NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2024 www.ablcc.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS ABLCC NEWSLETTER JANUARY - 2024 Welcome to Our NewMembers ......................................................... Development Strategy in Arab Countries .................................. ABLCC Key Activities ...................................................................................... Future Activities of the ABLCC .............................................................. Relationship with the Ambassadors ................................................ News in the ArabWorld ............................................................................... Our Sponsors .......................................................................................................... 4 10 14 24 28 30 38

4 WELCOME TO OUR NEWMEMBERS To ensure compliance with GDPR, personal contact details for our member companies are not anymore published. However, should you need specific business contacts, do not hesitate to contact us (info@ablcc.org / 02 344 82 04)!

5 MCE - Management Centre Europe Management Centre Europe (MCE) is the leading provider of International Management Development Training Solutions in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Founded in 1961, MCE is part of the American Management Association (AMA) Global Network. So, MCE’s training and development solutions are available wherever you are. MCE International Management Development Services cover Open Training Programmes (for individuals) and Customized Learning Solutions (for groups). Our programmes are available in presence or live online. Programmes cover essential leadership, management, and business acumen skills. They are delivered by faculty with extensive international business experience across industries. We have a pragmatic, hands-on and practical approach to learning, with real case studies/business simulation and international focus. Contact: http://www.mce.eu The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its new members. S.BRETHOLZ S.Bretholz has acquiredmore than 25 years of experience in the field of security, with particular emphasis placed on detection, physical security & screening technologies. Throughout his career, he filled both operational and management level positions. He has worked closely with regulators worldwide, as well as with industry leaders. He plays a central role in the development of security concepts, methods, and methodologies within the framework of various multinational consortiums. Contact: https://bretholz.solutions/

6 MAREX Marex is an industrial technical control office, specialized in hyperbaric, marine, and coastal infrastructures. Before a jack-up reaches location, buoys are normally dropped off to mark the centre and leg positions. Marex’s divers are required to do a circular search of these position to ensure that the legs will be clear of debris. Marex measure the depth of penetration of the legs using an air probe. Contact: https://www.marexinspection.com ELIA GRID INTERNATIONAL (EGI) Elia Grid International (EGI) is a global engineering consultancy company specialising in complex power system challenges. Our multidisciplinary team of experts offer strategic, technical and regulatory advice in all fields related to power transmission, as well as a range of specialist solutions. We are an international company with offices in Brussels, Berlin, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Riyadh, Singapore and Bangkok, and carry out projects in over 20 countries worldwide. EGI is part of Elia Group, one of Europe’s top five transmission system operators and a key player in the European energy market and interconnected electricity system. Elia Group is also an industry-renowned specialist in building interconnectors and integrating renewable energy generation. Contact: https://eliagrid-int.com/ PAUWELS TRANSFORMERS Pauwels Transformers is a specialist in mobile and compact modular substations. Its turnkey substation projects up to 500 kV have been commissioned across the world. Its clients include large industrial and renewables customers as well as electricity utilities. Pauwels has accumulated an impressive list of references covering over 50 countries. As a leading engineering company, Pauwels Transformers provides end-to-end solutions, helping its customers use electrical power effectively and increase sustainable productivity. As a technological pioneer, Pauwels will continue to deliver innovative solutions to connect renewable energy, such as solar, wind, storage, to the grid. Contact: https://www.pauwels.com/

7 DIRTY MONITOR The Belgium based company Dirty Monitor is an enthusiastic creative studio, pioneer in the field of content conception and realisation for video mapping and other audiovisual productions. Since our creation in 2004, we’ve managed to become a reference for 3D Video Mapping, VJing, and Digital Art. Over the years, the company has gained an international reputation, thanks to its fruitful collaborationwith renowned directors, agencies, brands and other great names from the events industry. Live performances, installations, product launches, celebrations, inaugurations, parties... Whatever the desired atmosphere, structures or surfaces are, we offer the audience a unique visual and immersive experience. Our team is composed of multidisciplinary professionals and artists, all coming from different fields, ranging from architecture to graphic design, a wealth of ideas and skills, an essential source for impressive and memorable productions. We strive to create what has never been seen before, because our client needs are as unique as we are. Our mission: Enhancing without distorting. Contact: https://www.dirtymonitor.com THE LUXEMBOURG ARAB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (LABA) The Luxembourg Arab Business Association (LABA) is an independent non-profit organisation based in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since 2018 focused on promoting trade and investment, cooperation between Luxembourg and Arab countries. Since July, 7th 2021, LABA is pleased to announce that after completing the accreditation process for bilateral chambers of commerce and business clubs in Luxembourg (CCBL), Luxembourg Arab Business Association has successfully been approved as an accredited member of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. We are intended to be pragmatic, with a how-to focus. Contact: https://www.laba.lu/

