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The rich array of investment opportunities to be leveraged from effective pan-Arab collaboration was the topic under discussion at a high level business event held on 17th April, 2017, in Sharjah. Hosted by the Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah) in conjunction with the Jordan Business Council, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE) was a key participant at the Sharjah-Arab Business Roundtable, which also saw the participation of senior consul generals from across the region and more than 100 stakeholders keen to explore potentially lucrative areas of business engagement.

Serving as a platform to showcase the emirate's investment opportunities in a variety of different sectors, particularly trade, industry and real estate, the roundtable was chaired by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and attended by ministers from some of the region's leading economies, Sharjah government representatives, UAE-based Arab investment entities and business councils. Speaking at the event, Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of SAIF ZONE and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) discussed how free zones were the life blood of Sharjah's economy, and how they were transforming themselves into centres of innovation and excellence. In his address to the delegates present, Al Mazrouei outlined how both the Free Zones in Sharjah have been "committed to developing new services and initiatives to become fully integrated areas that allow investors hands-on access to insights, information, data and services that directly cater to their needs and requirements."