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Event: “The Emirates at 50: Accelerating UAE-UK business collaboration and investment”

Updated: Mar 20

Tuesday 14 September 2021

/ 10.30 - 12:00 British Summer Time (London Time)

/ 13:30-15:00 Gulf Standard Time (UAE Time)

Jointly hosted with the UAE-UK Business Council, H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Lord Grimstone, the UK Minister for Investment, will explore the future business and investment relationship between the Emirates and the UK, and ways to drive greater growth and collaboration domestically and internationally by opening new markets.

The Ministers, who have been closely involved in shaping UAE-UK business ties, will also provide insights into the policy and economic approach needed to make investment and economic cooperation easier and more effective in a post-COVID world, as well as ways to create a broader ecosystem of knowledge sharing, collaboration and alignment between large multinational businesses, fast-growing start-ups, and SMEs.

Our Speakers:

· H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade

H.E Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi was appointed the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade in 2020. He oversees the development of non-oil foreign trade sectors and the expansion of global partnerships, in addition to enhancing the investment climate in the country.

Prior to assuming his ministerial position, H.E Al Zeyoudi served as the permanent representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and Director of the Department of Energy Affairs and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

· Lord Grimstone, UK Minister for Investment at Department for International Trade and Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Lord Grimstone was appointed Minister for Investment jointly at the Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in March 2020. In his role as Minister at the DIT he oversees the developing new investment strategies, promotion of investment and strengthening business-investor relations. Whilst in his role at BEIS sees Lord Grimstone work across investment in the advanced manufacturing, automotive, infrastructure, materials (including steel), professional and business services.

In addition to his work within the Government, Lord Grimstone has served in multiple executive roles across the public and private sector including chairman of Barclays Bank plc and Standard Life Aberdeen and Board Adviser for the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, where he developed strong ties within the Emirates. Most recently he led on delivering the UAE-UK Sovereign Investment Partnership agreement with Mubadala.

Please do register your interest now at and we will send you further details by email. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

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