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French experts looking to open new markets in the GCC and the Middle East BIG 5 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SHOW

Sarah Benyoub - 24-nov.-2019 09:34:33
                                                                                                                   Press release   French experts looking to open new markets in the GCC and the Middle East BIG 5 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SHOW November 25-28, 2019   United Arab Emirates, November 25 2019 – French companies will seize new opportunities or reinforce their existing presence to introduce their products, services and expertise to local businesses.   Experts at the French Pavilion: Stand 3D158     Created in 1977, CEMOM Group operates in two areas of activity: A brasives used by the furniture industry (IKEA is one of the Group’s prestigious clients), as well as the automotive industry, with equally iconic clients such as Renault/Nissan. Screw-on and invisible hinges for doors weighing from 40 to 200 kg (it produces more than 50 million hinges every year).   With 40 years’ experience producing hinges and 10 years’ experience in invisible hinges, CEMOM-MOATTI offers products that combine simple manufacturing, very high robustness, modern design and highly competitive prices. CEMOM exports 60% of its production to more than 40 countries: Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East (Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar), Asia, and the Americas, and has plants in France, Poland and Sweden. The company regularly exhibits at the Big 5 Show in Dubai to expand its presence on this dynamic market with an outstanding future. http://www.cemom.fr/index_eng.html     The CSTB, the Scientific and Technical Center for Building , is responsible for guaranteeing the quality and safety of buildings. For this purpose, it has assembled a multidisciplinary team to develop and share critical scientific and technical knowledge. It supports players all along the innovation cycle, from concept to market, and in this time of transformation for the construction industry, further to the environmental, energy and digital transitions.   The CSTB operates in 5 key areas: research and expertise, evaluation, certification, testing and knowledge dissemination. Its fields of expertise include construction products and buildings, as well as their integration into districts and cities.   http://www.cstb.fr/en/cstb/missions-activities/     Created in 1969, OBM Construction has since developed at a swift pace, and is now a widely-known general wood and industrial construction company. Expertise, innovation, quality and customer satisfaction form the DNA of this modern and dynamic group, capable of serving demand on all 5 continents.   OBM Construction is positioned on the traditional wood construction market and the industrialized and modular construction market. The company works with public and private clients to design, steer and see to the proper execution of projects in construction, new build, rehabilitation and occupied sites all across France.   Founded in the 70s, OBM Construction employs 160 men and women, and runs 3 production sites in France. Dedicated to public works, tertiary buildings and collective housing, OBM Construction has experience and expertise in multiple sectors: health & medico-social, education, public facilities, offices, housing, trade & logistics, etc.   https://www.obmgroupe.net/   5 companies outside the French Pavilion:   THERMACOTE Europe invents and develops high-tech coating solutions for substrate protection, insulation and renovation in industry and buildings. www.thermacote.eu - SHEIKH SAEED HALL 1 - STAND SS1 E 138      GV2 VEDA France designs, manufactures and markets technical and innovative solutions for expansion joints and passive    fire protection systems for all building types.  One of the world leaders in firebreaks, for a variety of applications: expansion j oints, masonry heads, facade panels... http://www.vedafrance.com   HALL 3 - STAND 3D151     Owatrol offers a wide range of products, for the protection and maintenance of interior and exterior wood (terraces, cladding, floors, etc.); for the maintenance of metal with dedicated anti-rust products, anti-seize agents, primers and finishes.   www.owatrol.com - SHEIKH SAEED HALL 1 - STAND SS1 E 138   Urban Canopee offers solutions to combat climate change by developing plant canopies over the city. www.urbancanopee.com   MAKTOUM HALL / MAKTOUM STAND A138     Syrius Solar Industry , a French solar water heater manufacturer, effectively combines 30 years of experience in solar energy. Its products are aimed at individuals, collective housing and industrial applications. Environmentally friendly, the company offers solutions that can cover up to 100% of hot water needs depending on the region, thanks to solar power. www.syrius-solar.fr   AND SS1 E 138ZABEEL HAAL 5 / STAND Z5B108     

