January 28, 2020

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Bentley returns to profitability

British luxury automobile brand Bentley returned to profitability in 2019, aided by a 5% sales increase after a strong performance in Europe and the Americas as it was announced by Volkswagen per press release.  Sales reached 11,006 vehicles last year, boosted by the new Continental GT Convertible model and a series of derivatives and limited edition models. For further information:  https://www.bentleymotors.com/en.html Picture by Varenia Griebel.

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Bottega Veneta opens up in Miami

In Miami Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director Daniel Lee presented last autumn the brand’s newest boutique in a fresh novel style. Daniel Lee modernised the æsthetic DNA of Bottega Veneta and sparked a new hype about the Italian brand. The young Briton is now heralding his second year as head designer with the opening of the first store he designed for the Miami market. Inspired by Miami’s design district and the brand’s origins in Montebello, the bright, open spaces also reflect his modern vision of discreet elegance, which also defines his fashion.  The new store focuses on the brand’s accessories. They line the walls and are…

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Residentie Orkest Business Circle – New Year Concert

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague Philarmonic Orchestra New Year’ Concert –  The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra/The Residentie Orkest, enthusiastically welcome the new year 2020 no doubt will be a musical year. The Zuiderstrand theater was full for this festive occasion. The program details: Mr Kazem Abdullah (USA), conductor, Kari Postma (Norway) soprano and Hermine Deurloo (Dutch) harmonica player. Master of ceremony was Mr Ab Nieuwdorp. The concert selection of pieces: Strauss Jr. – Overture ‘The Gypsy Baron.Gershwin – Suite Porgy and Bess, Gershwin – American in Paris, Amber – Overture ‘West Side Story. The main focus was on Strauss and Gershwin. Furthermore, Various waltzes, polkas and arias.  The…

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NRW liaison bureau in Israel

Dr. Gil Yaron, Picture by Land NRW, Shani Nahmias. The new office of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for business, science, education, youth and culture in Israel assumes working functions in January 2020. Dr. Gil Yaron, an expert on Israel, has been recruited to head the NRW office in Tel Aviv as announced by Dr. Mark Speich, State Secretary for Federal and European Affairs and International Affairs, before the Committee for Europe and International Affairs in the NRW State Assembly. Premier Armin Laschet stated: “No other state maintains such continuous, close and friendly relations with Israel as North Rhine-Westphalia. The new office in…

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Less restrictions to work for family members of expats

By Ynze Kliphuis. As of 1 January 2020, family members of self-employed expats do no longer require a work permit for non-EU nationals (TWV) to work as an employee. Self-employed expats in the Netherlands cannot work as employees without a work permit. This also applies to the expat’s family members. If they still wish to work as an employee, the intended employer will first have to apply for a work permit. The requirements for a work permit are very strict. This additional threshold makes it less attractive for expat-entrepreneurs to come and work in the Netherlands. As a consequence, they…

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Sharjah’s Emir inaugurates Khorfakkan Beach Project

Sunday, 15 December 2019, Emirate of Sharjah, UAE: His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the Khorfakkan Beach project, in the presence of HH Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), as well as a number of senior representatives from Sharjah’s state entities and project supervisors, including Shurooq’s Executive Chairman, HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal.  This first-of-its-kind large scale redevelopment and redesigning project in the Eastern region of Sharjah was launched in October 2018 by Shurooq. The project has been developed with the support of…

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Bermuda-Israeli encounters

Monday, 2 December 2019, Brussels, Mission of the State of Israel: Premier of Bermuda (UK Overseas Territory), David Burt, on a business trip to various EU countries made a stopover in Brussels wherein he paid a working call on the Israeli Head of Mission to the European Union, Aharon Leshno-Yaar.  Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar was accredited on 14 October 2016 to the European Union. Prior to arriving in Brussels, he served as the Deputy Director General, Head of UN and International Organisations Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel. On his part Premier Burt is his territory’s thirteen head of government since 2017, and distinguishes himself for placing…

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Stephan Weil received in Qatar

Premier Stephan Weil & PM of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani – Picture by QNA, Qatar News Agency. 1-2 December 2019, State of Qatar: Lower Saxony’s Premier Stephan Weil was welcomed to Qatar by the latter country’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.  Focus for the bilateral meeting between the heads of government was the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to be developed along the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony in Germany that could open up new markets for Qatar, and at the same time, help reduce the Western European country’s…

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QFC hosted ‘The Capital’ gala in Madrid

Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani – Picture by Qatar Financial Centre Authority. Thursday, 14 November 2019, Madrid, Kingdom of Spain: In the framework of a business delegation under the umbrella of Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC), its Managing Director of Business Development, HE Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani hosted the prestigious Global Annual Summit’s ‘The Capital’ Gala Dinner, at Casa de América within Linares Palace.  Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani co-hosted the high-level function that showcased the business milieu in Qatar alongside Mohamed Benbouadi, Director of Business Acquisition as well as Laila Al Jefairi, Manager for Business Development.  Moreover Sheikha Alanoud partook in a panel…

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Sino-Philippine bilateral meeting in Berlin

Theresa Dizon de Vega and Wu Ken – Picture by Philippine Embassy to Germany. Wednesday, 27 November 2019, Berlin, Germany: The ambassadors of the Republic of the Philippines, Maria Theresa Dizon de Vega and of the People’s Republic of China, Wu Ken, to Germany held an engaging discussion focused on Philippines-China relations, their views on developments in Germany and the rest of Europe, and building more active people-to-people relations.  Ambassador Dizon de Vega took up her ambassadorship to Germany on 11 June 2019 after serving as her country’s General Consul in New York City. Her spouse Ambassador Eduardo de Vega is Philippines’ top envoy…

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