Federation of U.A.E Chambers of Commerce and Industry

The FCCI was established in compliance with the federal law No (5) of 1976 ratified by law No (22) of 2000 Issued by the president His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan, may God protect him, as a major step on the way to have complete federal establishment. Based on that the FCCI and its general secretary was keen on amending and improving the law continuously to respond to the current economic changes. The increasing role of the FCCI led to the use of scientific planning as an effective means to achieve its goals particularly that the FCCI has gone along way to represent the business sector and the chambers of commerce in the social and economic life.

FCCI Goals:
In view of the particularity marking the U.A.E and the nature of its economy based on the principle of freedom and non-intervention in the affairs of investors while facilitating all the ways for them to play a major role in the economic development process , the private sector has become a dominant one that is continuously depended on for pushing the development and building process forward .

This leading experience has achieved great results , which have reflected on a number of dazzling accomplishments in the field of productive and service activities as well as the completion of basic structures and pillars .

Being the businessmen sectorís federation front , the Federation of U.A.E Chambers of Commerce and Industry took steps in this connection to show the suitable role of the private sector in co-ordination with the activities of ministries , establishments , organizations and Gulf co-operation Council ( GCC) , Arab and foreign federations by carrying out a series of joint activities . These included the organization of exhibition , trade markets , conferences seminars and training courses based on the federationís firm belief that the revenues of those activities would be always in favor of the U.A.E Ďs economy whether from the media viewpoint or through holding meetings and signing transactions and foreign contracts between businessmen and the representatives of the Arab and foreign joint establishments and companies .

The federation is trying to put in all the efforts aimed at achieving the objectives and duties as worked out by the law . These objectives included giving a suitable and effective role to the businessmen and businesswomen sector irrespective of their activities including industrialists , traders , farmers and owners of different interests in the economic building process .

They also included effective contribution to implementing development plans and programmers , finding the sound mode for establishing co-operation ties with government establishments and organizations so as to work together to find a solid base for our national economy and establishing relations with GCC, Arab, regional and international and international federations and organizations to the mutual benefits of both parties .

Our federation was able over years since its inception to achieve more gains and accomplishments to businessmen through full co-ordination ad co-operation with the member chambers .

Since its inception and the commencement of its activities in 1979 , the Federation of U.A.E Chambers of Commerce and Industry has devoted all efforts to support the activities aimed at firmly establishing Arab joint work, strengthening co-operation and combines action combined among brothers whether by developing Arab inter-trade or exchanging expertise and practices .

The federation is keen on deepening the process of development of the co-operation with brotherly chambers of commerce and industry in the GCC countries and other brotherly . Arab countries with a view to creating the suitable climate for the establishment of the GCC common market and completing the GCC economic integration process .

Besides , the federation is aimed at highlighting the role of businessmen in correcting and supporting the Arab joint economic work process.

1- General Assembly:
The general assembly is considered the highest authority in the federationís administrative organizational structure and consists of U.A.E nationals who are members in the boards of directors of chambers.

The federationís general assembly shall hold its ordinary meeting once a year at least and the meeting shall be held at the federation of chamberís head office, any of the offices of branches or headquarters of chambers for discussing the topics on agenda.

2- Board of Directors:
It is an organizational administrative structure which works for achieving the federationís objectives and short, medium and long term plans. It also works for creating a kind of direct contact links with the member chambers and regional and international organizations in the issues which serve the progress of U.A.E economy in all activities.

3- Bureau Body
(Executive Bureau)

It is an executive bureau formed by the board of directors and chaired by the chairman of the board of directors and includes the vice-chairman and three members of the board of directors in addition to the secretary general in his capacity as the bureauís reporter.

The bureau shall be in charge of studying the urgent issues and matters related to the federation of chambers. The bureau shall also take the necessary decisions regarding such issues and matters provided that such decisions are referred to the next board meeting for endorsement.

4- Permanent Committees:
They are represented in:

  • National Exports Development Committee

  • Commerce and Services Committee

  • National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce

  • Commercial Arbitration Committee

  •  Joint Committee of Exhibition Centres

Exports Development Committee

Commerce and Services Committee

National Committee of the International Chamber of  Commerce

Commercial Arbitration Committee

Joint Committee of Exhibition Centres

5- The Federationís General Secretariat

The general secretariat is the administrative body of the federation and works for:

  1. Working out detailed plans and policies for guaranteeing the implementation of the plan.

  2. Following up the administrationsí implementation of the tasks assigned to them through the plans designed for them.

  3. Developing the federationís administrative, financial and technical capabilities.

6- Businesswomen Council
It is an administrative organizational structure which works for creating a kind of direct contact links between decision-makers and businesswomen as this might help enhance the means of understanding which support the work of UAE women in economic activities.

This is apart from consultation in terms of all the obstacles and difficulties which may face such work whether in administrative, legal or technical fields and the way of reaching solutions for them.

The council shall be directly linked to the board of directors with the aim of minimizing the administrative routine adopted by all institutions.

Co-ordination shall be made for holding such direct meeting regularly and as necessitated by circumstances with the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

7- Research and Authentication Centre
The centreís director shall be in charge of the Research and Documentation Centre. The centre has been established for coping with the latest developments in the field of information systems management and documentation.

