Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: Dubai-UK trade stood at AED 6.7 billion in Q1 2016.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Dubai Customs is committed to reinforcing cooperation and coordination with foreign diplomatic corps in order to boost Dubai’s foreign trade. Living up to this strategic objective, Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih has received officials from the British Embassy with whom he held discussions on matters of mutual interest.
Attended by Faisal Issa Lutfi, CEO of Dubai Customs World and External Relations Director at Dubai Customs, the meeting was aimed at exploring stronger economic and commercial ties between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
The British delegation comprised Steve Baker, Country Manager, Fiscal Crime Liaison Office (FCLO); Alun Watkins, Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer; and Douglas Macpherson, Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer of HM Revenue and Customs.
“Expanding two-way trade with the UK is our focus at Dubai Customs,” said Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, noting that Dubai-UK trade reached AED 29.7 billion in 2015, and AED 6.7 billion in the first quarter of this year with imports accounting for AED 4.6 billion, exports at AED 393 million, and re-exports worth AED 1.66 billion.
“In line with UAE leadership’s directives, we endeavour to strengthen our commercial and customs relationships with the British counterparts to drive growth in Dubai’s bilateral trade with the UK as one of Europe’s largest trading markets,” he added.
Faisal Lutfi said: “The regular meetings with foreign diplomatic corps are an opportunity to share Dubai Customs’ rich expertise with friendly countries when it comes to enhancing Customs work around the world. Strengthening customs cooperation with British Customs is part of our strategy in this regard.”
The visiting British officials recognized Dubai’s key position as a global hub of trade between East and West, and re-affirmed UK’s commitment to fortifying collaboration with Dubai Customs to ensure the flow of legitimate cross-border trade.
At the end of the meeting, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih presented Alun Watkins with a souvenir coin as a memento of his tenure in Dubai, and whished his successor Douglas Macpherson a fruitful and enjoyable experience ahead.