EVENTS 2020:

Some impressions




October 19th, 2021

The Belgian Business Council in collaboration with Hub.Brussels and AWEX is excited to invite you

to meet the Belgian GITEX delegation.
(download the full participants list here)         
The opportunity to pitch and network!



Tuesday October 19th, 2021
7.30pm - Short presentation of Belgian GITEX participants @ BeBizz (=business center)
8.00pm - Network reception at the rooftop



Expo2020, Belgian Pavilion


Complimentary for BBC members only
Limited places - please confirm your attendance at the earliest

* Please have your Expo 2020 Pass ready * 


Additional registrations will be added to the waiting list.

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Global Minimum Tax neutralizes tax advantages UAE

Sept 15th, 2021

The grand majority of countries around the world have endorsed amendments to the international tax regimes, aimed at a taxing profits in the places where economic activities take place and value is created.

It is the most comprehensive reform of international tax since the Second World War.

With legislation aimed to be issued as from 2022 and the changes to be effective as from 2023, it is important that businesses start looking into the matter.

Especially the implementation of a Global Minimum Tax at 15% will heavily impact the UAE.

It will effectively completely neutralize the tax benefits of the UAE as a country, and it may lead the UAE to decide to implement corporate income tax at 15%. On a more complex level, it may bring some benefits as well to the UAE.

During the seminar, we will discuss the international tax aspects of these developments, and have a look at them from the GCC level.

Speaker: Thomas Vanhee - Founder of Aurifer


08.30 registration

09.00: start seminar 

10.00: end seminar

Participation fee:  (incl Breakfast)

BBC Members: FREE

Guests / non members: @ AED 120


Inter Business Council Networking Evening

Aug 26th, 2021

The Belgian Business Council is pleased to invite you to

The BIGGEST Inter Business Council networking event the UAE has ever seen.

Join 22 business councils (and +240 business partners) for a night of turning conversations into connections

in the lead up to the opening of the Expo2020.


Who else cringes at the thought of “Networking”?

After this event, we will have you feeling confident and empowered to create opportunities

both professionally and personally.

Corrina Cross from People skills consulting will walk us through creating an elevator pitch that will attract your business connections and leads.

You will have a short workshop on a digital business card software.

Using your elevator pitch and digital business card software we will embark on a fun speed networking exercise.


There are only 10 tickets available per business council.

So book quickly to secure your place at The BIG Intercouncil Networking event.


Where: Grand Plaza Movenpick

When: August 26th  7pm-Late

Members Ticket Price: 149AED

Guest members Tickets: 199AED

The ticket includes 2 house beverages & 1h canapes.


7:00pm arrival Canapes and Welcome drinks

7.40pm Creative zone to introduce the event

7:45pm Turn conversations into connections. Corrina will teach everyone to write their 2 minute elevator pitch. 

8:00pm SMART Contact Capture software.

                Guests will download and have a quick workshop on setting up their digital business card.

8:15pm Speed Networking.

                Guests will use their 2 minute elevator pitch they have just created and their digital business card to speed                          network.

               2 minutes then the bell rings.

10:00pm Enjoy informal networking


BBC Members Priority !

n order to respect the safety measures in place as imposed by the local authorities during the pandemic, please note that all the participants must be fully vaccinated and masks are to be worn at all times.

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Boosting SMEs Online Presence

July 7, 2021

Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with Google have teamed-up to launch the “Business Online Presence (BOP)”, a digital solution designed to help businesses manage their brand reputation, maximise visibility online and attract new customers.


Please join us on Tuesday, July 6th at 10.00 AM to learn more about the initiative. 


With BOP you will be able to:

  • Claim your business listings on Google Maps and key directories instantly

  • Boost your online presence to top search results when customers are looking for a service like yours

  • Manage all your Reviews from a single platform, powered by AI

  • Access real-time customer insights, store analytics and vital business intelligence

  • Request Live Maharat Google digital skills training program

  • Engage Effectively with your customers and exceed their expectations

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Inter Business Council
QUIZ night

June 30, 2021

Be part of this first Inter Council Quiz Night, joint with The Canadian, Swedish, Australian, Netherlands, Turkish, Ukrainian, Philippine, Finnish , Malaysian and Pakistani Business Council.

It will not be a battle of the Business Councils, as we will be mixing the teams with members of 11 Business Councils. Meaning this is a great opportunity to network with members from the other Business Councils in a relaxing atmosphere.

Time: 7.00 PM -> 10.00 PM

Location: The Pangolin - Dubai

BBC members : @ AED 189 

Guest Members : @ AED 219

(price includes Burger, Fries & 3 house beverage)

Seats are limited !


Future Growth

June 28, 2021

Forum (live event) organised by Dubai Chamber. 



your growth engine

June 23, 2021

E-commerce has become an essential part of the global retail framework.


In this webinar, we will share insights on the different trends of eCommerce globally and regionally and how the pandemic made change inevitable, and bring closer to you ecommerce tools that will help your business grow and sustain in highly competitive markets, and why it is important for your business to embark in the digital journey and embrace it a rapidly changing business environment.

Webinar organised by Dubai Chamber

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VIP Networking

June 20, 2021

HE Peter Claes, Embassdor of the Kingdom of Belgium & the Belgian Business Council have the honor to invite Belgian Business Council Members to this exclusive VIP Reception on the occasion of the appointment of the new Advisor for Economic Diplomacy of the Kingdom of Belgium.


BBC members Exclusive

FREE for BBC members

Please note that only fully vaccinated persons can be allowed to attend this evening.


Wim Hoste &
Isabel Canada Luna

May 31, 2021

Immortal songs featuring The popular Belgian Crooner Wim Hoste together with internationally acclaimed Spanish Soprano Isabel Canada Luna. Come to listen to the rendition of classics of the Crooners, musical, and Opera in a non-stop 1 hour and 15 minutes show.

Interpretations from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Phantom of the Opera, Puccini including songs: New York, My Way, Sway, Phantom of the Opera, O Mio Babino Caro, Con te Partiro (Time to Say goodbye), and many other songs.

The show also features some fantastic collaborations with talents from the UAE such as Ivan Kovalenko – Composer-Pianist from Russia.

Not to miss if you are looking for a well-entertained variety evening hosted by himself Wim Hoste well-known for entertaining crowds as a regular performer at the Theatre mall of the Emirates.

Members of the BBC:

- please avail your promocode for a discount of 20% on tickets -for you and your guests here.

- Complimentary drinks for BBC members after the show


Networking with
Belgian Entrepreneurs

May 27, 2021

End May 2021 a delegation from Network Ondernemen -Antwerpen/Mechelen is coming to Dubai for their International Growth Camp .


The aim for their 3 day visit is to

* understand the business & entrepreneurship landscape in Dubai and the UAE

* prospect opportunities

* connect with other entrepreneurs and businesses active in their field

The BBC is pleased to give our members the opportunity to connect with this delegation and explore common interests.



Netwerk Ondernemen invites BBC Members for an informal evening with some complimentary drinks and interesting conversations on Thursday Evening, May 27th between 6.00 PM-> 9.00 PM . This is a great networking opportunity.

Please find out more details on the Belgian Entrepreneurs taking part in this mission and their fields of expertise.

This is a FREE event for BBC members.

Non members are welcomed too. @ own expense.

