UAE: Big plans, big threat + LBS Middle East Conference 13 March

Date: Mar 2020

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Big plans, big threat

  • The UAE is expecting an economic fillip from Dubai Expo 2020 as well as from growth-friendly reforms it has passed and government acceleration programmes it has launched, especially in Abu Dhabi.
  • This is now being threatened by COVID-19 (coronavirus), which not only may deter people from large gatherings like the Expo 2020 but is also hitting one of the UAE's leading trade partners, China.
  • For now, forecasts for overall growth in the UAE will need to be revised, on the back of three lacklustre years and a potentially weak 2020.

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London Business School's

18th Annual Middle East Conference

13 March 2020

On behalf of the Middle East Club, we are pleased to invite you to London Business School’s 18th Annual Middle East Conference taking place on Friday 13th March 2020 at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London.

As the largest Middle East Conference in Europe, the 2020 edition will bring together some of the region’s biggest business leaders under one roof to discuss topics such as FinTech, E-commerce, the role of finance, and the future of mobility and infrastructure.

The Conference theme, "Building the Sustainable Economy", will provide a platform for discussion on the hottest trends transforming the region and impacting business. The conference will be attended by about 200 prominent figures in business, government, media and academia. The tickets for the conference are available HERE and Arabia Monitor newsletter subscribers will be eligible for a 15% discount by using the promo code ARAMON.

Speakers include:

  • Mohamed Ahmed Maait, Egyptian Minister of Finance
  • François Ortalo-Magné, Dean of London Business School
  • Simon Anslie, COO of NEOM
  • Khalil Al-Nammari, director at the Saudi Industrial Development Fund
  • Mazin Al Zaidi, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SAGIA
  • Philip Bahoshy, Founder and CEO of MAGNiTT
  • Bassel El Koussa, Co-founder and CEO of Quiqup
  • Hosam Arab, Co-Founder and CEO of Tabby
  • Mohamed Aboulnaga Nagaty Co-Founder & Chief COO of Halan
  • Gaurav Biswas, Founder and CEO of Trukker
  • Audrey Nakad, Founder of Synkers

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