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AIB-MENA Sponsor: University of Wollongong in Dubai

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is one of the UAE's oldest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia, currently ranked in the leading universities in the world, UOWD represented a very early Australian initiative in the Gulf region. From a small beginning opposite Al Mulla Plaza, through its landmark presence on Jumeirah Road to its current location at Dubai Knowledge Village, UOWD is now recognized as being an integral part of Dubai.

As an independent UAE institution of higher education, UOWD attracts students not just from the UAE and Australia but from all over the world. Approximately 3,500 students representing almost a hundred nationalities are currently enrolled at UOWD and enjoy a quality academic experience. Read more...

AIB-MENA Dubai Conference Sponsors:

Local Host Sponsors: BV- MBRE

Business Village - Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development: An Agency of the Department of Economic Development - Government of Dubai, P.O. Box 66166 Dubai, UAE.

Diamond Sponsors: Abraaj Capital

Abraaj Capital

Abraaj Capital is the biggest private equity group in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). Since inception in 2002, it has raised close to US$ 7 billion and distributed almost US$ 3 billion to its investors. Headquartered in Dubai, the Abraaj Group operates eight offices in the region including in Istanbul, Cairo and Riyadh. Funds managed by the Abraaj Group or its predecessor entities have made 36 investments in 11 countries and achieved more than 20 exits. More than 75 world-class investment professionals work for Abraaj Capital, which manages seven Funds; four buyout Funds; Riyada Enterprise Development Fund, a Fund dedicated to small and medium enterprises; ASAS, an income-generating, sale-and-leaseback Fund; and a real estate Fund. Funds under management at the end of 2009 were US$ 6.6 billion. Funds managed by the Abraaj Group have holdings in about two dozen companies in the region including Air Arabia, the region's biggest low-cost carrier; Acibadem Healthcare Group, Turkey's largest privately owned hospital operator; and Al Borg Laboratories, the Middle East's biggest privately owned medical-testing laboratory company. Abraaj Capital has won many regional and international awards, including five consecutive years as 'Middle Eastern Private Equity Firm of the Year' from London-based Private Equity International. Abraaj Capital Ltd., a member of the Abraaj Group, is licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. The group is also an associate member of the European Venture Capital Association.

Awards Sponsor: International Journal of Emerging Markets

The International Journal of Emerging Markets (see will be sponsoring a special issue focussing on the Middle East North Africa and in it will be publishing the best conference papers of the first AIB-MENA conference to be held in December 2010. They are also sponsoring two awards:

  • Best Overall Academic Paper
  • Best Case Study Paper
Each winner will get a framed certificate and a year's subscription to the journal for the winner's, plus lots of exposure via the website.

Conference Registration and Lodging Sponsor: JLM Consultants

Registration and Hotel Lodging is managed by JLM Consultants. JLM Consultants is the leading complimentary venue finding service that that can make a difference to your organisation. They help you by sourcing the right venue for your upcoming meetings, conferences, incentives, trainings, seminars and exhibitions not only within the UAE but also regionally and internationally. Additionally, JLM coordinate logistics, tours and excursions, visa processing, promotional items, on site management and everything in between.

Finding the right venue at the right rate for your next meeting or conference is both costly and time consuming and can mean the difference between success and failure of your event. JLM's phenomenal growth since 2003 indicates that as a pioneer of the complimentary venue finding service throughout the MENA region, they promise to deliver the highest quality of service at the industry's most competitive prices is unmatched.

UAE Exchange

UAE Exchange is the leading global remittance and foreign exchange brand with operations spanning 22 countries across five continents through more than 485 direct offices. With correspondent banking relationship covering more than 150 global banks and associations with many leading brands globally to bring several value-added products to the customers, UAE Exchange, acclaimed the world over as the "World's Trusted Money Transferrer", provides unmatched service in the industry to a diverse customer base of around 3.5 million. UAE Exchange is a prominent member of the NMC Group, one of the region’s leading business conglomerates, with multifarious activities across the world.


Jafza is Economic Zones World's flagship operation. It is one of the world's largest and the fastest growing free zones. Established in 1985, Jafza today is spread over an area of 48 sq. kms and is home to over 6400 companies, including over 150 of the Fortune Global 500 enterprises, from across the world. It is a leading driver of the burgeoning UAE economy.

With its impeccable track record, Jafza stands for innovation, customer centricity, transparent operations and entrepreneurial dynamism.

As the leading business hub of the Middle East, it focuses on long-term customer relationships and fosters alliances with global investors by providing them with world class infrastructure supported with value-added services and incentives. Jafza also offers them the benefit of huge business opportunities from a potential market of over two billion people in the greater Middle East region.

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