VIP night opens Dubai Week in China

Danielle Green
Danielle Green

An audience of 200 guests flocked to last night’s opening of Dubai Week in China, where they enjoyed traditional Arab hospitality and learned of the growing ties between Dubai and China

UAE Minister of State and Honorary President of Falcon and Associates Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy opened the inaugural Dubai Week in China last night with a speech that highlighted the synergies between Dubai and China.

Addressing an audience of more than 200 guests at the event’s opening night, Her Excellency said: “China and the UAE share an energy and drive to achieve what others can sometimes see as the impossible. This pioneering spirit, combined with our strategic location, has enabled us to become a global trade hub and gateway of opportunity for China into the Middle East, Africa, Europe and beyond.”

Welcoming continued cooperation between Dubai and China, Her Excellency said: “Dubai Week in China is a place to meet and foster friendships, a platform to stimulate greater levels of understanding and discuss new opportunities which will bring us closer together and further strengthen economic and cultural ties between our two great countries.”

Ayallah band
An Emirati Ayallah band entertains the Beijing crowds at Dubai Week in China

It was a sentiment echoed by Madame Li Xiaolin, President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

“Dubai Week in China marks and an important step in the strengthening of relations,” said Madame Li Xiaolin. “Dubai can play a key role as China looks to implement its One Belt, One Road strategy, through the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, role in China’s future. We look forward to working with the Dubai entities to create new friendships and foster meaningful dialogue, inspiring increased levels of knowledge transfer and collaboration in the pursuit of common goals.”

Among the VIP audience at the event were Chinese government officials, and business and thought leaders, along with a senior delegation representing the UAE and Dubai.

Displays of traditional Emirati music – including an Ayallah band and an oud performance – were highlights of the evening, with guests also enjoying typical Arabic dishes.

Dubai Week in China crowds
Local crowds explore Dubai through Dubai Week's interactive experiences

Guests were also offered a preview of the venue – The Orange, Taikoo Li Sanlitun South – which has been transformed into an interactive experience, providing visitors the opportunity to experience Dubai through stories, videos and exhibits.

In addition, a business centre at the venue will provide event Partners and Chinese business leaders and government officials a platform to explore opportunities of mutual benefit, with several announcements expected to be made during the week.

A series of thought leadership panel discussions is also scheduled – on Dubai as an investment destination, as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the growing educational opportunities in the emirate. There will also be evening events celebrating China and Dubai’s shared passion for sport, food and art.

China became Dubai’s number one trading partner in 2014 after a 29% increase to $47.6bn moved it above India for the first time since 2004. This strengthening of economic ties has been driven in part by the 3000 Chinese companies operating in Dubai and the city’s thriving community of over 200,000 Chinese, accounting for 10% of its population.