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Newsletter 09/2019

A Message from The ABCD Board | Craig Holding



I hope that all is well and you have enjoyed your summer break if you managed to have one. I took the family back to Perth for their summer break via Singapore, another great expat location, and then did the expat dad thing and hung out in Dubai with the other summer stayers! 

Over the summer the board and office have been busy working away on a few things and I am excited to share with you some updates on the sponsorship front for the Australian Business Council.

Since the last issue of the John Dory in April we have welcomed a new annual sponsor: Altas Wealth Management. Altas is the leading provider of Australian Expat Financial Advice with clients in over 28 countries around the world. Brett Evens has recently relocated with his family from Brisbane to setup an office in Dubai, located in the DIFC. If you see Brett at one of the ABCD’s future events, please say Gday!

We also welcomed back Global Victoria who continue to be a major partner of the ABCD and support two of our signature events: the AFL Grand Final Breakfast and the Melbourne Cup Long Breakfast, two fantastic days to celebrate Victoria. There will also be an opportunity to have a chat with the team from Victoria so stay tuned for dates…

CPA Australia have also renewed their support for the ABCD and we are grateful for their continued commitment to the council and more importantly its members. CPA will be visiting in October and sharing their latest research on AI and the financial industry so make sure you keep an eye out for that.

We also have some exciting things happening on the Events front...

Don't miss out on joining the AFL Grand Final Breakfast, which returns to the Le Meridien Dubai this year. Grab the kids or some mates and head down for a great Saturday morning! The team are working on a few options for those who want to make a day of it. One of my favourite events of the year happens on November 5th: the Melbourne Cup Long Breakfast! The ABCD will make sure this event is worth going into work a little later than usual...

We have continued with the ABCD knowledge and networking events. After all this is what the business council is all about, helping Australians and Australian companies do more business. We have the AICD Panel discussing Global Corporate Governance on Spetember 18th and the upcoming FedEx Session on Effective Strategies for Business Growth,taking place on October 2nd to name a few. 

We are also launching G'Day Café - celebrating Australia's Coffee Culture here in Dubai. If you are hunting for that perfect Flat White or the Long Mach don't miss the launch event at Tom&Serg on Tuesday, 17th of this month followed by Myocum on Tuesday, 8th of October. G’day Café is a great opportunity to connect with other Aussies in Dubai and enjoy a great cup of coffee.

With so much happening I look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


Craig Holding
Vice Chairman ABCD


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