Events 2018

Saudi-Arabia in Transformation Process



Meeting at the Council of Saudi Chambers


The Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Eng. Mouddar Khouja, was part of the Austrian Trade Delegation that visited the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia from 22 to 26 April 2018. The delegation was headed by Eng. Walter Ruck, President of the Vienna Economic Chamber, and coordinated by the Austrian Commercial Counsellor for Saudi‑Arabia Dr. Kurt Altmann with the support of Dr. Gabriele Führer, Director for Foreign Trade at the Vienna Economic Chamber. More than 15 Austrian companies were following the invitation to join the Trade Delegation.


The impressive program included meetings with high-level officials, decision makers, project leaders and representatives of the Saudi business community in Riyadh and Jeddah.


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Left image: Eng. Khouja (right) with Eng. Ahmad Rajhi, Council of Saudi Chambers
Right image: Eng. Khouja with Dr. Saudi Almashari (left), Council of Saudi Chambers


According to the Secretary General Eng. Khouja, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in a transformation process. With the “Vision 2030” initiated by H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the country seems clearly determined to reinforce and diversify the capabilities of its economy, turning key strengths into enabling tools for a fully diversified future.


Saudi Arabia’s image as “the global petrol station” shall be transformed into an open private economy: according to “Vision 2030”, the country will offer opportunities for partnerships with the private sector through the three pillars: its position as the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, its leading investment capabilities, and its strategic geographical position.


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already launched many transformative programs to implement its comprehensive and ambitious vision for 2030, including programs for governmental restructuring, privatization, national transformation, fiscal balance, and many more.


The impact of the transformation process was already observable upon arrival at Riyadh International Airport, where officers would be prepared to welcome Austrian delegates in German language. The vision becomes even more evident with several new development projects in yet unexplored areas in the Kingdom, among them the NEOM Project, the Red Sea Islands Project and the Al-Faisaliah Project.





Secretary General meets the designated Mayor of Vienna




ludwig1On 13 March 2018, the Secretary General of the AACC Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA had a welcome meeting with the new designated Mayor of Vienna H.E. Dr. Michael LUDWIG in his office at the Vienna City Hall.


During their very constructive meeting, H.E. Dr. LUDWIG and Mr. KHOUJA discussed several topics. Throughout the past years, Vienna has been establishing itself as a hub and headquarters for many international organisations and institutions, Mr. KHOUJA acknowledged and referred to organisations like OPEC and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the world’s second largest development finance institution for soft loans after the World Bank.




The Secretary General also mentioned the AACC’s close cooperation with the Vienna Economic Chamber and its President Eng. Walter Ruck, as well as with the Vienna Business Agency and others, to promote Vienna and Austria as an ideal business location for Arab companies and partners. At the same time, the AACC would also engage to promote cooperation and friendship agreements with other Arab cities and capitals.


The designated Mayor of Vienna H.E. Dr. Michael LUDWIG referred to very positive personal experiences in Arab countries and acknowledged the Middle East and Arab countries as a region with huge potential, even more than media would reflect. He reaffirmed the importance of strong cooperation with institutions like the Vienna Economic Chamber, the Vienna Business Agency and others, to promote and intensify the relations with Arab countries and to strengthen Vienna’s position as a centre for diversity and internationalism.





Celebrating Arab Mother’s Day at Domisol



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On 15 March 2018, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and AACC member company Domisol jointly invited Arab diplomats, AACC members, family and friends to celebrate together on occasion of the coming “Arab Mother’s Day” which is celebrated on 21 March. Domisol is a unique multibrand‑shop for luxury merchandise right in the heart of Vienna.



Among the guests were representatives from Arab embassies, international organisations (like OPEC and OSCE), and from international NGOs (“Human Relief”), together with AACC member representatives from Ritz-Carlton Hotel Vienna, and affiliates, staff and friends of the AACC.




Coordinative Meetings for Bank Cooperation Iraq - Austria



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Between 6-8 March 2018, the AACC coordinated several meetings with Austrian banks and experts on the Austrian Financial Market Authority, for possible cooperation in the banking sector between Austria and Iraq. Participants were H.E. Dr. Khaled Al Juboory from the Embassy of Iraq, and Mr. Mohammed Qasim.






Cooperative talks between AACC and Regional Center for

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RECREEE)






On 26 February 2018, the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA received Dr. Ahmed BADR, Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RECREEE), together with Eng. Ashraf KRAIDY, Planning Director and Ms. Noha GAMAL EL DIN, Members States Relations and Operations Manager of RECREEE for coordinative talks in Vienna.



RECREEE informed the AACC that they were awarded by the European Commission to be the Animator of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Platform under the Union of the Mediterranean, which in they are preparing to launch an “Euro-Mediterranean High Level Policy Dialogue” between Europe and the Arab region to stimulate the investments in the sustainable energy field. The focus of the dialogue is on “Fostering Climate Change Mitigation Measures for the Deployment of Renewable Energy”.



In this context, RECREEE approached the AACC to discuss a potential role for AACC and the different Arab-Joint chambers in Europe in this dialogue, as key players in the investment and commerce markets drivers between the north and the south.






AACC welcomes the President of Strategic Marketing
Management Group for cooperative meetings






From 22-23 February 2018, Mr. Dawood AL SHEZAWI, President of Strategic Marketing Management Group paid a visit to Austria for coordinative meetings with the AACC, the Vienna Business Agency and the Institute for Economic Promotion of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WIFI). The visit was initialized and coordinated by the AACC.



Strategic Marketing Management Group, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is a leading marketing, trade, exposition and conference organizer with offices in different regions. Among its most popular events is the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition, the Future Cities Show and many more.




AACC Delegation at

“Kuwait International Conference for

Reconstruction of Iraq”, 12-14 February 2018


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From 12 – 14 February 2018 the State of Kuwait hosted the high-level “Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq” with over 2500 participants from official institutions and the private sector from all over the world.



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The AACC, headed by its President Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ and Secretary General Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, organized a delegation trip for interested companies and representatives to participate in these important events.


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