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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Goodnight Company Name: American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates Tel: 04.379.1414 Email: communications@abcdubai.com Website: www.abcdubai.com

The American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates in association with the United States Consulate General Dubai Host a Reception Honoring U.A.E. Nationals Who Have Studied at U.S. Universities DUBAI – OCTOBER 1, 2014 The American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (ABC), in association with United States Consulate General Dubai, honored U.A.E. Nationals, who have studied at U.S. universities at a reception on September 30, 2014. The event highlighted the strong bonds that exist between the U.A.E. and the U.S. and stressed the role that higher education can play in bringing communities closer together. Since 2009, the number of Emirati’s studying in the U.S. has increased by 40%. From 2012 to 2013 there was an increase of 2,256 Emirati students studying in the U.S., roughly 7.6%. With this number increasing every year, it solidifies the relationship between the U.S. and U.A.E. and will be reflected in American business and bilateral trade between the two countries.

His Excellency Hisham Al Shirawi, Vice Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Bilal Sabouni, ABC Executive Vice President; and The Honorable Robert Waller, U.S. Consul General in Dubai.


The honored guest of the evening, His Excellency Hisham Al Shirawi, Vice Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry presented a keynote address stressing the importance of education. His Excellency received an MBA in Finance from California State College and BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California. At the reception, His Excellency highlighted the importance of education: “Education is the most important thing in any civilization, without education there would be no sustainable civilization, no sustainable growth, no sustainable development.” He continued to elaborate specifically on the impact of attending university in the U.S. had on him: “…the impact of those years I spent in the States are irreversible they are carved into my memory, my personality.” The Honorable Robert Waller, U.S. Consul General in Dubai, noted, “Our strategic partnership is made more resilient by the number of Emiratis who have come to know America and Americans through travel, tourism, and study at colleges and universities across the United States.” The impressive turnout of distinguished guests included a host of senior level Emiratis and business executives, National alumni from U.S. universities, and representatives from American University in Dubai, EducationUSA, and NYU Abu Dhabi. The ABC was able to hold this complimentary event for U.A.E. National alumni and ABC members thanks to the gracious support of the American Hospital Dubai and Carian College Advisors. ABOUT THE AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL The American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates operates under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and functions as a Chapter of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Since its founding in 1985, the American Business Council has supported U.S. business interests in Dubai & the Northern Emirates and acts as a liaison between government and commercial enterprises. The American Business Council is a 500 plus member-driven organization. Fortune 500 companies and key business leaders are well represented among the members of the American Business Council. The American Business Council provides a forum for understanding and interaction between the local business community and members of the American Business Council. Members are supported through a robust calendar of informational programs, round-table discussions, and business networking opportunities.


For more information about the American Business Council and to learn how members are engaged, visit us at www.abcdubai.com. ABOUT THE CONSULATE GENERAL DUBAI The United States has enjoyed warm relations with the United Arab Emirates since 1971. The United States was the third country to establish formal diplomatic relations with the UAE, and has had an ambassador resident in the UAE since 1974. On December 1, 1976, the United States opened an Embassy Branch Office in Dubai. The office was located in the Al Futtaim Building on Creek Road in Deira. In May 1981, the Embassy Branch Office moved to the World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. On December 1, 1985, the Embassy Branch Office became a Consulate General. The Consulate General’s consular district includes Dubai and the five northern Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. In November 2011, the new building for the Consulate General was officially dedicated and opened. The Consulate is now located in Bur Dubai on a six-acre site adjacent to the Dubai Creek and the Consulates of Saudi Arabia and Qatar on land generously donated to the United States by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Consulate General represents a significant commitment by the United States to a long-term presence in Dubai, and has allowed the Consulate General to increase the efficiency and accessibility of its services to the public, including assisting American citizens and visa services. You can learn more about Consul General Robert Waller, and the services offered by the Consulate at http://dubai.usconsulate.gov ###

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