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France records 21 Investment Decisions per week in 2016 The highest record since 10 years

Rejula ARUN - 28-mars-2017 09:04:21
• 380 companies from the Middle East operate in France United Arab Emirates, March 28, 2017 – Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy just released 2016 Annual Report of Foreign Investment in France, enlightening the results of foreign investment decisions in France and their contribution to the French economy. In 2016, 1 117 investment decisions created or maintained 30 108 jobs (962 decisions and 33 682 jobs in 2015). With an average of 21 decisions made every week, 2016 saw a 16% increase which sets a record since 10 years. From the Middle East, eleven new investment projects were recorded creating or maintaining nearly a hundred jobs. France is counting 380 companies from the Middle East operating in France, where they employ more than 24,000 people. 34% percent of Middle East investments in 2016 came from the United Arab Emirates, while Lebanon and Qatar each accounted for 18%. More than half (55%) of these projects involved decision-making centers (first-time investments), while there were also investments in business services and consumer services. In 2016, investments by Middle Eastern companies were made in a variety of sectors, including Software and IT services, Hospitality, Transport and Agri-food. Marc CAGNARD, Middle East Director at Business France stated: “In 2016, 36% of Middle East investments in France were made in Ile de France, Paris region. On the eleven investment decisions we listed from the Middle East, the main investor remains the UAE followed by Lebanon and Qatar. These results do not include the significant financial flows invested by Gulf Sovereign Wealth Funds which have been investing traditionally in France”. “Among Middle Eastern companies operating from France, 59 are listed in the Forbes 2000 annual ranking”, Cagnard Added. More generally, France remains a leading destination for investors, EU countries were top investors in France (60% of total investments), followed by North American (20%) and Asian countries (unchanged at 12%, with Japan in the lead). German companies were the leading investors in France for the first time (17% vs. 15% in 2015), with main investments in the field of industry.  American companies follow and amount to 25% of R&D activities.  Italian investments amount to 13% of investments and are focused on the industry.  Japan is leading investor among Asian countries. Germany and Italy remain the most active countries among foreign investors with respective increases of 35% and 68% in investment projects compared to 2015, and together amounting to one-third of foreign investment in 2016. France remains the preferred European export hub thanks to its key geographical location and excellent transport infrastructure.  The majority of foreign companies (80%) have expressed a distinct preference for France as an export platform (Source: Kantar Public). About Business France : Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr    Or Visit: www.businessfrance.fr Note to editors : 2016 Annual Report of Foreign Investment in France is available in English through this link: http://bit.ly/2oj7AXg Middle East report 2016 is also available : http://bit.ly/2o5QKM2 Presskit is available in English : http://bit.ly/2n6A7yQ     To download Invest in France App : On iPhone : https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/invest-in-france-by-business/id427222887?mt=8   On Android : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.afii.investfrance&hl=fr   To follow us on Social media : Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF #FrenchAttractiveness #FranceInnovation #CreativeFrance #FrenchTech For more info, feel free to contact me: Miryem Oukas Messidi Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr  

French companies to introduce their innovative offer to CABSAT visitors on the French Pavilion From March 21st to 23rd at Dubai World Trade Centre

Rejula ARUN - 19-mars-2017 08:44:18
• Innovative offer from French Start-ups to be presented United Arab Emirates, March 19th   –  Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy will organize the French Pavilion during the 11th edition of CABSAT. This leading Middle-Eastern audiovisual exhibition will take place in Dubai between March 21-23 at the DWTC where 15,000 visitors are expected to from 120 countries. The French Pavilion will be spread on an area of 200 square meters in Hall 4 and host 16 French exhibitors specializing in the audiovisual sector. Several French start-ups will also be attending. They will be showcasing their groundbreaking innovations in the audiovisual field. The sectors covered by these companies include solutions for Acquisition & Production, Management Systems, Post Production, Content & Communication, Distribution Platforms, Pro/Broadcast Audio, Satellite & Communications, etc.  « By coming to CABSAT, we wanted to offer French exhibitors a tailor-made program that supports them throughout their development in the region », explained Marc Cagnard, Business France director in the Middle East. «France is known as a hotbed of creativity & remains a leading country in global innovation, with 10 French entities ranked in the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators. The audiovisual sector in France is mainly driven by the development of digital technology that has led to radical changes both in industry and service development », he added. Visitors at CABSAT will then be able to take advantage of French know-how to meet new customers and thus develop strong ties with local decision-makers. The French exhibitors catalogue is available through this link: http://bit.ly/2nduhPp For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr Ends – Note to Editors: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Business France has recently launched its first international campaign called: “CREATIVE FRANCE”, in order to promote France’s economic attractiveness, strengthen perceptions towards France image and create positive conditions for French economic development. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance #FrenchAudiovisual  

On 21 March, celebrate the French cuisine in the UAE and all over the world with Good France!