8 ELLEN’S DATES CREAM We are Ellen’s dates cream, were from Roeselare West Flanders Belgium and we are proud to introduce our brand-new company. At Ellen’s dates cream, we are passionate about creating delicious, healthy, and natural date cream, and we are determined to surprise people with the sweet taste and nutritional value of dates in a whole newway. Why date cream? Dates are not only one of the oldest known fruits on earth, but they are also packed with health benefits. At Ellen’s dates cream, we’ve perfected the art of wrapping these benefits into a delicious and versatile cream that you can use as a supplement to your dishes. The date cream has different spices that make it take your dishes to another level, without much effort or difficult preparations. Contact: https://ellensdatescream.be BAB CONSULT BELGIUM Consultancy, coaching, accompaniement of Belgian companies (SMEs) interested in developping their activities towards Arab markets, as well as Arab companies looking for sourcing from Belgium and neighbouring countries. Advising and accompanying investors interested in stable and sustainable destinations such as Belgium and Luxembourg. Business services: translation (Arabic-French-English), administrative accompaniement. Training, keynote speaker (business, culture, diversity & inclusion). Contact: http://www.babconsult.be PITCHTECCONCEPT Whatever the purpose of your pitch is, it will need some kind of technology in order to meet with the expectations in and outside of your organisation. The trick is to tailor made the type of technology in such a way that it fits exactly your expectations. Contact: http://www.pitchtec.com

9 DISCOVER ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE ABLCC UNHCR UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives and protecting the rights of forcibly displaced communities. Formally known as the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1950 in the aftermath of the SecondWorldWar to help the millions of people who had lost their homes. Contact: https://www.unhcr.org/be/


11 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of actions for people, planet, and prosperity. Adopted in September 2015 by all UN Member States, the 2030 Agenda aims to eliminate poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. While the United Nations is supporting implementation especially at regional levels, the 2030 Agenda is primarily country-driven, with Member States taking the lead and adapting it to their national realities. The Arab region, which has been characterized by instability and conflict for the past two decades, is facing various challenges. The 2022 Highlevel Political Forum on Sustainable Development called for a new phase of accelerated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. It is therefore more urgent than ever to drive development and compile much-needed evidence to measure progress, stagnation, and setbacks.

12 VISION 2030 SAUDI ARABIA Under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embarked on a journey towards a brighter future with the launch of Vision 2030. Conceived by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, this roadmap leverages Saudi Arabia’s God-given strengths, including their strategic location, investment power, and centrality in the Arab and Islamic worlds. Since the launch of Vision 2030, the Kingdom has laid a solid foundation for success by implementing unprecedented reforms in the public sector, the economy, and society. Despite challenges, it gained invaluable experiences and strengthened its resolve to reach its goals. The efforts that were made led to improved government efficiency, newgrowth and investment opportunities, greater global engagement, and enhanced quality of life. As it continues this transformation, Saudi Arabia remains steadfast in their commitment to achieving their goals by 2030. The Kingdom aims to empower citizens and businesses to reach their full potential, diversify the country’s economy, support local content, and create innovative growth opportunities. This will be accomplished by creating a favourable environment for local and foreign investments and through the development, as well as by unlocking of new sectors by the Public Investment Fund. Read more: https://www.vision2030.gov.sa/media/rc0b5oy1/saudi_vision203.pdf

