Digitalization at the forefront of the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days

Rejula ARUN - 18-avr.-2019 11:51:36
PRESS RELEASE   Digitalization at the forefront of  the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days    United Arab Emirates; April 2019: Business France jointly with EVOLEN, and the French Business Group hosted the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days in the beginning of April in Abu Dhabi. Launched under the patronage of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, the two-day forum focused on Digitalization, Energy Efficiency, New Technologies for Gas Processing and Plant Operations. The topics presented in a series of presentations of new solutions by the French innovative companies participating, towards ADNOC Group’s Key decision makers.   Since 2015, the UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days has become an essential rendez-vous between UAE and France in the Oil & Gas sector. This year with the support of Total in the UAE as gold sponsor and Schneider Electric as silver sponsor, over 10 companies were represented to showcase the latest technology and industry innovations.     The forum took place in two distinct locations bridging the topics with live demonstrations. On the first day of the event took place at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, next to the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex where ADNOC subsidiaries are located. On the second day, French companies met ADNOC operational teams in the Ruwais Industrial Area where hydrocarbons are processed.    The historical ties between the United Arab Emirates and France having served as a strong base in bilateral cooperations in an important number of domains, is particulary prevalent in Oil & Gas field. The strong innovative capabilities of the French industry in Energy, Oil and Gas sectors will help to strengthen business relationships between Emirati and French organizations.   With Digitalization as the overarching theme, the forum covered Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics/Maintenance. Sessions on Energy Efficiency included details on Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Management software and tools, Energy optimization in Gas Processing and the Best Available Techniques (BAT). The sessions focused on New technologies for Plant Operations delved deeper into the technical aspects of the technology and management side of the industry.    Following the successful sessions in 2015, 2017, and 2018 under the framework of UAE France strategic dialog,  the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days aims to highlight the strong innovative capabilities brought together by two forward thinking nations.   - END         -  Note to Editors  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.    About EVOLEN: EVOLEN network brings together some 1,350 members (250 corporate members and 1,100 individual oil and gas professionals). Their areas of expertise cover the entire oil and gas sector (exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution) and renewables.  EVOLEN aims to promote the technological and industrial excellence of the French hydrocarbons industry and energy futures across the world and to foster the international deployment of French energy industry companies. The French hydrocarbons industry has many strengths, notably its great capacity for innovation, which has enabled it to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of quality and safety. Moreover, its technologies and know-how are being applied intensively to new sources of energy.   ABOUT THE FRENCH BUSINESS GROUP:  The French Business Group is a dynamic and independent non-profit organization committed to promote business relations between the United Arab Emirates and France. It has nearly 200 members and represents sectors such as Oil & Gas, construction, defense, aerospace, aviation, hospitality, finance and telecom. The main missions are to promote bilateral trade, represent and serve the interests of its members and enhance Franco-Emirati connections.   ABOUT TOTAL: Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. It is present in the UAE since 1939 across all elements of the energy sector. Total is in partnership with ADNOC and the majority of Abu Dhabi’s oil, gas and energy companies. It has interests in several joint ventures, plus operational presence through its affiliates Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, Total Solar Middle East, Total Marketing Middle East blending plant, Total E&P UAE Unconventional Gas B.V. and via its trading branch TOTSA.   Championing civic responsibility for future generations through the Total Foundation and promoting one of the key pillars of its societal activities, Youth, Inclusion and Education, Total is committed to the development of youth in the country.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina OUARI  Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 99 529 97  Mail :    

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: ; 050 158 36 96

France & UAE share values of creativity 1,050 guests from the business community celebrated Creativity in Dubai!