Rejula ARUN - 16-mars-2017 12:40:49
Abu Dhabi, March, 2017 - On 21 March, 2017, over 2000 restaurants in 150 countries will participate in the Goût de/Good France event to celebrate French gastronomy. Among them, eight restaurants are in the United Arab Emirates.  Goût de (“Taste of” in French) / Good France, orchestrated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and French chef Alain Ducasse, is inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the “Dîners d’Épicure” (Epicurean Dinners) initiative in 1912: the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible.  Chefs from all over the world will cook a dinner to pay tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and its capacity to unite people around the common values of sharing and enjoyment in a planet-friendly and healthy way.  The aim is to showcase the French lifestyle, regional products and, more broadly, to promote France as a tourist destination worldwide. A third of tourists have in fact said they visit France to enjoy its cuisine, including the “gastronomic meal of the French” inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  Restaurants all over the world have been selected by an international selection committee of chefs by proposing a menu that showcases French gastronomy, a cuisine using fresh and seasonal regional products.  More than 1300 restaurants participated in the first edition in 2015. On 21 March 2016, they were 1715. This third edition will gather not less than 2 000 restaurants and will spotlight culinary training schools and hotel business schools. The French gastronomy is the only one that trains so many chefs worldwide. It is actually regarded as the leading culinary school in the world.     In the UAE, 8 restaurants have been selected by an international committee of chefs to participate to Goût de / Good France (3 in Abu Dhabi and 5 in Dubai) :  - In Abu Dhabi:  Le Beaujolais, Mercure Center Hotel (Chef Philippe Garcon) ;  Bord Eau, Bord Eau, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri (Chef : Jimmy De Almeida).  The Forge, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi (Chef Marcos Garcia Rodriguez);  - In Dubai:  Bistro Des Arts (Chef Stéphane Cedelle);   Le Classique, Emirates Golf Club (Chef Rémi Verrier) ;  Plantation Restaurant & Terrace, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (Chef Andreas Mensch); Moana Seafood Restaurant and Porterhouse Steaks & Grills Restaurant, Sofitel The Palm Jumeirah (Chef Olivier Chaleil).    From high gastronomy to high-quality bistros, it’s now time to book your table ! Bon appétit !    END   To know more about the event, visit the website of the French Embassy to the United Arab Emirates or of GoodFrance Contact: celia.darakdjian@diplomatie.gouv.fr ; 050 158 36 96