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Thrive Together:
An Update on the Expo 2020 Dubai's Business Program

May 18, 2021

The Belgian Business Council , joint with the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi is pleased to support the Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi's webinar in collaboration with the Dubai Expo 2020 Team on "Thrive Together: an update on Expo 2020 Dubai's business program" on 18 May 2021, via zoom.

Expo 2020 Dubai is your unique global platform to attract investments, forge agreements and promote international cooperation.

With millions of visitors and 190+ participating countries, Expo 2020 is the place to rekindle business connections and open new markets and revenue streams.

Benefit from unique business opportunities:

  • World-class business events

  • Match with other businesses

  • A state-of-the-art venue

  • Tender and business prospects

  • Opportunity for the tourism industry


Fatima Abbasi, Manager Expo Business Programme

View the recording of this webinar here.


Key Aspects of 
Commercial Agencies
in the UAE

May 17, 2021

This webinar will focus on Commercial Agencies as one of the most common forms of business arrangements and will provide the participants with a practical understanding of the following:

• Key elements of Commercial Agencies

• Types and arrangements of Commercial Agencies

• Legislation protections and legal considerations

• Termination and disputes

• Future of Commercial Agencies

• Themes and differences of Commercial Agencies across the GCC.


Speaker: Darren Harris, Partner, Legal leader, PwC Legal Middle East 


Organized by: Dubai Chamber 


Iftar with

Belgian Club Dubai

April 27, 2021

The Belgian Business Council extends its wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy and peaceful Ramadan !


Join us for the yearly Iftar with

the Belgian Business Council & the Belgian Club Dubai

Enjoy a traditional Arabic evening

during the holy month of ramadan with friends and family.


April 27th 2021 from 7.00 PM till 9.00 PM


Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View
Business Bay (Google Maps)


PRICE (incl VAT)

Adult & children 12 yrs and above: 120AED
Children 6-12 yrs : 85AED

Below 6 yrs : Complimentary

BAI sports bar offers 20% discount on F&B for some drinks afterwards.

Note that this is a members-only event


Sharjah Ramadan Economic Majliss

April 21, 2021

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq),

Sharjah Chamber and

Sharjah FDI office (Invest in Sharjah),

cordially invites our members to attend

the 2021 edition of Sharjah Ramadan Economic Majlis

"the role of the new industrial strategy and commercial companies law in developing the national economy and enhancing its competitiveness"

on 21/4/2021

at 09:00 pm

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Towards the

Next 50

April 21, 2021

The Belgian Business Council & Benelux Business Council

in collaboration with

the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA), the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Belgium, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in the UAE and the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the UAE

have the pleasure to invite you for

a panel discussion “Towards the next 50”

on 21 April at 14:00 (GST).  

(Zoom webinar)

The February 2021 ministerial retreat laid out the strategic framework for UAE’s 50 years vision.

During the panel discussion, participants will address key building blocks of the framework including innovation and space technology and explore how the challenges in these fields can be turned into mutual opportunities for Belgium, Luxembourg and the UAE. 

Honored to have participate in the panel discussion:

H.E. Bernadino León, Director General of the AGDA, will lead the panel discussion including

H.E. Elisabeth Cardoso, Ambassador of Luxembourg in the UAE,

H.E. Peter Claes, Ambassador of Belgium in the UAE and

H.E. Mohamed Issa Abushahab, Ambassador of the UAE in Belgium.


Business Mentoring & Support Program for SME & large Companies

April 14, 2021

We are pleased to share with you the above invitation :

Launching the Dubai Chamber Business Mentoring and Support Program for SMEs and Large Companies,

a webinar that will be held on April 14th @ 10.00 AM.



Recording of this webinar can be found here.

Presentation slides are to be found here


The Future of Energy:


April 7, 2021

The electric vehicule evolution will be very crucial on the future prospects of the energy industry. As mind-sets from fossil fuels to an all-electric mode of transport, consumer spending decisions and preferences will be the key for manufacturers to develop low-carbon, energy-saving and intelligent electric vehicules, to reduce the environmental impact.

Will renewable energy empower the future of the automobile industry and will this shape consumer behaviour and beliefs?

Join the upcoming 360 Dialogue webinar, as it will discuss the impact role of the renewable or clean energy that will be a key factor influencing consumer purchase power of electric vehicules in the future.

Panelists from the energy industry as well as technology solution providers will be sharing their insights.

Organised by Dubai Chamber



Kahoot Quiz

April 5, 2021

The Belgian Business Council & Belgian Club Dubai, in collaboration with the BeNeLux Business Council , BelgoLux Abu Dhabi & the French Business Group, have the pleasure to invite you to our fifth Francophonie event

on the 5th of April 2021 at 6.30 PM.

In the month of March, countries throughout the world are celebrating La Fête de la Francophonie to commemorate the signing of the treaty instituting the “Agence de coopération culturelle et technique (ACCT)” in Niger in 1970, which is considered to be the founding act of la Francophonie.

Given the current context, and in line with measures by local official authorities as part of the continued effort to contain COVID-19, the event will be held online this year, as a Kahoot quiz night.

From the comfort of your home, with your friends or family, spend a moment of relaxation while testing your knowledge of the Francophonie!

All you have to do is register, and we promise you a fun night out and lots of prizes to win!

  • Ritz Carlton: Li Jiang Late Brunch for two persons excluding alcoholic beverages. (Valid until May)

  • Cheers: Coeur des Bars from Devaux Winery

  • Camelia: Hand bouquet gift voucher worth AED 200

  • Novotel & Ibis Gate Hotels: One-night stay with breakfast for two persons in Novotel (valid for 6 months)  AND one dinner for two perons in Gabbiano Restaurant worth AED 400 (valid for 6 months)

  • InterContinental Hotel: voucher for a dinner for 2 at Cho Gao Marina Walk of value of AED300

  • Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel: One-night stay with breakfast for two persons in Remal Hotel, Ruwais

  • Dental Expert: Teeth cleaning & bleaching worth AED 2000




March 22, 2021

The Belgian Business Council Executive Committee would like to invite all its members on March 22nd, 2021

to the annual General Assembly .

On this evening we will summarize our activities from last year and review the Financial Year 2020.


Subsequently we will discuss the future of the Council in the year ahead and elect the new Executive Committee for the Belgian Business Council 2021.



V O T I N G :

ALL our members are invited to the General Assembly to vote for the new board of the Belgian Business Council 2021 !


Please note  :

  • Individual Members are allocated 1 vote

  • Corporate Members are allocated 3 votes

  • Golden Members are allocated 5 votes


If you are unable to attend the BBC Annual General Meeting please send you proxy (power of attorney) toevents@bbc-uae.com

If you want to be more engaged with the Belgian Business Council and you would like to become part of the board of the BBC, kindly send your CV and motivation letter BEFORE March. 19th 2021,

to events@bbc-uae.com.

Link to this zoom session , will be shared with registrants.​




Women in Leadership:
Start-Ups and Small Business

March 7, 2021

A recent Forbes article argued that “we all lose out when fewer women lead startups”. They refer to the study by BCG and MassChallenge, that concluded startups founded and cofounded by women were seen to perform better over time relative to startups founded by men only.

Contrast this against a January 2020 HBR report on "How the VC Pitch Process Is Failing Female Entrepreneurs", which confirmed multiple academic studies have shown that there is a strong gender bias in many different elements of the pitch process.

