Entrepreneur Series: The challenges of doing business in Dubai

07:30 - 09:30
Members: AED125, Non-Members: AED185
Capital Club DIFC
Bookings must be made in advance as there will no tickets will be available on the door

Following are brief bios on our panel of speakers:

Karim Salem is a trilingual corporate lawyer (English, French, and Arabic) who has more than 10 years of experience having worked in leading international law firms (such as Baker & McKenzie) and leading local law firms in 3 Arab countries (UAE, Qatar, and Egypt).

Throughout his career, Karim advised entities of different size and business background, which includes advising leading international and local companies as well as small and business enterprises (SMEs).

Karim advises on corporate matters, which includes but is not limited to, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, hotels and leisure, franchising, and business set up. One of the recent big transactions Karim worked on was advising a GGC authority, as part of a small team, in relation to the acquisition of 5 assets (lands, businesses, and a sports club) from a government owned GCC company. The value of the assets was more than 3 Billion Riyals.

In his work, Karim not only focuses on fulfilling the immediate tasks requested by the client but on the bigger picture as well, as it is important to think ahead on how would a certain transaction play out for the client on the long term.

Karim has law degrees from the Pantheon Sorbonne, Cairo University, and an LLM from the American University in Cairo.


Fatma Nilgun Emrem
Partner, Tamimi Consulting
Fatma Nilgun Emrem has a career history across multi disciplines and sectors from Banking, Textile and Construction which provided a natural appreciation of different organizational structures and the planning skills to transfer to the consulting field. 
 Her experience in markets extend from Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Oman, UK, Baltic Region, Angola and Ethiopia. 
 In 2010, established, Tamimi Consulting with Tarik Tamimi to extend her knowledge and experience to those investors looking for opportunities in the GCC region. Since its inception Tamimi Consulting has successfully incorporated more than 300 companies in UAE and continue to be the leading company among Turkish Investors especially. Tamimi Consulting has been awarded 2 years in a row by DMCC Authority as the Top Performing Consulting Company in U.A.E
Fatma Nilgun Emrem also completed assignments for World Bank Group and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in their various projects in Emerging Markets. 
She is the Executive Board Member of Turkish Business Council since 2007 and Vice Chairman since 2016. 

Carl Dowling, Chairman, Australian Business Council Dubai,

Partner, CBD Consultancy

Having facilitated the entry of over 250 companies in the Gulf region, ranging from local start-ups to listed multinational companies Carl Dowling is an industry expert with a proven track record and in depth knowledge of the region.

During his many years of experience Carl has built a wide knowledge and understanding of establishing businesses in a multitude of industry sectors specializing in construction, oil & gas, industrial manufacturing, F&B/hospitality, healthcare and retail. This has meant that he has been at the forefront of Dubai’s professional development and he has a deep understanding of how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the region.

In his role as Chairman of the Australian Business Council Dubai, Carl is also pivotal in providing Australians and Australian businesses with support and connectivity in the region by working closely with the Australian Embassy, Australian Trade Commission, the Dubai Economy, the Ministry of Finance and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry. This depth of knowledge and understanding of this market can only come from working in the region for many years, and Carl is passionate about the opportunities that come from an effective partnership between the UAE and Australia.

We welcome the Turkish Business Council and its members to join us on the discussion.


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