Newsletter 08/2018

Chairman's Message

Welcome Back to Business

Dear AusBG Members and Friends,

Welcome back to business, we hope you had a great summer and are ready for a busy and successful end to 2018.

The AusBG team has been extremely busy over summer preparing events for you for the rest of the year. The two main events to consider begin this week; a ‘not to be missed’ financial and economic expert regional update from the leadership teams of FAB, leading PE firm Gulf Capital, ADCB Bank and Abu Dhabi Financial Group – all brought together by Macquarie Middle East Chairman and AusBG Treasurer, Mr. Wissam Moukahal.I attend many conferences throughout the year and it is extremely rare to get such an esteemed line up of speakers and experts in one room let alone one panel. Registration is essential to attend Monday, September 10th at 6pm email,  for tickets non-members welcome also.

Next up in the AusBG agenda is something a little more relaxed, a celebration and showcase of the best of Australian food and wine, AusBG’ s Taste of Australia dinner. This year AusBG are thrilled to have secured Matt Moran’ Executive Chef from Barangaroo House in Sydney Chef Cory Campbell. For food enthusiasts Chef Cory has worked in some of the most renowned restaurants globally; The Ledbury and Noma (top 3 on 50 best restaurants globally) and Vue De Monde in Melbourne, where during his time the restaurant was awarded three chefs’ hats. Matt Moran is an Australian food icon with a career spanning over 30 years in the Australian Food industry and a plethora of awards, tv shows, best-selling cookbooks, and owner of some of Australia’s most celebrated dining establishments. AusBG is grateful to have this opportunity to dine with Chef Cory and his team on Friday, October 26th – save the date. AusBG is delighted to have the Victorian Government, Meat and Livestock Australia, Etihad Airways and Spinneys supporting the event. 

We would like to invite creative, innovative, dynamic stallholders/producers to showcase at this year's Taste. If this sounds like something you would be interested please email Laren at

Food is such an important part of Australia’s economy and relationship with the UAE. Did you know The UAE is Australia’s largest agricultural trading partner in MENA? Two-way agricultural trade with the UAE was worth over $900 million in 2016-17 and Australian exports in 2016-17 were dominated by sheep meat ($215 million), beef ($64 million), wheat ($93 million), chickpeas ($85 million) and barley ($70 million).

AusBG 50Club is a platform designed to showcase leading Australian owned and formed businesses doing and seeking business in the Capital, benefits not only include recognition and promotion of your business but special 50Club only events, networking opportunities, marketing support, and free Austrade review and support. Is your business a potential AusBG 50Club Member? Email to join The 2018 50 Club renewal is on now, to be featured on the 50 Club Board at Taste of Australia 2018 ensure you join before October 1st. We love supporting Australian grown business, read about our newest 50Club member Essential Coffee in the newsletter this month.

AusBG warmly welcomes Consul General Dubai, Trade Commissioner Middle East and Africa Mr. Ian Halliday to his new role and post in the UAE. We look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Halliday and his team in AusBG, 50Club, and the ABMA platforms.

Are you an Australian company wanting to get involved in Expo 2020? There are several tenders upcoming Expo leader Justin McGowan expand further here on ways to get involved and where to register for more information on opportunities available.

Special thanks to the AusBG Board and Group Managers Annissa and Laren.  It is a lot of time and work behind the scenes to make the magic here at AusBG – would you like to be a part of the AusBG family or sponsor us? Join now or contact the office directly at or WhatsApp +971502641134.

As always if you have any suggestions, event ideas or feedback for the group please get in touch directly on or We look forward to seeing you on Monday night at the economic event and at Taste of Australia October 26th.

Very best,


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