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Dubai to host Family Business Global Summit 2014
More than 800 members from 50 countries expected to attend the first Family Business Network International event to be held in the Middle East.

The Family Business Network International (FBN) is to host their Global Summit 2014 in Dubai, under the theme of “A proud past, a sustainable future”.

The event marks the first time FBN International – an organisation spanning over 50 countries which aims to strengthen the success of family businesses over generations – has staged its annual gathering of more than 800 family businesses in the Middle East.

Members from FBN International’s global network will come together from 15th-17th October, 2014 at Madinat Jumeirah to discuss issues unique to family businesses such as succession planning, governance, wealth management and social entrepreneurship.

Dubai has the honour of hosting the prestigious event during the 25th anniversary of FBN International. The landmark year not only affords an opportunity to reflect on past achievements, it will act as a springboard for the next 25 years of supporting family businesses as they look to secure a sustainable future for the next generation.

His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, President of FBN GCC and Chairman of Al Ghurair Investment, said: “As hosts, we aspire to contribute and be a part of the summit’s platform where we can share issues, exchange solutions, spark new conversations, carve out shared priorities, take action and collaborate with like-minded family businesses.”

“The GCC economies are dynamic and evolving, and family businesses historically are at the forefront of this change. Hosting the Global Summit in Dubai represents an opportunity for us to connect our GCC members with the global network, and for other families to learn from, experience and develop relationships in this increasingly important region, as we discuss the challenges we all share and how best to approach them.”

Thierry Lombard, FBN International Chairman, said: “The synergy between our theme and the GCC region means there is no better place than Dubai to host our annual summit on the occasion of our Silver Anniversary.

Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director, Dubai Events and Convention Bureau, said: “Over the course of the last few decades, the GCC region has built on its impressive past, pushing proudly forward to define the contours of its future, at a scale that we hope to help grow our families and their businesses for the next quarter of this century.”

“We are proud that 800 members of Family Business Network International will be traveling to Dubai for the Global Summit, marking the organisation’s 25th anniversary.”

“The importance of family is at the heart of our culture in the UAE, and we are very supportive of creating a thought leadership platform for people to learn more about how to strengthen family businesses and in turn ensure success over generations,” he added.

"While our city is already seen as a premiere business destination, we are continuously striving to host innovative summits which will grow Dubai’s positioning as a knowledge hub where individuals can prosper through the exchange of best practices and new ideas”.

In addition to workshops and world-class social events, delegates will have the opportunity to visit Oman and Qatar to gain an insight into their family businesses through visits to corporate headquarters, factory plants, cultural sites and family homes. They will also have the opportunity to be hosted by select FBN GCC members at their Dubai-based operations.

To learn more about the event, visit www.fbnsummit.org/2014/dubai. For more information on FBN GCC, visit www.fbngcc.org.