, the chief operating officer of Al Jaber Group and Amna BinHendi, the chief executive of BinHendi Enterprises) and   sports (recently Alia Saeed Mohammed won the 10,000 m at the Asian Games) for example.

AIBMENA Conference Activities

  • On 13 January, our opening ceremony and AIBMENA Awards night will be celebrated with a special panel session themed, “Social Entrepreneurs: A Brave Breed of Managers For the New World”. This will be an industry panel
  • Some of the senior academics attending the event are Prof. Robert Grosse, past AIB President and Prof. Vipin Gupta. They will be in a panel focussing on the “Role of Culture and International Business”.
  • Since Dubai won the Expo 2020 we have decided to put together a special panel on “How Place Branding affects International Business”.
  • We will run a special paper development workshop sponsored by the Journal of International Business (JIBS) and a case development workshop. (13th January 11am onwards)

Our hosts for this conference will be the University of Wollongong in Dubai. This is one of UAE’s oldest private universities, which was established in 1993 and today represents a pioneering Australian initiative in the Gulf Region.