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French firms positive on UAE

By Staff Writer

The French Business Council (FBC), Dubai and Northern Emirates, has announced the results of its latest survey into business confidence among its members.

The FBC 2010 survey showed very positive views of the prospects for the region, with the UAE as the preferred base from which to do business in the region.

The majority of responding French companies expect to maintain or increase investment and recruitment in the next six months; and the recent negative publicity was deemed to have limited/no impact on business for the vast majority of respondents.

The 2010 survey results were shared with members and guests on February 18, during which the latest membership directory was presented (FBC membership has grown from 300 in 2007 to over 400 at the end of 2009) and a new special interest group was introduced – LE Club – for C-level executives, with a focus on encouraging access to major project opportunities in the region.

President of the FBC, Dubai and Northern Emirates, Henri Zoleyn, said: "The FBC continues to develop strongly, with an increasingly active and growing membership.

"Our latest membership survey shows strong and growing confidence in Dubai as a high-quality city in which to live and work, and from which to do business across the region. This resilience is reflected in the successful relationships forged between Dubai and the Northern Emirates and France, and the growing commercial links.

"The LE Club is will help facilitate access to opportunities, especially in major infrastructure projects in the region, for the potential benefit of all members."


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