What our members say

ING Bank NV, Dubai branch joined the Netherlands Business Council in March 2018. It is a great platform to connecting formally and informally with the Dutch business community in the UAE. The events, especially the luncheon events, provide a good opportunity to share experience and learn about living and doing business in the UAE. ING extends its knowledge about Sustainable Finance, its Sector Expertise and ING’s 40+ country international network presence.
Sebastian Frederiks
Corporate Member , ING
As a member of the Netherlands Business Council UAE, I've found immense value in the vibrant community it offers. The diverse networking opportunities and insightful events have been invaluable for fostering connections and staying updated on industry trends. Being a member for many years, I can confidently say that NBC has consistently exceeded my expectations, providing tangible benefits for our entity, DAFZA.
Mariam Saleh-Rohparwar
Associate Member, DAFZA
I have been a member of the Netherlands Business Council for over 20 years and my reason for joining the Council was to meet and network with like-minded people from Dutch businesses in the GCC region. Since then, I have met great contacts, clients and friends and have been part of a vibrant business community. The NBC organizes useful, diversified and prominent events for its members and creates opportunities and business links between the UAE and the Dutch businesses.
Rita Jansen
Professional Member, Watson Farley & Williams
On behalf of GrowArabic, consultants in Indoor Farming, I can fully recommend joining the NBC. The NBC is very active in the region and a great support in establishing contacts with government, embassies and private sector. Especially here in the region of the Middle East connections are extremely important, so they really add value to the process. The NBC organises lots of initiatives via webinars and events for the local community of Dutch companies and clearly understands the challenges we all face. I fully appreciate their support and highly recommen...
Ronald de Ruiter
Overseas Member, GrowArabic
Our membership with the Netherlands Business Council UAE has been an invaluable decision for IFZA. It not only connects us with the Dutch community but also enriches our networking opportunities. We also greatly appreciate the proactive and supportive staff, whose dedication has significantly improved our experience and facilitated our engagement within the community. We eagerly anticipate more collaborations, as our membership remains vital for IFZA’s business growth.
Shahrzad Akhbari
Associate Member, IFZA
“I represent Hydraloop, a Dutch scale-up watertech company, and joined the Netherlands Business Council (NBC) in June 2021, recognizing it as an ideal platform to showcase Dutch innovation and entrepreneurship in the UAE where water conservation solutions are in high demand. Reflecting on the experience, I highly recommend the NBC to other Dutch companies looking to enter the Gulf Region. A membership at the NBC offers a wealth of experience and contacts that can greatly facilitate market entry. Similarly, Emirati companies seeking growth opportunities ...
Alexander Euler
Business Member, Hydraloop
I have been a member of the NBC for 3 years, and it’s definitely been worth it. In fact, I got in touch with the NBC because I was looking for a job in the UAE, and thanks to their help I found a temporary project at LeasePlan Emirates, that turned into a fulltime permanent job! It’s a very good network to be in, and they are always ready to help with whatever you or your company need in the UAE.
Barbra Willemse
Professional Member, LeasePlan
I am a tax advisor, and though I am based in Amsterdam, more and more of my clients live or do business in Dubai. It is therefore important for me to maintain my network in Dubai, so I can connect clients to trusted partners locally. The NBC UAE provides this network and hosts interesting events where I can meet other members of the Dutch/Dubai business community. Off course it is a two-way street - I have been able to advise various NBC UAE members about their own international tax issues.
Joost de Leeuw