Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor welcomed a senior French delegation at his office on Tuesday November 11, 2014. Majdi Abed, French Consul General to Dubai, introduced Al Habtoor to Anne-Marie Idrac, Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development for Economic Affairs with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Also present was François Sporrer, Regional Manager-Middle East for the French Trade Commission, and Jean-Claude Daupeyroux, Head of the French Economic Service. The group discussed the potential for increased opportunities for French companies in Dubai and further collaboration with the Al Habtoor Group of companies.
Al Habtoor said, “Dubai is offering an abundance of opportunities to international companies whether it is through investment or jobs. This is where the growth is. The economy is thriving.”
Mrs Idrac, who has held several key senior positions in France, including government positions and CEO of French rail operator SNCF, is on a two day official visit to the emirates. Her visit includes attending the official inauguration of the Dubai Tram, which opened on November 11, 2014. The Dubai Tram was built by a consortium which includes French company Alstom.
Alstom is also involved in the Al Habtoor Group’s Al Habtoor City project on Sheikh Zayed Road.