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About us

Who We Are


At the Netherlands Business Council UAE (NBC) we connect people and knowledge, for the benefit of our members. As a close-knit business community we network, collaborate and inspire each other. We are here to support and represent your business interest in the United Arab Emirates. With over 160 members ranging from leading global companies and local businesses to SMEs and startups we are a member-driven, non-profit, non-governmental organisation of business professionals. Established in 1997 and licensed under the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, NBC is recognized by the U.A.E. authorities as the representative body of Dutch companies and individuals operating in the region.

Reasons to join NBC



The NBC is governed by volunteer Board Members. The elected professionals are committed to fulfilling the mission of NBC UAE.

Arnoud Govaert


Simon Scholte

Vice Chair

Mustafa Soykan


Francesca Bouwman

Board Member

Rita Jansen

Board Member

Niek van der Sluijs

Chair of DSG

3 Top Reasons to Join: 

  1. 1 - Connect with 225+ members including entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, managers and executives in a large variety of industries in the UAE.

  2. 2 - Extend your local business network opportunities at our 30+ events including monthly meetings with exclusive speakers and presentations, Entrepreneurs roundtables, Business to Business Lead Groups and other business and social events. 

  3. 3 - Increase your visibility in the region with our online member directory and your personal member information page.


Combined efforts

This year, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrate 50 years of partnership having established diplomatic relations in 1972. Both countries enjoy strong relations and have frequently expressed commitment to enhancing the partnership and further boosting bilateral trade.

Dubai Chamber of Commerce, one of the three chambers operating under Dubai Chambers, has played a crucial role in expanding bilateral trade between Dubai and the Netherlands. The Chamber has hosted several Dutch trade delegations and promoted Dubai as an ideal hub for Dutch business expansion.

As a result of these efforts, UAE’s non-oil trade with the Netherlands reached US$4.3 billion in 2021 and the number of Dutch companies registered with the Chamber has increased steadily to exceed 1,200. We look forward to seeing these figures rise further as we explore untapped business potential in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Business Council has done a remarkable job in fostering cooperation between Dutch businesses and their Dubai-based counterparts. We hope to build stronger relationships with key stakeholders, attract high-potential Dutch companies to Dubai and support Dubai-based companies with their entry into the Dutch market.

We look forward to working closely with the Council to build new bridges of cooperation in key sectors of mutual interest such as dairy and fresh produce, arts and antiques, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, fabrics, and perfumery, as well as explore new bilateral business opportunities.

I wish the Council and its members all the success in their future endeavors. Through our combined efforts, I am confident that we can take Dubai-Dutch trade ties to the next level, creating a more prosperous future for both our nations.


The team

The team is responsible for the day to day administration, marketing communication and organising the events and other member activities.

Aishah Fatima


Aishah will manage the administration of the Netherlands Business Council. She is responsible for overseeing the office's daily operations and is part of the social media team. She will answer telephone calls and emails, directing them to the relevant team members. 

Tanneke Egbers


Tanneke has been working with the Netherlands Business Council for the past ten years. Since February 2020 she has taken on the position of executive director. Within the Netherlands Business Council, she is responsible for the overall management of the team, the operational systems, business development, and finance. She is the main contact person for the executive committee of the Netherlands Business Council and NL in business.

Bastiaan van Koppen


In addition to organizing the network events, Bastiaan is responsible for social media and event communication. He is also the Flexpool coordinator, an NBC service where NBC members can connect with local Dutch talents for flexible jobs in the UAE. 

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