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The IBN in Dubai continues to go from strength to strength

The new committee members of the Irish Business Network with H.E. Patrick Hennessy, Irish Ambassador to the UAE and Mahdi Al Mazim, Dubai Chamber of Commerce representative - Director of Member Relations. From left to right: Conor Lawler, Gerald Lawless, Mahdi Al Mazim, H.E. Patrick Hennessy, Bernard Creed, Patrick Mulligan, Sinead El Sibai, Lorraine Martensson and Michael Nugent.

Established in March 2011, the IBN is committed to growing business links between the UAE and Ireland and to providing members with opportunities to share and gain business experiences.

October 23, 2013 11:37 by

The third AGM for the Irish Business Network took place on October 7 at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and drew an enthusiastic crowd close to 140, including the newly appointed Irish Ambassador to the UAE, Pat Hennesy and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce representative Mr. Mahdi Al Mazim, director of Member Relations.

Brian King, who had been chairman of the IBN since its inception, decided to step down after three years, providing Bernard Creed with the opportunity to stand for the position which he won on the night.

Established in March 2011, the IBN is committed to growing business links between the UAE and Ireland and to providing members with opportunities to share and gain business experiences. The IBN also helps foster networking opportunities for its members where appropriate.

Commenting on the objectives of the group over the past three years, Bernard Creed noted: “The IBN has come a long way since the initial group formed and I really want to thank Brian King, along with all of the former committee members for driving through on so many great initiatives.

“We are now ready to move to the next level as a business group and to raise our profile among the business community in the UAE. As the new Chairman I look forward to working with the new committee and our members on ensuring that the IBN continues to be relevant. There is significant growth in the number of Irish people coming to the UAE and we need to ensure that the IBN is one of the first ports of call for people looking at living and working in the UAE.”

In the past year alone the IBN has introduced a number of initiatives aimed at providing their membership with active opportunities to engage, and to learn from the expertise of others.

One such initiative which will be launched later this year is the Jobs Portal on the IBN website ( The IBN committee went out to the market to receive bids for the Jobs Portal tender which was successfully won by Dubai-based Paul McCabe of Mac Design.

“The Jobs Portal will be a great opportunity for our members to upload their CVs and search for job opportunities. I believe that this will be equally beneficial to UAE based companies looking to recruit skilled Irish employees in the region and I know from speaking to a number of company decision makers that they would be happy to post jobs on the IBN site. It is a very exciting development,” said Bernard Creed.

This year, in addition to its regular monthly IBN Business Breakfasts, the committee also introduced a half day seminar entitled “Supporting the next Generation of Irish Business Leaders”. Free to IBN members, the seminar took place on September 7th in the Media One hotel and was designed to inform and support new and future business leaders. A total of 60 members attended the seminar which included an address by Ambassador Pat Hennessy, as well as a keynote speech by Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free.

On behalf of the IBN members, the incoming IBN committee has pledged to continue to introduce new initiatives and consists of the following:

Chair: Bernard Creed

Vice-Chair: Sinead El Sibai

Treasurer: Conor Lawler

Secretary: Lorraine Martensson

Committee: Gerald Lawless, Patrick Mulligan, Michael Nugent

Our thanks to the outgoing committee of 2012/2103 and to Aideen Hopkins who has been the IBN Administration Manager and who has stepped down for her post:

Chair: Brian King

Vice Chair: Sinead El Sibai

Treasurer: Bernard Creed

Secretary: Erin O’ Neill

Committee: John Merrigan, John Hanafin and Michael Nugent

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