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Newsletter 09/2015

Chairman's Message | Recalibrating after a busy first half


Welcome back to what is shaping up to be a great rest of the year. I am sure most of you have travelled over the summer. I too have been travelling and realised how much choice we have with airlines and schedules. As you know we have two very strong airlines who are great supporters of ABCD, Emirates and Qantas.

Having lived in Dubai for a number of years now, I have travelled all over the world with Emirates, enjoying their high standard of aviation excellence. But for the first time in 10 years I experienced a Qantas international flight with a business trip to London and I was equally impressed. I really had forgotten what is was like to experience Qantas’ services which is quintessentially Australian, in all the best ways possible! 

Like many of you, as an Australian living overseas, it is nice to experience familiarity with home, whether it is a good flat white coffee, listening to Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows in Dubai or watching the latest Australian movie on Qantas inflight entertainment. It taps into our sense of belonging and helps us recalibrate our senses for a busy life in Dubai.

Don’t forget we have great discounts which can now be made online from our sponsors Qantas and Emirates. As we head into this next phase of the year, you will see parts of ABCD updated to service our growing membership and partners. 

We welcome a new member to our office team, Sue Sindian, who will look after membership as Josien Wayne moves across to support Karen Butler run our thriving events calendar. We are enhancing our brand to allow diversity in how we use our brand and strengthen our digital applications. Our website will also get an overhaul to make it easier to find information and we are working to update some elements of our constitution. 

We’d like you to get involved, so look out for opportunities to feedback and participate in some of these activities. And finally I would like to welcome Motivate to the ABCD as a Platinum Sponsor. Motivate is one of the biggest publishing houses in the region, producing magazines such as Emirates Woman, The Week, What’s On, Gulf Business and Golf Digest. So watch this space in the months ahead as we work closely together to bring value and benefits to the members of the Australian Business Council Dubai.

Penny Couchman


Chair, Australian Business Council Dubai

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