The French Oil & Gas Industry on display at ADIPEC

YASMINA OUARI - 04-nov.-2019 09:06:54
The French pavilion, organized by Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will gather 44 companies, of which 10 are first time exhibitors, this year at ADIPEC trade show, the world’s 2nd largest event in the O&G sector, from November 11 to 14, 2019.    France’s exhibiting companies will represent every part of the sector, showcasing all the expertise and quality of French know-how when it comes to equipment and fittings for oil and gas, exploration, production and processing of hydrocarbons, as well as services and consulting to companies, and new technologies.   For the first time at ADIPEC, Business France is launching an award competition to showcase the latest and most advanced French technologies leading the industry into the future of Oil & Gas: sustainabilty, digitalization, efficiency, to reward and celebrate the companies that contribute to embed innovation into every part of the Oil & Gas operations. The selection will be made by leading members of the O&G Industry in the Middle East : ADNOC, TOTAL, TROUVAY CAUVIN, EVOLEN, IFPen. The most innovative and promising French company will be granted by an award ceremony, on November 12th at 4 P.M. on the French pavilion – located Hall 9 (9256).   The French Oil & Gas service and supply sector developed a global footprint with more than 90% of its turnover generated by exports. Becoming one of the world’s leading exporter with Norway and the United Kingdom, this remarkable performance has been achieved through the high level of technical expertise of French companies. Sustained by ambitious programmes, French companies tend to invest significantly in research and development, to guarantee a strong capacity for innovation and meet the needs of an ever more ambitious sector.    Frederic Szabo, Managing Director, Business France Middle East commented : « the oil and gas construction projects planned in the GCC are expected to pledge USD 660 billion by 2025, including USD 29.6 billion for the United Arab Emirates, with USD 3.7 billion injected into the expansion of the Upper Zakum deposit, the 2nd largest in Abu Dhabi and the 4th largest in the world. These are just some of the opportunities prompting French companies to participate in this international exhibition ».   The French position in the O&G is also the result of other factors, especially the role of global players in the energy sector such as Total and Engie, renowned research institutes, IFPen and IFREMER, as well as the existence of several large engineering companies and contractors such as Technip. The French ecosystem is also well represented by major French companies and international leaders in the sector that have been active in the Middle East for the past 80 years and now firmly anchored in the region, such as CGG, Air Liquide and Vallourec.   This year, the French exhibitors at ADIPEC will represent a full range of activities in the sector and put the spotlight on France’s research and technological expertise. The business service and consulting sector will be well represented with companies providing expert skills to tap the full potential of oil and gas fields using 3D models and simulations. Specialized products, equipment and services for the O&G sector will also be introduced : focusing in the treatment of metals and high-performance components for the O&G, the manufacture of industrial valves, oil and marine products in corrosion-resistant alloys, designing and manufacturing pressure transmitters, accident and leak prevention on infrastructures, will all be showing their expertise at ADIPEC.    The French pavilion is organized in partnership with Trouvay Cauvin, specialist in custom-made solutions designed to optimize execution in key project stages, and with the support of Air France. It will be located in Hall 9, stands 9230 to 9239, 9250 to 9258, 9330 to 9340 and 9351 to 9359.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas  Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr     

France to Reinvent the Art of Design through an Innovative Approach at Downtown Design

Sarah Benyoub - 27-oct.-2019 14:49:40
Press release    France to Reinvent the Art of Design through an Innovative Approach at Downtown Design from November 12th to 15th 2019, Dubai Design District (d3)   • French Exhibition under the theme “Expression of French Design… Just Beautiful” • 17 French exhibitors   United Arab Emirates, October 27 2019 - Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy is gathering 17 artists, design experts and innovation specialists on the French pavilion at Downtown Design to exhibit an avant-garde and iconic expertise.   Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the 7th edition of Downtown Design will be the opportunity to showcase French creativeness, aesthetics, elegance, quality and know-how, on a high-potential market through an unique catalog: furniture (sofas, armchairs, chair), creative musical instruments & equipment such as accordions or vintage radios, reinvented objects such as smart telescopes or e-bike, high end electrical equipment and appliances, glass solutions for interior fittings, dressing accessories, obsidian art stone, fashion collection, brand services and consultancy services to connect between selected art professionals. In France, design is a dynamic market generating up to 24 billion euros in revenue each year through the know-how of the art trades, deeply rooted in French heritage (porcelain, crystal, glassware, cutlery). The sheer riches of its history and the wealth of culture tend to grant the added value of French products and to represent a way of life. It also offers design products made of innovative materials, contemporary styles, vintage looks that are ever on the rise, multi-functional furniture embedded with new technologies, as well as products for the luxury hotel and restaurant industry. The unprecedented enthusiasm for the decoration and design market in the UAE explains the success of Downtown Design, a new design hub in the Middle East. Through the French Exhibition, visitors will then be able to discover for themselves the latest innovations from France, many of which are backed up by generations of know-how matched with boundless creativity.  Some of these companies draw their inspiration from unique objects to French culture but which have sometimes disappeared from the market trends, to bring them back and give them a new life.   Company not to miss :  Meljac, the leading supplier of high-end electrical fittings, will be exhibiting its designs for the first time in the United Arab Emirates (area A05). Players from across the local market (designers, home designers, etc.) will have the opportunity to discover the French expertise for which the brand is famous, including in particular its signature solid brass Classic Collection.  Switches, power outlets, reading lights… As well as discovering Meljac’s wide range of solutions, visitors will also be able to see a few of the custom designs that are the brand’s undeniable asset.   The French pavilion is designed by renowned scenographers from the Parisian event agency Allegria and supported by Aubaine (Chalhoub Group).    For further information, feel free to contact: Miryem Oukas - Head of Communications – Middle East Business France Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr   

