Established in 1997 by the Netherlands Consulate and a group of prominent Dutch businessmen, the Netherlands Business Council, commonly known as NBC, aims to provide a platform for its members to network, encourage and promote business links with other like-minded business men, business councils in the GCC region and the Netherlands. The NBC undertakes a wide range of activities with the objective to enhance business prospects and expose the Dutch business community.
The NBC is a non-profit local association under UAE law and licensed under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber. It is recognised by the UAE authorities as the representative body of Dutch companies and individuals operating in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The NBC operates independently and is financially self-sufficient. The NBC has experienced significant growth over the last decade. From a handful pioneering entrepreneurs and career expatriates, the NBC has grown to roughly 200 entrepreneurs, managers and executives in a large variety of industries. Many of whom regularly call on any of our 30 plus annual events.
As the voice of the business community, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry works to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai. Our efforts focus on providing policy advocacy, business intelligence and networking opportunities to ensure Dubai’s businesses are given the best support to thrive. The Netherlands is Dubai’s 32nd largest international trade partner, with total non-oil trade valued at AED 8.9 billion in 2013. This is up 19% on 2012 with total non-oil trade worth AED 7.5 billion. For 2015, the UAE has named it the ‘Year of Innovation’ and Dubai Chamber will be working with all our stakeholders and partners to encourage more innovation across the private sector.
Over the years, the Netherlands Business Council has been an important partner for Dubai Chamber. Playing a vital role in representing the needs of its members, we value the work the Council does and will continue to extend our full cooperation to its activities throughout the years ahead.