A delayed goodbye and whole-hearted thank you from Andreas

Dear Members of the Austrian Business Chamber South Africa, dear Colleaguesm Business Partners and Friends,

First off, allow me to express my profound hope that you and all your loved ones are doing well and are managing to keep safe and healthy during this prolonged state of global dismay.

Secondly, this message serves to convey a whole-hearted thank you and a delayed goodbye from my part.

At the end of January, my wife Silvia and I left South Africa, with a very short lead-time of only a few days. We have since managed to arrive in our new home, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

Our departure from South Africa was challenging for a multitude of reasons and left our hearts somewhat heavy. We thoroughly enjoyed our two and a half years in South Africa, had many amazing experiences and made lifelong friends. We will undoubtedly be back to South Africa and look forward to seeing you then.

Given all this, I am nonetheless ever so grateful to be in a position to embark on a new chapter of my professional journey. Abu Dhabi and the UAE offer many new challenges and much to learn. With regards to moving into a post-COVID future, many innovative practices and approaches are taking shaped here, in the Middle East. In-person events are back on the schedule since 6 months already and with EXPO 2020 Dubai taking place from 1st October 2021 until 31st March 2022, a true global super-event is on the horizon.

Thank you for the wonderful professional cooperation and many pleasant personal exchanges during the last years. Please feel free to contact me on LinkedIn or via E-Mail at any point in time.

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