Monthly Archive: November 2008

Nov
25
2008

UAE Gems Dubai and Abu Dhabi Offer World Class Opportunities

 

“Not so long ago, the most exciting thing about emerging markets was their cheap labour. Local firms supplied manufactured goods and then services to developed markets and multinationals. That remains an attraction, but a declining one as wages in emerging markets and transport costs go up.  No one expects Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to rethink its famously efficient supply chain, which brings billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods to the developed world.  But these days multinational are looking for the skills that workers from emerging markets can bring to a job as much as for lower labour costs.”

Globalization Special Report, The Economist, September 20, 2008

Tapping this local need for training and education is the paramount opportunity for US-based associations who possess respected and globally recognized certification, accreditation, training and education products.   The latest World Economic Forum futures scenarios for the GCC countries suggests  that the growth in the level of sophistication of the local workforce is  important to building a strong private sector not only in building talent but also in attracting business from around the world.  This requires ensuring that the proper competencies in the form of professional certifications and training materials are available and promoted.

Where to base a Middle East operation to create a sustainable regional business model?   Consider the UAE.

The most moderate of all Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered a new era of economic liberalization and modernization that will transform it over the next decade into one of the world’s leading centers of excellence in tourism, culture, infrastructure development and across a wide spectrum of business and social activity.

The jewels of the UAE are Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and they are the second and final leg of the upcoming ASAE & The Center Study Mission April 19-30, 2009.


Dubai has become a prime investment banking center having taken advantage of its location to become the biggest re-exporting center in the Middle East, accounting for about 85 percent of the Emirates re-export trade.  Tactics to attract investment have included liberal government policies, highly developed infrastructure, and low operational costs.   Ninety-five percent of Dubai’s GDP is from non-oil sectors such as business service sector contributing 74% alone.

 

 

 

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a major global economic powerhouse and one of the world’s top oil producers. Its per capita GDP is the highest in the world. The emirate has entered a new era of economic liberalization and modernization that will transform it over the next decade into one of the world’s leading centers of excellence in tourism, culture, infrastructure development and across a wide spectrum of business and social activity.

Abu Dhabi is investing in the latest urban planning as well as impressive strategic plans that include attracting key players, thought leaders to build a presence in Abu Dhabi as a showcase to the world. The government is spending billions of USD to deliver their 2030 Vision and major groups are locating facilities across a host of key industries. As an example they hope to become a thought leader and city showcase for the latest in renewable energy systems and sustainable design.

UAE Program

Study Mission participants will arrive in Dubai on April 25th, 2009.  Here are some of the highlights of the program.

Saturday 25 April

  • Free morning and travel day to Dubai for those continuing from our first leg of the Tour from Singapore.
  • Check-in at the Fairmont Dubai, who will also host our Welcome to Dubai Dinner.

For those participating in the Dubai/Abu Dhabi-only part of this program, an introduction session will be held before dinner.

Sunday 26 April

  • In the morning, we will learn more about Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and its regional role in the Gulf Cooperation Council and the greater Middle East.  We will discuss economics, political systems, culture, tourism, and history.
  • Following lunch at the revolving Al Dawaar restaurant, we will tour of Modern Dubai (seeing some of the amazing new buildings), stopping at Palm Island and finishing by visiting the national museums and old Arabian homes in the Old Town of Dubai.  For your free evening, you can explore some of the unique restaurants in the Festival City area or enjoy the great shopping experience at Madinat Souk.

Monday 27 April

  • We will visit some of the key ministries and learn about the government system in Dubai. The Healthcare track will be received by senior representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Dubai Health Authority and you will visit Rashid Hospital as well as the Dubai Hospital.  For the non-healthcare participants you will meet with the Ministry of Finance & Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  You will visit the Free Zone facilities and meet with the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority.
  • After lunch at the Grand Hyatt, , participants will visit some of the free economic zones that were especially developed to attract foreign investment to the city. The Healthcare group will visit Dubai Healthcare City, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to healthcare education, research, and patient care.
  • A private dinner will be arranged for our group along the romantic Dubai Creek.

Tuesday 28 April

  • This day is dedicated to one-to-one sessions, giving you the opportunity to meet with your counterparts of Dubai-based associations. The Healthcare group will meet with representatives of the Emirates Medical Association and their various subspecialty sections.  The non-healthcare group will meet with representatives of the Emirates Engineering Association and the Environment Friendly Association.
  • The afternoon will be a mini-conference where you will meet with the Ministry of Social Affairs and discuss key issues facing associations and the opportunities and challenges of developing associations in the Middle East.
  • In the evening, you will have one of the most unique events of your life with the Desert Safari & Experience-a truly romantic 1001 nights evening.

