Ibrahim Ahli, Director, Investment Promotion Division, Dubai FDI, presents the delegation's gift to Chamber President & CEO Theresa E. Mintle.

In search of business opportunities and to promote collaboration, a delegation representing the Dubai Department of Economic Development and Dubai Free Trade Zones made its first trip to Chicago on Monday, March 30.

The delegation, led by Mr. Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI, began the day participating in a breakfast and panel hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago focused on Dubai’s rapid growth and opportunities for Chicago companies in the thriving city. The event featured one-on-one meetings between Chicago businesses and senior Dubai government officials and decision makers.

Next, the delegation joined leaders from some of Chicago’s top business organizations at the Chamber’s headquarters to discuss what Chicago has to offer businesses in Dubai.

“Many Chicago companies, several of them members of the Chamber, are actively doing business in Dubai, “ said Theresa E. Mintle, President & CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber. “While some Dubai-based businesses have a presence in Chicago, we would love to attract a wider range of companies to the area so we can continue to develop the economic relationship between our two cities.”

Dubai FDI, part of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, provides support to foreign businesses looking to invest in Dubai’s economy and works to make Dubai the preferred investment destination globally. Among the topics discussed during the event and meetings were opportunities in Dubai’s growing economy, particularly in its flourishing tourism and infrastructure sectors.