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Arab Banking and Finance Forum 2016

This event created a dialogue and networking platform and brought Swiss and Arab financial professionals together to discuss and exchange on present perspectives, upcoming opportunities and challenges, shared best practice and benefit from a high level business network.

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Welcome to the Swiss Arab Network



 Thank you for visiting the Swiss Arab Network website

We look forward to share our network, expertise, and experience in order to increase awareness and friendship between Switzerland and the Arab World.

We are convinced that a deeper mutual understanding will inspire you to take part in making our world a better place.







"The participants enjoyed the presentation very much. It definitely gave us another insight into the Arabic culture and behaviours, even though some of us had already a certain knowledge. Especially the language lesson and the practical approach was beneficial for our day to day business. The learnings are a vital part to understand our guests even better. Thank you very much to all of you for your enthusiastic and inspiring speeches including the entertaining lesson." 

Matthias Albrecht
Director GCC
Switzerland Tourism

Dear Friends Swiss Arab Network

It is with great pleasure I’m writing to you this letter. We appreciate your efforts to create a strong bridge between our cultures, especially during such a difficult period. We have to bring a message of peace and brotherhood, solidarity and mutual understanding....



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Opportunities and events

 SAN Highlights



09.1. in Winterthur: Noiva Forum - Brennpunkt Nahost - Chancen in der Krise link


18.-21.1. in Dubai: World Future Energy Summit link


22.1. in Zurich: General Assembly of our Swiss Arab Network. We have the pleasure to invite members, friends and guests of our network. More information see below or link


20.-23.1. in Davos: World Economic Forum (WEF) link


26.1. in Winterthur: Iran – spotting and vetting opportunities organized by Brasidas, GeopoliticalAlpha and ZHAW School of Management and Law. More information see below or link


25.-28.1. in Dubai: Swiss Pavillion at Arab Health 2016 link


01.-02.2. to Morocco: Economic Mission organized by SECO


05.-06.2. in Dubai: Swiss Days Dubai at Madinat Theatre Jumeirah link


29.1.-07.2. to Oman: Study Trip link


15.-18.2. in Alger: Salon International Algeria Infrastructure 2016 link


17.-18.2. in Khartoum: Sudan Investment Forum 2016 link


25.-26.2. in Rome: Arab Geopolitics in Turmoil - Perceptions, Unknowns and Policies link


08.-09.3. in Kuwait: Kuwait Investment Forum 2016 link


16.-19.3. in Dubai: Art Dubai link


17.3. in Lucerne: Export Dialogue Iran link


19.-28.3. to Jordan: Study Trip link


21.-23.3. in Istanbul: 2nd International Halal Tourism Conference link


21.-22.3. in Abidjan: African CEO Forum link


23.-24.3. in Muscat: Oman Economic Forum link


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 SAN kindly invites you to its annual general assembly on Friday, 22.1.16 from 18:00-21:00 at Maison Lahmar, Rigiplatz 1 in 8006 Zurich. Content will be a review on past highlights, an outlook of 2016, a voting procedure and last but not least a gathering and networking along with a tasty oriental three course dinner. Please join us for this event which is for freeRegistration link In case you are not a member and would like to participate, please contact due to limited seats. 


Brasidas (corporate member), GeopoliticalAlpha and ZHAW School of Management and Law (corporate member) will hold the first of their 2016 Strategic Seminar Series with the topic Iran – spotting and vetting opportunities. It will take place on Tuesday, 26.1.16 from 8:30-13:00 in Winterthur and is free of charge. This event will provide participants with perspective, knowledge and understanding of the reality of this new opportunity. The event is supported by SAN. Registration link


SAN is proud to announce that it has doubled its member base in 2015. We warmly welcome all new members from a wider variety of industries. The corporate members are displayed on our website link


On the 27.11.15: SAN was invited by Premium Switzerland, the Swiss portal for luxury travel, education and health (website), as guest speaker for their GCC Synergy Meeting. Mounir Khouzami, President of SAN, was talking to 30 directors from luxury hotels, boarding schools and health institutions on culture and mindset of GCC clients traveling to Switzerland, opportunities, challenges and gave hints how to serve the clientele even better. Speech and discussion was highly appreciated.


On the 11.11.15: SAN and Park Hyatt Zurich (corporate member) launched a new networking concept, called ‘Swiss Arab Network Round Table’. Purpose was to network in an exclusive private atmosphere with a small group of 14 invited members and guests while being served Arab finger-food. The feedback on the pilot was very positive and encouraged SAN to continue with this format. New round tables will be scheduled in 2016.
From the 01.-03.11.15: SAN and Henley & Partners Middle East (corporate member) offered free access to Henley & Partners global conference in Dubai. 15 members and friends of our network profited from VIP packages worth in total $ 30,000.


From the 03.-08.11.15: The international short film festival Winterthur (Kurzfilmtage) took place and SAN supported the festival with valuable contacts. As thank you gift we provided20 members VIP tickets for the opening of the festival. In total 17,000 persons visited the festival and SAN is proud to have contributed to this success.


On the 30.10.15: The International Arab Film Festival Zurich (IAFFZ) and SAN invited to a Syrian evening with film and reading and welcomed the renowned author Fadi Azzam, who read from his novel „Sarmada“. This novel was named by „The New Yorker“ magazine as the most important work done about the Syrian spring. As a sponsor SAN offered 10 members free tickets to this evening review link



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Swiss Arab Media News

White Paper: Private jet ownership in the Middle East by Wealth-X and Wingx advance provided to SAN by Hardy Sohanpal (www.globaljetconcept.comlink


White Paper: The Gulf Arab Countries' Foreign and Security policies Post-Arab Uprisings by Gulf Research Centre Cambridge link


White Paper: Impact Investing - A Next Generation Islamic Investing by Islamicbanker link


Report: Doing Business Report 2015 by the World Bank - Three Arab Countries in the Top 50 of 189 countries link
Report: The Global Innovation Index - Full report available comparing all


countries link
Innovation: First free online dictionary German-Arabic launched by


Langenscheidt link
Islamic FinanceIslamic Finance assets expected to reach US$ 3.24 trillion by 2020 link


GCC: Schengen-style GCC visa likely by mid-2016 link


GCC: GCC states working on a unified tourism vision link


GCC: Middle East countries expected to invest $670 bn in renewable energy over next 25 years link


Iraq: Iraq just crowned its first beauty queen in more than 40 years link


Kuwait: Takaud and Swiss bank Mirabaud sign business partnership link


Morocco: King of Morocco Launches cultural week in UAE link


Muscat: Gulf rail network on track link


Muscat : Oman’s debut sovereign sukuk to open for subscription link


Qatar: Qatar financial center says to ease foreign investment rules link


Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia's women vote in election for first time link


Saudi Arabia: Halal tourism expected to grow steadily link


UAE: Swiss Finance Know-How for Abu Dhabi Financial Market link


UAE: $18b plan for UAE's innovative economy link


UAE: Dubai's medical tourism revenues hit Dh1 billion link














































































































































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