  • So where are the roadblocks and how can they be overcome?

  • What do women do differently that provides a diverse perspective and increases value? 


We sit down with female entrepreneurs from various industries and ask them:
How has their experience been framed by gender? The positives, the negatives and the stuff in-between. 

Join us and the Australian Business Council, the British Business Group, Canadian Business Council, Spanish Business Council, Swedish Business Council and Swiss Business Council:

on Sunday 7th March at 8:30am

at Phoenicia, JA Ocean Beach Tower, JBR.  

price includes breakfast & giftbag

BBC Members : FREE

Guests @ AED 140 (Incl VAT)


Webinar: New Amendments to the UAE Commercial Companies Law

Feb 28, 2021

The UAE has undertaken some significant legislative amendments to the UAE Commercial Companies Law which is one of the most fundamental laws. The much-awaited amendments would allow full foreign ownership of companies which will add to the economic growth and ease of doing business in the UAE.

The webinar will provide insights on:

  • Changes in foreign ownership and UAE national share.

  • Impact on corporate structuring and transactions in the UAE.

  • Establishment procedures of the companies.

  • Action points including corporate governance changes 

This webinar is organised by Dubai Chamber in collaboration with Clyde & Co


Visit Terra
The Sustainability Pavilion at

Expo 2020

Feb 27, 2021

Embark on a journey for our planet as you wander trough forest roots and dive into ocean depths. Experience how the human race can live in harmony with nature in a high-tech future and make your own pledge to protect and preserve the only world we've got.  


The exhibitions and experiences are designed for people of all ages, including children. It is not a guided tour, but hosts are available to answer your questions.


Expo 2020 site

For transportation and parking options, see here


3.30 pm: meet-up at the arrival plaza. Complete registration, security and temperature check procedures.

3.50 pm: proceed to the pavilion plaza

4.00 pm: Start of the visit at Terra, which takes approximately 1 hour.

5.00 pm: Experience all kind of fun experiences including life entertainment, a children's play area and various F&B options.



20AED for Belgian Business Council & Belgian Club Dubai membership card holders

25AED for others



Registration is required before 11 February 

Limited places (MEMBERS PRIORITY)




The Golden resource of the future

Feb 23, 2021

The recent global developments have put stonger emphasis on the importance of data in the era of digital transformation.

Yet it addresses some quetions, such as: how far do businesses depend on data analytics in ther businesses strategies?

How do governments ensure the legal framework of data sharing? What are the technical solutions to overcome challenges associated with mamaging huge amounts of data? ..

Join this webinar, organised by DUbai Chamber, as they discuss the role and value of data within digital economies, whilst shedding light on the associated risks and potential challenges within the business ecosystem.


Panelists from both the public and private sectors as well as technology service providers will be sharing their insights.

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Gulfood Breakfast Briefing

Feb 22, 2021

Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is please to invite you to the 7th edition of the Gulfood Breakfast Briefing. Taking place on Monday, 22nd February 2021, 10:00am – 11:30am at Dubai World Trade Center Arena.


The Briefing is organized to provide a platform for international delegations to receive information and updates about Dubai and Dubai’s Economy with a focus on the regional Food & Beverage industry.


The briefing will take place in the DWTC Arena, please use your Gulfood badge for access.

Please let us know if you require a badge.


 Belgian Tax Issues for Expats


Feb 8, 2021

Join this webinar for an informative session on Belgian Tax Issues for Expats.

During the session expert Daan Buylaert -from Tiberghien lawyers- will discuss the following topics:

- Working in UAE: Belgian tax consequences

      o  Do I remain Belgian tax resident?

      o  Do I still need to file a Belgian tax return?

- Investing in Belgian real estate: what is tax regime?

- End-of-career planning: where is my pension taxed?

- Estate planning: recent developments

6.30 PM: start session

8.00 PM: end session

FREE for members of the Belgian Business Council.

Non members can join @ AED 50

REVIEW THE PRESENTATION (members access only)


Global Partnership Series:



Jan 26, 2021

Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in partnership with the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce present:

Global Partnership Series: Israel -> Building a bridge to New Opportunities.

What are the sectors with the greatest potential for cooperation?

Which product groups will boost bilateral trade?

How can this partnership help you open your business to new horizons?

What opportunities are emerging for the Free Zone companies?

Join to hear firsthand information from key players who are shaping the bilateral business relations between the UAE and Israel


Interview with:

H.E. Khalfan Belhoul

CEO Dubai Future Foundation

Jan 25, 2021

Since it's establishment, The Dubai Future Foundation has been playing a key role in shaping the future of Dubai through innovation, global network and remarkable solutions to worldwide challenges. The foundation's aim is to support decision-makers in understanding emerging technologies to better anticipate and explore future possibilities.

During the interview, H.E. Belhoul will shed light on how DFF serves as an enabler for the public and private sectors to adopt new tools that are inclusive and acquire creative talents. His Excellency will also touch upon the Foundation's various initiatives and programmes launched to support different business sectors in the UAE and internationally in reassessing their strategies in light of the most recent changes in the global economy.


This interview is organized by Dubai Chamber


Technology Sector Outlook Review. Discussion Meeting.


Jan 20, 2021

Calling senior HR executives & industry experts from the “Hospitality Sector

for a discussion on:
UAE Skills Sector Outlook Review

The Multi Nation Business ContinuityTask Force (representing 31 Business Councils and 6,500 companies in the UAE) in partnership with UAE ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation  would like to invite you to participate in this discussion and have your voice heard.

This is a series of discussions with representatives from key industry sectors to provide a platform for sharing insights and reviewing trends on job requirements for new graduates in the UAE. Over 100 private sector companies participated in the UAE Skills’ Study, launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Designed to support educators in identifying skills and competencies for fresh graduate jobs in the private sector for the next two years.

Relevant study findings will be showcased bi-annually to HR and industry experts to review and discuss sector-specific job trends and skills in demand, enabling a credible industry-led model for educators in the UAE.

TIME: 10.30 AM-> 1.00 PM


For more info:uaeskills@mohre.gov.ae
info on the Multi Nation Business Continuity Task Force



Hospitality Sector Outlook Review. Discussion Meeting.


Jan 19, 2021

Calling senior HR executives & industry experts from the “Hospitality Sector”

                                                                     for a discussion on:

                                                        UAE Skills Sector Outlook Review

The Multi Nation Business ContinuityTask Force (representing 31 Business Councils and 6,500 companies in the UAE) in partnership with UAE ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation  would like to invite you to participate in this discussion and have your voice heard.

This is a series of discussions with representatives from key industry sectors to provide a platform for sharing insights and reviewing trends on job requirements for new graduates in the UAE. Over 100 private sector companies participated in the UAE Skills’ Study, launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Designed to support educators in identifying skills and competencies for fresh graduate jobs in the private sector for the next two years.

Relevant study findings will be showcased bi-annually to HR and industry experts to review and discuss sector-specific job trends and skills in demand, enabling a credible industry-led model for educators in the UAE.

TIME: 11.00 AM-> 1.30 PM


For more info:uaeskills@mohre.gov.ae
info on the Multi Nation Business Continuity Task Force




The all you need to know guide on F&B export to Israel

Jan 11, 2021

Kindly find the invitation from Dubai Chamber in collaboration with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers.


Discover new and exciting opportunities to access the food market in Israel.