Wednesday 29 April

  • Travel to Abu Dhabi by bus and visit the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Department of Planning and Economy  to get an overview of how the emirate will become one of the world’s leading centers of excellent in tourism, culture and business.
  • After lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel, you will visit a traditional souk and heritage village
  • Check in at your hotel to experience the opulence and Arabian hospitality this region has to offer.
  • Dinner at the 7-star property - Emirates Palace Hotel

Thursday 30 April

  • In the morning we will visit the brand new Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a hugely impressive landmark, which will be able to hold up to 10,000 worshippers and have a brief city tour and orientation of Abu Dhabi, the cultural capital of the Middle East.
  • At the ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center) we will meet with local associations and government officials to learn about the programs Abu Dhabi is developing to attract associations to the region.
  • In the later afternoon we will get ready for our flights home.  Most flights leave in the evening and guests can fly out from Abu Dhabi International Airport or from Dubai International Airport (2 hour transfer will be provided).
  • If your flight leaves in the morning, you can stay one extra night in your Abu Dhabi hotel (additional fee of USD 250) and we will provide a transfer to the airport in the morning of 1 May.

Study Mission Sponsors

The 2009 ASAE & The Center Study Mission is conducted in partnership with MCI and supported by:

  • Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Fairmont Hotel Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.
  • Singapore Tourism Board , Singapore Economic Development Board
  • Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, / Dubai Convention Bureau
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Register Now

To register, please use the ASAE & The Center ‘09 Study Mission – Reservation Form here and return it to ASAE by mail or fax as follows:

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, Attn: Anne Blouin, CAE, Chief Learning Officer, 1575 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005  Fax 202.326.0986

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Peter Turner
Business Development Director, US Institutional Market
Email: [email protected]
Direct phone: +1.571.275.1516

Nov
25
2008

World Bank and World Economic Forum Rank Singapore #1 for Business

 

Singapore is the first stop on the ASAE & The Center Study Mission 2009.

Since 2000, emerging market countries have led the world in economic growth. This trends will continue as IMF, World Bank, and World Economic Forum forecasts show that growth projections for 2009 will continue to come from regions like the Middle East and Asia.

If you seek a strong Asia location for building a pan-Asian operation then Singapore offers excellent qualification.

  • #1 in the World Bank’s”Doing Business 2007 ” Report – World’s easiest place to do business
  • #5 in the World Economic Forum’s 2008-2009 Global Competitiveness Report – measuring over 100 criteria from political, economic, social, business, cultural sectors
  • #1 in the KPMG Competitive Alternatives Study 2006 – most cost competitive city for business analyzing 27 cost components, including wages, freight, business taxes, rent and utilities.
  • #1 in the BERI’s 2007 Labour Force Evaluation Measure (LFEM) report -Singapore offers the best labor force in the world.

Singapore Program

Study Mission participants will arrive in Singapore on April 21st, 2009.  Here are some of the highlights of the program.

Tuesday 21 April

  • Early morning arrival in Singapore.
  • Check in at the Fairmont Singapore and after refreshing in your room, we will have a joint lunch followed by an introduction session and a visit to the Singapore National Museum, where you can experience the Singapore Story.
  • Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday 22 April

  • Begin the day with a Singapore Country Briefing giving an overview of the history, culture, economy, educational system, and regional role of this unique island state. You will also have  the opportunity to hear a briefing from the Singapore Public Utilities Board.
  • In the afternoon experience the multicultural aspects of Singapore by visiting unique ethnic enclaves like China Town, Little India and Kampong Glam (the Malay enclave). We will also learn about Singapore’s unique urban development projects by visiting the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) and the Marina Bay barrage.
  • location free evening for you to experience the unique sights of Singapore.

Thursday 23 April

  • In the morning we will visit some of the ministries, including senior representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Singapore Medical Council.
  • Following lunch we will visit regional association offices. The Healthcare track will visit the Health Promotion Board on Singapore’s management of chronic diseases.  Lunch will feature a presentation by the InfoComm Development Authority.
  • We will end the day with a private dinner that will be held in a unique location.

