From 26-28 March, members from the Middle East region of BKR International met for the first sub-regional meeting in several years. Delegates met in Dubairepresenting eight countries (Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates).
BKR’s EMEA executive director, Stephen Hamlet (London), took the opportunity to visit the office of our host member, Kanaan & Associates, prior to the meeting, where he met with the partners and staff of the firm.
The main meeting was held in the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis.
Proceedings commenced with a drinks reception, allowing delegates to get reacquainted and to catch up more informally, prior to the full business session on the following day.
Roy Kanaan welcomed all to Dubai, providing a most fascinating and interesting presentation of the United Arab Emirates including aspects of geography, the economy, and doing business.
Stephen Hamlet then chaired the roundtable discussions, inviting each representative to cover recent developments in their respective countries and practices. The session resulted in much interaction and discussion amongst the group.
After lunch, Roy Kanaan addressed delegates with a very useful technical session on IFRS 9.
The afternoon continued with Stephen Hamlet presenting and then leading discussions on how member firms could work together in this region. Ideas and potential new initiatives were discussed and the group went away with a number of interesting thoughts to develop.
That evening, the group dinner was held at the exquisite and mightily impressive, Burj Al Arab; the world’s only 7-Star hotel.
BKR would like to thank Adonis and Roy Kanaan from our Dubai firm for being such hospitable hosts.
The feedback received from delegates since the meeting has been extremely positive, with comments that not only was the meeting most enjoyable but, more importantly, enabled the enhancement of relationships between members of the Middle East region. With communication within the group now being better than ever, we hope to maintain this momentum and for member firms to pursue the many opportunities of working together as independent members of BKR International.