Thank you for celebrating Suomi Finland 100 years with us!

Dear FBC Members and Stakeholders,

Kiitos-Tack-Thank you-Shukran!

On Thursday, 7th of December 2017 in the Polo and Equestrian Club in Dubai we celebrated our beloved home country’s centennial together with 500 Finns and friends of Finland.

It doesn’t matter how well or nicely you prepare a party, the outcome is a result of the people and the spirit of the people. Last week we had an amazing and great party, thanks to all of you who participated in one way or another. The celebration was dignified but fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and that it exactly how we wanted it to be.

Our sincere thanks goes once more to all our sponsors who made it possible! 

The Finnish Business Council wants to thank you all for the past year and wish you Happy Holidays and a successful New Year 2018!

Best Regards,

Anita Kalergis


Finland 100 years - Wärtsilä is an official partner

On December 6th this year Finland will turn 100, and Wärtsilä is celebrating Finland’s birthday by participating as an official partner of the centennial programme.

The centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 is the most significant commemorative year for the current generation of Finns. The centenary emphasises Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy, by offering Finns and friends of Finland a diverse and international centenary programme - both in Finland and abroad. The centenary year provides opportunities to better understand the past, experience the jubilee together, and set the course for Finland’s future success.

The theme of Finland’s centenary celebration year is ‘Together’. The organisation of the ‘Finland 100 Years’ project was established by the Prime Minister’s Office, and has responsibility for organising the official centenary year events.

Wärtsilä supports innovation by donating to research

Wärtsilä donates a total of EUR 1,300,000 to Finnish universities as a ‘gift’ for Finland in 2017. With this donation Wärtsilä intends to demonstrate its support for Finnish technology education, and in this way participate in promoting research in Finnish universities and strengthening Finland's global competitiveness.

Wärtsilä’s superior technological solutions are internationally recognised, but remain little known to the broader Finnish public. So in this special year, with our Finland 100 themes and actions, we will tell the Finns – and our global audience –about Wärtsilä’s long and successful history in developing Finland’s technology sector.

Future of the Seas

Wärtsilä has a proud heritage in Finland, with more than 180 years of experience. We have a wide range of operations here, and we have always been a pioneer in technology. At the core of our operations lies a continuous desire to improve, a passion to tackle new technical challenges, and an ability to look forward. We adapt to the changed needs of the surrounding world and collaborate in close cooperation with our sub-contractors, customers, and other partners. We develop our operations and products in line with sustainable development. Wärtsilä’s Finland 100 theme is the ‘Future of the Seas’, which combines all our key priorities: technology, environment and digitalisation. Our main message is that Wärtsilä leverages technology and digitalisation to help ensure a cleaner and more sustainable future for the seas of the world.

Through our Finland 100 themes and projects we want to highlight Wärtsilä’s image as a leading modern technology company, and try to change the larger public’s perception of the company as merely a traditional engine manufacturer. The objective is also to gain visibility and to improve brand awareness among a broader Finnish and global audience, and with potential employees and collaborators. We would also like to reflect on how Wärtsilä has grown and developed along with its homeland, surviving war, economic turmoil, and political crisis and overcoming financial and geographic obstacles.

Wärtsilä’s Finland 100 themes and examples: 


Wärtsilä leads the way in gas and dual-fuel engine technology and in engine maintenance, particularly in promoting efficiency, fuel flexibility, and the reduction of environmental impacts. Our technology innovations are exemplified by such successes as the Wärtsilä 31 engine, LNG terminals and engines, and our hybrid and solar power plants. We also support the Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre (VEBIC).

Wärtsilä has used digital technology for many years in the remote monitoring of ship or plant engines, and in the optimisation and planning of operations. Wärtsilä envisages the future of shipping, and is deeply involved in the development of the world’s first system of autonomous ships for the Baltic Sea.

Product development at Wärtsilä is guided by energy efficiency and environmental values. Wärtsilä supplies technologies that reduce exhaust gas emissions and waste (including LNG engines, scrubbers and catalyst systems, and solutions for the treatment of ballast water, wastewater and dry waste).

Written by: Anne Manner


FBC Golf Championships - honoring the traditions

FBC has organized an annual Golf Championship event since 2011 in its current form.  In early 2000’s the then Ambassador Risto Rekola hosted small golf events in Abu Dhabi.  The tradition was discontinued for many years, but as we revived the tradition in Dubai we inherited the trophy that still goes around, beaten and battered.

In 2017 we momentarily considered skipping the event because of the voluntary work effort needed for the Suomi100 –arrangements. We were happy to be boo'ed at the very idea of not organising the event, proving it has become somewhat of an establishment! The event and after party were organised at the ELS Club on November 16th, around 30 players joined the tournament. The title winner is Jari Puurtinen, the stableford category winner is Ali Irfan.  Anne Sahlström won the longest drive and Riitta Saarinen the closest to the pin tournament. In addition, to honor Finland 100 we created a new category symbolized in a blue and white lion head-cover that will be passed on to the next deserving golfer, who demonstrates relentless, un-waivered go get –spirit and sisu despite many obstacles on the way, as did Finland a hundred years ago. Ari Saarela is the proud winner of the first Sisu – Suomi 100 -trophy.  Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to Outokumpu and the ELS club for supporting the event and prizes such as golf and f&b vouchers.

Message from FBC Chairman 2017

As the new elected Chairman of the Board I want to wish you on behalf of the FBC Board and myself a peaceful and good Holy Month of Ramadan.
The Annual General Meeting of the Finnish Business Council was held on the 23.4.2017 in Ibis Al Barsha and the new Administrative Committee (FBC Board) was elected. I personally am very excited about the fact that we have an extremely experienced and skilled team to continue the work the previous board has started.

FBC at a Business Seminar in Finland: UAE and Finland share ‘mirror image visions’ in innovation

It was indeed a great day of mutual flattering when Finnish and UAE business leaders and the torchbearers of innovation from both countries met in Helsinki.  In his Keynote H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Director General and CEO of Adnoc, also Chairman of Masdar and Abu Dhabi Ports reflected the innovation visions of the two countries to be ‘mirror images’.