Chief Executive Director’s Message

Dear AmCham Abu Dhabi community,

It’s time to kick-off 2023, and what better way than with the Annual Roundtable Summit 2023 later this week. I look forward to seeing many of you there – and truly, this is an outstanding line-up, so I do hope you’ll be there and hear from our Distinguished Speakers and guests.

Before we jump into 2023, let’s take a quick look back at the highlights of 2022:

Thanks to the incredible and invaluable support of our Falcon Members ExxonMobil, L3Harris, Oshkosh Defense, Raytheon Emirates, and Viatris, as well as Eagle member Lockheed Martin and our amazing group of Platinum member companies, we were able to achieve a lot- here’s a quick snapshot:

  • Over 20 U.S. Companies signed the UAE Gender Balance Pledge in November at a signing ceremony with Her Excellency Shamsa Saleh, Secretary General, UAE Gender Balance Council.
  • AmCham Abu Dhabi shone at the U.S. International Trade Administration’s signature “Trade Winds” event; we had significant meetings with United States Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo and Under Secretary of Commerce Marisa Lago. A total of 8 new companies joined AmCham Abu Dhabi due to this outstanding event.
  • We hosted over 100 U.S. active troops for an American style beach day BBQ, TopFun, in September.
  • The launch of the UMEX Kick-Off Breakfast, a new AmCham Abu Dhabi Signature event.
  • The launch of 4 new member committees: Banking & Finance Sector, Travel & Trade, Climate & Sustainability, and micro-SME.
  • The relaunch of the Women in Business Committee, now named the Business Leadership Alliance.
  • MoU signing with the Abu Dhabi Residents Office, to further enhance opportunity for all AmCham members.

As we embark the road into 2023, you can expect:

  • Continued programming excellence from our 15+ sector committees
  • Prominent presence at IDEX, ADIPEC and Dubai Airshow
  • Further strengthening of collaboration with the Abu Dhabi economy’s ecosystem
  • A pathway to COP28 with programs, events, and opportunities to collaborate and contribute
  • Unrelenting commitment to our mission of connecting, collaborating, and communicating for all our members

AmCham Abu Dhabi members, thank you for your continued support. We’d love to see more of you attending and engaging with the Committees – this will help build your networking relationships, and raise your profile within our membership AND the greater Abu Dhabi business community. 

For those of you who renewed, thank you! And if you have not renewed yet, please take a moment and do so – EVERY dirham counts and we spend every dirham for the members.

Yours in partnership, 

Liz Beneski
Chief Executive Director 
AmCham Abu Dhabi