Rejula ARUN - 03-mai-2016 13:05:16
United Arab Emirates, May 3rd - French major companies and SMEs, local partners and authorities as well as international VIP guests… all attended together the annual Gala Dinner of the French Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates, the largest French business community event of the year in the UAE! This remarkable evening took place on April 21st under the theme of creativity: ‘So French, So Creative!’ The French Business Council, a non-profit organization and business platform in Dubai, aims to promote economic and trade activities between France and the UAE by supporting a network of more than 700 members. The FBC Gala Dinner was a great occasion to highlight innovation and creativity values of France throughout the world, and especially in Dubai. The international campaign launched by the French government, CREATIVE FRANCE, was part of the evening to strengthen perceptions towards France image and create positive conditions for French economic development. Creative France was a partner of the French Business Council Gala to send out a strong and clear message: France is a global leader of creativity. H.E Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates highlighted the strong synergies between both countries: “When it comes to creativity, the city of Dubai knows what it’s doing. The Gulf Metropolis experiences it and lives of it, every day. It’s in its DNA. Having risen from the desert in the space of a few decades, this metropolis was built on the vision, audacity and courage of a handful of visionaries and the leadership of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, continuously driving initiatives. The Emirates, we’ll never say it enough, represent our most important trade outlet in the Gulf and our 4th highest export worldwide. France as we see it in Dubai is dynamic, ambitious, with a conquering spirit, diverse... and creative!” The gala was also marked by the presence of public personalities from political and business spheres: Bruno de Reneville, President of the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates and David Douillet, Vice President of the Paris France region (and French former high level sportsman), who placed the French innovative know-how and expertise at the heart of their official speeches which contribute to Dubai economic dynamism. The highlights of this evening were: - The 1st edition of the ‘French creative entrepreneur award’ The winner, Julie Leblan, CEO and founder of, the first online gift registry in the UAE, received her award from the hands of Hussain Al Jaziri, Honorary President of the FBC, and the famous Guillemot brothers, Chairmen, CEO and Co-founders of the global companies Ubisoft Entertainment and Gameloft. The ‘French creative entrepreneur award’ is part of the FBC mission to support start-ups and innovative SMEs. . - Worlwide premiere artistic show and technological demos The evening was punctuated by exceptional creative moments. In first part, the Creativity Village was the right place to discover new French innovations: Drones by PARROT, 3D experience by WOW, Hologram and Mechatronics by FRACTAL, Robot by BLUEFROG ROBOTICS, Wireless speakers by DEVIALET... Among the sponsors and partners of this exceptional evening, major Francophile companies like FedEx and Chalhoub Group, as well as French companies including Assystem, Veolia, EDF, benefited the large audience to demonstrate their creative and innovative expertise in the Middle East. The dinner was prepared by talented Chefs from prestigious restaurants and hotels for a unique culinary experience at their live cooking stations... A team coordinated by Chef Andreas Mensch, Executive Chef at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. About the French Business Council  The French Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (FBC) was formed in 1987 and is a non-profit association under UAE law with 700 members. It was created to promote business relationships and increase economic and business relations between France and Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The FBC provides business support and recruitment services to French companies and businesspeople, with a team of 15 permanent staff and an Executive Committee of 13 elected board members. For more information: / FBC Facebook page / FBC Gala Dinner website -Ends- Media inquiries: Miryem Oukas Messidi Press office & Regional Development Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail :  

At Sofitel The Palm, Studio Harcourt Paris is inviting you to its Ephemeral Studio

Yousra LAHBABI - 31-janv.-2016 09:55:24
United Arab Emirates; January 2016 - Sofitel the Palm welcomes you for a very unique and exclusive experience with Studio Harcourt, the most famous photographic studio in Paris. Iconic Home of the refined Parisian high society, Studio Harcourt was founded in 1934 by Cosette Harcourt. Since that time, it is known for immortalizing international personalities from the arts, sports, economics or politics but also anonymous seeking for elegance. Mrs Catherine Renard, CEO of the famous studio said: “Our first stay in Dubai was in 2011. At that time, we had opportunity to picture Nayla al Khaja, UAE filmmaker who won the "Emirates Women of the Year Award" in 2005" . She added: “A few years later, after receiving many Emiratis in our studio in Paris, the Alliance Française asked us to have an exhibition in the Dubai Film Festival context. Catherine Deneuve’s new portrait was revealed on that occasion. Today our portraits decorate the Sofitel The Palm library and we are pleased to invite you to live the Studio Harcourt experience and get your portrait signed  by "Harcourt Paris".” A Studio Harcourt portrait is a unique artwork. Its light, signature and seal guarantee its inherited know-how from the greatest movie directors. Kevin Spacey, Bhavna Pani, Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves, Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Omar Sharif, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Cate Blanchett, Amitabh Bachchran , are all part of the Studio Harcourt legend. Become a star through a two-hour ritual: •          A Studio Harcourt manager welcomes you to discover the history of the House. •          Then, Studio Harcourt will offer you a special makeup session by a professional make-up artist. •          Guided in your attitudes and expressions, you pose as you would do with a painter. Light is sculpted around you, according to the Studio know-how. •          One or two days following the session, you are invited to come back to Sofitel The Palm, to discover your pictures and choose THE picture you want as your Studio Harcourt portrait. The picture is send to the laboratory to be retouched according to Studio Harcourt quality standards. The portrait, signed “Harcourt Paris”, is printed on art paper (size 24x30 cm) and sent about a month after the selection. We are offering the following portraits: Individual Portrait Couple Portrait Family Portrait (4-6) Book your photo shooting now! Contact : Yousra LAHBABI Mobile : +971-56-470-2382

More than 100 French companies at Gulfood 2012 - France: a major food and equipment supplier in the Middle East