Friday 24 April

  • Depending on the track you are registered for, you will hear presentations from Biopolis and Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (heathcare track) or the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the International Air Transport Association (non-healthcare).
  • Following lunch,  we transfer to the SUNTEC Convention Center for an Association Afternoon with local and regional associations.  Where possible, one-to-one meetings will be organized with counterpart associations in the same field as the participating association executives.
  • The Closing Dinner will be a unique experience, allowing you to taste and experience the sights, sounds, and culinary highlights of Singapore.
  • *Possible one-to-one meetings will be held with the National Cancer Centre, the National Heart Centre, the Singapore Clinical Research Institute, the National Eye Center and Duke Medical School.

Saturday 25 April

  • Free morning and travel day to Dubai.

Study Mission SponsorsThe 2009 ASAE & The Center Study Mission is conducted in partnership with MCI and supported by:

  • Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Fairmont Hotel Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.
  • Singapore Tourism Board , Singapore Economic Development Board
  • Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, / Dubai Convention Bureau
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Register Now

To register, please use the ASAE & The Center ‘09 Study Mission – Reservation Form here and return it to ASAE by mail or fax as follows:

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, Attn: Anne Blouin, CAE, Chief Learning Officer, 1575 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005  Fax 202.326.0986

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Peter Turner
Business Development Director, US Institutional Market
Email: [email protected]
Direct phone: +1.571.275.1516

Nov
24
2008

Emerging Market Cities Open Their Doors to Associations

 

Associations seeking to expand their international footprint and benefit from the ever-growing global marketplace of products and services know that while the market may be flat in the United States, opportunity may be quite good in emerging market countries especially in the Middle East and Asia.

Recent studies conducted by some of the world’s foremost global business research institutions continue to believe that these regions offer unrivaled opportunities for those who pursue effective local/regional strategies.

  • The World Bank’s 2008 “Doing Business Index” of leading indicators ranks Singapore #1  as the best place for starting and growing a business.
  • The World Economic Forum’s 2008 “Global Competitiveness Index” provides high marks to the moderate and liberalized United Arab Emirates for its excellent emerging market private sector, support of free market principles, and more relaxed local regulations.

For instance, below is a chart illustrating the UAE’s lead the Gulf region and how it compares to global benchmarks like Singapore and Chicago in some critical criteria for building 21st Century knowledge-based economies.  And for associations seeking to grow one’s certification, education, and training businesses, these results are enlightening.

Since 2000, emerging market countries have led the world in economic growth. This trends will continue as IMF, World Bank, and World Economic Forum forecasts show that growth projections for 2009 will continue to come from regions like the Middle East and Asia.

Now is the time to build your presence, conduct research, cultivate relationships and identify the right business and regional operations model for your future growth in product and service sales or membership.

Study Mission to Grow Markets

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, in partnership with MCI – a leading international association management and events company – is offering a unique educational experience for association executives to visit Singapore, Dubai & Abu Dhabi between April 19-30, 2009.

Executives can choose to visit all three cities or pick and choose according to your needs.  As ASAE’s partner in this study mission, MCI will work with you to tailor the program to your individual needs to further increase positive outcomes from this experience.

Program Features

  • Meet senior policy makers, government officials and learn about regional office incentives available
  • Build relationships with local business, academic and association executives
  • Obtain the latest information on economic, business, and social development efforts
  • Customized appointments with local/regional executives based on your unique needs
  • Enjoy a separate track designed for health care associations including special briefings and tours
  • A special spouse and guest program
  • One price covers all program fees, deluxe hotel accommodations, airport transfers, daily breakfast and lunch, six dinners (full program), cultural tours
  • Staff assistance provided by the ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership staff and MCI throughout

As ASAE & The Center’s partner in this study mission, MCI will work with participants to tailor the program to their individual needs to further increase positive outcomes from this experience.   Go here for a detailed review of the study mission for Singapore and the UAE featuring Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Costs

Full Study Mission (Singapore & Dubai/Abu Dhabi) US $4,300  (Spouse or guest US $2,100)
Singapore only US $2,200  (Spouse or guest US $1,100)
Dubai/Abu Dhabi only US $3,100  (Spouse or guest US $1,350)

Above pricing includes full room and board, except for one free evening per destination.  Airline costs are additional.

Study Mission Sponsors

This is an ASAE & The Center program, in partnership with MCI and supported by:

  • Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Fairmont Hotel Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.
  • Singapore Tourism Board , Singapore Economic Development Board
  • Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, / Dubai Convention Bureau
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Register Now

To register, please use the ASAE & The Center ’09 Study Mission – Reservation Form here and return it to ASAE by mail or fax as follows:

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, Attn: Anne Blouin, CAE, Chief Learning Officer, 1575 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005  Fax 202.326.0986

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