Event Details

Pat Thaker, the EIU's Director for Middle East & Africa is visiting Dubai, and has kindly agreed to co-host with me a briefing and roundtable discussion on the Kingdom, its opportunities and risks.

Pat will update us on Saudi's Regional HQ programme, the latest enhancements (and required improvements) to Saudi's business environment, and the country's foreign direct investment prospects. She will also touch on matters geopolitical, including inter-GCC affairs, and what is happening to the chances of a normalisation of relations with Israel, following the eruption of war in Gaza.

The briefing will take place over an a la carte breakfast in the private dining room of Reform Social & Grill in Dubai's The Lakes Club at 8:45am on Thursday 23rd November. There will be plenty of opportunity for guests to ask questions and share their own perspectives.

Because of limited space, this briefing can be attended by one representative per EICN member company. And registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you cannot make it, please feel free nominate a colleague.

Private Dinning Room

Reform Social & Grill

The Lakes Club



8.45am - Arrival, welcome and breakfast orders.

9.00am - Saudi briefing and roundtable discussion with Pat Thaker, Director MEA, EIU

10.15am - Close and networking

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


  • Pat Thaker (Regional Editorial Director, MEA of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Pat Thaker

    Regional Editorial Director, MEA of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Pat Thaker provides the intellectual leadership necessary to ensure that the Economist Intelligence Unit’s analysis and forecasts for the Middle Eastern and African markets are the most insightful available to international decision-makers. Her deep knowledge and regional experience means she frequently chairs and speaks at conferences in the MEA region on subjects such as the business case for Africa, the impact of low oil prices for the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), global food security, urban sustainability and corporate social responsibility. She leads the EIU’s Middle East and Africa team, ensuring that its regional forecasts are integrated with its global macroeconomic outlook, and developing the regional expertise required to diagnose problems and devise viable solutions for EIU clients.

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