DMCC and HKMEBC Join Forces to Strengthen Hong Kong-Middle East Business Ties


Transforming Dubai into a Global Commodities Trade Hub

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), a leading free zone in Dubai, partnered with the Hong Kong-Middle East Business Chamber (HKMEBC) to co-hosted a significant seminar on 21st September, 2023.

The seminar, titled “Embracing New Business Opportunities: Navigating Hong Kong-Dubai Trade Connections,” attracted an audience of 500. It explored various aspects of business opportunities in the Middle East, emphasizing the fruitful development of trade connections between Hong Kong and the region.


Strengthening Economic Ties

During the event, DMCC and HKMEBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), demonstrating their commitment to mutual support for the Belt and Road Initiative’s goals and exploring collaborations between the business and professional communities of both regions. This MOU reflects the strong economic partnership between Hong Kong and the Middle East.

DMCC’s Transformative Role

Established by Royal Decree in 2002, DMCC is dedicated to enhancing the flow of commodity trade. It aspires to consolidate Dubai as the preferred global destination for commodity trade and a leading free zone worldwide. Currently, DMCC hosts a total of 23,600 companies across ten sectors, including traditional commodities, technology and communications, energy, finance, media and marketing, professional services, and healthcare.

A Global Trade Hub

Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DMCC, highlighted the organization’s accomplishments, stating, “In just two decades, DMCC has transformed Dubai into a global commodities trade hub. With over 23,000 companies spanning various sectors, DMCC is more than a commodities free zone; it fosters a diverse community of over 80,000 employees.”

Shared Economic Priorities

Mr. Sulayem drew parallels between Hong Kong’s connections with neighboring areas and Dubai’s connections with adjacent regions, highlighting their shared economic priorities and security interests. He added, “Today, DMCC accounts for 11% of all foreign direct investment to Dubai. This is a significant demonstration of the value of free trade between Dubai and the rest of the world.”

Unlocking Middle East Opportunities

Dr. Aaron Shum, Founding President of the Hong Kong-Middle East Business Chamber, shared his four decades of firsthand experience trading in the Middle East and encouraged chamber members to maximize their Middle East investments.

He emphasized that Hong Kong could serve as a gateway for channeling Middle East capital into the Greater Bay Area (GBA), leveraging the recent Belt and Road Initiative’s focus on the Middle East. Dr. Shum stated, “I hope to leverage my over four decades of hands-on experience living and doing business in the region to its fullest. I launched HKMEBC as a platform to encourage more people to enter the Middle East market and pave a smooth path.”


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