Julie ANTOZZI - 08-févr.-2012 08:09:13
French agrifood exports to the United Arab Emirates increased significantly in 2011 (January-November), with a €206 M turnover and a 31% rise compare to the same period in 2010 . France is the 15th food supplier of the U.A.E. Historically French exports to the Middle East were essentially made up of poultry and dairy products. Since a few years, French producers are offering a diversity of products, with also significant exports of apples, biscuits and chocolates, fine products like foie gras, oysters, caviar, tapenades, dips, condiments, mineral water and other beverages…   This growth is in line with the expanding Middle Eastern food service market as it continues to develop rapidly due to a rising population, purchasing power, and a strong hospitality sector. 90% of food items in the GCC are imported and French food products benefit from an excellent reputation (image and quality) in the Middle East.   Moreover, Dubai has a strategic position in the region and is a real trade hub. About 50% of food imports are re-exported to 160 countries including the Gulf countries, the Indian subcontinent, North Africa and East and Central Asia. Therefore, Dubai is one of the largest re-exporters in the world thanks to its efficient infrastructures (ports and airports) associated with large free trade zones.   Both agriculture and the agrifood industry are huge assets of the French economy, making France one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of food and beverages. Agriculture and food industries in France account for about 13% of the value-added of French industry as a whole. This industry employs 557,000 and generates a value-added of €31.7 billion. The agrifood sector in France is the leading industrial sector with a €148bn turnover. It accounts for 1.7% of French GDP and 7.1% of total French exports.   France is also the 5th largest exporter of equipment for the food industry , and is therefore among the leading global providers. France’s strength is its presence on all major food industry markets, especially with French companies exporting machines and equipment for bakeries, milk and meat industries. For instance, France is the first supplier of bakery equipment in the U.A.E with 21% market shares. In 2011 (January-November), French exports of food equipment in the U.AE increased by 20% compare to the same period in 2010 and reached €6 million.   As a consequence, it is not a surprise if France’s presence at Gulfood 2012 will be very strong with almost 100 French exhibitors on our national pavilion: 53 companies will attend the French pavilion dedicated to food, beverages and ingredients while more than 44 will attend the French Pavilion dedicated to equipment and process. And we do not mention the dozens of French companies exhibiting on their own or with their importers. Gulfood for French companies is essential to develop their business in the region. Since its creation, France has not missed a single edition of Gulfood and over the years the French presence has kept growing. Our counterparts from Ubifrance India and Saudi Arabia will join us to participate at Gulfood this year and organize B2B meetings between French companies and importers from these countries.   Last but not least, the French Trade Commission-UBIFRANCE in the United Arab Emirates launched “So French So Good” to promote France’s food-and-drink sector and gastronomy. The successful dinner has been organized at the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach, the 25th October 2011, in conjunction with the French pavilion held at the Speciality Food Festival. We will renew our exclusive event next November.   According to François Sporrer, Director of Ubifrance UAE & Qatar: “With Gulfood as a worldwide event and Speciality Food Festival as an exciting show dedicated to gourmet products, DWTC provides a comprehensive and very efficient platform for food professionals. Therefore, we will undoubtedly increase the French participation on both events in the coming years”.   Press Contact: Tarek SOLIMANE Head of the press office French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE (UAE & Qatar) Mobile: +971 50 708 24 69   

“So French So Good” in Dubai: Successful first edition

Julie ANTOZZI - 31-oct.-2011 13:23:44
The French Trade Commission-UBIFRANCE in the United Arab Emirates launched “So French So Good” to promote France’s food-and-drink sector and gastronomy. The exclusive dinner has been organized at the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach, the 25th October 2011, in conjunction with the French pavilion held at the Speciality Food Festival. Almost 120 people attended the event and had the opportunity to enjoy high quality French food products thanks to our partners Classic Fine Foods, Chef Middle East, JM Foods and MMI. Chefs, F&B Managers, food importers, local Authorities, local farms and groups tasted Marennes d’Oléron oysters (Dublaix), Sarrade foie gras, Mons cheeses, Caviar & Prestige, Pains & Tradition, Evian, Valrhona chocolate, Moet & Chandon… The General Consul of France also invited his counterparts while the Alliance Française of Dubai promoted the artist Tristan Rondet who exhibits at Sofitel. The French exhibitors at the Speciality Food Festival had the opportunity to continue their discussions with local importers and chefs they met at the show, thanks to B2B meetings organized by the French Trade Commission-UBIFRANCE. French agrifood exports to the Middle East (including Egypt) increased significantly in 2010, with a €1.525bn turnover and a 45% rise compare to 2009. The three major markets in the region for French food & beverage exports are Egypt with 36%, KSA (25%) and the UAE (13%). If we consider only the GCC, KSA and UAE are the main markets with 59% of the market.     About So French So Good : So French So Good is a worldwide campaign on the initiative of Pierre LELLOUCHE, the French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Development and Territorial Planning. The United Arab Emirates has been chosen among 12 countries as Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. This project follows upon the registration of the "French gourmet meal" at the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, in November 2010. According to the United Nation’s cultural organization, French meals play an important social role and are part of the French identity. About UBIFRANCE : UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, comes under the aegis of France’s Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France’s public-sector export support framework. With 66 offices in 46 countries, UBIFRANCE offers a comprehensive range of products and services to help French-based companies develop their export. We handle: knowledge-based products and services, from business information to consultancy & monitoring services; helping companies to develop their international strategy; promotional operations in order to foster their partnerships with foreign companies.  
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