A membership with the Austrian Business Council is available to every company or individual with direct or indirect business relations to Austria. Currently we offer two different membershis: the Individual and the Corporate membership.

Signing up is easy: complete the application form below and we will be in touch with you shortly.

BENEFITS

  • Free or discounted entry to ABC events and Joint Business Council events
  • Receive the ABC Newsletter and learn about relevant developments and news in the GCC region
  • Interact with the Austrian Commercial Counsellor, other Officials at the Austrian Embassy and the Austrian Trade Delegations in the region
  • Preferential prices for Austrian business conference, e.g. AUSTRIA CONNECT GULF
  • Grow your personal and professional network in UAE
  • Present yourself or your company profile and yourself presented on our ABC website
  • As an Austrian citizen and member of the ABC you are automatically member of the “Auslandsösterreicher Weltbund” (if you wish) and can benefit from all their services free of charge
  • Information portal through Facebook / LinkedIn

The ABC frequently hosts business related and social events: 

  • Business breakfasts or breakfast seminars on selected latest and relevant topics with signature speakers
  • Casual networking events
  • Social and family events (e.g. yearly ABC Desert Tour)
  • Joint Business Council events
  • Company and factory visits for a peak behind the scenes of businesses in UAE
  • Corporate Membership

    The Corporate Membership is available to any company in the UAE with a direct or indirect link to Austria or any company in Austria with a direct business link to UAE. The current fee for a Corporate Membership is AED 2,000 per business year (which runs from 1st February – 31st January).

    1. Three of your employees will benefit from free entry or discounted prices for ABC and Joint Council events
    2. As many employees as desired will receive ABC invitations and newsletters
    3. Present your company at our member directory on our website
    4. Make use of the Priority Business Schengen Visa service
    5. Enjoy discounted rates on Emirates flights
    6. Automatic and free membership with the “Auslandsösterreicher Weltbund” for all Austrian citizens in the company
    7. Draw attention to your business – the ABC is delighted to host your company presentation
    8. Make use of our channels to distribute your newsletters/ mailings or special offers
  • Individual Membership

    The Individual Membership is available to any  individual in the UAE with a direct or indirect link to Austria or any individual in Austria with a direct link to the UAE. The current fee for the Individual Membership is AED 700 per business year (which runs from 1st February – 31st January)

    1. Benefit from free entry or discounted prices for ABC-  and Joint Council events
    2. Receive ABC invitations and newsletters
    3. Present yourself in the member directory on our website
    4. Make use of the Priority Business Schengen Visa service
    5. Enjoy discounted rates for Emirates fligthts
    6. Become a member with the “Auslandsösterreicher Weltbund” free of charge (applicable for Austrian citizens only)

FAQs

What is the difference between corporate and individual membership?

The difference is not very much as both memberships enjoy the same rights under the Articles of Association of the ABC. If a Corporate membership exists, however all members of this corporate entity can participate in ABC meetings and receive all promotional material from the ABC (website, newsletter). Individual membership is tied entirely to the individual person, if he resigns the ABC membership is cancelled also for the company he represented.

If I join during the year do I have to pay the full amount?

Yes the full amount is applicable. However if the business year of the ABC (which is from February to January the following year) has passed with 6 months or more a deduction might be possible.

Can I join the events on a trial basis?

Yes of course, we are pleased to welcome you to our Networking & Social Events! Kindly note that special discounted rates apply to our members only.

Does the ABC give any recommendations how to do business with Austria?

No, this task is carried out by the Austrian Trade Commission.
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Are there similar Business Councils of Austria in other GCC countries?

No, not yet but Doha und Oman is planning some similar activities and some Austrian businessmen in Kuwait are keen to activate a business council there.

Can I obtain a visa for Austria and the Schengen countries?

Please contact the website of the Austrian Embassy www.bmeia.at/abudhabi for details. Please note that before you can submit your documents and application forms you need to get a meeting appointment via the VFS who can be reached under +971 4 376 4100.

Where can I find business leads to Austrian companies not in Dubai?

The Austrian Trade Commission is handling all inquiries for Emirati businesses in the region. They have offices in Dubai, Doha, Kuwait and Karachi and the head office is in Abu Dhabi at the Austrian Embassy.
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