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  • Kleeschen at the Luxembourg Residence Press Release 8/12/2019

    Every year on 6 December, "Niklosdag" (St. Nicholas’ Day) is celebrated in Luxembourg in honor of Saint Nicolas, patron of the children. During the celebrations of this popular Luxembourg tradition, children throughout the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg eagerly await the arrival of the "Kleeschen" (St. Nicholas) and the gifts he brings. 


    Here in the UAE, the Kleeschen visited the children of the Luxembourg community at the Luxembourg Residence, bringing sweets and candies to all the kids who behaved well (which all of course did). Hosted by the Ambassador Elisabeth Cardoso and by the Executive director of the LTIO Loïc Bertoli, the joyful and convivial event was also an opportunity for the Luxembourg community and friends of Luxembourg in the Emirates to gather in a family like atmosphere before the end of year celebrations, sing traditional children songs, and enjoy Luxembourgish delicacies!

  • “Back to Business” event Press Release 30/9/2019

    On September 23, H.E. Elisabeth Cardoso, Ambassador of Luxembourg in Abu Dhabi, hosted the “Back to Business” event organized annually by the BeNeLux Business Council (BBC), bringing together UAE- based business professionals from the Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

    This yearly networking event offered an opportunity for BENELUX companies in a variety of sectors to network and exchange on their experiences in doing business in the UAE.

    Ms Barbara Mathonet, Chairwoman of the BBC, H.E. Peter Claes, Ambassador of Belgium and H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Netherlands joined the numerous attendees from Abu Dhabi and Dubai who gathered to launch into the upcoming busy months!

  • Luxembourg Embassy takes part in the European Day of Languages in Abu Dhabi Press Release 30/09/2019

    On 26th September, the Luxembourg Embassy in Abu Dhabi took part in the celebrations of the European Day of Languages, organised by the Goethe-Institut, the Alliance Française, and the British Council in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the United Arab Emirates.

    The European Day of Languages is an annual celebration of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the European continent and aims not only to raise awareness on the wide variety of languages spoken across Europe but also to encourage people to connect with one another through the learning of languages.

    During the “speak dating” event, the visitors of the Luxemburgish stand could learn some Lëtzebuergesch words such as “Moien”(Hello), “Äddi”(Goodbye) and basic sentences like “Ech hunn dech gär” (I love you) and “Schéinen Dag!” (Have a nice day!), and taste a piece of its traditional cake the Bamkuch. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a multilingual country where the three official languages: Luxembourgish, French and German, are spoken along with the languages of the many diverse nationalities present in the country.

    More than 300 people of different ages and backgrounds attended the event in Abu Dhabi which also included a speech by H.E. Matteo Fontana, Head of the EU Delegation in the UAE, LIVE European Music and a raffle draw.

  • Annual meeting of Luxembourg businesses in the UAE Press Release 24/09/2019

    On 19 September 2019, Luxembourg businesses in the UAE met at the Residence for an exchange of views on the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the UAE, after a first successful edition in 2018. The event was hosted by H.E. Elisabeth Cardoso, Ambassador of Luxembourg in Abu Dhabi, and by Mr. Loïc Bertoli, Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office.

    Representatives of Luxembourg companies based in the UAE heard presentations given by H.E. Elisabeth Cardoso, by Mr. Loïc Bertoli and by a guest speaker, Mr. Stefan Kraxner, leader of the EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification, a project funded by the European Union to contribute to stronger EU-GCC trade relations through policy analysis, dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders from EU and GCC at both regional and country levels.

    The meeting was an excellent opportunity to meet again with representatives of Luxembourg businesses in the UAE and to address the current geopolitical situation, the economic trends in the UAE and the potential trade barriers that may affect their business activities. The companies were also briefed on the latest developments regarding the Luxembourg pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

    Currently more than 20 Luxembourg businesses are present throughout the UAE, in many diverse sectors such as infrastructure, finance, banking, services or cleantech.  

  • Passing of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean Press Release 24/04/19

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that former Head of State His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean, father of H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri, passed away on 23 April 2019 at the age of 98. We remember a great statesman and a very beloved Grand Duke. The Embassy in Abu Dhabi expresses its most heartfelt condolences to H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri and all the members of the Grand Ducal Family. A book of condolences will be opened at the Luxembourg Embassy from 28 April to 1 May.

  • Vice Prime Minister Etienne Schneider at the Global Space Congress 2019 in Abu Dhabi Press Release 27/03/19

    On 19 March 2019, H.E. Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, accompanied by a delegation from Luxembourg, took part in the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi. The Minister held a keynote speech at the Congress, highlighting the ambitious vision of Luxembourg for the space sector, as well as the thriving relations and the future potential for collaboration between Luxembourg and the UAE. The event opened in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, with a keynote interview of H.E. Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UAE Space Agency. 

    H.E. Etienne Schneider and H.E. Dr. Ahmad Al Falasi also had a bilateral meeting, in which they discussed further cooperation between the UAE and Luxembourg. The participation of the Luxembourg delegation in the Global Space Congress follows on a trajectory of a flourishing relationship after the signature in 2017 of a MoU on Space collaboration between Luxembourg and the UAE.

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