11 December 2019: Oman
4th EU-GCCBusiness Forum
Technology: An Enabler To Future Growth & Prosperity
About EU-GCC Business Forum

The 4th EU-GCC Business Forum is a series of European Union (EU) & Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Business Forums. The theme of this event will be Technology as an enabler for future growth and prosperity as it will aim to discuss topics such as the role of education in diversification, the legal framework for technology, technology in the logistic and manufacturing sector and women in technology. The forum will feature representatives from the EU and all the GCC countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, as they discuss the role of technology in various sectors highlighted above and how technology has assisted international, local and SME’s to compete in the global market.

EU-GCC Business Forum offers significant opportunities for cross-cutting networking and identification of opportunities to engage in the ongoing diversification strategies and the corresponding projects underpinning them, in particular in key economic sectors where representatives from the GCC & EU will present ongoing initiatives and planned investments

Why Attend
€143 billion in Trade

EU is 1st trading partner for GCC

€180 billion in Exports

EU covers more than a quarter of FDI to GCC

Growing Relationships

EU-GCC trade and investments have been steadily growing

EU-GCC Agenda
Learn about the schedule, topics and panels of EU GCC business forum
Disruptive changes to business models will have a profound impact on the employment landscape over the coming years. Many of the major drivers of transformation currently affecting global industries are expected to have a significant impact on jobs, ranging from significant job creation to job displacement, and from heightened labor productivity to widening skills gaps. The panel will discuss topics on how the education system has been and should be changed to include and coop with latest trends in the application of some of the modern technology tools. What skills are required in the near future and how could educational institutes provide the right skills to the future workforce.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought about a new challenge. Given the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s extraordinarily fast technological and social change, relying only on government legislation and incentives to ensure the right outcomes is ill-advised. These are likely to be out-of-date or redundant by the time they are implemented. New competitiveness requires governments and private sector to re-imagine strategies, business models and operating principles. The 4th industrial revolution is disrupting almost every industry and creating massive changes in a world that strives for new innovations at massive speeds. Adopting and implementing the right regulation and legal framework to adhere to the effects of the 4th industrial revolution is vital for economies to strive and compete. This panel will discuss how the EU and GCC is preparing for the 4IR and what regulation and framework are already in place and which needs to be enhanced.
Improved technology has increased productivity in the supply chain, minimizing costs and errors. These advances benefit all areas of the logistics industry: trucking transportation, international transportation (ocean and air), supply chain management, and shipment tracking. The panel will aim to explore the role of technology in the logistics sector and how technology has assisted SMEs in the EU and GCC to compete in the global market.
Industry 4.0 will make it possible to gather and analyze data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs. This in turn will increase manufacturing productivity, shift economics, foster industrial growth, and modify the profile of the workforce—ultimately changing the competitiveness of companies and regions. The Panel will aim to discuss the role of technology in driving the development and growth of the manufacturing and industrial sector in the EU and GCC.
As EU and GCC E-Commerce industry continues its rapid growth, and online merchants continue to replace traditional retailers as the destination of choice for consumers, that growing popularity brings with it an array of new opportunities and challenges. The panel will tackle topics such as payment methods, regulatory environment and the diverse set of regulations as well as consumer protection, shipping products across international borders.
Literature examining the impact of women in the technology workplace — specifically women collaborating on teams and in leadership roles — demonstrates the need for and impact of having more women in technology. Greater gender diversity in technology can impact businesses’ bottom lines, as researchers indicated. Recruiting more women into the technology industry is an obvious solution. Interestingly, technology is the only STEM discipline where the participation of women has declined in the past 20 years. The need for tech professionals is not the only reason, nor is it the most important argument, for achieving better gender diversity in technology. A lack of women in technology can lead to a decrease in performance and profits, creating a missed opportunity for those businesses. EU and GCC women leaders will discuss the challenges and experience to attract more female tech entrepreneurs to the workforce and challenges and experience and how to support young female tech entrepreneurs and what programs and resources are in place to advance women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom.
This final panel session, comprising of the three moderators from the parallel focused panels will summarize and reflect on the main issues and discussion points arising from the Forum’s sessions. It will allow moderators to brief conference delegates on the outcome of the panel discussions and to highlight the common themes emerging in the manufacturing, logistics and E-Commerce. As such it will seek to integrate the interlocking issues that are critical to realising the opportunities for both the EU and GCC arising from ‘Technology as an enabler for future growth and prosperity’.
Mrs. Nona Deprez, Head of Unit for the Partnership Instrument in the Service for Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI – European Commission), will deliver the closing remarks for the 4th EU-GCC Business Forum and invite all participants to attend the networking reception
A networking reception will be held at the same venue of 4th EU-GCC Business forum, the Oman Exhibition and Convention center, right after the conclusion of the forum.
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Travel & Visa

Find detailed information on the below link

For European nationals, the recommended visa is unsponsored tourist visas. For the remaining attendees with GCC passports or residencies you may apply for GCC residents tourist visas. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you check the detailed visa eligibility on the provided link in order to avoid any confusions or further issues.

If you need any additional help, contact us for assistance using contact form on your right (or below this section if you are on mobile).

Thank for your interest in the 4th EU-GCC Business Forum. In order to better assist the forum participants, we have secured special rates from the hotels listed below. Please note that the rates/rooms will only be available till November 28th so please ensure to book prior to then. We cannot guarantee the availability of rooms or special rates post November 28th, 2019.

Crown Plaza OCEC 
Hotel is within walking distance to the Exhibition Center

Hormuz Grand Hotel Muscat 
Please use code “EUGCC4” while booking to get the Business Forum special rate
Hotel is 8-10 minutes away from the Exhibition Center

For those interested in visiting the main sites of Oman, please see below for additional information about the two available optional tours. Please note, however that the cut off date for the tours will be the 28th of November so please ensure to register before in order to guarantee your spot.

Tour Option#1: The Tourism Tour
December 12th – 8am till 3pm
This tour will focus on covering the main attractions in Muscat that are a must see! The tour buses will leave from the Crown Plaza OCEC at 8:15am and will conclude with a lunch at a traditional Omani restaurant by 3pm. For more information and the detailed schedule please feel free to contact us.

Tour Option #2: Technology Tour: 
December 12th – 8am till 3pm
This tour will aim to introduce participants to the main technology institutions in Oman. The tour will visit the areas such as KOM 4, SAS Incubation Center, SAS Mobile and Virtual Reality Center and the National Business Incubator (NBC).  The tour buses will leave from the Crown Plaza OCEC at 8:15am and will conclude with a lunch at a traditional Omani restaurant by 3pm. For more information and the detailed schedule please feel free to contact us.

Tour Option #3: Trip to Sohar and Duqum Industrial City
December 12th
 If you are interested in visiting these two areas please do let us know by latest November 28th in order to make the necessary arrangements with the relevant Omani authorities

*This trip will be arranged only upon request.

  • Do I have to buy a ticket to attend the forum?

No, admission to the forum is free of charge. If you would like to register for the forum please click here 

  • Do I have to print the ticket?

No, let’s save some trees. You can show your e-ticket using your mobile at the check-in point


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Forum Venue

The 4th EU-GCC Business Forum will be held in the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center in Muscat, Oman.  For those coming by car, the closest parking entrance is Level 2 – Zone D

Forum is Co-Organized by
the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Supreme Council, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sultanate of Oman Information Technology Authority and Ithraa

As an EU funded project, the EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification Project supports GDPR compliance. For those European participants, who agree to share their information with the relevant partners please do let us know by sending an email to rkhatib@eugcc.eu

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