Alstom delivers on time the first metro trainset to Riyadh

Rejula ARUN - 07-mars-2017 08:48:23
March 7, 2017 – Alstom , as a part of FAST consortium , hands over to Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) the first of the 69 metro trainsets for Riyadh that will circulate on the lines 4, 5 and 6. The production of the metro trainsets is well on track and Alstom has set to meet its deadline and deliver all the metro trainsets by end 2018.  ADA launched in 2013 a project to build a metro network that would be 176 km-long and include six lines and 85 stations. Alstom, as part of the Fast consortium , is in charge of supplying a full integrated metro system for lines 4, 5 and 6 (or Yellow, Green, and Purple lines). The metro system includes 69 Metropolis trainsets, as well as Urbalis, Alstom CBTC  signalling solution, the power supply and its energy recovery system Hesop. Composed of two cars each, the Riyadh metro trainset is 36 meter-long and is able to accommodate up to 231 passengers. Each train features three classes: first, family and single class separated by a glass partition. The trains will offer passengers a high level of comfort, ergonomic seating, LED lightning and advanced passenger information systems.   The interior and exterior aesthetical design has been developed as per ADA’s specific requirements. The exterior car body features painted stripes that indicate the color of the line the metro trainset will circulate on. The metro trains are 100% motorized, allowing them to run on gradients of up to a 6% slope. The trains are designed to run on standard-gauge track at a top speed of 90 km/h. The trains have been designed with the region’s climate in mind. One such feature is a more powerful air conditioning system, capable of delivering sufficient cooling capacity even in extreme heat. In addition, the bogies, traction drive, brakes and doors have been fitted with special elements in order to prevent the ingress of sand. "We are pleased to hand over on time the first Metropolis trainset to ADA. This landmark project will allow Riyadh residents and visitors to commute aboard a reliable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly means of transport. Furthermore, Alstom is committed to be a close and long-time partner of the Kingdom to efficiently address its mobility needs and support in carrying out its upcoming transport projects” declared Gian Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice President for Middle East & Africa at Alstom. The metro trainsets are produced in Alstom’s factory in Katowice, Poland. Metropolis is part of Alstom’s metro range. More than 5,000 Metropolis cars have been sold worldwide to cities like Panama, Singapore, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, or Amsterdam. About Alstom As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector. Alstom manages the widest range of solutions in the market – from high-speed trains to metros and tramways – customised services (maintenance, modernisation,…) and infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.9 billion and booked €10.6 billion of orders in the 2015/16 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 31,000 people today. www.alstom.com Press contacts: Linda Huguet Linda.huguet@alstom.com +33 1 57 06 10 42 Tarek Solimane tarek.solimane@alstom.com +971 564 162 566  

Business France publishes improved operating results across the board

Rejula ARUN - 06-mars-2017 12:09:16
Paris, March 6, 2017 – Business France has continued to build upon its success for the second successive year following its creation in January 2015, according to improved operating results across the board published Thursday, as greater synergies between supporting French exporters and attracting foreign investment to France start to pay off.    The number of SMEs and mid-size companies benefiting from Business France’s export services increased from 9,755 in 2015 to 9,993 in 2016, including 5,682 through collective events (France Pavilions at international trade fairs, business meetings, etc.) and 3,429 receiving customized support.   462 collective events were organized abroad as part of the France Export Program, including 152 France Pavilions.    Criteria for providing customized support and follow-up to growth SMEs and mid-size companies, in partnership with France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, showed that 1,101 businesses had initiated their international action plan by the end of 2016, well ahead of an initial target of 1,000 by the end of 2017.   Business France’s strategy to make the VIE International Internship Program a leading bespoke solution in foreign countries for businesses and young professionals alike can be seen by the surge in interns taking part in the program, rising from 9,006 in 2015 to 9,572 by the end of 2016 in 134 countries.    One business in two receiving support from Business France in 2016 struck at least one trading agreement, while three in four businesses found new potential trading partners.   Moreover, 643 foreign investment decisions receiving support from Business France and its regional development partners were successfully completed during the year, up from 522 in 2015, while the total figures for foreign investment projects and jobs generated in France will be published in late March 2017.   No fewer than 1,553 foreign investment projects were identified and followed up in 2016, up from 1,333 in 2015, while Business France teams organized around a thousand site visits for foreign investors.   Business France currently operates in 73 different countries, having doubled its presence throughout the world to attract foreign investors, opening new branches in Kuwait and Ethiopia in 2016, along with two offices in Iran and Nigeria.   As France’s leading player in the international development of the French economy, Business France signed or renewed a number of public and private partnerships in 2016, which included agreements with France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, French Chambers of Commerce and Industry both within France and internationally, France’s foreign trade advisors (CCEFs), Expertise France, Atout France, the French Trademark and Patent Office (INPI), the French Trade Entrepreneurs Federation (OSCI), the French Employer Federation MEDEF International, the French Development Agency (AFD), Euler Hermes, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole.   Business France also looked to strengthen its regional partnerships in 2016 by signing a cooperation agreement in September with France’s regions, enabling them to work more closely with the agency’s various business lines and global network.   “These excellent results for 2016 are an endorsement of how Business France has been set up to operate. After an excellent start in 2015, we have now built upon our early success. For this, we can thank the unstinting commitment, expertise and capabilities of our 1,500 personnel, who hail from 65 different countries and together provide active support to help businesses succeed, whether this be in export markets or by investing in France. The coming year will see an even greater impact, as we work increasingly closely with public- and private-sector partners, especially in France’s regions,” said Muriel Pénicaud, CEO of Business France and Ambassador for International Investment.    Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr   Media contacts: Cynthia Odsi  cynthia.odsi@businessfrance.fr   +33 1 40 74 74 15 Clément Moulet  clement.moulet@businessfrance.fr   +33 1 40 73 35 31