Get to know the Israeli food market, players and regulations from leading experts

Date and time: Tuesday 12, January, 2021 | 11am – 12.30pm (Dubai Time)





Dec 22, 2020

Members exclusive event.

By invitation only.


Intercouncil Christmas Evening

Dec 9, 2020

Join us at this joint Business Council Christmas Networking evening and meet in an informal environment members of over 10 different Business Councils in the UAE.

( Prices will be given to the most ugly Christmas jumpers ! )

Location: Lah Lah - Zabeel House (The Greens)

Date: Dec 9th, 2020

Time: 7.00PM

Members: FREE entrance

Non Members: Event membership @ AED 100



360° Dialogue Series “The Future of Supply Chain & Logistics ”

Dec 8, 2020 11:00 AM

While the global economy reshapes under new health and financial pressure, businesses must now look into diversifying their supply regions in closer proximity to origins of production. In addition they need to prioritize their distribution channels, taking the rapid rise of e-commerce into consideration, as well as changes in the health and safety measures in light of the global pandemic.

Join the upcoming webinar- 360° Dialogue Series  “The Future of Supply Chain & Logistics ”  for a good discussion the outlook of this vital sector from various perspectives covering facilities, technologies as well as initiatives for more efficient and sustainable business operations.

Organized by Dubai Chamber Dubai



Israël ouvre de nouvelles perspectives dans la région

Dec 7, 2020 12:00 PM

La normalisation des relations diplomatiques entre Israël et les Emirats Arabes Unis et d’autres pays de la région ouvre de nouvelles perspectives pour nos entreprises facilitées entre autre par la mise en place récente des lignes aériennes directes entre les deux pays.

Israël a un PIB de 370 Mds USD, une croissance comprise entre 3 et 4% et un taux de chômage de 4%. C’est au travers d’une politique d’investissement massive que le développement d’une « économie de l’innovation » a été possible, ouvrant ainsi des opportunités de partenariats dans les secteurs des technologies et des services, de l’agroalimentaire, la santé et l’art de vivre, de l’industrie et des énergies.

Le Belgian & French Business Council vous invite à assister à un webinaire Israël dédié à son environnement des affaires et ses opportunités avec les témoignages d’experts. Ils partageront leur expérience, d'une part, sur les spécificités du pays, la culture des affaires, et les Dos and Don’t à connaitre, et d'autre part, sur leur expérience sur les principaux aspects de l’accord d’Abraham et les perspectives associées à l’ouverture du pays dans la région.



12:00 - 12:05: Introduction - Tatiana BEKHAZI - Membre du Comité d'Administration FBC

12:05 - 12:15: "Israël: La nouvelle donne" - S.E. Eric DANON, Ambassadeur Extraordinaire et plénipotentiaire en Israël

12:15 - 12:30: "Les clés de réussite et de coopération avec la Start-Up Nation’’ - Gisèle HIVERT-MESSECA, Managing Director Business France Israël

12:30 - 12:40: Témoignages - Vincent BERTONNAUD, Director Freight Forwarding WEMEA MD Spain & Middle East GEODIS , Nanny SEYMAN, CEO - Seyman Import & Marketing

12:40 - 13:00: Questions/Réponses



FREE for BBC members



Réforme des Incitants Financiers pour les Groupements

Dec 7, 2020 5:00 PM

Au-delà du drame humain, le covid-19 laissera des traces dans l’économie mondiale. Les entreprises wallonnes sont elles aussi durement touchées ; leurs exportations devraient chuter de 6 à 9 milliards d’euros en 2020.

Face à la crise, l’AWEX est en première ligne aux côtés des exportateurs et groupements wallons et déploie de nouveaux dispositifs pour les aider.

L’AWEX se réinvente en octroyant indemnités financières, adaptation à l’évolution du business, soutien financier à la digitalisation, principe de confiance, collaboration renforcée, …

Vous souhaitez découvrir cette toute nouvelle palette de soutiens financiers à l’international ?

Alors, rejoignez-nous et participez au webinaire Réforme des aides aux Groupements consacré aux aides financières COVID-19 de l’AWEX qui aura lieu ce lundi 7 décembre 2020, de 14H00 à 16H00.


  • Introduction de Mme Delcomminette de 14h15 à 14h25

  • Présentation de la réforme par Marie-Christine de 14h25 à 15h25

  • Session de Q&R de 15h25 à 15h45



TIME : 07 décembre 2020  |  14H00 (heure belge)

Nov 23, 2020 6:00 PM

Webinar by NSSO

You are working outside the EEA, but you want to be able to count on reliable social protection comparable to that of the Belgian social insurance?

It is possible with the Overseas Social Security - a directorate of the National Social Security Office (NSSO)- that offers social insurance (pension, insurance for work incapacity and disability, medical care, accidents etc.) to expats who are affiliated with the OSS and work in a country outside the European Economic Area.


Join us for this webinar session on Monday Nov 23rd 2020 @ 6.00 PM, exclusively organized for our Belgian Business Council and Belgian Club Dubai members.

During this webinar Bert Strobbe - adviser general at OSS- will give an overview of the different services they offer and how OSS can make sure you are protected.

The session will be ended with a Q&A.

We invite you to share with us your personal questions upfront in order to guarantee these will be answered during the conference.



Open to members of the Belgian Business Council AND Belgian Club Dubai.

The Presentation given , can be viewed on these members only accessible pages.

Nov 15 & 16, 2020

Woman Digital Festival

The Women Digital Festival will launch to inspire individuals and shed light on some of the most important topics that will stir creativity and innovation giving the right platform for individuals anywhere around the world to be part of this conversation and engage in something that will help them start businesses and lead in their field.

The summit will focus on forging digital conversations with inspiring leaders, authors, business women, artists and freelancers to uplift the local, regional and global communities to PIVOT through this virtual event.

The event will highlight virtual speaker sessions, "Pivot" Hour, Distance Networking, Women Power Digital Pitch and The disrupted Classroom.



Registration Fees are complimentary for BBC members

with access to all Women Digital Festival workshops and sessions worth $50 per delegate

Nov 4, 2020 7:00 PM

Webinar : Expo2020: BeNeLux Pavilions Update

Expo 2020 Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world and create a better future for all after its postponement by one year. With the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai will offer the world a unique platform to share the lessons, solutions and ideas for a better tomorrow.

Join the Benelux Business Council and the Belgian Business Council in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dubai and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi, and the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for an update on the plans and programming of the BeNeLux pavilions.

Expo2020 offers a unique platform to grow your business in the UAE and around the world. Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourgish companies interested in taking advantage of the opportunities Expo2020 provides should join!

Speakers for this webinar are Ms. Myriam Cops (General Director Belgian Pavilion Expo2020), Mr. Hans Sandee (Consul General for the Netherlands in the UAE and Commissioner General of the Netherlands at Dubai EXPO 2020) and Mr. Loïc Bertoli (Director of Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office and Deputy Commissioner General of Luxembourg at Expo 2020).