France to introduce new operating models & capabilities at Gulfood Manufacturing 2019

Sarah Benyoub - 17-oct.-2019 10:48:51
Press release   France to introduce new operating models & capabilities at Gulfood Manufacturing 2019   • 2 French pavilions specialized in Ingredients (Sheikh Saeed 1) and Process & Packaging (Za’abeel) to support the growth of the Middle Eastern markets • 45 companies gathered through one common topic : Innovation   From October 29th to 31st 2019, DWTC   United Arab Emirates, October 16 2019 - Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be running 2 French pavilions at Gulfood Manufacturing 2019. This trade show devoted to new manufactured Ingredients and Processing Equipment will feature 45 French F&B manufacturers willing to connect with demanding buyers. Spread over 600 square meters, the Ingredients pavilion will be located on Sheikh Saeed 1 and the Process & Packaging pavilion will be located on Za’abeel 3.  As the leading industrial sector in France, Food industry is the driving force of its economy with a turnover of 166 billion € (in 2018) including 21% generated when French companies are exporting.    For the first time at Gulfood Manufacturing and with the support of Brittany (West of France) and North of France regions, Business France will roll out an Innovation Tour Experience to highlight over 10 companies having a high innovation potential to share with local partners. With +35 thousand expected visitors, this three-day event is the biggest for the food processing and packaging industry in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The French Innovation Tour Experience will introduce as an example the French way of cooking arabic crepes or breads, or even how a French food specialist supports the nutritional challenge of sugar reduction and still offers tasty products.   Frederic Szabo, Managing Director Business France Middle East stated : « France is home to a thriving community of entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, and other talented people who are embracing the potential of technology to change the world. Hence when food and technology are combined, it is nurturing meaningful development in food making processes. And the Gulfood Manufacturing is an opportunity for French companies to emphasize their innovations both in ingredients and equipment ».    In 2018, more than 55 million euros of food processing equipment  have been imported in the Middle East (GCC, Egypt, Lebanon), including 77% in the GCC (the main categories of equipment are machinery for filling, closing, sealing and labelling bottles, cans, bags and other containers, machinery for the industrial preparation or manufacture of food and beverages).   French ingredients are also largely used in the region, especially in the bakery, dairies, confectionary industry and in food service.    While the United Arab Emirates imported +10% French dairy products in 2018 than the previous year, the French dairy products imported by the GCC in 2018 reached 1.4 billion euros, they reached a market share of 8.1% in KSA. France is also the 2nd supplier of butter in Saudi Arabia. We observe at the same time that imports of French cereals have yet grown significantly in the Middle East.   With consumer satisfaction at the forefront, the French expertise that will be showcased during the event is wide and specialised in:   Ingredients : Infant food, confectionary, dairies, bakery/pastry, cereal-based preparations, organic & fine food products, preservatives & flavourings, premix solutions.   Food-processing equipment : cooling system, food & beverage process engineering, labelling solutions, crepes machines, bakery & sweets, cutting machine, dairy equipment, production line expertise, packaging solutions, disposable tableware, sterilization and food tech solutions.   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.    Social Media:  Twitter: @BF_MiddleEast                 @BF_Food                @BF_Agrotech    Account Most  C ommon used hashtags : #FrenchIngredient #ChooseFrance  #FrenchEquipment     Press release and HD Picture  

