The Vision Gulf Business Conference was organized in Kuwait on 31 May 2016 on the theme "Opportunities for Innovation and Coexistence", preceded by a press conference on 30 May. The conference, planned to be an annual event, aims to explore, inspire and offer practical approaches for building a better future for Kuwait. Ethical Business Building the Future (ebbf) was a conference partner, and Dr. Wendi Momen OBE and I from the ebbf Governing Board were invited as keynote speakers.

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Conference room at the Jamairah Marsilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait
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Organizers and guests; opening remarks

I gave the opening keynote on "The future of business in a world with a changing climate" highlighting the requirement of the Paris Agreement for a rapid transition to a low carbon society and the challenges this represents for a country like Kuwait with a economy built on oil, suggesting some of the options for a more sustainable future. The following workshop allowed participants to discuss some of the positive directions that Kuwait could take.

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First keynote by Arthur Dahl

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Climate change is a challenging issue for the oil-producing countries of the Gulf

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Workshop to discuss options for Kuwait

The second speaker was Dr. Hamad Al-Hasawi, President of the Kuwait Banking Association, on "Strategic projects in Kuwait: opportunities and challenges".
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Dr. Hamad Al-Hasawi

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Dr. Hamad Al-Hasawi; part of the audience

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Speakers Dr. Hamad Al-Hasawi; Bayan Salmanpour; Dr. Arthur Dahl

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Discussions continued during the break

The second conference session began with conference organizer and ebbf member Bayan Salmanpour speaking on "Coexistence, business and the environment, do they mix?", followed my my second talk on "The UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: challenges and opportunities". A list of Sustainable Development Goals and targets relevant to business was distributed to all participants.

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Bayan Salmanpour

The last conference keynote was by Dr. Wendi Momen on "Why bother with business ethics? The ebbf view" in which she discussed a number of passages from the Qur'an about ethics in business transactions.
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Dr. Wendi Momen and her presentation from the Qur'an

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Some of the audience

The conference concluded with a panel discussion responding to questions from the audience. Discussion continued afterwards around an extensive buffet lunch.
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Closing panel of Wendi Momen, Bayan Salmanpour and Arthur Dahl

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Questions to the panel from the audience
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Group picture with the organizers at the end; lunch

The conference was held at the luxurious Jumairah Marsilah Beach Hotel, and with an outside temperature of 48°C during the day, we spent more time indoors than out.

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Jumairah Marsilah Beach Hotel

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Hotel beach; Gulf coast looking north to Kuwait City; coastline south

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Jumairah Beach Hotel interiors
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Conference room

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Last updated 14 June 2016

Photographs copyright © Arthur Lyon Dahl and Vision Gulf Business Conference 2016