In view of the centreís importance, it has been directly linked to the office of the federationís secretary general. The centre shall be in charge of collecting, organizing and providing updated and accurate information for the federationís members, apart from the continuous co-operation and co-ordination between the centre and federationís other administrations

8- Economic Administration
The administration shall be managed by the director of the Economic Administration who shall be assisted by an economic advisor. The significance of the administrationís work lies in its being a basic, indispensable and inseparable axis in the work of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry based on the new proposed organizational structure as part of the federationís future vision.

The administrationís work is also based on Articles (50-66) of Law No. (22) of 2000 which gives priority and sole authority in the conduction of general economic studies for the UAE in co-operation with the relevant departments, particularly those related to drawing up economic development plans and economic policies.

This is apart from being in charge of supervising the proposed studies of the policies related to the development of private sector and participating in trade exhibitions locally and abroad. The administration is also responsible for determining the laws and regulations governing the process of commercial registration, licenses and the organizational functions of such activities in addition to controlling the organization of the required programs and projects according to the basic economic sectors which distinguish the UAE economy.

9- Legal Administration
The federationís legal advisor shall be in charge of this administration which aims at providing its significant and vital services to the federationís members.

The administration shall continuously work for developing the services of guidance, orientation and consultation, apart from providing its specialized services in settling commercial disputes at local, Arab and international levels in addition to preparing the necessary studies and legal translation

10- Administrative and Financial Affairs Administration
The director of the Administrative and Financial Affairs shall be in charge of this administration which shall practise its general and effective field of specialization in all of the federationís activities through its three sections and various divisions. The administration is also in charge of training, developing, describing and classifying the federationís job cadres in terms of skills and academic qualifications in line with the federationís requirements at present and in future.

This shall be done through giving the administration the authority to attract and appoint staff having proper academic and technical qualifications and skills regardless of the financial and material capabilities which may basically face the federationís work with the aim of speeding the development and streamlining the federationís work as much as possible.

This is apart from the administrationís responsibility in organizing the federationís financial activity though preparing the plans related to budgets, revision of budgets and completing all transactions and matters in this connection and in all of the federationís activities of work.

FCCI Membership in International Organizations

1. Federation of the GCC Chambers of Commerce
2. Gulf Trade Arbitration Centre
3. General Federation of Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture
4. Arab Labor Organization
5. Arab Businesswomen Council
6. Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
7. International Labor Organization
8. International Business owner Organization
9. International Chamber of Commerce

FCCI Membership in Joint Arab and Foreign Chambers
The FCCI has business relationships and cooperation with many joint Arab and foreign chambers which are approved by the General Federation of Arab Chambers of Commerce. They are:

1. Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development
2. Maltese-Arab Chamber of Commerce
3. The Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce
4. Arab-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
5. Chamber Arab-Suisse du Commerce et de Tlandustrie
6. Italian- Arab Chamber of Commerce
7. Joint Kenya-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry
8. Czech-Arab Chamber of Commerce
9. National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
10. Australian-Arab Chamber of Commerce
11. Argentine-Arab Chamber of Commerce
12. Austrian-Arab Chamber of Commerce
13. Arab-Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce
14. Brazilian-Arab Chamber of Commerce
15. Arab-British Chamber of Commerce
16. Chamber de Commerce Franco-Arab
17. Arab-German Chamber of Commerce
18. Arab -Russian Chamber of Commerce
19. Arab -Turkish Chamber of Commerce

Businessmen councils

  • Emirati-Omani Businessmen Council

  • Emirati-Jordanian Businessmen Council

  • Emirati-Egyptian Businessmen Council

  • Emirati-Syrian Businessmen Council

  • Emirati-Iraqi Joint Economic Committee

  • Emirati-Tunisian Business Council

  • Emirati-Indian Joint Economic Committee

FCCI Membership in Local Technical and coordinating committees
Due to the important role it plays in the process of development in the UAE, FCCI has an active role in all the technical and coordinating committees in the country which aims to deal with different phenomenon:

  • The Ministerial Committee of the International Trade Organization in the Ministry of Economy and Trade and all its sub -committees

  • The National Committee for Unleaded Petrol

  • The National committee to fight Money Laundering

  • Trade Mark committee

  • Trade Agencies Committee

  • National Committees to preserve the Ozone Layer

  • Board of Trustees of the Committee of Developing and Employing Human Resources

  • Committee of Specifications and Metrology

  • Gulf War reparation committee

  • The Standing Committee for Security and Traffic Safety

  • The committee for Reviewing and Granting Economic Activity License

  • Emirati National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce

  • National committee for Fighting Fraud

For more information, please contact:

Federation of U.A.E. Chambers Commerce and Industry
Head Office:
P.O. Box: 3014
Abu Dhabi
Tel : +971- 2 - 6214144
Fax: +971- 2 - 6339210
E-Mail: fcciauh@emirates.net.ae

FCCI office in Dubai
P.O. Box: 8886
United Arab Emirates
Tel : +971 - 4 - 2955500
Fax: +971 - 4 - 2941212
E-Mail: info@fcciuae.ae
URL: http://www.fcciuae.ae
Directory General: Mr. Adullah Sultan Abdullah
Coordinator: Mr. Omar Al-Manaseer