13 VISION 2040 OMAN Oman Vision 2040 is the national reference for economic and social planning for the period of 2021-2040, and the source of national sector strategies and five-year development plans. It was put in place under the wise guidance of His Majesty the late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and carried forward by His Majesty Haitham Bin Tarik. After being developed with extensive participation by the community, Oman Vision 2040 was approved by His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik in 2020, then it was put into action as of early January 2021 and will remain in force till 2040. To enhance the role of the different sectors of the Omani society in building the future of the country, Oman Vision 2040 has developed a participatory approach at which individuals from different parts of Oman shared their views and inputs at different stages of the Vision development. It targeted the government, private sectors, civil society institutions, municipal councils, academic institutions, and other groups such as women, youth, media professionals, people with special needs, university, and school students, in addition to a group of expatriates. Read more: https://www.oman2040.om/ VisionDocument?lang=en


15 Thursday 26 January 2023 was dedicated to Algeria and the great opportunities i t offers. This Seminar , “The publ ic procurement market in Algeria”, was the first major meeting organized by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), The Wallonia Export & Investment Agency (AWEX), and hub.brussels, in close collaboration with the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ABLCC) and the Algerian Embassy in Brussels in the beginning of the year 2023. After a welcome note from Mr. Qaisar HIJAZIN, Secretary General of the ABLCC, H.E. Mr. Alain LEROY, Ambassador of Belgium in Algeria and H.E. Mr. Ali MOKRANI, Ambassador of Algeria to Belgium, delivered keynote speeches, highlighting BelgianAlgerian long-term relationship of mutual confidence, the Algerian government strategic vision, as well as the significant increase in trade between both countries over the past 12 months. After a buffet-lunch, during which they had the opportunity to establish contacts, the participants took part in a B2B business networking session with the Algerian representatives from various ministries. SEMINAR “THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT MARKET IN ALGERIA” 26 JANUARY 2023

16 Within the framework of the “Vision 2030” roadmap, which aims to challenge the foundations of the traditional economy to push investment in innovative sectors, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ABLCC), in close collaboration with the Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX), The Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg (CCLUX), and with the full support of the Belgian Embassy in Riyadh and the Saudi Embassy in Brussels, organized for the second consecutive year an Economic mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 05 to 09 March 2023. Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Pascal GRÉGOIRE, Ambassador of Belgium to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a business delegation consisting of 120 company delegates, representing 75 Belgian and Luxembourg companies , vi s i ted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 5 days of intense networkingwith key stakeholders from Saudi companies, B2B’s/B2G’s, conferences, site visits, and much more. The first day started with a thrilling speed dating session with more than 300 one-toone meetings and concluded with a panel MULTISECTORAL ECONOMIC MISSION 2023 – KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA 05 - 09 MARCH 2023

17 discussion featuring 5 high-level panellists to explain the Saudi market, the legal context of doing business in Saudi Arabia, as well as the transformation of the Saudi business climate. The next day, the delegation headed to the Federation of Saudi Chambers for a business meeting chaired by Dr. Mohamed BEN LADEN, Chairman of the Saudi French Business Council (CAFS). For the rest of the mission, the participants had the opportunity to discover both the outstanding landscapes of Saudi Arabia, as well as learn about the ambitious and innovative projects in line with Vision 2030 set to transform the nation and open Saudi Arabia up to the world. In honour of the entire Belux delegation, H.E. Mr. Pascal GRÉGOIRE, Belgian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, hosted a high-level closing ceremony gathering no less than 250 guests, half of them being from Saudi local business communitywith C-level executives.

18 The quest ion of cl imate change and sustainability is omnipresent across the world. This presents a range of risks that will have a definite impact on our global economy. Hence, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce found it important to further investigate the question and provide proper responses to this major issue for businesses to enable them to take appropriate action. Thus, on May 10, our Chamber of Commerce organized a dinner-conference during which H.E. Mr. Pierre WUNSCH, Governor of the National Bank of Belgium, delivered a comprehensive presentat ion on “a (somewhat European) perspective on the macro impact of climate change”. During his presentation, Governor Wunsch underlined the fact that we are moving on the climate front from the discussion “should we do it and how” to “doing it”; we are no longer at the reflection stage, we are moving towards net-zero emissions in 2050. The event was a great occasion for the participants to meet face-to-face with our experts as well as to expand their network, as it gathered around 70 people among which 15 Ambassadors and representatives from Arab Embassies. DINNER-CONFERENCEWITH DR. PIERREWUNSCH, GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONAL BANK OF BELGIUM 10 MAY 2023

