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’.

6th FBC Golf Championship & Dinner Party

The Finland Day Golf Championship and Dinner Party was again success and well attended. We would like to congratulate the winners of the Golf Championship, Mr. Fredrik Schauman for the UAE Finnish Golf Championship title and Ms. Jaana Räsänen-Pentti for the stableford win!

The Finland Day events would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors: KONE, Wärtsilä, Nortal, Anika, Broadfolio, Comptel, Metso, Outokumpu, Qatar Airways, Tahko Golden Resort and all the other companies supporting us. A very big THANK YOU!

Finland Day 8.12. - Golf & Dinner Party

Golf price: 525 dhs,  Club cancellation policy applies
Dinner price: 
• FBC members: 290 dhs with drinks package included,  (220 dhs with soft drinks)
• Non-FBC members: 525 dhs with drinks package, (300 dhs with soft drinks) 

Sign-up at the earliest opportunity and latest by December 4th:

Note: Advance payments preferred for smooth entry. On the day payments plus 50 dhs.
Dress Code:  Smart/Cocktail with a tint of white and blue

First come, first served! Secure your place!  

We will send confirmation email together with the payment instructions and membership status update to all registered. 

Securing assets and guardianship - DIFC Wills and Probate Registry

As an expat living in Dubai, have you ever wondered what will happen to your assets and your children if you pass away or your spouse passes away? Yann Mrazek, Managing Partner at M/Advocates of Law, held a comprehensive workshop on this subject for FBC members and we want to share highlights with you.

The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (“DIFC WPR”) has been launched on May 4, 2015. As such, it represents a fundamental step forward for the jurisdiction. It aims at addressing with certainty succession and inheritance matters of non-Muslims both residents and non-residents with assets in Dubai. It is the English language registry. Based on international best practice, the DIFC WPR provides the freedom you need to dispose of your assets. Moreover, the DIFC WPR gives certainty and looks after your family through a range of guardianship provisions.
To learn more, please watch a webcast presentation by Yann Mrazek (https://stepwebevents. or check out a recent article on this topic ( knowledge/36916/every-expat- dubai-needs-will-get-one/).

Discount for FBC members
M/Advocates of Law offer FBC members special discount rates for wills. Their public rate for assistance in registering a single or two mirror wills that includes drafting and acting as a witness is currently set at USD1,500 and USD1,800 respectively. FBC members are entitled to special discount rates of USD950 for a single will and USD1250 for two mirror wills.

We hope that you will make better-informed decisions now that you know more about the options offered by the DIFC WPR.

DIFC WPR Overview 

Anna Vänskä
Board Member and Treasurer, Finnish Business Council