CALL FOR APPLICATION: « GAMELAB » RETURNS FOR A SECOND EDITION IN COOPERATION WITH UBISOFT ABU DHABI AND THE FRENCH EMBASSY TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Sarah Benyoub - 09-oct.-2019 13:59:55
CALL FOR APPLICATION: « GAMELAB » RETURNS FOR A SECOND EDITION IN COOPERATION WITH UBISOFT ABU DHABI AND THE FRENCH EMBASSY TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   A competition and a series of workshops to introduce Emirati (UAE – based) students to the creation of video games  9 October, 2019 – Abu Dhabi - Ubisoft Abu Dhabi and the French Embassy to the United Arab Emirates are set for a new edition of GameLab. Both parties have engaged in cooperating for the development of GameLab, a platform aiming at training students from UAE universities to develop their knowledge about the video game industry. Following a cooperation agreement signed in June 2018 and the success of the first edition, H.E. Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Yannick Theler, Managing Director of Ubisoft studios in Abu Dhabi, have decided to renew their partnership for the coming academic year. During the first edition, four students from Zayed University won a six-month internship at Ubisoft Studios in Abu Dhabi. The laureates were nominated after having participated in three workshops organized throughout the academic year 2018-2019. They first workshop was held in November 2018, with a general introduction and brainstorming training by Matthew Laurence, Creative Manager at Ubisoft Abu Dhabi.   In January 2019, the second workshop tackled the question of intellectual property and copyright, in cooperation with the French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Gowling WLG.  The final workshop in April 2019, animated by Afif Khaled and Christophe Malcombe, both artists and comic/animation illustrator experts, helped the students materialize their very own original video game concept through drawings and storyboards.  All students were encouraged to team up and work on an original idea.  Among the awardees, Leen Albejawi declared “It is with great pleasure that I give this testimony to one of the most fun experiences I have partaken in. Gamelab is a great initiative that gave me a lot of knowledge in the area of game design. I came in to game-lab with my knowledge in animation, but not much knowledge in the area of game design. I think gamelab is a great introduction to the world of game design and game industry. At the end of the game lab experience I was given the opportunity to intern with UBISOFT which is a great opportunity which I would not have gotten if I wasn’t of a part of gamelab. Thank you to the French Embassy and Ubisoft for this project and I can’t wait to see more people benefitting from such experiences. if you are interested in gaining more knowledge in the area of game design and meet amazing people along the way, I recommend you join game lab because it will offer that and much more!” Moza Alsuwaidi, also a winner from Zayed University added “It was a great opportunity to experience and learn new things. As an animator who works on game design I really learn things that before I didn’t know which helped me in my senior project that I was working on at the time. The Gamelab organizers are really friendly, and I met really cool artists from France.”    The new edition of GameLab will encourage students to work with a “multidisciplinary team” in order to deliver a comprehensive final work during the pitching session. They will learn about the complete chain of professions within the video game industry. The call for application is open to all students from all fields. Students are invited to apply here:  https://forms.gle/KSPP3pciCpGzd8cx5   H.E. Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, declared: “I am honored to co-conduct this initiative with Ubisoft Abu Dhabi and participate in ensuring effective links between the academic and professional world. As part of the French-Emirati cultural dialogue, the goal of this project is to strengthen cultural and educational cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, giving priority to the youth. The GameLab project is a transversal innovative project, bringing together several actors: Ubisoft, a globally recognized French company in the sector of video games that is firmly established in the United Arab Emirates, the cultural service of the Embassy (Institut français) which provides technical and institutional support, and the economic department of the Embassy, which brings its expertise on the creative industry ecosystem. The cultural and creative industries are an economic prospect for France and the UAE, at a time when our two countries are betting on artificial intelligence.” The French government is particularly active in supporting cultural and creative industries, including video games. In a recent interview, the French minister of culture, Mr. Franck Riester declared that video game is “an art like any other”. In France, the video game industry is a very active and creative sector. A lot of people work in this field: inventors, designers, engineers. We support them actively”.  Co-signing the renewal agreement, Yannick Theler, Managing Director of the Ubisoft studio in Abu Dhabi declared: “Ubisoft is delighted with this agreement which will present the techno-creative potential of the video game industry and the numerous career opportunities in this field. Through its international network of studios on every continent, Ubisoft collaborates with several universities to ensure that the talents of tomorrow have a good knowledge of the requirements of the industry. Partnerships like GameLab are a key opportunity for developing and consolidating the local video game ecosystem.”  The workshops scheduled in the frame of GameLab will take place throughout the academic year 2019-2020. The first session on the 18th of November 2019 will confront the students to the fundamental understanding of mobile games and invite them to express their creativity. The following workshops will be tailored according to the profiles of selected students. At the end of the academic year, the participants will be asked to present their projects. The winners of the competition will be rewarded with the opportunity of an internship at the Ubisoft studios in Abu Dhabi.   About the signatories of the agreement   Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017-18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.   The Institut français in the United Arab Emirates is the cooperation and cultural department of the French Embassy. It is responsible for promoting French creation, thought and language, as well as fostering bilateral exchanges and cultural, artistic, educational, academic and scientific partnerships between France and the UAE. It follows the cultural and educative aspects of the French-Emirati strategic dialogue.  It is involved in a vast range of activities. It organizes cultural events in various fields such as visual arts, performing art, cinema and debates. It supports the French cultural and educative institutions, as well as cultural and creative industries in their development projects in the UAE.  The “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue” celebrates the historical ties of friendship and cooperation between France and the United Arab Emirates, established upon the foundation of the Federation in 1971 and growing stronger ever since.  About the “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue”   The “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue” was born with the signing of a new cooperation agreement between France and the UAE on November 9, 2017, on the occasion of the visit of  Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This initiative aims to celebrate the friendship between France and the United Arab Emirates and to expand the scope of our exchanges and encounters in France between our two peoples.  The cultural dialogue takes place in parallel with the Year of Tolerance, celebrated in 2019 across the United Arab Emirates. It will continue throughout the year 2019 and will be concluded in March 2020.     Contact : Zohra AIT EL JAMAR, Regional Audiovisual attaché, 052 771 4591,  zohra.ait-el-jamar@diplomatie.gouv.fr

