H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi Addresses Gulf International Congress


H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi, Chairman and CEO of MANAFA LLC, and Chairman of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the UAE opened the Gulf International Congress with a keynote address in Dubai at Palazzo Versace Hotel on 10th December, 2016.

The two-day conference was organized by Italian Industry & Commerce Office (IICUAE) in the UAE in association with Tomirex International LLC focusing on ‘Dubai Expo 2020 and the Increasing Importance of the Free Zone’s Role’. The visiting delegates included over 200 lawyers as well as top industry professionals and legal experts from leading Italian law firms.

Opening the conference, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal, said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all for IICUAE’s second congress in Dubai that holds great significance for all of us present here. I wish you a successful forum and delighted to extend the services of Italian Chamber of Commerce to facilitate any requirements you may have.”

As a token of appreciation for the continuous support extended by the Italian Embassy to the Chamber of Commerce, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal presented a special trophy to H.E. Liborio Stellino, Italy’s Ambassador to the UAE.

During the course of the day, various presentations were made highlighting the Expo 2020 and other business opportunities opening up in the UAE that Italian firms can participate in. Reference was also made to topics such as corporate residence under Italian tax laws for companies established in the Emirates.


Established in October 2003, MANAFA L.L.C. is a holdings company & investment house with a significant presence in the Middle East. Since its formation, the group has made rapid expansion in the region. Extraordinary vision, an outstanding business strategy and a deep understanding of the region’s corporate ethos have contributed to this exceptional growth. The company’s diverse service offerings and progressive strategies have placed it among the highly trusted and eminent organizations in the region. Active partnership with key industry players keeps it at the forefront of emerging trends that power progress.