First UAE-FRANCE Economic Forum

The first UAE-FRANCE Economic Forum has been held on Thursday, 9th November 2017, in Zayed University in Dubai. This event has been organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the French Business Council Dubai and the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Around 400 representatives of French and Emirati companies participated to the forum.

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This high-level Forum aimed to bolster bilateral economic relationship between France and the UAE. The event was structured with 3 different panels focused on the main pillars of the Dubai Expo 2020: "Opportunity", "Mobility" and "Sustainability".

High-level industry experts, including Fetchr, DP WORLD, RTA, JC Decaux, RATP DEV, DEWA, Masdar, EDF and Engie Group, shared knowledge and insights, and discussed prospects for future cooperation in these areas between UAE and France.

During the event, H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Benjamin Griveaux, State Secretary to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chaiman, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, H.E. Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 and H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of France have underlined the importance and potential UAE and France have to work together.


During the day, several strategic partnerships have been signed.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also signed a MOU with the French Chamber of Commerce Paris Ile-de-France with the support of the French Business Council Dubai aiming to enhance cooperation between the two organizations especially in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic exchange.


H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of France, closed this first UAE-France Economic Forum by reaffirming France commitment to strengthen the cooperation with the UAE, highlighting the importance of creating connections and bridges between our two countries.

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For the event, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the French Business Council have published a magazine : "Economic Relations between UAE & France : an Overview". 

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