New French Trade commissioner in the UAE and Regional Director to oversee Business France in the Middle East

Sarah Benyoub - 25-sept.-2019 09:04:45
United Arab Emirates, 24 September 2019 – From September 1st 2019, Frederic Szabo has been appointed as the new French Trade Commissioner in the United Arab Emirates and Regional Director of Business France in the Middle East.    In his new role, Mr Frederic Szabo will be heading the expansion of French companies by boosting French exports in the region, promoting France as a prime location for investments and leading customized supports to attract Middle Eastern investors to France.   As of now, Frederic Szabo will be based in the regional headquarter of Business France Middle East, in Dubai and will be covering 11 countries: GCC, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, but also Jordan & Lebanon through local partners.  To boost economic bilateral relations and strenghten business ties between France and the countries of the region, Business France organized last year 60 profesional events including French pavilions on btob trade shows, bringing around 1 600 companies yearly. Business France also supported 10 investment projects wich resulted of more than 300 job creations in France, including the acquisition of an industrial site worth 50 milion euros and maintaining a hundred jobs.  Frederic Szabo, Business France Director in the Middle East commented: “I am delighted to face new exiting challenges in the Middle East and eager to work with an expert and dedicated Business France team in the UAE and the region, along with the French embassies and our Team France partners to strengthen and increase the French exports but also to draw more middle eastern investments to France. Indeed, 75% of CAC 40 companies are already based in the region, it’s a powerful force that shows the way to smaller businesses such as SMEs hold 81% of establishments in France, and I’m keen on supporting the finest selection of them that will be served  and  introduced to myriad of unique and cutting edge services.” As of now, Frederic Szabo will manage a regional consultancy unit spread over 6 offices (Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait City, Cairo, Doha) and organized by sector of activity: Industry & Cleantech / Lifestyle & Healthcare / AgriFood / Tech & services / Inward Investments / Media & Communications / International internship programs. Last year, French exports to the GCC amounted 12 bilion euros mainly in mechanical equipments, electrical materials, IT, chemical products, cosmetics & perfumes, agrifood products and pharmaceuticals. KSA remained France’s first commercial outlet in the GCC. Frederic Szabo previously served in similar functions for 5 years in People’s Republic of China, in Shanghai. He also conducted missions within the European Commission in Turkey (Turkish Chambers Development Program) and Brazil (AL Invest II) in the frame of industry modernization and internationalization capacity building programs.  From 2003 to 2006, Frederic Szabo joined the International Finance Corporation, member of the World Bank Group in Morocco (Rabat) as Private Sector Development Manager for North Africa to build capacity reinforcement programs. He also held many managing positions as director of international business development within French Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in France by promoting SME’s exports and international development on foreign markets.    END   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.   

