Embassies and consulates in Dubai – addresses and phone numbers

A Meeting Point for Business in the Region

Swedish Business Council (SBC) in the United Arab Emirates is a business group of more than 120 members, both companies and individuals. Our mission statement is:

“To support and promote Swedish business interests in the UAE and to encourage and promote relations between Sweden and the UAE”.

Our prime role is to support the Swedish business community in the region by assisting in networking, looking out for business opportunities, informing about business rules and regulations as well as being a social platform for people with Swedish interests. We work closely and in collaboration with the Swedish Trade Council/Exportådet (STC) in Dubai.

Our first office was established in Dubai in 1994. In 2006 we also established a Council in Abu Dhabi, located at the premises of the Swedish Embassy.

Together with the Swedish Embassy in Abu Dhabi, and STC in Dubai, Swedish Business Council is the port of call when it comes to supporting and promoting the local Swedish business community and its businessmen in the United Arab Emirates.

We form a valuable network for business through the council and our partners, as well as reference groups and long experience in the region. We are, without a doubt, your point of reference when living or doing business in the Emirates.

SBC works closely with, not only the Swedish Embassy and STC, but also with other Bussiness and Trade Councils, Chambers of Commerce, both in Sweden and in the UAE, as well as the Swedish Travel and Tourist Council.

Message from The President

“The Swedish Business Council (SBC) in UAE, with an office in Dubai, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2004. The member list comprises companies and individuals with Swedish connections and with a wealth of knowledge of how to do business, not only in UAE but also throughout the Middle East. SBC can draw information from a variety of sources and share these amongst the members and potential newcomers to the region. The close cooperation with the Swedish Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Swedish Trade Council in Stockholm has further enhanced the value of being a member.

During the past years, we have seen an increasing interest in UAE from Sweden. More Swedish companies than ever have sought the support from SBC, with everything from an answer to a simple question to request for help with feasibility reports in a variety of fields concerning UAE, i.e. cost of living, salary structures, interpretation of business laws, finding local partners, etc. just to mention a few.

It is our intention, to further develop our skills and knowledge in all matters related to “Doing business in UAE”, for the purpose of assisting our members and new Swedish ventures in the area. To achieve that, our dedicated team, lead by Mr. Roland Sossi, travels to Sweden to promote SBC, organizes company visits and conferences as well as keeps a continues to dialogue with local companies and authorities.

The impressive development of the UAE, especially Dubai, with its strategic location, excellent communications, and social climate, just to mention a few advantages, are reasons for “being here”. We, SBC and its members, who already live in the country, offer our full support to anyone with a genuine interest to join our group.

To all our members, thank you for supporting SBC and a warm welcome to the new ones”.

Kent Johansson
President of the Swedish Business Council, Dubai and Abu Dhabi

SBC Executive Committee 2006:

Abdullah Saleh (Honorary Chairman, Dubai)
Humaid Saeed Al Dhaheri (Honorary Chairman, Abu Dhabi)
H.E. Bruno Beijer (Honorary Chairman, Ambassador of Sweden)

Kent Johansson (Paxkent International LLC)
Joakim Söderlund (Alfa Laval)
Christina Weckman (LM Ericsson)
Frederick Neely (Gulf Agency Company)
Johan Hansson (Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery)
Anette Lagerberg (Procare)
Bo Stenqvist (BOS International)
Lennart Torbeck (Volvo Trucks)
David Börjesson (Natures Health Zone)
Sepideh Saldjoughi (Dubai Media Center)

Mr. Roland Sossi (SBC/Swedish Trade council)

Sweden Consulate +971-4-3457716 www.swedchamb.com

Long Experience and Specific Industry Knowledge

SBC:s 18 different reference groups consist of a number of member companies, which are all divided into business categories. Each reference group share a similar business environment and has the experience and particular knowledge of this field or business area.