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20 On Friday 16 June 2023, the Arab-BelgianLuxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ABLCC), represented by its Secretary General , Mr. Qaisar HIJAZIN, received a delegation of business leaders and representatives of the General Libyan Union of Chambers, headed by H.E. Dr. Amel JERARY, Ambassador of the State of Libya to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Mr. Mohamed RAIED, Chairman of the Board of the General Libyan Union of Chambers. On this occasion, the ABLCC, in collaboration with the Embassy of Libya in Brussels, Brussels Enterprises Commerce & Industry (BECI), and hub.brussels (the Brussels Business Support Agency), with the kind support of the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX) and Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT), organized a Business Seminar with around 12 Libyan representatives and more than 30 Belgian companies in the beautiful premises of BECI. The main objective of this gathering was to shed light on the importance of BelgoLibyan relat ions and explore further avenues of collaboration whilst contributing accurate and up-to-date information on the various developments in Libya thanks to the expertise and unique insight of their distinguished guests. VISIT OF A LIBYAN DELEGATION 16 JUNE 2023

21 ABLCC ANNUAL BOARD MEETING AND BRUSSELS FORUM 21 SEPTEMBER 2023 On the occasion of its Board of Director and General Assembly, the ABLCC hosted, on Thursday, September 21, 2023 its annual Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Business Forum which this year, was placed under the sign of sustainable development. The opening session was the opportunity to recal l the framework, the existing approaches, and transformative pathways towards sustainability at the national and international level, by giving the floor to H.E. Dr. Khaled HANAFI, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers and H.E. Mr. Jeroen COOREMAN, Director-General for Bilateral Affairs at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chamber put also forward the partnership and cooperation opportunities that exist between the represented countries to bring resources and expertise together to effectively address this challenge. During the ensuing discussion panel, Arab Ambassadors had the opportunity to share their countries’ approach to sustainable development along with their short- and long-term sustainable vision for the future. Finally, after this plenary session, participants had the chance to meet with Economic attachés from Arab Embassies in Brussels, which provided a rare opportunity for them to exchange information face-to-face.

22 On Thursday 09 November 2023, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ABLCC), in collaboration with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted the 11th edition of its Diplomatic Days in the presence of the Arab Ambassadors, the Belgian Ambassadors in Arab countries and Belgian companies. Mr. Qaisar HIJAZIN, Secretary General of the ABLCC, started his speech by pointing out the importance of peace and prosperity, and reminded of the growing opportunities that the Arab countries offer to Belgian companies. He reiterated his thanks to the Arab ambassadors for their continuous and valuable support. Afterwards, we were pleased to listen to Mr. Jean-Louis SERVAIS’s speech from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who highlighted the increasing trade, collaboration, and cooperation of Belgium with the Arab countries. DIPLOMATIC DAYS 09 NOVEMBER 2023

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25 The ABLCC, in collaboration with Brussels Enterprises Commerce & Industry (BECI), Hub.Brussels, Wallonia Export & Investment Agency (Awex), Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT), and with the support of the Embassy of Tunisia in Brussels, will welcome a Tunisian business delegation carrying out an economic mission in Belgium in February 2024. On the fringe of this visit, the ABLCC will host a Business Forum in the premises of BECI. This event will be an opportunity to present the Tunisian market as well as investment and trade opportunities in Tunisia, and to announce B2B meetings. TUNISIA BUSINESS DELEGATION & FORUM | 14 FEBRUARY 2024 MORE INFO & REGISTRATION For more detailed information, please contact, Ms. Yasmine Ali, Events & Communication Officer, yasmine.ali@ablcc.org BECI OFFICE : AVENUE LOUISE 500, 1050 BRUSSELS Coming soon

26 The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ABLCC), in close collaboration with our partners, the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX) and the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg (CCLUX), are delighted to announce their upcoming Economic and Trade Mission to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to the Sultanate of Oman from Sunday 3rd to Friday 8th March 2024. The mission will be carried out with the fully support of the Belgian Embassy in Riyadh and the Embassies of Saudi Arabia and Oman in Brussels. This mission will be focused on technology solutions and the world of Tech, this being organized in parallelwith the LEAPexhibition. LEAP is the most important technology event organized yearly by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), the Saudi Arabia Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) and Tahaluf, an IT company. The conference topics include Smart Cities, Fintech, Edutech, Medtech, Cleantech, Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Cultural and Creative Industries (ICC), Future Energies and Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc. As many Gulf countries, the Sultanate of Oman recognizes the potent ial of technologies to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on hydrocarbons. Just like Riyadh, Muscat has launched its Vision2040 which aims to diversify the economy and strengthen the private sector. ECONOMIC AND TRADE MISSION TO KSA AND OMAN | 03 - 08 MARCH 2024 MORE INFO & REGISTRATION https://www.ablcc.org/news-events/upcoming-events/ economic-and-trade-mission-to-ksa-oman-2024