La French Tech and the latest in innovation to be showcased at GITEX 2019

YASMINA OUARI - 19-sept.-2019 13:31:21
Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is showcasing French technology and innovation at GITEX on the French Tech pavilion organized by Business France. Amadeus, one of the leading providers of travel technology, will be the official partner of the French Pavilion which will headline national companies driving the latest advancement in fintech, e-commerce, e-government, cybersecurity, blockchain consulting, smart cities, the IoT, VR/AR and Artificial Intelligence.   This year, the French Pavilion will also showcase innovations by French startups who are ready to share breakthrough solutions and meet stakeholders attending the show, including Wizaplace, a marketplace solution for e-commerce, Token Capital, a blockchain consulting company, Dawex, a provider of data marketplace platform, Bertin IT, specialist of cyber intelligence, Two-i VCA, a comprehensive solution to analyze videos to enhance security or enable proactive and focused business decisions by collecting metadata, as well as Blue Whale Company, offering a range of autonomous, ready-to-use connected 2G and NBIOT products for the reduction of water consumption and for multi-energies control and probes measurement.    “On behalf of Business France, it is with great honor to participate once again at GITEX as committed partners over the last six years. It is an exciting year for La French Tech and we look forward to introducing startups with revolutionary new ideas to the potential investors visiting, while our highly regarded companies look to meet with new partners as part of their business expansion”, Mr Frederic Szabo, Managing Director at Business France Middle East stated said. France is achieving strong growth in the technology space internally and through foreign direct investments. The technology economy growth presented a turnover of over €1.1 billion in 2018. The growth of “smart” connected objects increased to 17% compared to 2017 (GFK, 2019). In 2018, the market for the connected home (household appliances, home automation and network products) represented 55% of the turnover of the sector and showed the strongest growth at +35%, i.e. €624 million. This was followed by “wearables” (31%) and drones and gadgets (12%) (GFK, 2019).    The spectacular rise in funding startups through venture and growth capital is also making France one of the world’s leading startup nations. In a recent EY Venture Capital survey, France was ranked second in Europe for fundraising, both in terms of the number of deals and the sums raised, which exceeded a record of €3.2 billion in 2018 (up 28%).    Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways. The company developed its technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. Amadeus combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems, helping connect over 1.6 billion people a year to local travel providers in over 190 countries. Amadeus is really passionate in its pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys.    Amadeus, as the official partner of the French Pavilion, will award the most innovative French Tech company of the Pavilion.   As a nation that fosters technology growth and success, the exhibitors are keen to create contacts and identify experienced partners in the United Arab Emirates and the MENA region via their presence at GITEX. -END -        Note to Editors:   Exhibitor’s Catalog :  https://bit.ly/2o4rslX   https://amadeus.com/fr   https://two-i.com/   https://www.dejamobile.com/   https://www.bluewhalecompany.com/home-water-consumption-control-BREEAM.html   http://tokencapitalmarket.com/   https://www.wizaplace.com/fr/   https://www.dawex.com/fr/   https://linagora.com/   https://www.logicom-europe.com/en/   https://www.tallyos.com/   http://www.athesi.fr/language/fr/athesi-specialiste-de-solutions-de-mobilite-et-de-tracabilite   https://www.acoba.com/   https://www.bertin-it.com/en/   https://www.dilitrust.com/  https://www.systancia.com/     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.    Social Media:  Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF  #FrenchPavilion #FrenchTech    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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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 Consulting:  Law and regulation Market benchmarking Projects and requests for proposals Contacts : Market prospection Exhibitions and B to B meetings Technologic partnerships Communication : Press and public relations Professional advertisements Commerc

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