Oct 22, 2020 1:00 PM

Webinar “Retire in Dubai”

The Retire in Dubai program provides foreigners above the age of 55 years with the opportunity to obtain a 5 year (renewable) Retirement Visa to retire in Dubai. Retirees must demonstrate their ability to meet certain financial criteria to be eligible for the visa


1:00 PM - 1:10 PM Opening Remarks by Hassan Al Hashemi
Vice President - International Relations  @ Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

1:10 PM - 1:40 PM Retirement Visa by Yousef Ahmad Lootah
Executive Director - Development and Investments  @ Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM Q&A

Organized by Dubai Chamber & DTCM

Oct 21, 2020 11:00 AM


2020 has presented business owners with unique challenges – starting with the emergency responses needed to fight the global health crisis to dealing with the new economic realities.

Family businesses across the region are now looking ahead and are tackling the challenges as well as taking opportunities for diversification and transformation.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Tharawat Family Business Forum are delighted to invite you to join this interactive panel session to discuss the transformational strategies of family firms, their outlook for the future and the lessons we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic.

• How have family firms addressed the economic challenges caused by the pandemic?
• What is the new risk landscape we are facing?
• What are the advantages and strong points of multi-generational family firms and facing disruption?
• How are family enterprises transforming to adjust to the “new normal” and rephrasing their long-term strategies?
Family Business Webinar

* Hassan Al Hashemi
Vice President of International Relations @ Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry | UAE

* Anees Sultan
Director @ Towell Engineering | Oman

* Mohammad Al Madani
Chairman & CEO @ Al Madani Group | UAE

* Nasser Al Zuhour
Chairman @ Zuhour Group | UAE

* Farida F. El Agamy  (Moderator)
General Manager @Tharawat Family Business Forum


Oct 15, 2020 2:30 PM

Webinar “The Future of Global Mobility”

The Future of Global Mobility

Short-term assignments | Trends & challenges


Short-term assignments are gaining popularity. The traditional three-year, family-and-all assignment is no longer the obvious choice. Contemporary global assignments are more likely to be relatively short-term, and often on a project basis.

This naturally influences topics like labour law, tax, social security, immigration, relocation, compliance and IT solutions. But also pandemics, like Covid-19 force us to rethink, re-evaluate and adapt global mobility solutions.

To know what the future brings, we asked Vlerick Business School to conduct a study about the future of global mobility. The results of this study will be presented during our seminar on the 15th of October. Trends and challenges will be discussed with several experts. All participants will get the opportunity to discuss certain topics with experts in breakout-groups.

Organised by Vlamingen in de Wereld, with cooperation of Voka, Union Francophone des Belges a L’Etranger and ING.


12:30 - Welcome

12:40 - Presentation of the short-term assignments study (Vlerick Business School)

13:15 - Testimonials of two participants of the short-term assignments study

13:30 - Q&A

13:50 - Panel discussions (parallel sessions - please choose one)

  1. Tax and labour law

  2. Social security and healthcare

  3. IT-solutions and digitalization


Including the following experts: Stefan Nerinckx (Fieldfisher), Sophie Blieck (EY), Greet Joos (SD Worx), Filip Declercq (Expat&Co), Lode Van Steenkiste (International Social Security), Pieter Moeremans (Plannr.eu), a.o.

14:30 - End of conference

This seminar is aimed at HR and Global Mobility Managers, as well as CEO profiles.

Sep 29, 2020 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Luai Kurdi from BESIX on 3D Concrete Printing in Construction

Join the us on Tuesday 29 September at 12.00 for a conversation with Luai Kurdi, Technical Lead at BESIX 3D, on 3D Concrete Printing in Construction.  

In December 2019 BESIX opened it’s first 3D Concrete Printing studio in Dubai with the aim of exploring the possibilities of 3D Printing in construction. At the same time in 2019 Dubai launched its “3D Printing strategy” with the vision of having 25% of all buildings 3D printing by the year 2030.

3D concrete printing has a lot of potential from material and labour savings to speed and precision in fabrication. BESIX 3D has been able to explore various application of this new technology and is hoping to be able to demonstrate more in future and upcoming projects. 


Sep 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Sep 22, 2020 9:00 AM

Webinar: 360° Dialogue Series “Disruptive Game-Changers ”

Join the inaugural 360° Dialogue Webinar ‘Disruptive Game-Changers’ to shed light on how the pandemic has been a turning point for businesses in some of the key sectors.

The panelists represent some of the region's most prominent startups in the e-commerce space:

- InstaShop

- Hotel Data Cloud

- Cloud Restaurants

View the full biographies of the panelists here.


Sep 22, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Sep 22, 2020 4:00 PM

UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program: The Journey

On the occasion of the start-up of the first unit of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the UAE, the virtual side event will provide the latest updates on the UAE’s nuclear energy programme development and its close partnership with the IAEA .

The virtual event will feature an opening remakes from HE Rafael Grossi , Director General of the Intentional Atomic Energy Agency and remarks from the main nuclear energy stakeholders in the UAE.

More info on speakers


Sep 22, 2020 4:00 PM (GST)

Sep 16, 2020 2:00 PM

Interview with HE Helal Saeed Al Marri

Interview with H.E. Helal Saeed Al Marri (biography) - Director General Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, who is leading DTCM into strengthening Dubai's position as a world-leading, safe travel destination and business hub.

The session will focus on the department's outlook and efforts to sustain Tourism in Dubai and to shed light on on the industry's takeaways during the pandemic.

Sep 9, 2020 11:00 AM

Webinar “COVID-19: Practical and Legal Considerations for Businesses”

In this turbulent time, it is essential for businesses to understand the commercial and legal implications of COVID-19, act decisively to mitigate and manage the risks associated with commercial transactions and meet the changing needs of the business.

This webinar will explore key issues facing businesses today including:

1. The use of electronic signatures and the process of attesting documents to ensure continuity of business and commercial relationships;
2. Management of company affairs on a remote basis and the required changes to corporate policies;
3. Reviewing existing contracts to see if they provide sufficient provisions for unforeseen circumstances;
4. Force majeure and its impact on businesses and commercial relationships;
5. Key considerations when terminating contracts and managing disputes.

29th July 2020->6.00PM

WEBINAR: The Future of Global Trade Beyond COVID-19

Social distancing, physical safety measures and regulations have had an unprecedented impact on global trade, in a world that continues to find a way to stay connected against the odds. Increased concerns regarding the survival of trade relations, supply chains and safety of shipments present an additional challenge to the trade systems in place today.


We are honored to welcome H.E. Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the World Trade Organization, to highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped global trade, the consequences it may pose in the following period, and what long term changes may occur as a result.


Jul 29, 2020 06:00 PM in Dubai

27 July 2020-> 4.00PM

WEBINAR: Resolving Disputes Between Investors and States

organized by Dubai Chamber and ICSID in Collaboration with the Ministry of Finance:

WEBINAR: Resolving Disputes Between Investors and States

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is one of five organizations under the umbrella of the World Bank Group, established in 1966 by the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States. Aside from being a dispute resolution center providing facilities for conciliation and arbitration of international investment disputes, one of the main objectives of ICSID is to promote international investments and share awareness on international law for foreign investments.

This Webinar will offer an introduction to ICSID disputes resolution services and explain the relevance of ICSID to the UAE business community and its investments abroad.


HE Younis Al Khoori -> Undersecretary @Minsitry of Finance

HE Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh -> Chairman @Dubai International Arbitration Center

Mr. Paul-Jean LE CANNU -> Senior Counsel and Team Leader @ICSID


Jul 27, 2020

04:00 PM -> 5.00PM

21 July 2020-> 8.00PM

Belgian National Day

Let's celebrate our Belgian National Day ..



