Join our event, ‘Made For Trade Live’ in Türkiye in partnership with Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Istanbul and Tamimi Consulting to find out how to easily set up, run, and expand your business in Dubai with DMCC – the world’s #1 free zone.
A global hub for innovation, growth, and trade – Dubai’s attractive policies, proximity to surrounding markets, centralized time zone, lifestyle and business opportunities make it one of the world’s best destinations to do business. Ideally located in the heart of Dubai, DMCC’s award winning community offers businesses easy access to industry-specific ecosystems, world-class infrastructure, bespoke services and exclusive networking events to support your success.
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Ahmed Bin Sulayem is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC and has driven its growth from a start-up of 28 member companies in 2003 to the world’s leading free zone in 2022 with over 23,000 member companies from 180 countries, employing over 65,000 people.
Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to the market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2022, DMCC was named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record eight consecutive years.
Mr Bin Sulayem oversaw the exponential growth of the DMCC Free Zone master development in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), a 200-hectare business and residential community in Dubai of over 100,000 people living and working in 87 towers. Mr Bin Sulayem also oversees the development of DMCC’s latest real estate project; the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai district.
The Kimberley Process officially appointed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the first and only Arab country to Chair the Kimberley Process in November 2015. Shortly after, the UAE Ministry of Economy officially appointed Mr Bin Sulayem as the UAE’s Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2016.
Consul General of the United Arab Emirates to Türkiye
2010 - 2013 - Head of Operation Department at Foreign Affairs Office, Abu Dhabi
2013 - 2017 - Head of Confidential Section at Minister of State Office, Abu Dhabi
July 2017 - June 2018 - Vice Consul at Consulate General of UAE, Istanbul
June 2018 - July 2022 - Acting Consul General of United Arab Emirates, Istanbul
July 2022 - Consul General of United Arab Emirates, Istanbul
Founder & CEO,
Tarik Tamimi has a diverse experience in various industries as a professional and entrepreneur in the United Arab Emirates, GCC, Middle East, Türkiye, UK, CIS Region and East Africa, operating out of UAE since 2005. Worked in large multi-national corporations in Oil & Gas, energy, construction, supply chain and logistics, and trading industries. Focused for setting up and managing challenging operations to create competitive commercial advantage for organizations across multi-disciplines.
Founded Tamimi Consulting in 2010, and established a cross border consulting firm with Fatma Nilgun Emrem to offer guidance to organizations, advise top executives, boards, and business owners with an aim of creating value and differentiation while evaluating a business from multiple perspectives such as commercial, administrative, compliance, banking, strategy, risk, marketing, and development. Tamimi Consulting offers tailored services in the field of management and business consultancy for companies of all sizes, sectors, and backgrounds with a unique approach for establishing and strategizing businesses.
Tamimi Consulting has successfully incorporated more than 900 companies in U.A.E. and continue to be the leading company among Turkish Investors especially. Tamimi Consulting has been awarded for the last 8 years in a row as the Top Performing Consulting Company in U.A.E. by the DMCC Authority and awarded as the Best International Service Provider in 2020.
Tarik Tamimi is a Founding Member of the Dubai Business Group for Professional and Business Services under Dubai Chambers, a Board Member of the Turkish Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates, and an active member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) of Türkiye.
DTİK United Arab Emirates - UAE Representative -
World Turkish Business Council
Fatma Nilgun Emrem has a career history across multi disciplines and sectors from Banking, Textile and Construction which provided a natural appreciation of different sectors and organizational structures and managing skills to transfer to the consulting field. Her experience in markets extend from Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, GCC, Middle East, United Kingdom, Baltic Region and Africa.
In 2010, established Tamimi Consulting with Tarik Tamimi to extend her knowledge and experience to those investors looking for opportunities in the GCC region. Since its inception Tamimi Consulting has successfully incorporated more than 900 companies in the U.A.E. and continue to be the leading company among Turkish Investors especially. Tamimi Consulting has been awarded 8 years in a row by DMCC Authority as the Top Performing Consulting Company in U.A.E. and awarded as the Best International Service Provider in 2020.
She is the U.A.E. Country Representative in Africa - Middle East - Gulf Region Committee in the World Turkish Business Councils (DTIK) under the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) of Türkiye.
She served as the President of Turkish Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates between 2019-2023.
Dynamic Solutions Consultancy
Derya Kaya is an international trade and government incentives programme specialist with experience spanning across 3 decades in Türkiye, Middle East and CIS regions. She has worked with both SMEs and large scale multinational firms from various industries such as manufacturing, textile, furniture, automative, machinery, and consumer goods.
She is highly regarded as one of the best technical experts in Türkiye for government incentive programmes and support for product exports.
Director of Sales and Business Development,
Free Zone, DMCC
Marwan Mohamed Saleh is the Director of Sales and Business Development, Free Zone at DMCC. He brings over 25 years of work experience in strategic planning, marketing and business development, driving international sales and realising business objectives.
Prior to joining DMCC, Mr. Saleh was the Head of Business Development and International Sales at the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).
Mr. Saleh is well-known for his extensive work with Etisalat Afghanistan from 1996 to 2015. He began his career journey as a Government & Corporate Segment Manager. Demonstrating excellence and business acumen, he then climbed the corporate ladder to become Vice President for Etisalat Afghanistan between 2011-2014, before assuming the role of the CEO at Etisalat Afghanistan.
Mr. Saleh completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). He also holds multiple certifications in leadership and organisational leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Business School.
Senior Manager Corporate Sales – Western Europe & Türkiye,
Free Zone, DMCC
Khozama Al Saadi is Senior Manager in Corporate Sales, Free Zone at DMCC, where she is responsible for operations in Western Europe and Türkiye. She brings a decade of expertise in fostering strategic partnerships, relationships and alliances notably with governments and prominent industry stakeholders.
Prior to joining DMCC, Khozama worked for Dubai Chambers in the Investment Attraction division and has experience in Corporate Sales for Jumeirah Group and Mashreq Bank.
Khozama holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Management from the American University of Dubai.