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Pablo Kang and Hamad Buamim

Top Australian firms bid to boost UAE ties

Dubai, April 15, 2013

More than 20 leading Australian firms took part in a seminar series in Dubai, showcasing opportunities for Australia and the UAE to bolster business ties in the green building, investment and education sectors.

The Australia Unlimited UAE 2013 seminars were attended by Hamad Buamim, director general, Dubai Chamber of Commerce; Australian Ambassador the UAE Pablo Kang; Consul General and senior trade commissioner Gerard Seeber; and trade commissioner to Dubai, Amanda Hodges.

Kang pointed out that although the UAE is already Australia’s 14th largest trading partner overall, based on figures of $6.4 billion in two-way trade in financial year 2011-12.

“One of the focuses of yesterday’s sports seminar was about ways in which Australia and the UAE can work more closely in sharing expertise on the hosting of major sporting events and on utilisation of sports technology, science and research,” Kang said.

“We believe we have a lot to offer in this regard, especially in infrastructure and event management. Indeed, over the next five years Australia will be hosting three major international sporting events – the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Cup and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. And I wouldn't mind betting that at some stage Dubai will bid for an Olympic Games.”

The seminars followed Australia Open Day which took place on April 13 and offered information about Australian visas, tourist attractions and educational institutions.

Representatives of Qantas airlines, Tourism Australia and Jones the Grocer that participated as gold sponsors of Australia Unlimited UAE 2013 were also present in the event.

In addition to attending informative seminars, sampling freshly grilled Australian meat cuts provided and cooked by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), and tasting samples of delicious desserts, visitors were also treated to a fashion show with outfits designed by award-winning Australian designer Tallulah.

Children had the chance to participate by playing some Aussie Rules Football.  In addition, the UAE’s most popular Australian radio presenter, Kris Fade, ran trivia quizzes for the attendees and gave away prizes from Jones the grocer, including vouchers and food hampers.

There was also a cooking competition where contestants had to cook the perfect steak. The five contestants had previously won the chance to enter the cooking competition via a radio call in on Dubai 92 FM. – TradeArabia News Service




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