South African Business Council

Membership Overview

Around 40,000 South Africans currently live in the UAE. SABCO helps its members, not only to find each other but also encourages them to become advisers to newcomers, explaining what to expect when they arrive, either to start a business or to work here.

SABCO members’ activities include:

  • Networking events, such as hosting and organising in-coming South African delegations;
  • Special breakfasts, luncheons
    or sessions featuring prominent guest speakers;
  • Regular updates on current business and economic climate, major trade shows and UAE-related events;
  • Providing opportunities for members of the South African business community in the UAE to network with their peers;
  • Identification and referral of business opportunities to members as they relate to their business activities;
  • Promotion of member companies – corporate image, products and services;
  • Fostering and encouraging close relationships between the council and its members and UAE nationals, government and corporate institutions;
  • Encouraging networking between South African individuals and companies based in the UAE and across the region; and
  • Advise, introduce and assist South African based UAE Nationals and corporate bodies wanting to establish businesses in South Africa, or trade between South Africa and the UAE.



No of representatives35810
Logo and contact on websiteYY2nd TierMain PageMain Page
Promotional area at Freedom DayYYYY
Table at annual gala event50% Discount11
Free places per business breakfast248
Free places at Stakeholder Roundtable Meetings224
Fourball at AnnualGolf Tournament11
Fourball at Ambassador’s Golf Day111
Logo of company on event invitationsAED 300
“Pop ups” at events ((except Golf Days and Freedom Day144
URL to Company’s websiteYY
Logo on all SABCO promotional materialYY
Team entry into cycle challengeY

SABCo will sign contracts with Silver, Gold and Platinum Members in order to outline all deliverables for both parties.

The Corporate taking out the membership will need to provide names and details of nominated members which can either be South African or non-South African. These will be the members that we will add to our database and who will be sent e-mail blasts. These Corporate will be issued membership cards which will need to be produced at events in order to get the applicable discounts.

For Individual members, you membership number will need to be quoted in all correspondence to get your benefits. You will also need to produce this membership card at events in order to get the beneficial rates.

The above document must be read in conjunction with the Online Notice Board as well as the Business Breakfast and Networking Evenings Rate Sheets.