Oil & Gas
Shipping & Transport
Industry & Manufacturing
Construction (Road, Building)
Bank, Insurance, Law, Auditing
Furniture & Design (Hotel, Restaurants, Household)
Tele & Electronics, Information technology (IT)
Forest Products (Timber, Paper)
Municipal & Environmental
Generation & Transmission
Ship Repair
General Trading
Biotechnology, Medical, and Dental
Food & Diary
Consultants (Government, Official, Advertising, Sport)
Cars, Trucks & Marine Engines
Cargo Handling and Ports Equipment
Hotel & Travel

1. Oil & Gas

Nynäs Middle East (Nils Helenius)

2. Shipping & Transport

Ekstrand, Bengt
EUKOR Dubai (Ralph Johansson )
Gulf Agency Company L.L.C (Dan Hjalmarsson )
Hermannsson, Pall
Larsson, Jens
National Shipping Gulf Agency Company (Ronald Lichtenecker)
Nektheden, Curt
Other Shipping & Transport ( Leith Mutwalli)
Säfverström, Lars
Wilson Logistics Sweden AB (Malcolm Anthony)

3. Industry & Manufacturing

ABB (Hans Callenfors)
Alfa Laval Middle East Ltd (Joakim Söderlund)
Assa Abloy AB (Ross Hopwood)
Cavotec Middle East FZE (Thomas Widegren)
Eriksson, Christer
Esab Middle East (Harald Hespe)
Gunnebo Security, (Jacob Touma)
HIAB Loader Cranes/Cargotec (Håkan Svahn)
INMA Gulf Development & Construction L.L.C, (Samir Aweidah)
ITT Flygt (Carl Aleblad)
Munters (Leif Karlsson)
Roxtec Middle East FZE (Alla Saloum)
SKF Eurotrade AB (Medi Kazerouni)

4. Construction

Cavotec Middle East FZE (Thomas Widegren)
Crawford Door Middle East (Jeroen Sterel)
Gulf Rock Group of Companies (Lars Lidén)
Fars Al Mazrooei Contracting (Joakim Nyberg)
Munters (Leif Karlsson)
Pax Kent International L.L.C. (Kent Johansson)
Saxtorps Trading, Sweden (Kenneth Weberg)

5. Bank / Insurance / Law / Auditing

Afridi & Angell (Zia Hashmi)
Ali Al Aidarous International legal Practice (Ali Al Aidarous)
Banquet Middle East (Martin Waldenström)
Bowman-Clarke, Robert
Denton Wilde Sapte (Kristina Einarsson)
IIA Group (Niklas Blomqvist)
Nacora International Insurance Brokers LLC (Mats Geijer)
Swedbank (Mohamad Kaaki)
Tellus Försäkringsrådgivning AB (Malte Börjesson)
Younis Shehabi Accounting & Auditing (Younis Shehabi)

6. Furniture & Design

Beds Trading L.L.C. (Maria Lindvall)
Dometic AB (Göran Renninger)
Kinnarps of Sweden (Kristian Petersson)
Pax Kent International L.L.C. (Kent Johansson)
The One (Thomas Lundgren)
Waldenström, Lars

7. Tele & Electronics / Information Technology (IT)

Bergström, Lars
BOS International Consulting & Trading Ltd (Bo Stenqvist)
Clonmel Data AB (Lars Runesson)
Ericsson, Telefonaktiebolaget (Sam Saba)
Sjögren, Gabriel
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Int. AB (Husni El Assi)
Teligent Middle East (Stefan Edmunds)

8. Forest Products

Elof Hansson UAE (Stefan Geibel)

9. Municipal & Environmental

Al-Bariq Cleaning Equipment (Erik Franzén)
Envac Middle East FZE (Bernt Hederén)
Green Agri Cont. Est. (Nadim Abou-Chacra)
Lindbom, Gunilla
Nordic House Ltd. (Lars Rådberg)

10. Generation & Transmission

Cavotec Middle East FZE (Thomas Widegren)
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery (Johan Hansson)
SwedPower (Lars Marmsjö)

11. Ship Repair

Cavotec Middle East FZE (Thomas Widegren)

