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Ambassador Insight Series: U.A.E.


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On May 8, 2014, The Honorable Michael Corbin, U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, joined a select group of Bilateral Chamber Members for an executive roundtable discussion on the current and future outlook for U.S. businesses looking to do business in the Middle East.

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T.H. Michael Corbin – U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates – addresses audience questions regarding the current business climate and possible opportunities available in the UAE at the Bilateral Chamber’s Ambassador Insight Series: United Arab Emirates event hosted by Bracewell & Giuliani on May 8th, 2014.

Joined by our hosts at Bracewell & Giuliani, The Honorable Michael H. Corbin, United States Ambassador to the U.A.E. led an executive round table discussion giving participants the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with the Ambassador on a variety of U.S. and U.A.E. trade topics.

Registrants for this program gained rare access to Ambassador Corbin’s first hand insights on the U.A.E.’s aggressive efforts to diversify its economy and develop new industrial and commercial sectors and how they plan to leverage the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” toward this end as they prepare to host the 2020 WorldExpo in Dubai.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, The Honorable Michael H. Corbin most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to this assignment, he was Minister-Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2008 to 2009 and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria from 2006 to 2008.

Ambassador Corbin served as Minister Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo from 2003 to 2006. He was Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 to 2003. He served as Director of the Counter-Narcotics Section at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from 1997 to 2001 and Political-Military Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 1994 to 1997. His first overseas post was at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia from 1985-1987. He served in Kuwait from 1987 to 1989. Ambassador Corbin joined the Foreign Service in 1985.

The U.A.E. continues to serve as a strategic commercial hub for U.S. companies doing business across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. U.S. exports to the U.A.E. have increased by 25% driven by the following leading sector growth:

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Ambassador Insight Series: Qatar


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More than 100 multi sector leaders from across the Middle East and the United States gathered on May 6, 2014 at the offices of the Bilateral Chamber Strategic Partner member Bracewell & Giuliani to participate in Ambassador Series: Qatar.

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T.H. Susan L. Ziadeh – U.S. Ambassador to Qatar – makes the case for doing business in Qatar at the Bilateral Chamber Ambassador Insight Series program on May 6th, 2014.

During her keynote address, The Honorable Susan L. Ziadeh, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, urged a roomful of senior U.S. and MENA business leaders to take advantage of the Qatari Investment Authority’s intent to “pivot to the United States” as she underlined vast opportunities in healthcare, ICT, and infrastructure as Qatar readies itself for Qatar World Cup 2022.

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T.H. Susan L. Ziadeh – U.S. Ambassador to Qatar – poses for a photo with H.E. Mohammed A. Mohammed Al Homaid – Qatar Consul General to Houston – and Mr. John Brantley – Bilateral Chamber Advisory Board Member & Chairman of the Middle East Practice group at Bracewell & Giuliani.

Following her insightful remarks detailing expected Qatari projects and legislation and what they mean for U.S. companies thinking about expanding or initiating a presence in Qatar, Ambassador Ziadeh and Commercial Officer Robert Dunn accepted audience questions about regional politics, the consumer goods sector, and best practice business models in Qatar.

With the highest GDP in the world, Qatar is one of the most sought-after markets for U.S. companies in MENA.  Qatar maintains one of the world’s highest levels of capital spending on education and healthcare, and invested over $9 billion in FY 2012/2013 in these sectors alone.

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Mr. John Brantley – Bilateral Chamber Advisory Board Member & Chairman of the Middle East Practice group at Bracewell & Giuliani – introduces T.H. Ambassador Susan L. Ziadeh at the Bilateral Chamber’s Ambassador Insight Series: Qatar event held on May 6th, 2014.


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