The ABC 10th Anniversary Beach Gala – 06th December 2018

Kleindienst ABC Leiste

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.


We kindly invite you and your company to participate at the “AUSTRIAN BEST BUSINESS IN THE GCC” AWARD 2015. The entry is open for ABC members as well as for Austrian companies being active in the UAE and other GCC countries even if they are not members.
If interested, please fill in the online questionnaire, the board of the ABC will rate the entries based on a pre-defined criteria like (revenues, employees, projects etc.)
“¢ A decision will be taken end of November. We, therefore, request you to fill in the questionnaire latest by November 15th, 2015.
“¢ The Award Ceremony will take place during the ABC Christmas Gala Event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on December 15th, 2015.
Please note that company size and turnover are not relevant criteria for judging. We seek for companies that were able to leave a footprint in the GCC and contributed in the promotion of a positive image of Austria. This year the judges will emphasize on entrepreneurial activities.
Please click here to participate and thank you in advance for your interest.
We look forward to seeing you at the announcement of the winner at the ABC Christmas Gala Dinner on December 15th!


ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, the Foreign Trade Promotion Organization of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) proudly announces the regional conference
Austria Connect Gulf 2015
Date: Sunday, 22nd November 2015
Venue: Raffles Hotel Dubai, Ballroom
Time: 09.30 am to 5.00 pm, followed by an evening reception
“Rethink Gulf – From Integration to Education” is the topic of this year’s conference. A keynote speech by H.E. Hamad Buamin, the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dubai will highlight the “Economic Opportunities of Dubai” followed by a panel discussion featuring Dubai´s Economic and Social Transition towards Expo 2020 and Dubai 2021. Presentations and discussions dealing with the topics of Successful Integration into the Arab Business World and a panel discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility will be dealt with in the morning session. Following a networking lunch, two parallel panel discussions will center on Integration of Foreign Education and Integration of Austrian Technologies in the project business and the construction sector in the Gulf Region. Breakout sessions featuring Iran, Iraq and Pakistan and the opportunity to meet the Austrian Commercial Counsellors from Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Tehran, Erbil, Muscat and Doha for 1-on-1 meetings will be the highlights of the afternoon.
The day will be rounded off with an exclusive Dhow cruise under the courtesy of the Vienna Economic Chamber around the Dubai Creek which will allow you to meet the experts and network with the Austrian business community throughout the evening.
The program can be found HERE.
If you would like to participate, please register HERE . Kindly note the closing date will be the 31st of October!


We are pleased to inform you about the latest Employer’s guide to the Dubai Health Insurance Law issued 01/10/14. Please click here to access the presentations.
Furthermore, we are providing the presentation from Clyde & Co.
For further information please contact Ms. Rebecca Bleek, Assistant Vice President DMCC Business Development / Insure Direct (Brokers) LLC.
P.O. BOX 57006, Unit 16, DMCC Client Service Centre, Level 1, Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Direct: +9714 4336158 / Main +9714 4339400 / Fax +9714 4339432 / Mobile +97150 4503712 /

Join the world's largest agricultural innovation event

Join the world’s largest agricultural innovation event – be at GFIA 2014 and be ready for the future.
Hosted by the City of Abu Dhabi from 3-5 February 2014, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculturewill host the world’s largest collection of game-changing agricultural innovations.From Government Ministries and UN entities to NGO’s, scientists and entrepreneurs, the world’s leading thinkers are signing up to ensure the world grows food in a sustainable way forever.
PROGIS the Austrian based GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software developer and leading supplier of ICT-technologies for rural area will be one of the leading thinkers on the ground who kindly invites representatives from your organisation/institute to come to Abu Dhabi to learn about the country-covering AGRO-business-models which were developed by PROGIS together with a range of other companies and consultants during the last years. It is a holistic approach considering the needs of farmers, foresters, the affiliated industries and those of public authorities. Starting with the identification of fields it covers farm- and forest management solutions for small and large scale enterprises as well as for advisors and ends up in precision farming methods including consulting services provided by well-known international experts. The growth of rural areas and the careful, sustainable handling of the environment and natural resources takes first priority. PROGIS IT-solutions connected with complementary technologies and know-know allow to implement even country-wide AGRO-ICT-Backbone solutions – come and see!
There are four options to listen, discuss and talk about the INTEGRATED AGRO-ICT SOLUTION of PROGIS during the conference.
1. Monday, Feb. 3rd – Round table discussion – ICT solutions for complete countries (Click at the link for more information)
2. Tuesday Feb. 4th – Innovation Theatre B at 15:00 B26 “AGRO-ICT solutions for complete countries”
3. Tuesday Feb 4th – Let’s meet in the Exhibition area at our booth for a personal meeting
4. The 4th option to listen to Mr. Mayer is the round-table onPrecision agriculture
Why to attend?
The PROGIS business models and the technologies are ground-breaking- they consider the required huge change in organizational matters and the adoption of ICT in rural areas. Come to meet also the other minds behind the driving force for an agriculture revolution.
For further information about the project please klick here

