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The LDBA will be participating in the "Cheese Meats Bread" winter festival on 8,9 & 10 February 2018,(from 5:30pm till 12:00am) & we would like to invite you to join us and have a great time together.

We will have a 30m2... More »

In anticipation of the summer holidays, the Lebanese Dutch Business Association organized a trip to Naqoura region on July 8th, 2017.

Many of our colleagues and their relatives were there.Fortunately they had the opportunity to visit the old souk in Saida,... More »

Every year the LDBA in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organized a multi sector trade mission to the Netherlands. This year the visit was between May 14&19, 2017. The program was including a visit to... More »

The LDBA’s annual Trade Mission to the Netherlands took place from the 17th to the 23rd of May, 2015. The Delegation this year consisted of 15 members, 5 spouses and many resident friends of the LDBA. Foremost among the members this year,... More »

Ce n'est qu'un au revoir!

That was the theme of the Farewell Reception for the Netherlands Embassy's Commercial Attache, Mr. Tarek Ouerghi, and his lovely wife, Amale, jointly hosted by the Embassy and the LDBA on Wednesday, the 18th of February, 2015,... More »

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands would like to inform you about the 2015 MENA Scholarship Program for professionals. This scholarship program offers Lebanese mid-career professionals the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for short courses in the Netherlands... More »

Enough Is Enough!
August 12, 2014
We would like to share with our readers this article, sent to us by one of the LDBA's distinguished members, Mr. Michel Nassif: 'Enough is enough.' The time is one minute before Midnight in Lebanon. It is time to wake up and to... More »

In celebration of the Decoration of its President, Mr. Mohammad Sinno, by President Michel Suleiman, with the National Cedar Medal, the LDBA held a reception at Villa Sursok, Achrafieh, on Thursday the 26th of June, 2014, attended by Minister of... More »

On the 29th of May, 2014, a delegation consisting of the newly-elected LDBA Board of Directors and active members visited the Minister of Economy, Dr. Alain hakim.

The meeting discussed the bi-lateral trade and investment figures between Lebanon and the Netherlands, and looked at... More »

 Another year, another Trade Mission, another success!

The Delegation this year consisted of 18 members, 3 spouses and friends.

The members had all scheduled individual business meetings with their Dutch counterparts the first 2 days, and assembled around dinner at various excellent... More »

Trip to the Beqaa
May 07, 2014

Several members of the LDBA improvised a day trip to the Beqaa on Saturday the 3rd of May.

The day started early, at 7:30 am! (as if the million year old Beqaa was going somewhere that afternoon...) The  majority of participants were picked up by a... More »

The Lebanese Dutch Business Association held its Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, April 8th 2014, at the Holiday Inn – Dunes  hotel, Verdun.

The activities of 2013 were presented by the Secretry General, Mr. Joseph Halabi, after which the financials of 2013 were... More »

In order to benefit from the visit to Lebanon of Dutch Chef Cees Hoogerdijk, The Lebanese Dutch Business Association organized a Casual Get-Together/Dinner on Friday, March 28th, 2014, at  Moulin d’Or  Restaurant, Zouk Mosbeh– Jeita high way.

All dishes were typically Dutch,... More »

TEDxBinnenhof celebrates innovation and ideas, inspires, and shows the way forward to a better world. It's the place for the passionately curious, can-do visionaries and fearless mavericks.


"Global Challenges | Dutch Solutions" is this year's TEDxBinnenhof theme. We want to show... More »

The LDBA are very happy to welcome to its ranks a company that has done a lot for the LDBA, even before becoming a member! They have, in fact, developped this very website, and continue to support it with great... More »

From January 20th, 2014 the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry will modernize their digital system for the issuance of Certificates of Origin, the legalization of signatures and the certification of documents.

With the modernized application the exporters will have from... More »

The LDBA would like to welcome a new Member Company, Amee Beauty & Cosmetics, to its ranks.


Amee Beauty & Cosmetics is the representative of “Make-Up Studio”, a leading Dutch manufacturer of cosmetics, whose story goes back to the late eighties in... More »

An on and off long-time resident of Lebanon, Ms. Saskia Nout, who hails from the Netherlands, has put together a very interesting, beautifully illustrated Guide about life in Lebanon.

The LDBA recommends this as the perfect gift to your foreign clients... More »

The LDBA hosted a lunch at le Maillon, Ashrafiyeh, on Tuesday, the 22nd of October, 2013, to welcome the new Netherlands Ambassador, Her Exellency Hester Somsen.

The lunch was attended by LDBA members and friends, as well as distinguished guests from the... More »

The LDBA would like to welcome the new Netherlands  Ambassador to Lebanon,

H.E. Mrs. Hester Somsen.