Belgian Beer Café, Crown Plaza, Festival City



Tuesday, July 21 at 08.00 PM


125 AED for a 3 course dinner (drinks on consumption basis)

Don't forget your BCD/BBC membership card to get discounts on drinks.


Payment at Belgian Beer Café.



Please maintain the social distance and Covid 19

regulations as stipulated by the government

14 July 2020->11.00AM

Webinar: Reconnecting with Stakeholders during Covid-19

The Dubai Chamber's Centre for Responsible Business is pleased to announce a series of public webinars, where we will be discussing a range of issues related to the sustainability practices of companies during Covid-19 pandemic.


The first webinar in this series will focus on

how to re-engage effectively with your stakeholders in the time of Covid-19.

The webinar will support thought leaders, decision makers, executives and operational heads in private, public and non-for profit organizations to re-engage meaningfully with key stakeholders.


Spaces are limited so to reserve your place please register before Thursday, July 9.

Please refer to the attached agenda for list of speakers and timings.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Topic: Reconnecting with Stakeholders during Covid-19: Why it matters and how to get it right

When: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

7 July 2020->10.00AM

Webinar: Public Private Connect Virtual Webinar on Business Incentives During COVID19

Webinar: Public Private Connect Virtual Webinar on Business Incentives During COVID19

organised by Dubai Investment Development Agency - Dubai FDI

Tuesday 7th July, 2020


MORE INFO on speakers


24 June 2020->10.00AM

Webinar: Payments & Remittances

DIFC recently introduced a new Payments & Remittances regime which is expected to open-up the sector for a lot of FinTech & Financial Services companies.

We intend to share information about this change in Dubai as well as showcase the digital payments & remittances landscape in India.


We have confirmation from senior level speaker at National Payments Corporation of India, Paytm and Denarii Cash.

DIFC will also be speaking at the event and the panel will be moderated by Dubai Startup Hub.



24th June, Wednesday, 10.00 – 11.30hrs Dubai time.

17 June 2020->11.00AM

Webinar: Use of New Technology to Sustain your business during COVID-19 and Beyond

On behalf of the Ministry of Economy- Dubai


As part of Ministry’s efforts to help businessmen:

- to understand the transformation of business from physical to digital

- to find out more about using of new technology to sustain the business during Covid-19 and beyond

- to explain how SMEs can have virtual business connections during a global health crisis.

Based on the above, we are pleased to invite you and the senior members of your organization to join a Webinar about “Use of New Technology to Sustain your business during COVID-19 and Beyond”, which is organized by the UAE Ministry of Economy and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).  


Join the panel of experts from UAE & Hong Kong on the 17th of June, 2020 at 11:00am (UAE time)


* HE Abdulla Al Saleh - Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy, the United Arab Emirates

* Mr Daniel Lam - Regional Director, Middle East & Africa,-Hong Kong Trade Development Council 

17 June 2020->11.00AM

Webinar: Public Private Connect Virtual Webinar on Business Incentives During COVID19

organised by Dubai Investment Development Agency - Dubai FDI


17 June 2020->5.00PM

Webinar: Dubai’s wereldexpo als motor voor ontwikkelingen in de Emiraten

Liefst 69,7 miljard USD van de Centrale Bank voor economische herstelmaatregelen, uitgebreide ondersteuning van de vrijhandelszones en bovenal de organisatie van de Wereldexpo in 2021: de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten sparen duidelijk kosten noch moeite om sterker uit de coronapandemie te komen. Met strikte maatregelen lijkt het land de crisis onder controle te krijgen, waardoor het ook verder werk kan maken van de uitgestelde wereldexpo in Dubai. Van 1 oktober 2021 tot 31 maart 2022 wordt dat het eerste evenement dat de wereld opnieuw samenbrengt.

Dubai heeft al miljarden uitgegeven voor de voorbereidingen van Dubai Expo 2021, waarmee het ongeveer 25 miljoen toeristen hoopt te lokken. Voor de Emiraten is de wereldexpo ronduit een opportuniteit, die nu ook moet fungeren als motor voor het economisch herstel in de Golfregio. Ook voor Vlaamse bedrijven zijn er heel wat argumenten om de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten en de wereldexpo onder de loep te nemen.

Tijdens dit webinar zal Kris Put als Vlaams economisch vertegenwoordiger (Vlev) ter plekke van Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) niet alleen ingaan op de impact van de corona-uitbraak in de Emiraten, maar u ook alles meegeven over de verwachtingen en opportuniteiten in de Emiraten.

Daarnaast krijgt u van Myriam Cops, directeur van het Belgische paviljoen, in primeur de laatste informatie over Dubai Expo 2021 mee. Uiteraard biedt dit webinar ook de gelegenheid bij uitstek om al uw vragen over zakendoen in de Emiraten voor te leggen.

11 June 2020->10.00AM

Webinar: Financial Implications & The Road to Economic Recovery

Beyond being a global health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive economic fallout which governments and businesses worldwide are called to manage. In combination with slipping oil prices, the resulting situation requires swift reaction, scenario planning and practical solutions.

Our session on June 11th will focus on the financial implications for businesses and the road to economic recovery by looking through a macro- and a microeconomic lens.

What is the latest economic update? What is the impact on individual sectors and what are key measures to bring the economy back on its feet?

On an individual business level, how can businesses assess their financial position and what are the keys to effective cash flow forecasting? What do financial reporting implications look like, which are direct and indirect considerations for businesses, and what is the right course of action?

20 May 2020

WEBINAR: Navigating the Post Corona Business Environment

A unique and unrivalled panel of experts will help you navigate the future after COVID-19 from the macro, strategic, operational, organisational and individual level offering key takeaways on what you need to do now to prepare for the future. 

Join professors from Hult International Business School to discuss:

- Business impact of the corona virus

- Understanding and responding to the 'new normal'

- Long term strategies for success 

Businesses face a number of significant issues as they recover from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. Whilst for some businesses the outbreak has led to significant increases in demand, many have seen demand drop off a cliff. This has been a particularly challenging time in the oil and gas industry where negatives prices were seen for the first time in history as supply far exceeded demand. The tourism industry has also been heavily hit as the ability of people to travel has been curtailed.

In this session we consider the impact of the pandemic and explore the key issues that are faced when p­lanning for the future. This subject is explored from a number of perspectives that reflect the expertise of the panel. The strategic, economic, organizational and operational impacts are presented before time is dedicated to providing insights into how to move the organisation forward to face the “new normal”. 

This webinar will be presented as a panel discussion delivered by a team of highly regarded academics from Hult International Business School and moderated by a Hult Alumna.


20rd May 2020
11.00 AM


18 May 2020

WEBINAR: COVID19 and Force Majeure in the UAE

WEBINAR: COVID19 and Force Majeure in the UAE

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, many businesses and their contractual obligations have been affected which has caused significant impact on business transactions both on domestic and international level.


This webinar will examine the concept of Force Majeure, analyze whether COVID-19 is considered a force majeure event and its impact on contractual obligations and key industries.


Organised by Dubai Chamber



18 th May 2020
11.00 AM ->12.30 PM


13 May 2020

WEBINAR: How to leverage LinkedIn for your Business activities

Would you like to know how to create meaningful business relationships on LinkedIn?

Are you frustrated by posting on LinkedIn but not getting any good results?