Discover the World of the Future Louvre Abu Dhabi

“Discover the World of the Future Louvre Abu Dhabi”
Exclusive Tour guided by Ms. Verena Formanek, Senior Project Manager of the Guggenheim Museum on May 22nd 2013
We are pleased to invite you to our very first Austrian Business Council (ABC) event in Abu Dhabi. It has always been our wish to organize an event in Abu Dhabi and now we have found the opportunity to offer you a very special program.
The eminent Designer & Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Ms. Verena Formanek will be guiding the ABC community by giving us an inside look into the
“BIRTH OF A MUSEUM – Discover the World of Louvre Abu Dhabi Exhibition”
at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Museum.
Ms. Verena’s rich and extensive work experience includes some of the top museums in the world including MAK Museum in Vienna, the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, MOMA in New York and the Museum of Design in Zürich. She has also worked with the renowned designer Helmut Lang for over 20 years.
Date: Wednesday, 22nd of May 2013
Time: 19:00 hrs – 21:00 hrs
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island Cultural District – Abu Dhabi
We have arranged a table at the “Fanr Restaurant” after the tour for a “Question & Answer“ session with Ms. Verena Formanek leading the same.
Kindly note the restaurant expenses are on your account.
Please confirm your attendance here latest by the 16h of May 2013, because of limit access.
We are looking forward to seeing you on our special event.

Oktoberfest in Dubai

9th October 2013 at the “Brauhaus” Jumeira Rotana 24th October 2013 at the Sheraton Jumeirah Hotel

“O’zapft is!” Celebrate with us and soak up the atmosphere at the most authentic Oktoberfest Festivals in Dubai and enjoy traditional Bavarian food, drinks & live entertainment.
Special thanks to our board members Siegfried Spiegl and Thomas Edelmann, who have kindly arranged special prices for the Austrian Business Council and the Club Austria at two different dates and locations.
Please find below the details of both events.
1. Oktoberfest at the “Brauhaus” organised by Mr. Siegfried Spiegl
Date: on Wednesday 9th October 2013
Time: 19:00-22:30 hrs
Venue: Brauhaus at Jumeira Rotana Dubai
Price: AED 249 for food and unlimited wine, spirits & beer
Entertainment: The famous 4 piece “VOLTE” live band
To book your table please call 04-3455 888 or write an email to Mr. Subramanian Sury and mention the Austrian Business Council as a reference to benefit from the special price.
2. Oktoberfest with Engelbert Gamsriegler organised by Mr. Thomas Edelmann
Date: on Thursday 24th October 2013
Time: from 19:00 hrs onwards
Venue: Sheraton Jumeirah Hotel
Price: AED 185 (including 1 pint of Paulaner Beer), kids till 12 years 50% off, under 6 years free of charge
Please confirm your attendance at the latest by Sunday, 20th October 2013 to and mention the Austrian Business Council as a reference to benefit from the special price.

Results: Election of Executive Committee

It’s our great pleasure to announce to you the new Austrian Business Council (ABC) Executive Committee that was elected on Thursday, 30th May 2013 during the ABC Annual General Meeting at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai.
The main purpose of the evening was to review the progress and activities during the past two years (June 2011 until the end of May 2013) of the ABC and to elect the Executive Committee for the coming 2 years. The meeting was only open to members of the Austrian Business Council.
The new ABC Board consists as follows:
· MMag. Werner Baumgartner (White Oryx LLC)
Secretary General:
· Dr. Wolfgang Penzias (Austrian Embassy Commercial Section)
Board Members:
· Dipl-Ing. Klaus Eidelpes / Al Maher Consulting FZE (19%)
· Mag. Thomas Edelmann / Fastlane & Club Austria (18%)
· Dipl.-Ing.. Siegfried Spiegl / Etaone (16%)
· Mag. Oliver Zügel / Franck Invest (13%)
· Mag.Dr. Nadja Ortner / Ortner Consulting (12%)
· Mr. Bernhard Fleischhacker / PMC First (11%)
· Mr. Carsten Weisner / Fracht ME (11%)
We would like to welcome the new ABC Board and look forward for a prosperous and fruitful two years of solid business cooperation.