Arabian Nights in Davos – World Economic Forum

From 22 to 25 January 2019 the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting took place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. This year’s theme was: Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Some 2,500 Leaders from all over the world participate: government leaders, top executives, leaders of international organizations and non-governmental organizations. The yearly event brings together policital, society and cultural leaders. During these days priorities are being defined and global, industry and regional agendas shapen. Only when you receive an invitation you can participate.

Most interest goes to the more known participants like presidents (South Africa), prime ministers (New Zealand, Japan, Spain) and big organizations, Sir David Attenborough. But also important royals participate yearly, including Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Queen Rania and Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Prince Albert II of Monaco … and did you notice the presence this year of the Duke of Cambridge?

Often the presence of many other royals goes almost unnoticed, unless in their own social networks. But apart from politics and the most pressing issues facing the world the World Economic Forum meeting is also a place to expand your social network, to meet with people you know already or get to know new people. Apart from the really serious business there are also many side events, giving people the possibility to meet. One of these event was the “Arabian Nights Gala” at Hotel Bünda in Davos, organized by HH Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa al Khalifa of Bahrain, Minister of Finance and National Economy. He is the Honorary President of the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO). Co-host was the Vice-Chairman of Consolidated Contractors Company Mr Tawfic Khoury.

Among the guests one could spot Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (Princess Märtha Louise Fund), Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (Professors without Borders), Princess Tatiana of Greece (TRIA), Princess Nilüfer Sultan of Turkey (Princess Nilüfer Association) and Álvaro de Marichalar. Among the non-royal attendants were Nadja Swarovski and her husband Rupert Adams and immigration rights activist Hanna Jaff. The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Miss France 2012 Delphine Wespiser, while actor Steven Seagal was the guest of honour.

Copyright of the photos: Court of HRH The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain/Royal Bridges

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