This year, Milken Institute MENA Summit is taking place at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE and will run for two days from February 12-13, 2019.
Milken Institute MENA Summit 2019
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Over a thousand dignitaries, world leaders, tech experts, business tycoons, investors, and environmental advocates are coming together for the 2-day conference to tackle a few of the Middle East and North Africa pressing concerns.
Some of the topics to be discussed include the serious threat to the environmental sustainability of the region, youth unemployment, and the current refugee crisis. What lessons can be realized from modern countries and how can the general public adapt to technology and new skills required?
A Conversation with His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak
Obtaining answers to some of these queries require collaboration and leadership. Managing Director and Group Chief Executive of Mubadala, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak pointed out during the summit’s opening lunch program that improving the human capital in the United Arab Emirates has been the core emphasis of the UAE leadership to be able to build a prosperous country like Singapore. He adds that Singapore is an excellent country to emulate as they focus on the citizens.
Mubadala is an investment vehicle responsible for diversifying the capital city’s economy. It is Abu Dhabi’s strategic firm with Dh832 billion in assets under management, has progressed throughout the years by collaborating with investors and taking on new sectors as it pursues to be part of the emirate’s economic diversification strategy.
Great leaders earn their status by doing the hardest things well and through looking for the most vigorous, robust, ecological and diversified solutions on hand. Accomplishments rest upon recognizing local opportunities in the perspective of the global marketplace.
Speakers who graced the event includes His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, Founder and Chairman, Emaar Properties, Thomas Barrack, Executive Chairman and CEO, Colony Capital, Inc., Frank Luntz, Founder and President, Luntz Global, Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman, Orascom Investment Holding. The moderator for the panel discussion was led by CNN Abu Dhabi’s Anchor and Managing Director, Becky Anderson.
Other interesting personalities worth following in the summit are Sir Richard Branson, Noura Al Kaabi, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. President of Rwanda in 2000 Paul Kagame will speak to discuss the future for Africa. Sean Parker, head of the Parker Foundation, a multi-million-dollar philanthropic fund is set to explain how data can help find cures to diseases. Discussing the initiatives to drive sustainable business practices in the Gulf region is Razan Al Mubarak, managing director of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund which supports conservation efforts in dozens of countries across the globe.
Attending the 2019 MENA Summit gathers high-profile senior executives such as Adgeco Group Chairman Mohamed Dekkak along with government officials, investors, sovereign wealth fund directors, and philanthropists to talk over, build up, and generate solutions.
Through research and networking platforms, Milken Institute continues to distinguish opportunities for the deployment of private, public, and philanthropic capital to prompt policy action and drive development in the region.
His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, joined by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, presided on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at the Meshuar square in Tetouan Royal Palace, the allegiance ceremony in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the king’s enthronement.
The ceremony started with Abdelouafi Laftit, the country’s Interior Minister along with the Walis and Governors of the Kingdom of Morocco’s wilayas, regions and provinces together with the Interior Ministry’s Central Administration’s Walis and Governors pledge allegiance to His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
This was then followed by the delegations which represent the different regions, prefectures, and provinces of the country renewing allegiance to the Sovereign.
The Islamic terminology “Baiaa” means the oath of allegiance to the successors of Prophet Mohammed. It is a hundred-year-old pact that binds the people and the Throne declaring joint commitment where the people vow allegiance to the King, and in return, the King pledges to protect the sovereignty, independence, and the country’s integrity, to defend the rights of the citizens and to see to the progress and development of the kingdom.
The ceremony was carried out in the presence of Saad Eddine El Othmani, Head of government, Speakers of the two houses of parliament, His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s advisors, high commissioners, cabinet members, chairmen of constitutional bodies as well as high-level officers coming from the general staff of the royal armed forces, Director General of the national police, Director General of Intelligence Agency, Director General of the domestic territory surveillance, and other public personalities and military forces.
The audience wore white, throughout the ceremony, and stood in a square waiting for the king to come out. Once the Sovereign goes out to greet them, the people bow towards him five times, chanting slogans such as “God bless the age of my lord.”
On July 30, 2018, the Kingdom of Morocco celebrated the 19th anniversary of His Majesty King Mohammed the VI’s accession to the Throne. The commemoration is a renewed chance to demonstrate the strong connection amongst the people of Morocco and the throne.
Together with HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan as well as HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, HM King Mohammed VI, chaired at the Marchane Palace in Tangier, on Monday, a reception on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the King’s accession to the throne of his glorious ancestors.
