Highlighting community support for Harvey relief efforts, Fall 2017 Kickoff Reception with UAE Consul,
4th Annual WEFTEC Panel, Turkey Gas Transit, ADIPEC and much more
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2017 September Newsletter
Deep in the Heart of Texas: The Spirit of Houston
Alive and Strong in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
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Following the unmitigated catastrophes caused by one of the worst natural disasters to affect the City of Houston and its surrounding communities, the Bilateral Chamber salutes all the first responders, healthcare professionals, members, partners, friends, local charities and organizations, who have demonstrated a strong spirit of giving, support and unity during these troubling times. We applaud them for their relentless hours of service and unfailing spirit of perseverance and strength.

We also extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. We are confident that Floridians will receive the same level of support that has been seen in Houston and send our best wishes that everyone affected will have a swift and seamless recovery.

GCC Donates Millions in Support of Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
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Qatar Donates $30 Million to Help Harvey Victims in Texas

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  UAE Provides $10 Million to Help People of Texas Recover and Rebuild from Hurricane Harvey

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Bilateral Chamber Corporate Members Among Many Companies That Have Provided Financial Support to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Global Corporations have donated more than $200 Million to Harvey relief and reconstruction projects.
Arab Americans Aid Victims of Hurricane Harvey
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Expert Insight Provided By: Bilateral Chamber Partner, Dr. Emran El-Badawi, Program Director & Associate Professor, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Houston

“So what happens when the largest deluge in American history meets its most cosmopolitan town? The answer can be summed up in one word: community. Almost overnight the city of Houston converged into a single community of human beings, with the sole mission of saving lives and helping those displaced. The outpouring of boat rescuers, first responders, volunteers, and material support for hurricane survivors was unprecedented.

Various communities, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, immigrant, native-born, Republican, Democrat, LGBT, Hispanic, African-American, Caucasian, Asian, Arab American, women and men of every stripe, seamlessly converged into one family. In the wake of tragedy, diversity became the city’s salvation—or as they say in H-Town #HoustonStrong!” Click here to read the full article.

Upcoming Programs

Fall 2017 Program Series Kickoff Reception
Benefiting the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 6:00pm-7:30pm | Houston, TX *

Special Guest
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Please join us as we kickoff our Fall series of programs with a networking reception featuring special guest, H.E. Saeed Almheiri, Consul General of the UAE in Houston. In addition to networking with a cadre of international business leaders, participants will gain first-hand insight into energy and healthcare opportunities at both ADIPEC and the Dubai Airshow- two of the most notable conferences that showcase best prospects for U.S. companies in the UAE and beyond.

All program registration fees will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett, in support of relief efforts to all the individuals, families and communities affected by the recent floods.

Hosted in Partnership With
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Registration Fee: $50.00

Heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.​


*Location details will be provided upon completion of registration.

Water Scarcity Challenges in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
Experts Discuss Challenges and Solutions

Bilateral Chamber’s 4th Annual Panel at WEFTEC 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 10:00am-11:00am | WEFTEC Global Center

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Bilateral Chamber has assembled a first-rate panel including some of the world's foremost international water management experts. In addition to sharing information on the opportunities that exist for cooperation between water agencies in MENA and other developed nations, these thought leaders will explore a myriad of issues surrounding MENA's water demand and scarcity.

Esteemed panelists include:

Dr. Mohamed Dahab (moderator)
- Member, Technology Insight Circle, Bilateral Chamber of Commerce
- Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jamie Witherspoon
- Vice-President, Cole Engineering

Dr. Glen Daigger
- Professor, Environmental and Water Resources, University of Michigan
- World Technology Leader, CH2M (ret.)
- Member, National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Khalil Atasi
- Saudi Arabia Country Manager, CDM-Smith, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Turkey Gas Transit and Trading Hub Reverse Trade Mission

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For more information on sponsorship options or other ways your U.S. company can participate with these decision-makers involved in Turkey's plans to invest $110 Billion in the energy sector, please contact Ms. Celine Lowe at celine@bilateralchamber.org.

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