Founded in 1999, the Italian Business Council of Abu Dhabi (IBC-AD) has the primary objective to promote goodwill, commerce and information exchange between Italian and local businesses in the United Arab Emirates.

Managed by a Board of Directors elected on a bi-yearly basis, IBC-AD is an independent “not-for-profit” entity comprising of corporations, small and medium sized companies, prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs from Italy (and other nationalities).

IBC-AD’smain objective is to provide a trustworthy platform through which members and supporters discuss business related challenges in the trade relations between the U.A.E. and Italy.

Through the active support of its members, and in coordination with the Commercial Section of the Italian Embassy, IBC-AD aims at becoming the most authoritative voice of all the Italian businesses in Abu Dhabi.


In alignment with the main mandate of information exchange, aggregation and support for Italian businesses and individuals operating (or intending to operate) in the UAE, IBC-AD focuses on the following objectives:

Economic & cultural relationships

Develop and reinforce the economic and cultural relationships between Italy and the UAE, with particular emphasys on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.


Contribute to the facilitation of every possible form of trade, investment in various industries (i.e. manufacturing, tourism, fashion, healthcare, services, science, agriculture and financial sectors) as well as the development of new key-sectors.


Encourage and promote Italian investments in the UAE (with special attention to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi), Emirati investments in Italy as well as facilitate the creation of joint ventures and projects between the parties.

COMMERCIAL relationships

Contribute to reinforce the commercial relationships between the UAE (Abu Dhabi) and Italian private sectors.


Facilitate the exchange of commercial and economic information among the individuals and enterprises from the UAE and Italy with the objective to foster premium commercial relationships.


Promote every initiative tailored at raising awareness of the economic and commercial relationships among the two countries, in full alignment with the Italian and Emirati relevant institutions (namely, the Italian Embassy to the UAE and the Italian Chamber of Commerce).



Promote the finalization of commercial agreements as well as provide relevant and applicable business intelligence and information to its membership

Encourage the formation of joint ventures and businesses in the UAE with special emphasys on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Contribute to the resolution of potential challenges which may negatively impact the existing commercial relationships between Italy and the UAE.

Organize meetings, luncheons and other networking opportunities with the ultimate objective to exchange information, know-how and ultimately promote the development of the trade relationships between Italian and Emirati/Abu Dhabi entrepreneurs.

Organize and/or facilitate the organization of specialized Conferences in a variety of target sectors with the objective to further promote the economic and social interaction as well as strenghten the cooperation among the countries.