German business centre to boost UAE ties

DUBAI - A new commercial development centre in Dubai will be used to reinforce business links between the UAE and Germany with the help of one of Europe's leading soccer clubs.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 14 Jan 2004, 11:41 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:07 AM

The German Centre Dubai, owned by Shaikh Rakadh bin Salem bin Rakadh Al Ameri and developed in close cooperation with the German Industry and Commerce Office (AHK) in Dubai, will encourage the relocation of existing major German companies and government agencies under one roof.Along with this, the facility will provide comprehensive support to German companies seeking to set up a base in Dubai for the first time.

This week, the German Centre Dubai joined forces with Lufthansa as support sponsors for German soccer champions Bayern Munich who have set up their winter training camp in the Emirate. The link with one of Europe's top clubs is being used to boost awareness of the facilities and commercial benefits available in the emirate.

Shaikh Rakadh, said: "We're creating an integrated business environment for businesses, from law firms to accountants, banks and airlines, car manufacturers, and many more. Our tenants will benefit from being part of a network of firms from different business sectors, coming together under one roof to profit from synergies in acquisition of customers, and support activities."

The German Industry and Commerce Office (AHK) in Dubai has been involved from the inception of the project, participating at all stages from concept through execution and tailoring the German Centre Dubai to suit the specific needs of German businesses in the Middle East.

The seven-storey commercial development in Mina Road, Dubai has been designed by German architect Lucas Scheid which will feature 12,000 square metres of rentable office space, serviced offices, conference facilities, a business centre as well as a ground floor lobby with restaurant, rooftop garden and a 60 room boutique hotel .It is due for completion in mid-2005.

Dr Juergen Friedrich, the official delegate of AHK in Dubai, said: "The UAE is the most important export market for German products and services in the Middle East, while Dubai is the perfect hub from which to gain access to a market of 1.5 billion consumers. "

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