We all look forward to meeting her on the 22nd of October, for lunch at le Maillon, Ashrafiyeh, and wish her the best of luck in... More »

Friday 20 September 2013: Rich foreigners are to be offered temporary residency permits if they agree to invest at least €1.25m in Dutch companies. Junior justice minister Fred Teeven hopes the measure will provide an impulse for the Dutch economy,... More »

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A bit prematurely, due to the upcoming holiday season, the LDBA invited its members and friends to a cocktail reception at the "Stay" restaurant in the DT Souks, on Monday the 17th of June, to say goodbye and, mostly: "tot ziens,"... More »

Under the patronage of the Netherlands Embassy in Beirut, Robinson Agri & Rijk Zwaan (whom the LDBA is happy to welcome as a new Member Company) hosted a Conference at the Pearl Room of le Royale, Debayeh, on Wednesday the 5th of... More »

Skillz Beirut
June 04, 2013

Skillz is a professional Training Facility located in a charming turn-of-the-century building in Gemayze, run by two Expatriates from the Netherlands, Mrs. Yoka Nassar, and Mrs. Helene de Ridder Hamade.

It offers various courses, seminars, and workshops with view to enhancing... More »

As expected, the Trade Mission this year was an outstanding success.

The Delegation consisted of 19 business persons, and 7 spouses and friends. It included 2 representatives of IDAL, Mr. Nabil Itani, Chairman, and Mr. Murshed Hajj Chahine.

It kicked off on... More »

Trade and business relations have always been the bridge between civilizations: it is due to the efforts of tradesman and business people that integration and cross cultural diversity have become what they are today. In this forefront stand the new global trade agreements such as the GATT and the Euro Med agreement. Lebanon has joined these two agreements in an... More »

Le Nouveau Roi des Néerlandais

Réputé de bon aloi d’être consolidé


   Lucide, talentueux, vertueux  et  énergique

   Espace d’un nouveau trône réputé magique

   Ruissellement   de  concrètes   potentialités

   Ouverture   d’esprit    épris   d’ostensibilité

   Image   marquante   saturée  de   sensibilité




30 Avril 2013


S.E. Monsieur... More »

Tecmo Pack defended the Netherlands colors at Horeca 2013, with the prestigious Henkovac brand.

They exhibited vacuum packing machines from 2 different series:

-The Eco series for small industries or restaurants

-The I series with multi-options.

The Henkovac range also covers floor machines, double chamber... More »

General Assembly 2013
March 04, 2013

The Board of the Lebanese Dutch Business Association invited all members to the Association’s Annual General Assembly that was held on Thursday, 21st,  February 2013, at Hotel Sofitel Le Gabriel , Ashrafieh, followed by a cocktail.

The Agenda included:

-                      Presentation and discussion of... More »

Waterproofing: a key ingredient to Building Durability

Durability is now one of the key factors in the planning of new structures. Designing and building great structures is only part of the construction challenge these days - it is one thing to... More »

On Tuesday,  January 29th, 2013, The Lebanese Dutch Business Association held a Roundtable on” Exclusive Agencies and Intellectual Property Rights” Presented by Mr. Nassib Ghobril - Chief Economist – Byblos Bank and Attorney  Rany Sader - IPR Specialist, at Le... More »

   En plein déséquilibre, le monde s’aveugle et se désoriente, bon gré mal gré.

   Il n’est jamais trop tard de se ressaisir pour reprendre la bonne voie.

   Pour ce faire, des solutions radicales devraient se mettre, au préalable et à... More »

End of Year Gala Dinner
December 14, 2012

Exquisite, warm, friendly, interesting, distinguished, was the LDBA Annual End of the Year Gala Dinner which took place on Friday the 14th of December, 2012, at the Emirates Hall, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel.

Exquisite due to the presence of a... More »

On Monday the 18th of July, the LDBA held a reception at the Holiday Inn, Dunes, in honor of the visiting Curacao Minisiter of Economy, Abdul-Nasser El-Hakim, attended by the LDBA members and a number of Dignitaries and Officials.
Minister... More »

On the 24th of May, 2012, Salia, an LDBA member company, invited colleagues and friends to a grand ceremony in the gardens of Soursok Palace, Ashrafiyeh, to celebrate its 50 years of existence.
The event capped a history of success... More »

General Assembly 2012
April 17, 2012

The LDBA held its annual General Assembly on 17 April, 2012, at the Hotel Gabriel in Ashrafiyeh.
The President, Secretary General, and Purser each addressed the audience, describing the achievements of the year 2011, the plans for 2012, and the... More »

Annual Dinner 2011
December 15, 2011

The LDBA celebrated its annual dinner on the 15th of December, 2011, at the Phoenicia Intercontinental's Grand Ballroom.
The evening was animated by the Real Deal Blues Band, who started the evening with a collection of Soft Jazz tunes, and... More »

In cooperation with the Netherlands Institute-Beirut (under establishment), the LDBA organized a double lecture on Modern Management Tactics in a Global Digital Age on 13 December 2011, at the Chamber of Commerce in Beirut. Mr. Jelle Alkema (Alkema & Bakker,... More »

Business Opportunities
August 11, 2011

Business Opportunities

- De Groot International: is a leading player on the international Fruit and Vegetables market. Its products are imported from over 55 countries all over the world, and exported to more than 40 different countries world wide.
They are interested in expanding their business to Lebanon and the Middle East.
For more info please visit... More »