Nutriluxe Paris brings bubbles to the United Arab Emirates

Rejula ARUN - 06-mars-2017 06:25:04
United Arab Emirates, February 2017- The new French brand of luxury “fruits-to-drink” continues to grow internationally and has recently launched a line of sparkling juices in Dubai, opening up the UAE market. After the launch of it’s revolutionary pure organic pomegranate juice in 2015 (3.5 kg of fruit pressed with the peel, packaged to look like an elegant bottle of vintage wine), Nutriluxe Paris is back in Dubai once more for the launch of its new range of luxury fruit drinks. Particular features of the new products include a new label design and 100% tricolor production coming from Poitou-Charentes orchards. The star of this delicious collection is La Reinette Clochard Deux-Sèvres, a pure juice squeezed from rare French apples, made famous by their hypnotizing natural flavor. It is made according to an old recipe for this specific type of apple, then slowly matured and delicately refined in the cellar. The result is an exceptional apple juice which is already very successful in Dubai, especially in the hospitality sector. A bubbly version of this unique apple juice is available in 750 ml and 200 ml for sparkling. Three new specialties complete the range which, thanks to their "fine bubbles" technology, result in a subtly effervescent drink, rich in natural fruit flavors. The new range of beverages by Nutriluxe Paris includes: • Sparkling Apple: Reinette Clochard Deux-Sèvres sparkling apple juice. A unique flavor to surprise your guests at any time. The product was recognized at Flavour of the Year 2015 and was a gold medal winner at the Concours Général Agricole 2014. Available in 750ml and 200ml champagne-style bottles. No alcohol, Halal certified. • Sparkling Apple and Lemon: The sweetness of apple paired with the zing of lemon zest. Very refreshing, this drink can be served as a unique aperitif or can be served after a meal with a dessert. The product was recognized at Flavour of the Year 2015 and gold medal winner at the Concours Général Agricole 2014. Available in 750ml and 200ml champagne-style bottles. No alcohol, Halal certified. • Sparkling Apple & Blackcurrant: The tangy character of blackcurrant and the unique apple tones complete to produce a wonderful, well rounded drink. Ideal to enrich your appetizers. Available in 750ml and 200ml champagne-style bottles. No alcohol, Halal certified. - END - Contact for Press: Nasser Negrouche 06 59 31 83 91 nnegrouche@nutriluxeparis.fr www.nutriluxeparis.fr  

INA at CABSAT 2017 on March 21-23

Rejula ARUN - 01-mars-2017 08:13:25
United Arab Emirates, March 1st 2017- INA is integrating digital transformation in full at CABSAT 2017 in an effort to keep up with the constant changes in the A/V and digital worlds.  To adapt to new modes of knowledge transfer and capacity building, INA proudly offers an exclusive batch of 124 tailored trainings in English language. >> 124 trainings selected in the 2017 exhibition among an array of 504 proposed trainings The new training offered is entirely held in English language and suitable for English-speaking trainees.  In this batch, A/V production and broadcasting professionnals in the Middle-East, Africa and Southeast Asia will be trained to prepare for tomorrow’s world. Training duration may extend from one day to several months as deemed suitable.  All trainings can be adapted and tailored to fulfill specific requirements of location and size of respective projects.  A vast array of objectives will be covered, spanning from team skill honing of new tools, professional development and may reach the level of training on how best to introduce drastic changes in organizational structure.  In all cases, trainees will be carefully prepared to ensure that, by the end of each training, they acquire the full range of skills and become perfectly comfortable with tasks at hand. Our pedagogical methods are focused on jobs and professional efficiency.  This is based on over 40 years of experience and innovation in the conception and implementation of training! >> Experts from the INA Advice Service will attend CABSAT 2017 for three days Spanning every aspect of digitization to the scenario of valorization, INA puts all its expertise at the service of corporations from around the world.  Its objective is to reach the best solution that may enrich its client brand. For details, please visit : http://www.institut-national-audiovisuel.fr/ Contact : Ms. Agnès Baraton Communication Manager Direct phone number: +33 1 49 83 20 95 Email : abaraton@ina.fr Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr
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