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Newsletter 05/2020

A Message from The ABCD Board | Arpana Sharma

 

Dear ABCD member, 

We at the ABCD Board hope you and your families are keeping well and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Ramadan Mubarak!

What an unforeseen and unprecedented turn of events. Reflecting on recent weeks, we are fortunate in having experienced incredible agility by the UAE and Australian governments to safeguard the community and provide requisite support. As we navigate the “new normal”, alongside challenges there are powerful positive lessons emerging across the pandemic experience. From stories of resilience, exemplary courage and selfless service of frontline heroes, to witnessing extraordinary acts of kindness, heartening stories of families’ adapting to remote working and schooling and organisations re-inventing themselves. Complementing these are the exciting opportunities offered by virtual platforms that connect us both professionally and socially to audiences locally, regionally and internationally.  

As we continue to adapt, unlearn and relearn on various fronts including doing business, the ABCD is no exception. On this note, let us all very warmly acknowledge and congratulate the ABCD team for demonstrating exemplary swiftness in implementing engagement strategies to keep our stakeholders connected. To achieve social distancing we moved swiftly from face-2-face events onto the digital space, offering you options to participate across diverse topics relevant to businesses and community.

We kicked off with the ‘Happiness Today Is’ campaign on social media which ran over 5 weeks with a different message each day focused on positivity. A special mention to Gates Hospitality #Homeschooling for offering something different to their customers and colleagues. Their LinkedIn page has the videos and tutorials available for viewing. 

ABCD has since organised or participated in over 10 free access webinars for members and the community. The themes varied across Expo2020, to industry updates from Austrade and even a chat with the Ambassador. To read more about the various events held so far and to book for the upcoming ones, just pop to the events tab

Additionally we have partnered with other business groups in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates for establishing a platform to facilitate the flow of clear and accurate information between UAE Government and Business, with a view to achieving the common goal of maintaining UAE's standing as the regional business hub. On that note, we invite you to complete an anonymous survey circulated to our members and the ABCD community. We aim to use the data to identify common areas of interests for our stakeholders, to help us support you better. We will keep you updated on developments as they take place. 

We are excited to be working with our partners AACCI (Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry) to support Dubai Foreign Direct Investment’s online programme in June. The road show was originally scheduled to visit Brisbane and Sydney and is now being replaced by four online briefing sessions covering Food and Agriculture / Logistics / Health and Technology.

We are also looking forward to our spotlight series – where we get to know the person behind the profession.  Register now through our website for these forthcoming events featuring Donna Benton, Founder and CEO of The Benton Group and well know for starting The Entertainer. We then welcome Nick Meara, Meat & Livestock Australia's Regional Manager (MENA) followed by a special guest in June...

Don’t miss out! With more to come, stay tuned to the ABCD: WEB | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram and Twitter

Last but not least, if you have mastered the art of working from home, of if you or anyone else you know is transforming their business to adapt to these new times, or is going above and beyond to support members of the community, we would love to hear from you. Please share these with us on admin@abcduae.com

I would like to wrap up by reiterating that the ABCD Board remains unequivocally committed and passionate about supporting our members and the community. We remain very grateful for the friendship and support of our members and corporate sponsors, thank you.

Till we meet again at face-2-face events, take care and be safe!

 

Warmest regards

Arpana Sharma

ABCD Board Member

 

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