During the opening ceremony, His Majesty the King greeted the national colors, during which the national anthem was playing when the 21-gun salute was fired.
Afterward, HM King Mohammed VI was greeted by some Moroccan and foreign personalities, who came to congratulate the King on this festive event. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman, and Founder of the Adgeco Group was offered a chance to personally greet the Morocco King.
The Sovereign was welcomed by government leaders headed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Ombudsman, the Wali of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and the President of the Council of the Region of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, heads of the military, diplomatic corps, ambassadors and foreign dignitaries.
Religious leaders from different religious groups such as the Archbishop of Tangier, the President of the Russian Orthodox Church, President of the Evangelical Church and the Chief Rabbi of Casablanca also extended their well-wishes for the King.
Also spotted attending the event are private and public leaders like the former head of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Amin.
The National Day reception symbolizes a time of immense significance in the country’s life to feature the essential gains accomplished in the last years. Plans are presented to achieve more in building a progressive and booming nation, under the ruling of HM King Mohammed VI.
In a speech addressed on Sunday to the nation, King Mohammed VI has called on political parties to encourage young people to take part in the country’s political field. The King encouraged political parties to appeal to new elites and call for young people to engage in political issues.
Furthermore, HM King Mohammed VI’s expressed his joy in what Morocco and his people have accomplished over the last 2 decades. Since his enthronement on 30th of July 1999, following the death of his father, King Hassan II, the country faced huge changes. Due to the sovereign’s substantial initiatives, Morocco has carried out various social and economic projects that benefited millions of people.
Recognized for his social reform movements as well as strategies that enhanced Morocco’s economy, the sovereign carried our various political reforms made particularly on formation of the Instance of equity and resolution in the field of transitional justice, strengthening human rights and the adoption of the new Constitution in 2011 that created a significant advancement in the civic and social life. These changes have allowed the consecration of the importance of citizenship, human rights, and democracy.
Huge developments were achieved towards city planning, from road infrastructures, railways, highways, and airports paving the way for better economic exchanges. Due to attractive investment regulations, various free trade agreements were made with the United States, European Union, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and Turkey.
With HM King Mohammed VI’s leadership, Morocco became one the world’s most eco-friendly countries with its dedication to producing 52 percent of its electric power from renewable energies like wind, solar, and hydro by the year 2030.
The government’s strategy for the tourism sector called Vision 2020 aims to make the country be on top 20 tourist destination employing increasing the capacity on accommodation to reach 20 million tourists. The strategy is grounded in the fundamental values of quality, authenticity, and diversity. Morocco will offer 6 new attractions, showing the country ’s richness in culture, beach, and nature.
many years of reforms, relevant projects, and accomplishments through the sovereign’s civic and political initiatives, signifying HM King Mohammed’s vow to protect the well-being, happiness, and unity of his people, guiding the country towards progress and prosperity.
Morocco’s most significant national event of the year is an opportunity for the citizens of the Kingdom Morocco to reaffirm loyalty to His Majesty the King, symbol of its unity and guarantor of the best interests of the nation. It presents the strength and the continued allegiance that unites the people of Morocco to the glorious Throne.
Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, Ludovic Pouille, has invited prominent personalities in the U.A.E. to celebrate the National Day of France. The event was held at the luxurious ballroom of Ritz Hotel – Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal on Saturday night, 14th of July 2018.
This important holiday celebration, most especially to the French people was attended by government leaders, heads of various international business councils, businessmen and important personalities from the civil society. Adgeco Group’s Chairman and Founder, Mohamed Dekkak attended the occasion together with Noeleen Saeed, President of the Irish Business Council Abu Dhabi as well as Mr. Bachir Belbachir Haskouri AB Consultant.
The significance of National Day of France
Similar to United States’ Independence Day, the National Day of France, recognized as Bastille Day is France’s national holiday that denotes the attack of the Bastille in the 1700s and is called La Fête Nationale Française.
During the eighteenth century, the country was in serious economic and political crisis, and the French people were disappointed with the administration under King Louis XVI’s rule, which ended up with high taxes and food shortages.
A symbol of cruelty and injustice in Paris, the Bastille which was an old prison and fortress held captured many political rebels. Then on July 14, 1789, a fuming crowd stormed the Bastille and freed the seven prisoners before taking the weapons stowed inside.
The attack was momentous for it proved to revolutionaries that the King had weak control over his armies and destabilized his power. The event spark of what later has been known as the French Revolution and the kingdom was ultimately dethroned.
