About ABC Dubai
The American Business Council in Dubai (ABC Dubai), also known as AmCham Dubai, was the first bilateral trade organization established in the UAE and operates under the local patronage of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry. ABC Dubai is an international affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.
ABC Dubai represents the business & commercial interests of industries, corporations and individual professional members.
The Council’s membership is comprised of American Fortune 500 companies, SMEs, large and small UAE organizations, and well as American and Emirati professionals from all sectors of business and industry – all accepted after review of eligibility based upon membership qualification criteria.
ABC Dubai organizes the business community in partnership with public and private sector leaders and other stakeholders from the US, the local region, and internationally. ABC Dubai’s key mission is to strengthen commercial ties between the US and the UAE, and offer exceptional value and corporate support services to its members.
What We Do
Act as a catalyst for American business in the region
Be the consolidated voice of American industry
Provide a relationship building platform among Americans and other business communities
Drive knowledge sharing and information distribution to facilitate and improve American competitiveness
The American Business Council in Dubai (ABC Dubai), also known as AmCham Dubai, was established as the first bilateral trade organization in the UAE in 1985. It is now recognized as one of the US Chamber of Commerce’s most important and active international affiliates.
Over the years, ABC Dubai has grown in membership and community engagement across the regional business environment. The organization has cemented a deep US-UAE relationship anchored on robust bilateral trade & investment, cooperation and friendship. Today, ABC Dubai comprises more than 3,000 corporate and individual members, government bodies and partner stakeholders.
ABC Dubai continues to evolve into a stronger, increasingly vital component of the UAE business landscape, offering exceptional value and service to its members. With the US and UAE sharing a high-value trade relationship, the UAE has become the US’s largest export market in the Middle East with nearly $26 billion in trade in 2016.
Today, ABC Dubai actively advocates for US business with US and UAE government officials on a local and international level. In providing a platform for knowledge-sharing exchanges, ABC Dubai facilitates policy dialogue on all levels. ABC Dubai encourages all corporations or professionals with an affiliation to US business to join the Council and help shape the future of US-UAE economic growth and individual commercial prosperity.
The Rings of Friendship
Inspired by the vision of the UAE leadership to create a welcoming environment for American business and cooperation, the American community presented the “Rings of Friendship” monument to the people of the Emirates as a symbol of the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries.
At a presentation ceremony on November 15th, 1997, the “Rings of Friendship” was received by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, then Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defense. Till today, the Rings of Friendship are illuminated by seven lights, representing the seven Emirates, with twenty five pathway lights leading to the raised site in the Creekside Park, generously provided by the Dubai Municipality. These lights commemorate the twenty-five years of friendship and positive relations between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.
Weighing in at 6 tons, the Rings, each 16 feet (4.9 m) in diameter and 27 inches (69.6 cm) wide, are constructed of the highest grade American stainless steel and are polished to a mirror finish. They rest on two curved pedestals of Vermont granite, which weigh more than 11 tons alone.