Would you like to finally know how to generate leads and business from LinkedIn?

This webinar is going to answer all your questions about LinkedIn and how you should be using it in your business.

Vit Kodousek - Founder of Square Motion and Certified LinkedIn Trainer- will share his proven strategies on how to be successful on LinkedIn from a business perspective.


WEDNESDAY 13th May 2020
03.00 PM

3 May 2020

Expo 2020 - Belgian Pavilion : UPDATE

The Executive Committee of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has unanimously agreed to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022.

As changing the dates of an Expo requires the support of a two-thirds majority of Member States of the BIE (Article 28 of the Paris Convention of 1928), the General Assembly will now be called upon to vote on the Executive Committee’s recommendation. Voting will be carried out remotely between Friday 24 April and Friday 29 May.

May 3rd, our Belgian Pavilion Director Ms Myriam Cops will share with us an update on Expo 2020 - Belgian Pavilion. 

Questions posted by our members will be answered on that day. 

Pre registration to this update is mandatory.


3rd May 2020


23 Apr 2020

Legal Impact of Covid-19 on Employment in the UAE- WEBINAR

The unprecedented workplace challenges caused by Coronavirus can take their toll on businesses and cause disruption, if not dealt with swiftly and strategically.

To help employers and employees better manage the challenges, it is important to keep them informed of the latest
developments and provide guidance that can assist them during this crucial time.

To gain an understanding of:
• Current UAE Ministerial Resolutions and guidelines affecting employers and employees
• Practical issues to consider when workforce works from home
• How to implement paid and unpaid leave and reduced salary arrangements


23rd April 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

FREE for members & guests

March. 3, 2020 > 7.00PM

Corruption of foreign public agents in international commercial transactions & GDPR Obligations

In 1999, Belgium adhered to the OECD Convention against Corruption of foreign public agents in international commercial transactions.

Every year on the occasion of the Day against Corruption (December 9th), Belgian diplomatic posts are reminded of their duty to inform Belgian companies active in their jurisdiction of the scope of the Convention and their obligations in this regard.

The event aims at informing the business community in the UAE about the Convention itself, the Anti-corruption guide for Belgian enterprises overseas, the Belgian Law relative to the repression of corruption of 1999 and its review law of 2006 and finally the relevant United Nations Conventions against corruption.

During the event, Ambassador Peter Claes and First Secretary Frederic Van Peteghem will clarify the above and engage in a dialogue with the business community on this important topic.


This session will be followed by a seminar, focussing on the different aspects of GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU Regulation which affects companies in the EU as well as companies outside the EU territory due to its extra-territorial scope. Privacy and personal data protection have become hot topics worldwide, with the introduction of the GDPR and the increasing number of fines and data breach cases making the headlines daily.


Given the importance of privacy and data protection, we have decided to organise a Privacy and Data Protection Awareness Session to discuss the impact of privacy legislations such as the GDPR and what they concretely mean for Belgian companies operating in the UAE. 


The Session will be held by Dessi Vitcheva, Head of Regulatory Compliance of the Belgian Branch of Transcendent Group Consulting Firm.


6.30 PM: Registration

7.00 PM: OECD - By HE Peter Claes  & Frederic Van Peteghem

7.30 PM: GDPR -  by Dessi Vitcheva

8.00 PM: Open discussion & Drink

Location: Media One Hotel


This is a FREE event for Belgian Business Council Members & Members of the Belgian Cub Dubai

Feb. 26, 2020> 7.00 PM

Belgian Tax Issues for Expats

Join us for an informative seminar on Belgian Tax Issues for Expats. 

During the session expert Daan Buylaert -from Tiberghien lawyers- will discuss the following topics:

- Working in UAE: Belgian tax consequences

      o  Do I remain Belgian tax resident?

      o  Do I still need to file a Belgian tax return?

- Investing in Belgian real estate: what is tax regime?

- End-of-career planning: where is my pension taxed?

- Estate planning: recent developments



19.00: registration

19.30: Seminar

20.30: Q&A and drinks


Intersect By Lexus (DIFC, Gate Village 7 - Dubai)


This is a FREE event for Members

                  Belgian Club Dubai Members @ AED 50 pp

                   Day Pass Membership @ AED 100 pp

Feb. 17, 2020> 7.30 PM

Meet the Belgian "Gulfood" delegation February 2020

On the occasion of Gulfood ,

The Belgian Business Council Dubai together with

The Belgian Embassy in the UAE

Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT),

Hub Brussels

& Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX)

Cordially invite you

To a networking cocktail


With Guest of Honor: H.E. Peter Claes

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in the UAE

On Monday February 17th evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm


2h Free flow of beverages , incl. canapes.




H Bar @ H-Hotel  Dubai (1 Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai)

Complimentary Parking is available



Free for Belgian Business Council members. 

Pre Registration is required.


Interested to become a SPONSOR of this event?     Kindly reach out to us via events@bbc-uae.com

Jan 29, 2020 > 7.00PM

General Assembly January 2020

Dear members,

The board of the Belgian Business Council would like to invite all its members to the General Assembly inaugurating the new year.

On this evening we will summarize and evaluate our activities from 2019 and discuss the state of the accounts of this last year.

Subsequently we will present our projects for 2020 and

elect the new executive committee for the Belgian Business Council 2020.


The General Assembly will be concluded with a toast on the New Year! 

If you want to be more engaged with the Belgian Business Council and you would like to become part of the board of the BBC, kindly send your CV and motivation letter BEFORE Jan. 26th 2020, to events@bbc-uae.com.




Wednesday January 29
7.00pm-7.30pm               Welcome
7.30pm-8.30pm               General Assembly
8.30pm-10.00pm             Toast on the new Year with drinks and canapes


Media One Hotel  (Dubai Media City)

(complimentary valet parking)


Free for members, Members only event
Pre Registration is Required

Jan. 28, 2020> 7.30 PM

Meet the Belgian "Arab Health" delegation January 2020

On the occasion of Arab Health ,

The Belgian Business Council Dubai together with

The Belgian Embassy in the UAE

Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT),

Hub Brussels

& Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX)

Cordially invites you

To a networking cocktail


With Guest of Honor: H.E. Peter Claes

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in the UAE

On Tuesday January 28th evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm


2h Free flow of beverages , incl. canapes.




H Bar @ H-Hotel  Dubai (1 Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai)

Complimentary Parking is available



Free for Belgian Business Council members. 

Pre Registration is required.


Interested to become a SPONSOR of this event?     Kindly reach out to us via events@bbc-uae.com

Jan. 27,2020> 10.30 AM

Expo 2020: Site visit

Join us for a private guided tour at the Expo 2020 site on January 27th

We welcome our members to this sneak peek of “The World’s Greatest Show in the making” at the Expo 2020 site as it nears completion, before it officially opens the gates to the world on 20th October 2020. 


Expo 2020 will welcome an anticipated 25 million visits over the course of 173 days,

coinciding with the nation’s Golden Jubilee in 2021.


Join the bus tour on the 4.38 square km site and witness the iconic structures coming to life. 

Discover how Expo 2020 Dubai is getting ready to bring the world together, and how you can be part of it.


10.30 meet @ Mall of the Emirates (Tourist bus area at Gate-A  ->Bus pick and drop off area)

11.00 registration and visit of the Content Showcase @ House of Volunteers (Expo 2020 site)

11.30 bus tour on the Expo 2020 construction site

13.00 return @ Mall of Emirates

This is a FREE event for Belgian Business Council members & Belgian Club Dubai Members.