King Louis and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette were detained and were executed together with other people who supported the royal family.
The Bastille and Eiffel Tower
The people of France celebrated the very first Bastille Day during the first anniversary of the storming, on the same site where the famous Eiffel Tower now stands. The iconic structure opened officially in 1889, precisely a hundred years after the storming of Bastille and was constructed to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
Celebrating Bastille Day
Bastille Day is being observed across France every 14th of July. Citizens are dancing in the streets and waving the country’s flag – a tradition practiced up to this day. A lot of people go to significant public events like parades, performances, and firework displays.
In 1880, a political leader named Benjamin Raspail proposed that July 14 should become a national holiday in France. Since then, the holiday has been held annually to remind today’s generation of the people who fought for freedom and justice in society.
France and U.A.E. Relations
On the occasion of National Day of France, a message of peace and congratulations was extended by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the President of France, Emmanuel Marcon.
The French President was quoted saying about the status of culture in the cooperation relations between France and the UAE. President Marcon told the press during the Paris International Book Fair, that the culture occupies a significant place in the UAE-France relations. This statement was reiterated during his speech at the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The French President believes in this high status of culture to build a good future together.
French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue
France and the U.A.E. have created a healthy relationship from the time the Federation in 1971 was established. Inspired by the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed, the country’s Founding father, the U.A.E. has continuously sought to foster the relationship grounded in trust and friendship. This national bond is developed by a privileged strategic partnership, solid economic connections, a close political and defense cooperation, and top initiatives in the fields of education and culture.
On the 8th of November 2017, the strong friendship among the government of France and the United Arab Emirates was reaffirmed on the occasion of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s inauguration. The presence of both government leaders graced this huge event, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Vice-President, Prime minister, Minister of Defense of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, as well as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
A new cooperation agreement implementing the “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue” was signed on November 9th, 2017, to be able to develop the range of exchanges and encounters, in France, and in the UAE throughout the whole country.
The excellent relationship between these two countries can very well be manifested and experience among the many cultural and tourist hotspots in the city. Led by the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the most significant artistic project promoted by France abroad and Arab world’s very first universal museum. There is the Emirati university Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi that offers French degrees to students from different nationalities, INSEAD and ESMOD, leading French establishments in the UAE, along with other French schools and universities which have collaborated with esteemed Emirati institutions, particularly in the fields of justice, medicine, and arts.
J Group, a market leader in real estate marketing and advertising, has launched its first and unique stage, “Jaizer” social networking and real estate advertising platform during the Ramadan Souhour function that was held in Palace Hotel Dubai. The event was highlighted by the presence of the respected media personality Mr. George Kordahi.
As. Mr. Kordahi welcomed the guest, Dr. Habib Hammoud, the director of J Group, spoke about the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Group and launching of Jaizer. Mr. Ayham Gebara, the CEO, of J Group, spoke about the importance of the Group, and it’s participation in so many similar activities and seminars during this year through the strategic partner “Business Gate” managed by Ms. Laila Rahhak Elafani. Mr. Gebara then explained the details of Jaizer.
The evening was a mixture of good conversation with the VIP’s and dignitaries including Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mr. George Kordahi, International Host, Journalist and TV Presenter, Dr. Habib Hammoud, the director of J Group, Mr. Ayham Gebara, CEO, of J Group, Mr. Ashraf Gaber, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Review, Ms Laila Rahhak Elafani, Investor and Manager of Business Gate. Mr. Abdulaziz Al Sabhan, CEO of Abdulaziz Al Sabhan Group, Ms. Hala Mourad, Film Director and Editor of Purple Art Production and Media Service, and interested parties from the real estate, marketing, and advertising world.
Mohamed Dekkak at the official opening ceremony of the new Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Abu Dhabi
The inauguration of the new Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Abu Dhabi, Diplomatic Zone was held on Tuesday, 22 May 2018.
The formal opening was graced by the presence of His Excellency Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco and His Excellency Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State as an official guest of honors.
