This cultural extravaganza offered rare insights into Islamic culture whilst at the same time provided practical tips on doing business in the region from business leaders with first-hand experience. Our presenters included:
Dr Stefano Carboni, Director of the State Art Gallery, provided a colourful virtual historical understanding of Islamic culture by discussing the development of the use of the calligraphic style of writing in the Quran.
Professor Samina Yasmeen AM, CitWA,FAIIA is the Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies (CMSS) at UWA and is a highly regarded and respected academic and provided an overview of the current geo- political climate in the Gulf Region.
Barbara Macnish, Deputy Chair of AACCI WA provided an overview of her experiences of doing business in Saudi Arabia and some insights gained from her recent participation in AACCI’s trade mission to the region to enhance your understanding of how to conduct yourself and successfully do business in the Middle East.
What made this event quite unique was that it included an Iftari dinner (Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset) and was designed to build confidence in Islamic cultural knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge so that business engagement is increased.
There was active participation in the question and answer session which demonstrated the interest that this event created.