The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK) was founded in May 2009 and fully integrated the German Industry & Commerce Office which had already existed for 10 years in Dubai and for 5 years in Abu Dhabi at that time. The AHK is the first bilateral federal business organization as well as the first international institution on federal level which has been founded in the Gulf.
AHK is part of a global network of German Chambers (AHKs) located at 130 locations in 90 countries around the world. AHKs are co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German companies with building up and extending their business relations to foreign countries. The Umbrella organization of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) which also coordinates and supports the AHKs. Furthemore, the cooperation with various German trade associations strenghtens the link of AHKs to business and markets.
Through the reputed Emirati and German members of our Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, AHK has direct access to the Emirati and German decision makers, which is crucial for initiating business relations. AHK chairman for the period 2015 – 2017 is HE Saeed Abdul Jalil Mohammed Al Fahim, Chairman of Al Fahim Group. Vice-Chairman is Saeed Mohammed Al Ghurair of Al Ghurair Group. The CEO Felix Neugart is Regional Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for the Gulf Region (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Iraq).
In addition to its role as the official representation of the German Industry & Commerce on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, AHK offers a range of activities such as business intelligence and consulting services for market entry, sourcing for business partnerships as well as trade fairs participation in the UAE and Germany. As a membership organization, AHK functions as an effective information and networking platform to support bilateral business relations through regular get-togethers, special events, committees and working groups. Social Events offer members the opportunity to network outside the business environment