His Excellency Mohamed Ait Ouali, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco welcomed official guests and Ambassadors from different embassies, foreign dignitaries, and personalities from the business communities attended this ceremony. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group and H.E Maya Tissafi Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland Embassy to the UAE and Bahrain, Mr. Chakib Bouyad, CEO of Emirates Consortium, Amine El Hamzaoui Sr. Manager Strategic Project Officer of CEO Masdar, Zouhair Kabbaj Managing Director at Kazo Group, Mohammed Najib S’haki Regional Manager Middle East, Director Regional BMCE Bank, Anouar Zaoudi Marquez De Prado Managing Director/Head of Middle East BBVA, Bachir Belbachir Haskouri AB Consultant and Advisor, Abdelali Namli Journalist at Sky News Arabia, Ibrahim Noukra Officer at Moroccan Embassy, Walid Belbachir Officer at Moroccan Embassy, H.E Mounir Ktitou Minister Plenipotentiary Deputy Head of Mission, Emabassy of the Kingdome of Morocco, Ahmed Ayouche CEO Itawasol, H.E Altonio Alwarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain, Lamiae Fadili, Airline Account Director Amadeus, Professor Ahmed Ankit, Dean Research and Doctoral Studies Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University and other members of the Moroccan Community & dignitaries were also invited together with other members of Moroccans Abroad Living in UAE.
The new building was designed with rich and beautiful Moroccan flair. The architectural structure and interior were adorned with Morocco’s unique design elements – interesting geometric patterns and bright colored hues. The design is complex Hispano-Moorish elements of Moroccan blended architecture with influence of Islamic and Spanish Cultures.
The Kingdom of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, two Arab countries that share profound and good friendship are spreading out to all sectors of common interests.
Both nations stand side-by-side in their mutual efforts for continued development and in their firm decision to carry out world peace and security in this global village.
The Moroccan community is fast growing in UAE, whereas Emirati investors are growing their presence in the North African nation in various sectors. The political relations amongst the two nations are more than outstanding and are nurtured by common understanding and flourishing trade exchanges.
On 15 May 2018 (Tuesday), Nass Contracting Co WLL – Dubai had marked the significant phase of the project 132/11 kV Rabwah and Greenhills Substations and Associated Works, as the First Concrete Pouring Ceremony onsite, located in Dubai Hill State by J.V. – Emaar Properties PJSC & Meraas Holding
The milestones were celebrated with the number of dignitaries, including Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mohamed Al –Jasim from Nass Corporation, Stuart Smith – Country Manager, Adnane Khezzar – Head of Constructing, ABB, Osama Elmeligy-Project Manager, Gerard Moore – Project Manager, Issa Raddad – General Manager of Adgeco Group, Nass Contracting and ABB’s Representatives. The ceremony was a true success.
During the ceremony, both parties had reaffirmed their total commitment through mutual cooperation & support and to work as one team to ensure the success of the project.
The project is to be completed as scheduled.
Speakers from the first forum of Skilled Moroccans Residing in the United Arab Emirates, held in the conference room of the Sofitel Jardin des Roses Hotel in Rabat on Friday, March 16th at 9:00 am seek to encourage Moroccan entrepreneurs living abroad to invest in Morocco. Mohamed Dekkak Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group was invited to be a part of this great meeting.
Casablanca Finance City (CFC) Managing Director, Said Ibrahimi, stressed that it is necessary to encourage Moroccan investors living abroad to operate in the Moroccan market in order to promote and facilitate the development of economic exchanges between Morocco and foreign markets. Mr. Ibrahimi also said that Morocco has a “pull ” of investors because of its many strengths including political stability, open market economy, strategic position, strong infrastructure, rich history and excellent relations with African countries.
He also highlighted the network of 15 international airports serving 32 African cities, 1800 km of motorways, the first TGV in Africa and a maritime connection to 161 ports and 63 countries. The Kingdom of Morocco also has a strategic position at the crossroads of continents with 3500 km of coastline overlooking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, he added, noting that Morocco has an open economy, giving access to a free market of one billion consumers with countries representing about 60% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product.
Abdel Karim Ben Ateeq, Minister Delegate responsible for Moroccans residing abroad and immigration affairs, called on the Moroccan community residing in the United Arab Emirates to mobilize and contribute to the development project known to Morocco.
Speaking on Friday at the first forum of Moroccan competencies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) organized in Rabat, Benitez said that the future of Morocco’s development is linked to its competence at home and abroad, stressing that the Moroccan competencies have been able to impose their presence in the Diaspora as in the UAE where ” Strongly in decision-making
With regard to political stability, Morocco has experienced a dynamic of political, economic and social reforms and has strong historical and spiritual ties with Africa, said Ibrahimi. Moroccan entrepreneurs are distinguished by their skills, performance and good integration in their host countries and are therefore a good link between their host and home countries, said Adil Zaidi, the president of the 13th region and the project “CGEM MeM.”