12. General Trading

Abdulkadir Warsame Trading Co. L.L.C. (Abdulkadir Warsame)
Albanna Group (Adbulqader Saleh Albanna)
Allied Pickfords Dubai (Andy Marshall)
Beds Trading L.L.C (Maria Lindvall)
Cavotec Middle East FZE (Thomas Widegren)
Habib Trading Co L.L.C. (Joseph Habib)
Igma Lighting L.L.C. (Magnus Brun)

13. Biotechnology, Medical & Dental

Andersson, Björn
Dentec L.L.C. (Olle Lundqvist)
Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic (Michael Formenius)
Drs. Nicolas & Asp Dental Clinic (Sven Asp)
HVD Holding AG (Anita Aaslund-Larsson) 

Middle East Dental Laboratory (Thomas Claesén)
Mölnlycke Healthcare (Ray Boyd)
Procare (Anette Lagerberg)
Scandcare (Hanuma Andjelkovic)
Tjernström, Nils Örjan Samuel
Uller, Jan

14. Food & Dairy

Lewin, Hans
Tetra Pak Gulf (Francis Goodenday)
Vivel Patisserie (Shahnaz Bagherzadeh)

15. Consultants

Ahmed, Sara
Cavotec Middle East FZE (Thomas Widegren)
Det Norske Veritas (Eivind Grostad)
Eriksson, Bengt
Maksimovic, Dragica
Rizk, Marwan
3P Relation Consulting LLC (Joakim F. Jehlbo)
Pihlgren, Ellen
Torbjörn Östlund

16. Cars, Trucks & Marine Engines

Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Co (Toney Stammers)
Al-Shirawi Enterprises (Thani Al Shirawi)
Trading Enterprises (Adrian Beaumont)
Volvo Car Overseas Corporation (Greg Maruszewski)
Volvo Construction Equipment International (Jan-Erik Eriksson)
Volvo Truck Corporation (Lennart Torbeck)

17. Cargo Handling and Ports Equipment

Cavotec Middle East FZE (Thomas Widegren)

18. Hotel / Travel & Tourism

Crowne Plaza Dubai (Jean Oosthuizen)
Dalén, Johan
Jebel Ali International Hotels (David Thomson)
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Hanadi Fassy)
Leisure Time Tourism & Cargo (Kenth Premfors)
Net Tours (Lars Petre / Ali Monassar)
4 One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai (Anita Cremer)
Reinisch, Fredrik
Sheraton Dubai Hotel & Towers (Anna Yngström) 

We are also the official representative of the semi-government body Swedish Trade Council (Exportrådet) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

We are your business contact in the UAE, with a network of more than 120 members of Swedish companies and individuals in the Emirates alone.

Dubai, “City of Gold and Opportunity” 

Dubai is one of seven Emirates in what constitutes together, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Arabic peninsula. UAE is bordering Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Emirates. Dubai is the second largest in area and population but is the UAE’s most important commercial entrepot. To many, Dubai and the UAE is just another Arabic country, somewhere in the Middle East, with strong Muslim influence and with business potentials of less importance. Far too many Swedish companies and individuals do not realize just how dynamic the economy and business climate are in this region.

Day Long Desert Safari Tour in Dubai – A Day in the Desert!

On the land of the desert, experiencing the scenic view of the sunrise and sunset with the deep dive into the desert is an overwhelming experience of life. In the day-long desert safari, you will be given benefits of the hatta mountain safari and the Evening Desert Safari. The whole day in the golden sand of desert and Hatta Mountains.

In the morning we shall pick you from the hotel, the Day-long Safari starts from visiting the Hatta Mountains and then moving to the desert for the tremendous experience. In the morning, we will move away 100km from Dubai along the rolling red sand dunes for a thrilling off-road adventure followed by a visit to the camel farms. The real adventures start as we follow the trails of the Wadis dry river bed in the Hajjar Mountain to reach clean water pools. In the Hatta Mountain Safari trip, you can dive into the blue waters. After the water pools, we will visit the famous Hatta Fort Hotel for a luxurious lunch.

