From 10-12 February, members from the Middle East region of BKR International met for the second consecutive year following the initiation of this sub-regional meeting last year. Delegates met again in Dubai, representing member firms from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Proceedings commenced with a drinks reception at the Oberoi Hotel, allowing delegates to get reacquainted prior to the business sessions taking place on the following two days.
BKR’s EMEA executive director, Stephen Hamlet (London), was present throughout on behalf of BKR International and to chair the discussions. Stephen welcomed everybody to the meeting, and started by presenting an update to the group on the association and in particular the EMEA region and its latest initiatives.
Roy Kanaan (Dubai) from our host firm, Kanaan & Associates, treated the group to a very useful presentation on Valuation Advisory Services and how his firm had started to grow this offering within their practice.
The remainder of the two days consisted of open discussions as to how to grow the Middle East region of BKR International and to encourage more cooperation. Stephen Hamlet chaired discussion sessions on Working together within the Middle East region and beyond, how to leverage the BKR association, and common issues facing members in the region, including approaches regarding marketing, training and services offered.
Social activity either side of both business sessions helped everyone relax and interact more informally, culminating with a fabulous dinner at the Atlantis hotel at the Palm on the Thursday night.
BKR would like to thank Adonis and Roy Kanaan from our Dubai firm for hosting another successful sub-regional meeting for the Middle East.
With such conflict constantly being reported in the Press, it is essential for that not to overshadow the vast importance of the Middle East region to the business world; it was a pleasure to witness such enthusiasm from BKR member firms to develop and grow their practices by working closely within the BKR association.