27 Next year, the ABLCC is celebrating its landmark 45th anniversary! On this memorable occasion, we will host a Gala Dinner in Spring 2024, which will constitute an exceptional opportunity to bring together high-level personalities and key actors in trade and economic relations between Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Arab world. Our extended network of partners and members, in both regions, will also be associated with the event. A high personality, whose name shall be communicated later, has agreed, in principle, to honor this Gala dinner with their gracious presence. More information will follow. 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABLCC | SPRING 2024 MORE INFO & REGISTRATION For more detailed information, please contact, Ms. Yasmine Ali, Events & Communication Officer, yasmine.ali@ablcc.org Coming soon

28 RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AMBASSADORS The Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce fully recognizes the importance of Economic Diplomacy as an absolute prerequisite in contributing to economic growth and development. In this endeavour, the ABLCC continuously seeks to nurture and maintain their privilege and cooperative relationshipwith the Belgian, Luxembourg, and Arab Diplomatic corps. These meetings provide an ideal opportunity to exchange views on trade, economic, and investment opportunities between both countries as well as discussing ways of cooperation to strengthen bilateral relations.

29 On Wednesday 22 March 2023, the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce welcomed H.E. Dr. Khalid AL JINDAN, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Brussels. This meeting took place following the multisectoral economic mission in KSA, from the 5th to the 9th of March 2023 which gave participants the opportunity to take part in high-level meetings and fruitful networking sessions. ROUNDTABLE MEETINGWITH H.E. DR. KHALID AL JINDAN, AMBASSADOR OF SAUDI ARABIA On Monday 26 June 2023, the Arab-BelgianLuxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ABLCC) welcomed H.E. Mr. Ahmed Tahseen BERWARI, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom of Belgium, EU & NATO, for a roundtable meeting with a selected number of participants representing Belgian Economic institutions and companies active in Iraq. Iraq not only holds the world’s fifth largest proved crude oil reserves and the 12th largest natural gas reserves in the world, but it is also a historically rich country dating back to the very dawn of civilization, as Mr. HIJAZIN, Secretary General of our Chamber, so rightly pointed out. Ambassador BERWARI expressed his will to see an enhanced contribution of Belgian companies in the efforts to rebuild and update the infrastructures of Iraq as well as in reviving the Iraqi economy, along with basic services. ROUNDTABLE MEETINGWITH H.E. MR. AHMED TAHSEEN BERWARI, AMBASSADOR OF IRAQ


31 ROYAL JORDANIAN Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) has inaugurated a new route connecting Amman (Jordan) and Brussels (Belgium) as part of its strategic expansion plans and focus on incoming tourism to Jordan. The route commenced, on 26 October 2023, offering three weekly flights with a travel time of around four hours between the two cities. Brussels is a key addition to Roya l Jordan i an ’ s g r o w i n g E u r o p e a n network, with the airline aiming to attract tourists from Belgium to explore the wonders of Jordan. “We are very happy to welcome Royal Jordanian Airlines back to Brussels Airport after a 10-year absence and, in particular, to offer our passengers the opportunity to discover the city of Amman […] as a modern country with a rich history, Jordan is a true gem and a great destination for a city break or an extended stay,” said Mr. Arnaud FEIST, Brussels Airport CEO.