Moroccans residing in the United Arab Emirates, whose number is estimated at more than 25,000 Expats, hold key positions in various fields, including the banking sector, finance, tourism and journalism thus constituting a bridge between Morocco and UAE as well as with the other countries in the Gulf and has strengthen Morocco’s external trade.
More than 150 Moroccans residing in the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, including businessmen, business leaders, and executives took part in this forum whose work revolves around three themes namely, investment opportunities in Morocco, the business climate between Morocco and the UAE and the role of financial and port platforms in economic development.
Mohamed Dekkak Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group at Arab Innovation (A Business Festival for Innovation)
Arab Innovation is the initiative of His Highness Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum which was held on February 26-27, 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Arab Innovation is a great hub and Innovation Festival for the entrepreneurs, investors, speakers, business visionaries, speculators, the media and more. It was very resourceful Innovation festival for more than 10 thousands of people to let them bring more advanced technologies and the innovations in a single platform. It was the multi-dimensional innovation festival which had Expo. Startups, Summit and Awards Programs. It revealed the innovative ideas from around the world regarding Renewable Energy, Health and Care, Advance Technology, Transportation, Government Services and Business Services.
More than 10,000 Visitors got the unique and great ideas from the case studies, experience and progressive ideas of International experts & speakers. More than 400+ companies including the leading entrepreneurs from the world, showcase their latest technology inventions, their brilliant concepts, and ideas to bring & compel the entrepreneurs and investors to interact with the latest innovations to change their life.
The main speakers in the conference were:
Opening Speech: H.E. Jamal Bin Huwaireb (CEO of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation)
Opening Speech: H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih (Director of Dubai Customs)
Topic: Dubai Government Excellence Program:
Speaker: H.E. Dr. Ahmad Al Nusairat (General Coordinator of the program of the Dubai Government Excellence)
Topic: Dubai Innovation Index:
Speaker: Amira Alhaddad (Business Strategy – Senior Analyst)
Topic: Dubai Innovation Index:
Speaker: Khalil Haddad (Director of Strategy and Development – Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
Topic: What is at the Heart of Future Shaping Innovation? How to take advantage of the innovation shortcut
Speaker: Gabor George Baurt (Director Slingshot Group)
Topic: Policy Lesson for a New Growth Model
Speaker: Daria Tataj (CEO, Tataj Innovation)
Topic: Corporate Innovation in Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
Speaker: Ghanim Al Falasi (SVP. People Happiness and Innovation at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority)
However, there were many conferences on different topics in which various speaker shared their innovative ideas to the world.
In the award ceremony on the final day, the Arab Innovation honored the awards to the top innovative leading companies. Arab Innovation brings the most advanced technology to the UAE to discover the future technology, innovative ideas, wide technology products, and decision-makers to achieve your business objectives.
Moroccan Dress Collections by Hanae Mrabet of boutiqe hana Mode during the opening ceremony of International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance – Universal Values)
The captivating Kingdom of Morocco filled with many surprises is a nation that is lush regarding culture, traditions, religion, geography, and history. The dress pattern as part of the cultural heritage is just part of an element on the numerous features that have been inspired by this diversity.
Typically, Moroccans still continue to wear the traditional clothing of their ancestors without extensive modification or influence from that of Western fashion. Traditional garments for men and women of Morocco is made up of long flowy robes with either hoods or headscarves and traditional slippers. Patterned on luxury fabrics and rich colors, these magnificent clothes have been worn since the olden days of Moroccan history, and still are a very much part of the living tradition of the present kingdom.
To showcase these rich traditional designs, a short fashion show was held during the opening ceremony of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta held last November 9 – 12, 2018 at the quaint city of Tangier in Morocco. The event which promotes universal values, peace and tolerance featured the young designer Hana Mrabet of Boutique Hana Mode.
The runway showcased a line of impressive Caftan worn by women. It’s a one-piece traditional long dress that can be used, depending on the material, as an everyday casual dress or as haute-couture attire on formal events. The Moroccan couture, embroidered, beaded and bejeweled, designed by the dressmaker caught the attention of the audience.
With a great touch of art, Hana Mrabet of Boutique Hana Mode offers a traditional Moroccan style for women with bold cuts suitable for all styles and ages. Their dresses are also available for rent, for sale and custom made. The shop is located at Avenue Haroun Er Rachid, Tanger 90060, Morocco and may be contacted at +212 660-584390.