Abu Dhabi Trade Forum


Top executives from Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD), part of AD Ports Group, visited the ABCC on 28 February to meet UK executives and promote the advantages of doing business in Abu Dhabi’s exceptional infrastructure and strategic location in the Gulf.

An audience of upwards of a hundred senior executives, investors, exporters, media and diplomats were in attendance to listen to the formal presentations made by Mr Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, CEO, Khalifa Economic Zones (KEZAD Group), and Mr Khalid Al Marzooqi, VP International Business Development, KEZAD Group.

AD Ports Group was born out of a merger of Abu Dhabi’s existing economic zones in 2022 and was embarked on a new effort to develop diverse sectors.

Abu Dhabi was keen to welcome more British involvement in its economic zones, ports, warehousing and infrastructure.

Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, ABCC Chairman, and Mr Bandar Red, ABCC CEO & Secretary General, delivered welcoming remarks where they expressed the expectation of growing UAE-UK economic partnership and pledged the Chamber’s support.

Mr Abdeslam El-Idrissi, ABCC Deputy CEO & Secretary General, outlined the programme of activities planned by the Chamber for 2023 to support business which will culminate in the third Arab British Economic Forum, ABES2023, to be held in November.

In the run up to the summit, there will be a series of mini forums each one dedicated to a specific theme that will be featured in the summit’s programme. Mr El Idrissi announced that individuals could now register for ABES2023 and urged them to take advantage of a special Platinum membership offer.

Probing questions of the visitors from the audience indicated a high interest among UK exporters, traders and investors in the available opportunities in Abu Dhabi, its economic zones and strategic port facilities.

Delegates were witness to the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the ABCC and AD Ports Company which heralds their closer collaboration to highlight the investment opportunities in the UAE and the UK.

The two organisations committed to working together to develop mutual opportunities particularly in exports, industrial zones, logistics, supply chains and digital technologies, reflecting the five clusters that were the Abu Dhabi company’s expertise.

The AD Ports Group representatives expressed keen interest in participating in ABES 2023.