The highlights of the ABC ‘s 10 anniversary Beach gala celebrations included the introduction by Werner Baumgartner and his presentation of awards to key ABC board members including Dr. Wolfgang Penzias, Josef Kleindienst, Theodor Strohal, Klaus Eidelpes, and ABC’s core team members Marie Luise Hohengassner.
Mr. Richard Bandera, the Austrian Commercial Counsellor took the opportunity to highlight the positive outlook for the economy ahead and his hope and vision for the Austrian Business Council to grow from strength to strength. He particularly emphasized Austria’s participation as an innovation hub in Expo 2020. Meanwhile, the Austrian Ambassador to the UAE, Dr. Andreas Liebmann lauded ABC’s efforts to support Austrian enterprises successfully and wished the Austrian Business Council another successful decade and more.
Soulful renditions by popular Austrian Soprano Bettina Schweiger with Russian pianist Tatiana Tarakanova took the celebrations to the next level. Ten- year-old violinist Elisa Charlotte Lankow also delivered a scintillating performance. Two mascots dressed up as Krampus brought a mischievous touch to the evening with their antics while rendering a special Christmas feel among the guests. From dainty starters to an exquisite array of Austrian delicacies— there was much to sample. To add, the mood and vibe of the mesmerizing location was brought to life by the foot tapping music of DJ Akmaral Matkali.