4th edition, 2014

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Ras Al Khaima Free Trade Zone welcomes a new tenant


Ras Al Khaima Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ), one of the fastest-growing and cost-effective free zones in the UAE, is glad to announce that PGS Group, the French and Belgian-based, global manufacturer of wooden pallets, has expanded its operations into the Middle East by setting up a subsidiary in the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone.

The company chose to open PGS Middle East FZE in the RAK Free Trade Zone after reviewing the free zone’s strategic geographical location, top-notch facilities, award-winning business set-up services and substantially lower company set-up costs, which will allow the business to maximize its return on investment.


Direct Way : Official ground transportation partner of Emirates


Direct Way has been appointed as the official ground transportation partner of Emirates in Belgium. Direct Way offers ground transportation to the Emirates First and Business Class passengers across Belgium, the French, and the Netherlands borders.

EBBA Gala Dinner

image009EBBA is now preparing for its Annual GALA Dinner Party, which will take place on 13th November, 2014, under thepatronage of H.E. Ambassador of Belgium who kindly accepted to host the party at his residence garden.

A Belgian orchestra consisting of around 30 musicians (Saxophone players) will perform during the party, in addition to another Arabic program.

The income of the charity party will be donated to a chosen Charity Association according to its possibilities and needs.


KAMAL Exchange Co. L.L.C


September 2014 marks the second anniversary of the Western Union Business Solutions' services through Kamal Exchange Co. L.L.C in Jordan. A successful second year of operations has been achieved in the field of cross-border business-to-business payment service to support Small and Medium Enterprises sector.

Kamal Exchange Co.L.L.C the sole agent for Western Union Business solutions in Jordan has made great efforts at the market with rapidly growing number of registered customers, thanks, to Jordanian business groups and organizations that interacted clearly with the services provided for the benefit of overall economy of Jordan.

Kamal Exchange Co.L.L.C expects that the number of actively trading customer will increase in the next year due to expanding service to include transfer for overseas students.


IFP Group announces two new events in Egypt: “Food Africa” and “Project Egypt”


The IFP Group (International Fairs and Promotions) announced the inauguration of its first subsidiary in Egypt on 18 July 2014 during a celebration and a gala dinner held at under the auspices of the Egypt’s Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade at Fairmont Nile City - Magenta Ballroom.

Establishing its Egyptian subsidiary reflects IFP’s vision of the potentials that the Egyptian and the African markets offer. In cooperation with Konzept Exhibitions & Event Management, IFP Egypt will launch two events in 2015, “Food Africa”, the international commercial exhibition for foods and drinks, as well as “Project Egypt” the international commercial exhibition for building materials techniques and environmental protection.


ConMEC helps innovative Belgian company breakthrough in the Middle East

image013From market analyses and legal requirements to establishing initial contact and providing guidance and support, ConMEC are experts in the development of business opportunities in the Middle East. Hence, the Belgian company I-CARE took advantage of the services offered by ConMEC and solicited them to act as an agent on their behalf.

‘It’s not just about asking whether it’s a good idea to launch your product in the Middle Eastern markets. You need to look at the steps you have to take to actually get there,’ explains Sam Verdonck, Business Development Manager at ConMEC.

For other companies wanting to replicate the success I-CARE is enjoying in the Middle East, ConMEC will be collaborating with Etihad Airways and Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce to organise their second seminar on business and export opportunities in the Middle East in the first quarter of 2015.


TCS repairs severely damaged vessel

image014TCS carried out necessary repair on a severely damaged vessel which collided with a 1650-tonne harbour crane. The necessary parts were manufactured in TCS’s workshop in Houthalen (Belgium) and then shipped to Port Said (Egypt). On-site repairs, including the crane movement operation, took 14 weeks and the crane was taken back into service in July.


MedicCleanAir: reached 1 million Euro Turnover in Saudi Arabia

image015MedicCleanAir, which specializes in air purification and in negative/positive pressure rooms, is now supplying to over 40 hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and thanks to their Saudi partner – Dr. Hassan Alkas of Banaja Medical Company – their yearly turnover in the Kingdom has passed the 1 million Euro.

MedicCleanAir will participate to the Patient Safety event in Dubai from 16 to 18 September 2014.

Karsam: Ethno Tendance Fashion Weekend Brussels

image016KinaMania, a new division of Karsam founded in 2013 by Kristina Zouein, will be showing its Spring Summer 2015 shoe-wear collection - for men, women, and children - at the Ethno Tendance Fashion Weekend Brussels on October 10th, 11th and 12th. This show is a unique international event in Belgium centered on the arts, ethical fashion and ethnic solidarity. The event will take place in the Hotel de la Poste from Tour & Taxis during the official Belgian month of fashion, organized by MAD (Mode And Design Center).


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