Published On: 11/10/2017

-HRH Crown Prince of Luxembourg: The UAE and Luxembourg share many synergies as well-diversified and open economies that always welcome new opportunities

 -Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy: Dubai is well-positioned as a thriving business hub for the Middle East region and this is something that Luxembourg is looking to achieve in Europe

 -H.E. Al Shirawi: Dubai is an ideal partner for Luxembourg and there is huge potential to expand trade and investment ties in key areas such as Islamic economy, fintech, logistics, satellite technology, and cyber security

 Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a high-level delegation from Luxembourg headed by HRH Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg at its premises today as part of its efforts to strengthen trade ties with the European country.

The delegation from Luxembourg included HRH Crown Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, H.E. Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Luxembourg, Carlo Thelen, Director General of Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from the country’s public and private sectors.

The delegation was welcomed by H.E. Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber, and senior officials from Dubai Chamber. Delegates participated in a seminar that was organised by the Chamber and attended by business leaders from the UAE and Luxembourg. The event provided an overview of Luxembourg’s economy and business environment, while it also identified synergies and areas of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

During his opening remarks, HRH Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg highlighted the many synergies that the UAE shares with Luxembourg such as its well-diversified and open economy that is always welcoming new opportunities.  He described Luxembourg as an excellent gateway for distributing products in Europe, as well as a leading investment hub for regional and multinational corporations.

In his welcome remarks, H.E. Al Shirawi explained that Dubai and Luxembourg have enjoyed a strong relationship over the years, with bilateral non-oil trade growing steadily in recent years, reaching $94 million in 2016. Yet, he stressed the need to expand trade and investment ties further, especially within the areas of Islamic finance, ICT, fintech, and logistics, satellite technology, and cyber security.

Dubai Chamber’s 2nd Vice Chairman said the emirate is an ideal partner for Luxembourg as a re-export hub with its strong links across the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia, which can offer plenty of incentives and advantages to Luxembourg-based companies.

For his part, H.E. Schneider explained that Dubai’s position as a thriving business hub for the Middle East region is something that Luxembourg is looking to achieve in Europe. He said that shared values of openness and flexibility have enabled Luxembourg and the UAE to forge strong political and economic ties over the years.

H.E. Schneider noted that Luxembourg has become a leading regional hub for information and communication technologies, and intercontinental logistics, adding that the country has recently enhanced its cooperation with the UAE in new areas such as space technology and Islamic finance.

Following the seminar and meeting, more than 110 business-to-business meetings were held where businesses leaders from Luxembourg and Dubai discussed prospects for future collaboration.