Connect & Grow in Dubai – A Business Networking Reception by DMCC


DMCC – the world’s flagship free zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise – has concluded its “Made For Trade Live” global roadshow in London, its eighth in the British capital, hosting business leaders from across the United Kingdom to showcase Dubai’s unique business environment to companies looking to expand internationally.

The business reception held at the ABCC Mayfair offices was titled “Connect & Grow in Dubai”. While the huge opportunities for doing business in Dubai are very familiar to the UK investors, the emirate continues to expand at a rapid rate which means there are always some new developments that need to be disclosed.

Held in partnership with the Arab British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), the event saw senior DMCC executives brief around 150 business leaders from various sectors on the ease of doing business in Dubai through DMCC, one of the world’s most interconnected business districts. The discussion shed light on opportunities to strengthen trade relations between the UAE and the UK, in light of the ongoing free trade agreement discussions.

Speakers from DMCC highlighted Dubai’s resilience to global economic headwinds, its low inflationary environment, and its business-friendly policies, which have cemented its reputation as an international business and trade hub.

Mr Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC, told the gathering, “Total trade in goods and services between the UK and UAE increased by 56.7% to US$23.5 billion in the 12 months leading up to Q3 2022, further highlighting DMCC’s ongoing role as a key strategic partner and why we are home to roughly 40% of British businesses in the UAE. We are back in London and speaking directly to business leaders to showcase the significant potential that DMCC offers UK businesses looking to set up in Dubai and trade globally.”

Over the years, DMCC has been instrumental in developing and elevating the UAE-UK bilateral trade. It currently houses over 2,000 British companies, equivalent to around 8% of its member company base, acting as a conduit to British businesses looking to tap into regional and international markets by setting up a base in Dubai.

DMCC’s Made for Trade Live roadshows play an influential role in showcasing Dubai as a prime destination for business by highlighting its unique value proposition and attracting FDI to the emirate. In Q1 2023, DMCC attracted a record-breaking 708 new companies to its free zone, bringing the total number of businesses in DMCC to nearly 23,000.

The event ended with a networking reception.