Spaces are LIMITED ! So please register asap (members priority !)

Make sure to bring your Emirates ID , as this is requested to enter the Expo 2020 site.

Jan. 20,2020> 6.30 PM

Back to Business | Intercouncil Networking Event

You are invited to join us at the Annual 

Back to Business Intercouncil Networking event.

It is a great opportunity to meet more than 500 members of over 25 different business councils in Dubai and to broaden your network !


Monday January 20 st, 2020
6.30 pm -> 9.00 pm


Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR  (This is an Outdoor event)

FREE for members

Members only event

To register: kindly send an e-mail to: events@bbc-uae.com

PRE REGISTRATION is mandatory.

Dec 11,2019 >7.30 PM

Maritime Projects & Developments

The Belgian Business Council in collaboration with the Netherlands Business Council

would like to invite you to an informative session, 

giving you an insight into the latest maritime developments and projects happening in the UAE. 



19.00 Registrations

19.30 Opening

19.45 Box Bay: Revolutionizing the way we store containers in future ports, by Mr Jan Cuppens, Director Global Engineering at DP World

20.25 Q&A

20.45 Networking drinks


DOSC- Dubai

FREE for members

This was a MEMBERS ONLY Event 

Dec 9, 2019

Handling KSA Business from the UAE - Legal and Tax Considerations

The Belgian Business Council, Benelux Business Council & Spanish Business Council

- with support of Aurifer & Schluter Graf-

would like to invite you to the breakfast session:

Handling KSA Business from the UAE - Legal and Tax Considerations.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is the biggest economy within the GCC and part of the top 20 economies worldwide (G20). Foreign investments in the KSA are often structured from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). KSA recently implemented changes in its taxation and foreign direct investment framework. Industry expert speakers are invited to discuss the legal and tax aspects of handling KSA business from the UAE.


Dr. Constantin Frank-Fahle, LL.M.: Constantin is a senior lawyer with SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultants (Dubai, UAE). Prior to joining SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultants he worked for international law firms in Berlin, Munich and Bangkok and the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID) in Jakarta. He advises foreign investors on structuring their investments in the region (in particular in the oil & gas and plant construction industry), resolving disputes (arbitration and litigation services) and adjacent matters. Constantin regularly talks and publishes about legal developments in the GCC region.

Mr. Thomas Vanhee: Thomas founded Aurifer, a boutique tax firm established in Dubai. After a decade of working at tier 1 tax law firms in Brussels and Paris, and after having been seconded with Deloitte in the Gulf, it was time to spread his wings and personally serve the exciting Gulf market. He has been involved in several high-profile deals and have worked for blue chip and quoted companies and institutions in various sectors. In recent years Thomas has also been heavily involved in tax policy in Europe and the Gulf. Recently, he has been assisting businesses in assessing their readiness for the introduction of VAT on 1 January 2018. He is also teaching VAT at Paris Sorbonne Abu Dhabi in the first tax LL.M of its kind in the Gulf. He also joined his former university (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management) to teach an introductory course on tax law to master students



8.30 : Registration & Breakfast

9.00-11.00: informative session


Business Bay – The Citadel Tower
20th Floor, Offices 2001-2005
Dubai, U.A.E.

​Members: Free

Nov 27, 2019 > 8.00 PM

Belgian Pavilion at World Expo 2020

The Belgian Business Council and the Belgian Club Dubai

would like to welcome you on

Wednesday November 27th at 8:00pm

for a second presentation of the

BELGIAN PAVILION during Expo 2020


​Meet the Commissioner General and the Belgian Pavilion Director,

who will present opportunities for partnerships, volunteers and staff.



Media One Hotel



Members of the Belgian Business Council and Belgian Club Dubai : free

Non-members : 100AED

Nov 27,2019 >10.00 AM

Sharjah-Europe Business Roundtable Invest in Sharjah.

In collaboration with the Portugese, Swiss, Spanish, Netherlands and French Business Council, we are pleased to invite you to the Sharjah- Europe Business Roundtable, to discover the competitive sectors and investment opportunities in the Emirate of Sharjah -organised by Invest in Sharjah & German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and commerce (AHK).



10.00 AM-01.00 PM


Sharjah - Chamber of Commerce & Industry


FREE for Belgian Business Council members. 

PRE- registration is required and can be done via : Events@bbc-uae.com​

Nov 26, 2019 > 7.30 PM

Meet the Belgian "The Big 5" delegation November 2019

On the occasion of The Big 5 - 2019,

The Belgian Business Council Dubai together with

The Embassy of Belgium in the United Arab Emirates,

Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT),

Hub Brussels

& Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX)

Cordially invites you

To a network cocktail

Meet the Belgian "The Big 5"- delegation

Guest of Honor: H.E. Peter Claes

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium

On Tuesday November 26th, 2019 evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

2h Free flow of beverages , incl. canapes.


Glow @ H- Hotel Dubai


FREE for Belgian Business Council members. 

Registration (and upfront payment for guests) is required.

Interested to become a SPONSOR of this event?           Kindly reach out to us via events@bbc-uae.com

Oct 24, 2019 > 7.00 PM

Business Councils Get Together - Ras Al Khaimah

The Belgian Business Council -in collaboration with 8 mayor Business Councils in the UAE- is delighted to welcome you at this Intercouncil Networking evening in Ras Al Khaimah.

We are pleased to offer you a welcome beverage and pass around canapes (all other drinks will be on consumption basis).

This is a perfect opportunity to associate with members from other key Business Councils in the Northern Emirates.


Date: 24th Oct 2019

Timings: 7:00-9:00PM: Networking

Location: Siddartha Lounge - Waldorf Astoria - Ras Al Khaimah


This is a members only event.

This is a Free Event for members.

Registrations must be done BEFORE 19th October.

To register , send us a message on events@bbc-uae.com

Oct 15, 2019 > 6.00 PM

Ultimate Speed Networking - IT & Digital Media

Ultimate Speed Networking - IT & Digital Media

Join us for the Third Ultimate Speed Networking evening in Dubai !

In collaboration with different Business Councils in the UAE & Dubai Media City, the Belgian Business Council is delighted to welcome you at this Third Ultimate Networking event - focusing on IT & Digital Media


Speed networking is an efficient, face to face networking model that enables participants to develop new contacts through one on one conversations.


This 360 Network Event will offer you the chance to grow your network and provide you with the opportunity  to meet other members from the TECOM Group Community.


Date: 15th Oct 2019

Location: Dubai Media City - in5 Tech

Who to expect/Who should join:

professionals from all disciplines at the It & Digital Media industry.


This is a members only event.

This is a Free Event for members.

Oct 1, 2019 >7.00 PM

French Speaking Intercouncil Networking Event

Kindly be invited to join us at the


French Speaking Intercouncil Networking Event. 

This is the perfect occasion to network with colleagues and new contacts from the French, Swiss and Tunisian Business Councils.


We are pleased to offer you complimentary valet parking and pass around canapes.


Blue Blanc - by David Meyers  (Renaissance Downtown Hotel)


Oct 1st @ 7.00PM->9.00PM

This is a MEMBERS ONLY event. 

The event is FREE of charge. 

PRE REGSITRATION was mandatory