Now enjoy the adventure of the Buggy Driving, Sand Bashing and camel riding in the desert. Capture the best view of the sunset point in your memories. In the desert, you can have the dashing and beautiful belly dancing along with sheesha. The henna tattoos and capture yourself with the Arabian tradition by clicking in the Arabian Costumes. The delicious barbeque dinner is waiting for you. Just feel the dream in the realistic.

Have A Great Time In Desert Safari With Your Family and Friends. We Assure You The Best Service For Your Vacation Planning. For More Information Contact Us on 00971 551926696

Economic liberalization, a young population with strong purchase power, diversified economy, wealth in terms of extensive oil and gas resources are all factors that make UAE and the Gulf region an attractive market for Swedish companies.

Despite the tense political situation in the surrounding region, both I terms of armed interventions in Iraq and activities from extremists in Saudi Arabia last year, Dubai and the UAE differs remarkably from what is generally broadcasted from the Gulf. Here business goes on as usual and the economy of expansion is moving along with an astonishing pace. The general perception of an unsafe business climate and huge risks are definitely not true in this part of the Gulf.

UAE’s economy has experienced rapid economic development since the discovery of various hydrocarbon resources (oil and gas) in the late 50s and 60s.

Although oil and gas production is still the prime source of public revenue, for certain Emirates, the secret of the current economic success has been a determined government strategy of economic diversification, leading to the creation of new productive sectors. A deliberately low level of business and market regulations has been adopted in order to encourage overseas investments in the non-oil commercial sector. This, combined with revenues from foreign investments has meant that the UAE economy has been relatively immune to the effect of plummeting oil prices.

The biggest Emirate, Abu Dhabi is said to earn as much from its investments overseas as it does from the sale of oil. Dubai, on the other hand, earns the majority of its substantial revenues from trading and tourism. To-day the gross domestic product (GDP) from the oil sector in Dubai is only approximately 7 % of its total of 97.98 billion AED (approximately 360 billion USD)(June 2005). Real GDP has grown at an annual compound rate of 8% a year for the past 10 years. Its strive to diversify its economy will help to grow even in the absence of oil income, which is expected to happen in less than a decade.

The relative wealth, coupled with an open and tolerant cosmopolitan lifestyle makes it a magnet for business people from all over the world. Especially Dubai has a much less strict Muslim approach than any other Gulf country. Commerce, growth and profit are keywords in this melting pot of nationalities and of both smaller and bigger family-owned companies, as well as the majority of the big blue-chip multinationals.

In Dubai and the UAE, Sweden is well represented with more than 200 companies with sales- or representative offices or local UAE companies, representing Swedish products and services.

Sweden and Swedish products have a good reputation in this part of the world. For domestic Swedish companies, however, this region sometimes is characterized as a “black hole” and few Swedish companies in Sweden really have good knowledge of the potential of the UAE and the region as a market.

Those Swedish companies who are present, has experienced a very positive growth, and where other markets are slowing down or even decreasing, UAE and the Middle East is providing all-time high figures for the many of the Swedish companies here, thanks to the domestic UAE market but also the great demand in the surrounding regions such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, and North Africa.

Dubai has successfully promoted itself to be a hub for business and economic crossroads of a region with a potential of over 2.7 billion people, taking into account its closeness to the rest of the Gulf region and the Far East, which many Swedish companies in the region have realized.

UAE hosts 15 different economic free Zones with 100% foreign ownership and with another 15 new to be operational soon. More than 80% of those are located in Dubai.

Dubai has also a world-class international airport with large flight capacity and superior customs, immigration, and VIP reception facilities.

The hotel standard is outstanding and the UAE is offering a world-class information technology hub, with e-government well implemented. In general, the infrastructure is sophisticated and very well developed.

For Swedish business people traveling in the region, Dubai offers very good facilities in terms of transport, health, education, convention centers, and general industry infrastructure.