With the whole of the UK currently being held in the firm grip of snow and ice, it’s good to have some warm thoughts to chase away the cold. At least that is what we guess Joseph is doing in preparation for his upcoming visits in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Australia while being snowed in in Scotland.
To help with some warm thoughts even if you’re not headed somewhere tropical, we find ourselves reminiscing about Egypt and KELTON’s most recent trade mission.
It is always a fabulous opportunity to travel as part of a trade mission, not only for getting to know the local enterprises, but also the fellow Scottish delegates, each representing a growing, successful company. The group shot heading this post was taken at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. Second from the right is Professor Dr. Amr Hassan, who entertained the Scottish delegation, and some of you might recognise the tallest person in the photo as Dr Hadi Fawzy of Scottish Development International (SDI).
Among many other benefits, trade missions are also a fantastic way of embracing and understanding the local culture to inform better business decisions. And what better way to explore culture than through local cuisine. The photographic evidence shows Joseph and Hadi during lunch in Alexandria at a very famous (and down market) restaurant called Mohamed Ahmed Restaurant, which has in the past been visited by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia for instance. Serving only vegetarian food, Joseph was for once spoilt for choice.
Hadi and Joseph further paid a visit to the Steigenberger Cecil Hotel outside the Monty Bar. Incidentally, this is where the film Ice Cold in Alex (we just cannot escape the current weather conditions) was shot in Alexandria. After many famous people have stayed in this hotel, including Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, Al Capone and lots of royalty, they can now also add Joseph to their list of well-travelled guests.
For more information about Joseph’s upcoming travels to Australasia, keep an eye out on our blog to be the first to hear.