32 F l ynas a i r l i ne has inaugurated a new route connect i ng Jeddah ( Saud i Arab i a ) and Brussels, (Belgium) that started on 02 December 2023, offer ing three week l y f l i gh t s , on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. In a strategic expansion vision, the airline recently ordered 30 Ai rbus a i rcraf t s to reach their goals. Brussels , being the Capital of Europe, serves to be a crucial hub for business and tourism. The airline’s growth plan is equally ambitious, with a target of reaching 165 domestic and international destinations by 2030, perfectly aligned with the goals set forth in Saudi Arabia 2030. “With the addition of this new route connecting Jeddah to the Belgian capital, Brussels, Flynas continues to strengthen its position as a globally leading low-cost airline and expand its growing network of destinations within our strategic partnership with ACP (Air Connectivity Program).”, said Mr. Bander ALMOHANNA, CEO and Managing Director of Flynas. FLYNAS Expo 2023 is developed under Qatar’s national Vision 2030 organized under the Ministry of Municipality. The exhibition is set to take place from 02 October 2023 to 28 March 2024 in Al Bidda Park, one of the biggest parks in Doha, with breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. This year, the expo is held under the theme “Green Desert, Better Environment”. The theme was chosen to inspire the international community to explore and adopt innovative desertification mitigation solutions. The focus will thus be on these topics: Modern Agriculture, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Awareness, Sustainability. Read more: https://www.dohaexpo2023.gov.qa/en/ EXPO 2023 DOHA


34 Climate change is the greatest threat the world has ever faced. International cooperation and concerted efforts from individuals worldwide are required to tackle this issue. It is in this perspective that the yearly climate conference, COP, was created. This year, COP28 was set to be held in the UAE, from Thursday 30 November to Tuesday 12 December 2023. The event registered the participation of nearly 100,000 politicians, diplomats, journalists and campaigners, making it the biggest climate conference ever held. With its strategic location, the United Arab Emirates facilitates connections to foster consensus and to accelerate inclusive climate progress. The UAE serves as a prominent center for sustainability, technology, business, commerce, and tourism on a global scale. The country has shown unwavering commitment towards investment projects aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate challenges, and more importantly, creating a positive economic impact for its people. A critical player in the region, the UAE is now calling for bolder action. This October, it launched the Net Zero by 2050 Strategy, an ambitious national drive to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Read more: https://www.cop28.com/en/ COP28 DUBAI Arab Heal th i s the most s ign i f i cant event for the hea l thca re i ndus t r y that plays an instrumental role in bringing together regional and international policy drivers, thought leaders, and healthcare professionals through trade and innovation. Arab Health provides a platform to address and outline global healthcare challenges while providing attendees with opportunities to network with industry leaders from around the world and enables companies to showcase progress and achievements in the sector. The event will take place in Dubai World Trade Centre from 29 January 2024 to 01 February 2024. Read more: https://www.arabhealthonline.com/en/Home.html ARAB HEALTH 2024 DUBAI

35 M i d d l e E a s t Yo u t h S umm i t (MEYS) 2023 is a program initiated by Youth Break the Boundaries (YBB). Its aim is to build the spirit of youth l eade r sh i p and prepare excellent future leaders by using a moral based approach to education that focuses on instilling nationalism character values and international culture for youth generation. The Summit will take place in Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 19 to 22 February 2024. During The Middle East Youth Summit, young leaders from around the world gather and share their experiences on how they are taking actions in their communities to protect and empower youth in building the nation. Read more: https://middleeastyouthsummit.com/ MIDDLE EAST YOUTH SUMMIT 2024 MECCA Morocco together with Portugal and Spain will be joint hosts for the 2030 FIFA World Cup, as it was announced by the FIFA Counci l , the footbal l ’s wor ld governing body. This comes one week after t he K i ngdom wa s awarded the hosting of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco will become the second African country to host a FIFA football world cup after South Africa in 2010. The 2030 FIFAWorld Cup will thus unite three continents, inviting the entire world to join in the celebration of the beautiful game, the centenary, and the FIFAWorld Cup itself. MOROCCO: CO-HOSTWORLD CUP 2030

36 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is about to bring soccer’s biggest tournament back to the Gulf! Saudi Arabia emerged as the likely winner in the abbreviated race to host soccer’s World Cup in 2034 after Australia’s soccer federation announced that it would not bid for the tournament . The deci s ion removed what was the only potential hurdle in the way of Saudi Arabia’s plan to bring the world’s most-watched sporting event back to the Gulf. Saudi Arabia went from a giant economic power to a giant sporting power, as it will also host the 2027 Asian Cup, the Asian Winter Games in 2029, and the 2034 Asian Games. WORLD CUP 2034 KSA On 28 November 2023, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was elected by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) as host country of the World Expo 2030. The Expo will be held in the vibrant and diverse city of Riyadh from 1 October 2030 to 31 March 2031 under the theme “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”. Saudi Arabia’s proposed theme is an invitation for governments and communities to provide collaborative efforts, with courage and innovation, to reshape the planet’s future for a better tomorrow. Read more: https://riyadhexpo2030.sa/ EXPO2030 RIYADH

