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About The Irish Business Network

Your local Irish business community with global impact

The Irish Business Network (IBN) was established in March 2011, with the primary aim of providing a networking and educational platform for Irish professionals based in Dubai.

This was the first official Irish business council to be set up in Dubai and is registered with the Dubai Chamber. The Dubai Chamber currently has a total of 39 Business Councils and 24 Business Groups under its auspices, which represent a vast cross section of the business community.

Membership to the IBN is open to all Irish nationals living and working in the UAE as well as to business professionals with Irish connections.

The IBN is Not for Profit organisation governed by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce (DCC). 

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IBN Events

The IBN hold a number of events throughout the year including monthly networking breakfast meetings, sub sector industry specific meeting such as Finance, Food, Construction, Education, SME, Young Business Network, Leading Women Sector and Hospitality, Travel & Tourism.


Each year the IBN hosts an annual Seminar; a half day event which brings together all facets of the Irish business community from across the UAE and overseas. Guests and delegate can enjoy several panel discussion, open forums, special guest speakers who are outstanding business professionals in their fields as well as engaging networking sessions.

The IBN supports Irish Trade Missions to the UAE and host Government officials on state visits. Members of the IBN are invited to meet and interact with overseas delegations who are actively building relationships within the UAE.

IBN Chairpersons
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Terry Kane

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Current Chairperson


Sinead El Sibai

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2019 - 2021


Gerald Lawless

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2017 - 2019


Brendan Noonan

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Dr. Bernard Creed

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2014 - 2016


Brian King

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2012 - 2014

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