The Government of the UAE are hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, North Africa, or South Asia.In support of this, the Australian Government through DFAT has committed $65 million to build the Australian Pavilion to showcase Australia, our culture, diplomatic meetings, our products and our business to business engagement.



An insight into regional relations and supplement to the 2017 Australian foreign policy white paper

University of Melbourne International Relations Masters intern Stephen Di Lorenzo has just completed his 12 week program with AACCI and has submitted a research report, ‘Australian Foreign Policy and the MENA Internship Report’.

Stephen joined us in July as a part of his Masters Degree in International Relations. He was appointed as an intern for a 12 week intensive research program based in Melbourne. His research focus was to identify key opportunities, challenges and related factors specific to trade and investment relations with the MENA region. The research paper is aimed at value adding to the existing Federal Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper.

To read Stephen’s research paper submission, click here.

For more information on research intensive internships with AACCI please contact:

Jessica Swann
National Secretariat
Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry
E. secretariat@austarab.com.au


“Australian Government’s Soft Power Review”

Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: “Australian Government’s Soft Power Review” October 2018

The Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI) would like to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the opportunity of to prepare a submission for this important review into the use of soft power in advancing Australia’s interests internally.

While AACCI acknowledges the primary focus of this review on the Asia Pacific region, we believe that there are critical opportunities to consider the MENA market in developing a strategy on this issue as the importance of soft power in MENA and the development of the region into a key trading partner into the future are fundamental to sustainable success.


AACCI response to suggested Relocation of Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Mr Roland Jabbour OAM, President and National Chairman speaks with ABC Melbourne broadcaster Jon Faine about suggestions of a potential relocation of the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

In response to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s suggestion yesterday of moving the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, AACCI President and National Chairman, Mr Roland Jabbour OAM spoke live this morning about the implications of such comments with ABC’s Jon Faine.

Click Here to listen to the interview

Click Here for the media release