The Irish Business community in Dubai is a vibrant one and the Irish Business Network is here to help develop Irish Business in the region through education and networking.

This is the first official Irish business council to be set up in Dubai and is registered with the Dubai Chamber. The Dubai Chamber currently has a total of 39 Business Councils and 24 Business Groups under its auspices, which represent a vast cross section of the business community.

Membership to the IBN is open to all Irish nationals living and working in the UAE as well as to business professionals with Irish connections. The IBN Committee, which is voted in by the members, is made up of 7 representatives who are actively involved in developing programs that appeal to its members and that open up new business opportunities.


The Irish Business Network (IBN) was established in March 2011, with the primary aim of providing a networking and educational platform for Irish professionals based in Dubai.

To achieve this, we hold regular breakfast meetings, which feature guest speakers from leading businesses in Dubai.

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The Irish Business Network has been a very useful organisation for a number of reasons. It helps to keep me in touch with political and economic issues back home via the visits from VIP’s during the year.

The monthly business network breakfast events are a wonderful way to meet business people working in the UAE or those looking to set up new ventures. The more intimate settings for the sub groups is a great way to exchange ideas and explore ways to collaborate with each other and also a great sounding board for any business issues we face which are pertinent to the UAE or Middle East in particular.
Plus I enjoy the social events and try to attend as many as possible. Definitely one of the better business networking groups in the UAE but you have to make an effort to be proactive.

Georgina Kelly
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I find the IBN where experience is shared and help is given freely and generously

There is a feeling at an IBN breakfast that the newcomer is as important as the Old Hat
The variety of member’s backgrounds provides a very strong forum for both business and social networking. In true Irish style bonds are forged and I have seen business deals being closed as a result of connections established through the IBN network

Even though my business is Early year’s education, I have specifically benefitted from a number of IBN initiatives: the IBN half day Seminar; the construction sector presented a very informative evening on governance; the Banking sector had some very informative speakers on obtaining finance and Sharia law; and

The YBN welcomed the ‘old and wise’ and presented on the use of social media in business. I have reconnected with people I knew 27 years ago in Dubai and made many new friends also. I always recommend the IBN to newcomers as a good place to start connecting with Irish people in Dubai both for settling into a new country and to help with career advancement.

Siog Moore – CEO of Little Land Nursery & Montessori Centre

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