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Title Sponsor

The investment arm of the Government of Dubai currently has a portfolio that represents a cross-section of Dubai’s most recognised companies, in sectors that the Government of Dubai has deemed to be strategic for the continued development of the Emirate. The sectors include: Financial services, Transportation, Energy and Industrial, Real Estate and Leisure, Retail and other Holdings.


Strategic Partner

DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2014, DP World handled 60 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of over 36,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them. In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 20 consecutive years.


Platinum Sponsor

DMCC is dedicated to enhancing Dubai’s position as the global gateway for commodity trade.

The most successful markets create conditions that enable producers, traders and consumers to thrive. DMCC is a Dubai Government Authority committed to developing these ideal conditions for trade and enterprise. DMCC has a strong track record in commodity trade facilitation and we encourage and support business through the platforms we provide. These include our Free Zone, commodity exchanges, legal and regulatory frameworks and our strong real estate offering. DMCC is also developing the ‘Burj2020 District’ as part of our DMCC Free Zone expansion strategy to provide businesses with a commercial property offering unique to the Dubai marketplace.


Gold Sponsors

Nakheel is one of the world’s leading developers and a major contributor to realising the vision of Dubai for the 21st century: creating a world class destination for living, business and tourism. Nakheel continues to deliver and enhance an iconic portfolio of innovative landmark projects in Dubai across the residential, retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Nakheel’s master developments in Dubai include Palm Jumeirah, The World, Deira Islands, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Heights, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Warsan Village, Dragon City, International City, Jebel Ali Gardens and Nad Al Sheba Community. Together, these span more than 15,000 hectares and currently provide homes for over 200,000 people.  Nakheel has nearly 21,000 residential units under construction or in the pipeline. Nakheel’s growing retail project portfolio comprises large-scale destination developments at various locations in Dubai, including Nakheel Mall, Deira Mall, Deira Islands Night Souk, Warsan Souk, Al Khail Avenue, The Circle Mall and The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah; major extensions to Dragon Mart (renamed Dragon City) and Ibn Battuta Mall; and several neighbourhood community centres. Our existing and pipeline retail projects cover more than 13 million square feet of leasable space. Nakheel is also developing hotels at various locations in Dubai, including Palm Jumeirah, Deira Islands, Ibn Battuta Mall and Dragon City.


Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), established in 1975, is the first Islamic bank to have incorporated the principles of Islam in all its practices and is the largest Islamic bank in the UAE. DIB is a public joint stock company, and its shares are listed on the Dubai Financial Market. The bank operates 90 branches in the UAE.

The bank’s leading position has been reaffirmed by more than 165 local, regional and international accolades that it has won since 2004. DIB’s notable recognitions recently included being named the “Best Regional Commercial Bank – Middle East” at the Islamic Business & Finance Awards, winning five accolades at the Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2015. DIB was also recognised for its retail banking services at the Banker Middle East Product Awards 2015, where it won the accolades for “Best Islamic Card” and “Best GCC Equity Fund”.


MiDCOM group is a diverse conglomerate spread operating in 6 different industries, employing over 2,000 employees across 17 different countries across Middle-East & Africa. The primary focus businesses for the group are Manufacturing & Distribution of Consumer Electronics, Distribution of Mobile Handsets & Services, Dairy manufacturing & Distribution and Education. It has become one of the leader distributors of Mobile Handsets and Consumer Electronics with a proven track record of almost 20 years in the industry. It has strong partnerships with Microsoft, Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, Acer etc. It also has a state of the art Dairy processing facility in Uganda and promotes its own of brand of Milk Powder – Lato. It also has an education vertical that manages one of the leading International School in East Africa – Rainbow International School. The group is also setting up UAE’s first Fashion School in Dubai, which is scheduled to open in January 2016.

The group has over a 20 years history of setting up and delivering successful business across Africa and provides the perfect gateway to any brand that wishes to make an entry into the African Markets.


Official Partner

Standard Bank, also trading as Stanbic Bank, is Africa’s largest bank by assets and earnings, with a presence in 20 African countries and 9 countries outside of Africa. The Group has been at the forefront of South Africa’s financial system for over 152 years and has successfully expanded across Africa and other key emerging markets.

Standard Bank offers Retail, Business, Corporate and Investment Banking, with a network of over 15000 branches across Africa. For multinational corporates and organisations expanding their business into and across Africa, we are an ideal banking partner with deep knowledge, experience and a strong footprint in Africa. They call it Africa. We call it Home.


Official Carrier

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence. The airline has experienced rapid and consistent growth, and has been profitable for the last 26 consecutive years.

Emirates is based in Dubai, one of the few cities in the world that pursues an open-skies policy, and operates alongside more than 120 other airlines in free and fair competition. Its all wide-bodied fleet of over 233 aircraft includes 14 freighters and is among the youngest in the skies. The airline plans to more than double its size by 2020.

Emirates flies to 148 destinations in 83 countries across six continents. It operates over 233 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, and has pending delivery for an additional 281 aircraft, worth more than USD$135 billion.