Italian Entrepreneurial Mission hosted by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce on 7th October 2013

Arabian Biz Consultants was appointed by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) to assist them with setting up B2B style networking event at the request of an incoming Italian trade delegation – “Italian Entrepreneurial Mission 2013”. Arabian Biz consultants were involved with the design, implementation and execution of the event. 

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the UAE-Italian Business Forum kicked off at the Chamber’s Tower in Abu Dhabi with the participation and attendance of His Excellency Sultan Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy; His Excellency Carlo Calenda, Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development; His Excellency Giorgio Starace, Italian Ambassador to the UAE; His Excellency Khalfan Saeed Al Kaabi, 1st Vice-Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; His Excellency Paolo Zegna, Deputy President of Confindustria, Italy\'s largest industry association; Her Excellency Eng. Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council; His Excellency Abdullah Al Darmaki, Chief Executive Officer of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development; His Excellency Mohammed Hasan Al Qamzi, Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp); and His Excellency Khalid Al Kawari, Chief Executive officer of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD); in addition to their Excellency Abdul Jabbar Al Sayegh, Saeed Al Dhahiri and Dr. Qasem Al Oum, Abu Dhabi Chamber Board Members; and His Excellency Mohammed Helal Al Muhairi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber. Directors and managers of more than 400 Italian and Emirati companies from different sectors attended the event as well.

The Italian delegation was clustered into 4 major classifications by industry type:

·         Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy
·         Hospitality and Contracts

·         Healthcare and Medical Equipment

·         Food and Beverage

The Italian delegation consisted of over 120 companies representing the above sectors and Arabain Biz Consultants were responsible for match making and inviting buyers to the event to attend the forum at the first half of the day followed by round table discussions. The buyers were systematically segregated using color coding system to match make with industry type. Arabian Biz Consultants also invited industry professionals as speakers to the round tables and some of the Executives that attended these discussions were very notable industry leaders.


The Institutional forum was extremely well attended with over 450 delegates packed into the ADCCI main auditorium including leading business experts marking their presence at the event. In the course of the event, five cooperation agreements were signed between Emirati companies and their Italian counterparts. An MoU was signed as well between the UAE Ministry of Economy and the National Research Council of Italy. HE Sultan Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, signed the MoU on behalf of the Ministry, whereas, HE Luigi Nicolais, President of the Council signed on behalf of his organization. The MoU aims at establishing long term strategic relationship based on mutual interest in order to realize distinguished relations in supporting small and medium enterprises and to enhance research and innovation for the two sides.