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Scottish Chambers of Commerce deepen Dubai connections at landmark bi-lateral Chamber exchange

3 December 2021 • Laura Masling


The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) and Dubai Chamber, the largest business organisation representing Dubai’s private sector, have come together to lay the foundations for a new Chamber-to-Chamber partnership between Scotland and Dubai during Expo 2020 Dubai.

Members from the first Scottish business delegation to Expo 2020 in Dubai, held discussions with H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber and Chair of ICC-World Chambers Federation.

Seeking to deepen the connections between the Scottish and Dubai Chambers of Commerce, the bilateral exchange committed to exploring a future strategic partnership agreement which would seek to boost global trade and business-led solutions, initially built around alignment with the Scottish Business Trade Missions taking place over the course of the Dubai Expo, which includes missions themed on Food and Drink, Energy & Renewables and Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Women in Business.

Commenting on the meeting, His Excellency, Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber said:

“Our interactions with Scottish Chambers of Commerce were very positive and encouraging and we identified several areas of synergy and opportunity that we can build on in the future. There is plenty of untapped trade and investment potential between our countries and we look forward to exploring such prospects through our cooperation.”

Commenting on the meeting, Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Director & Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“It was an honour to meet with H.E. Hamad Buamim, the President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, to discuss strengthening the links between our two Chambers. This was a landmark Chamber to Chamber meeting that clearly demonstrates Scotland’s commitment to global trade and to forging more partnerships between Scotland, Dubai and the wider region, opening the door for businesses to access this rapidly growing market.

“We look forward to building on this new relationship and strengthening the business connections between Scotland and Dubai, as one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world.”

Ivan McKee, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, said:

“It is great to see the Scottish Chambers of Commerce flying the flag for Scotland internationally and to see more local Chambers involved in such missions. I am delighted to support them as they seek to continue to internationalise Scotland’s business landscape. Developing constructive and close working partnerships is key to this endeavour so I welcome their focus on initiating partnerships with the Dubai Chambers of Commerce. Both Scotland and Dubai will benefit from such business partnerships and our respective countries have much to offer each other, particularly as we are all exploring how to build a net zero future. I hope that this event will lead to long lasting and fruitful working relationships which benefit both our countries’ business interests and needs.”


Scottish Chambers of Commerce Dubai Expo Trade Missions:

From 28th November to 1st December, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, which represents 30 local Chambers of Commerce, 12,500 business members and 50% of Scotland’s private sector workforce, are leading the first of three delegations to Expo 2020 in Dubai, providing a platform for Scotland to showcase its skills, expertise and innovation across a range of sectors on the global stage.

To date, Scottish Chambers has partnerships and alliances across 40 global markets and has on-boarded nearly 1,000 new Scottish businesses to exporting.

About Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the largest business representation organisation representing Dubai’s private sector and is uniquely positioned to facilitate trade and business exchange in the region.

Established in 1965, the Chamber has strived to support and protect the interests of a diverse membership base for over 50 years.

About President and Chief Executive Office, H.E. Hamad Buamim:

Hamad Buamim was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Dubai World in December 2010 and he is the President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Buamim brings to Dubai World rich experience as a professional manager and administrator who has held diverse positions in both the public and private sectors. In capacity as President & CEO of Dubai Chamber, which represents, supports and protects the interests of the business community in Dubai, Buamim carries with him a deep understanding of trade, one of the most important drivers of the emirate’s economic development.

He has also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, Chairman of National General Insurance P.S.C, a Member of the Board of CityCenter, a Member of the Board of Kerzner International Holdings Ltd, a Member of the Board of Atlantis The Palm Limited, a Member of the Board of International Hotel Investment p.l.c., a Member of the Board of Union Properties PJSC, and Deputy Chairman of the World Chambers Federation – ICC in Paris.

Educated in the US, Buamim graduated from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 2002, he obtained an MBA in Finance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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