37 Wastewater Treatment Plant. Ajman Sheikh Zayed Bridge. Abu Dhabi Grand Egyptian Museum. Egypt LNG Terminal Maharraq Island. Bahrain Burj Khalifa. Dubai Mohammed VI Tower. Morocco Ferrari World. Abu Dhabi King Abdullah Sports City. Saudi Arabia 14,000 Employees | 25 Countries | 5 Continents | 3.4 billion euros turnover in 2019 EXCEL IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD BESIX Group NV Av. des Communautés 100 B-1200 Brussels, Belgium communication@BESIX.com @BESIXOfficial | www.linkedin.com/company/BESIX | @BESIXOfficial www.besix.be


39 JOHN COCKERILL IN QATAR The world’s largest induced draft cooling tower will be built in Qatar by John Cockerill Hamon The world’s largest induced draft cooling tower will be built by John Cockerill Hamon for the world’s largest natural gas deposit in Qatar. Chiyoda Technip Joint Venture (CTJV), the joint venture between Chiyoda Corporation and Technip Energies, awarded the French teams of John Cockerill Hamon a major order for the North Field offshore field, the world’s largest natural gas deposit. QatarEnergy, the national oil and gas company of Qatar, awarded CTJV to build four natural gas liquefaction units and associated infrastructure. This contract included the supply of a seawater cooling tower designed by John Cockerill Hamon for the North Field East LNG facilities in Ras Laffan, Qatar. This project aims to increase Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) production by 43%. It includes a major CO2 capture complex, thus leading to a reduction of more than 25% in greenhouse gas emissions compared to similar LNG infrastructures. More than 1 km long, this John Cockerill Hamon cooling tower (112 cells) will be the largest in the world. Our Group is proud to have been selected as the partner of choice for the world’s largest LNG project and to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

40 EMIRATES Emirates Belgium Emirates has been operating two daily flights a week between Brussels and Dubai for almost 9 years. It is the largest international airline in the world currently serving more than 135 destinations. It connects six continents through its modern hub in Dubai and operates one of the most modern and efficient airline fleets, consisting of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777, facilitating global trade and passenger traffic. Thanks to its diverse and multicultural workforce, Emirates responds to its customers’ needs by offering innovative and high-quality in-flight services. The airline also supports local communities around the world through its international sports and cultural sponsorships. Since its inception, the airline has been recognized with more than 500 international awards for its operational excellence, innovative services, catering, complimentary chauffeur drive service for Premium Passengers, entertainment (with its 6,500 channels) and industry-leading products. All this makes Emirates one of the most recognized airlines in the world. More information: https://www.ablcc.org/images/downloads/Emirates_Belgium.pdf DIRECTWAY AWARDED “WARRANT HOLDER TO THE COURT OF BELGIUM” On 30 November 2023, our esteemed sponsor , Di rect Way, VIP Worldwide chauffeur service, was awarded the title of Warrant holder to the Court of Belgium by His Majesty the King of Belgium. This recognition bears witness to the unbeatable quality standards in the chauffeur-driven car rental sector in Belgium. At a time when the Uberization of society is making headlines, Direct Way persists and signs with a service whose excellence and rigor are the unshakeable pillars. It provides a demanding clientele with a service without missteps. Direct Way offers an ultra-personalized service on board luxury vehicles adapted to the desires of their passengers. Credit: © Koninklijk Paleis, België/Palais Royal, Belgique/Königlicher Palast, Belgien/Royal Palace

41 The chauffeur company is known and recognized for its professionalism and unparalleled quality standards. Founded in 1991 by academic Mr. Edward GHEBREAL, Direct Way has, over the years, made its way into governmental, institutional, and entrepreneurial alleys, becoming indispensable for the transport of VIPs setting foot on Belgian soil. More information: www.directwayworldwide.com

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