The Swiss Business Councils (SBC) are non-profit organisations, licensed by their respective Chambers of Commerce & Industry, and were originally established in Dubai in 1996 and in Abu Dhabi in 2000.
The Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi and the Swiss Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirate are two separate legal entities. Since its creation, the two independent entities successfully promote the interests and activities of companies and individuals with connections between the UAE and Switzerland.
The SBC has an active and enthusiastic membership base, and is open for membership under individual and corporate categories for companies and individuals with business interests in the United Arab Emirates and / or Switzerland. To qualify for membership, companies and individuals should be able to demonstrate a clear business or cultural focus and interaction with Switzerland – either as a Swiss National, Swiss registered organization, or a local representative, agent or distributor of Swiss goods and services.
The SBC is a lively and stimulating forum of diverse interests and has a constantly expanding membership ranging from UAE National corporations through Swiss multinationals to individual private members. The directory of members will provide an insight into the broad spectrum of activities undertaken by the council members.
For information on membership application, fee structure and requirements, please refer to the “MEMBERSHIP” section.
The SBC is overseen by two separate Executive Committees (ExCom) whose responsibility is to organize a regular, diverse calendar of events and activities including presentations and dialogue with influential local and expatriate speakers, introduction of new Swiss companies in the UAE, and discussion with representatives of the Swiss and UAE Governments. There are monthly social and networking events to stimulate the exchange of ideas and experiences among the membership.
Additionally, members receive updates and newsletters covering business, cultural and promotional activities in the UAE. The SBC interacts closely with the Swiss Embassy, the Swiss Consulate General Dubai and the Swiss Business Hub Dubai.
The Mission of the SBC is to provide a forum in which Swiss business executives and other business executives with Swiss interests may identify, discuss and pursue common interests regarding their activities.
The objective of the SBC is to support commercial and personal relations between its members and to promote economic, social and cultural relations between the UAE and Switzerland by:
- Providing a platform for its members to communicate with representatives of the government and private sector of the UAE and Switzerland (Swiss Embassy Abu Dhabi, Swiss Consulate Dubai, & Swiss Business Hub Middle East).
- Developing and reinforcing contacts between organizations and associations sharing a mutual interest in the UAE.
- Organizing business and social meetings, presentations, seminars; participating in fairs, exhibitions and other related events.
- Holding monthly meetings to receive guest speakers, discuss selected topics, find business opportunities and get to know each other. The monthly gatherings as well as any individually announced social events are open to members and invited guests.