On Thursday July 07th, 2011, the Lebanese Dutch Business Association hosted a seminar at the Beirut Chamber of Commerce HQ in Beirut entitled: “Feeding the Future: Food and Responsibility” presented by Ms. Frederike Praasterink, Professor in sustainable food production at HAS Den Bosch University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
The presentation was followed by a Q/A Session, and a... More »

Another successful Trade Mission to the Netherlands, organized by the LDBA in conjunction with the Netherlands Embassy in Beirut, took place from 22 to 28 May, 2011, this time with 24 LDBA members (many of them with their spouses) and... More »

Seminar on Kafalat
May 05, 2011

On Tuesday, the 5th of May, 2011, the LDBA, in association with the Banque Libano-Francaise, hosted a Seminar on Kafalat.
Dr. Khater Abi Habib, President of Kafalat gave a very interesting and enlightening presentation on the subject, and this was followed by a Q/A session, and a cocktail.
Also in attendance was Dr. Nabil Itani, President of IDAL, who briefed... More »

The LDBA is obviously a Business Association. As such, its raison d'etre is to improve the "Business Environment". However, there is no business environment, if there is no environment!
Hence our continued interest in the Environment. And we are lucky to have within our ranks a specialist on the subject, namely our Vice President Mr. Antoine Bekhazi, who has generously... More »

The Netherlands Ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Hero de Boer, hosted a lunch at his Residence in Ashrafiyeh, on Tuesday the 5th of April, 2011, in honor of the newly elected (same old-same old) LDBA Board and Founding Members.
The pleasant occasion was shared by the Lebanese Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Zaidan Al-Saghir, as well as the Netherlands Embassy's Deputy... More »

General Assembly 2010
February 22, 2011

The LDBA held its annual General Assembly on Tuesday the 22nd of February, 2011, at the Bristol Hotel, Hamra. The Board presented a summary of the activities and events of 2010, as well as the revenue/expense accounts, which were subsequently... More »

The LDBA has received the following information on the 2011 MENA Scholarship Programme, which offers scholarships to Lebanese mid career professionals for short courses in the Netherlandsin in the following fields: water management, environmental sciences, business administration and management, agriculture, geology and earth sciences. This scholarship programme has application deadlines on 1 March 2011 and 1 July 2011 (depending on... More »

Board Meeting
July 06, 2010

The LDBA Board held its monthly meeting on July 6, 2010. The meeting discussed current issues pertaining to the LDBA's activities, as well as the finances of 2009, which were reviewed and approved. The Board also discussed the follow up action required in respect of the Memorandum of Agreement between the LDBA and the European Investment Council, which was signed... More »

Mr. Edward Gardner, Senior Resident Representative of the IMF in Lebanon, gave LDBA members and their invitees a very interesting presentation on “Lebanon and the IMF”, in a Seminar/cocktail at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel.
Mr. Gardner talked about the international... More »

On Tuesday the 23rd of March 2010, a delegation from the LDBA visited Minister of Economy Mohammad Safadi at his office in DT, in order to brief him about the Association and its activities, and hear his advice on how to further improve economical relations between Lebanon and the Netherlands.

Gulfood 2010
February 20, 2010

A delegation from the LDBA attended the Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition, and Salon Culinaire which took place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, from 20 to 23 February 2010.

Token of Appreciation
February 11, 2010

During the LDBA Annual Dinner 2010, (see Article below) the LDBA Board honoured 4 LDBA members for distiguished services, and offered them special memorabilia designed for the occasion. The members were: Mrs. Colette Michaca, Messrs. Joseph Halabi, Elie Nahas, and... More »

On Tues. the 20th of October, 2009, the LDBA held a seminar at the Phoenecia Intercontinental Hotel's Berytus Banquet Room, entitled: The Lebanese Economy in 2010, Outlook & Prospects. The Guest Speaker was Mr. Nassib Ghobril, Head of Economic Research... More »

Ten LDBA member companies participated in the Project Lebanon Fair which took place at Biel from 16 to 19 June, 2009.
Project Lebanon has proven its worth in the past years, specially for professionals in Construction related industries.

H.E. PM Fouad Saniora received the Board Members of the LDBA, at his office at the Grand Serail, on the 1st of April 2009, for a chat about the prevailing Economical situation, and the role of NGO’s such as the... More »

On the 19th of March, 2009, the LDBA Board hosted Mr. Fouad Makhzoumi for lunch at le Maillon, in recognition of his continued support to the Association.
Le Maillon’s succulent dishes were enjoyed, along with a pleasant conversation about the prevailing international economical scene, its echoes in Lebanon, as well as (inevitably) a brief foray into the local political scene.

General Assembly 2009
March 03, 2009

The LDBA held its annual General Assembly on 3rd of March 2009, at the Hotel Gabriel in Ashrafieh.
President Mohammad Sinno opened the meeting with a welcome speech, after which he gave the floor to Mr. Joseph Halabi, Board Secretary,... More »

H.E. the Netherlands Ambassador and Mrs. V. Epen hosted a dinner at the Metropolitan Club on December 11, 2006 wherein the Dutch Business Prize for the year 2006 was presented to Mr. Salim Zeeni.

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