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Membership categories





Membership Categories


Associate Membership

After attending one of our workshops, a participant is entitled to Associate Membership at no cost. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more. 

This is our entry level for membership and entitles an individual to designation as a member of a professional institute of board directors (A.GCC BDI), copies of our publications, access to our members' only area on the website, professional development points for attending workshops and invitations to some of our GCC BDI events.

Existing Associate Members can upgrade to Full Membership at any time, Please see below for further details. 


Full Membership

This is our enhanced membership category and is available at a cost of USD500 per year. Please note that effective 1 January 2018 5% VAT may be applied to membership fees, depending on the member's country of residence.

Full Membership entitles an individual to the following benefits:

  • Priority booking and discounts on our open enrolment workshops, including a 25% discount on one open workshop per annum (approximate value of USD500)
  • Invitations to GCC BDI events, including our networking dinners
  • Members are entitled to use the designation M.GCCBDI
  • Subscription to our quarterly Al Majlis Newsletter
  • Access to the Global Passport which is issued by the prestigious Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI) This is a global programme which provides members of GCC BDI with access to international director resources and events across the globe
  • Access to the members’ only area of our website
  • Free information and guidance services from GCC BDI on corporate governance and board issues, including best practices in accordance with national codes of corporate governance and OECD principles
  • Receiving and participating in GCC BDI’s surveys, reports and research
  • Free listing on our independent directors’ register, which we will be launching in the future, enabling companies to search for suitable director profiles for a small fee
  • CPD points for all workshops attended
  • GCC BDI membership card offering exclusive membership discounts and benefits from a wide variety of Membership Partners. This includes:
    • Up to 40% discounts on director and executive coaching sessions
    • 7.5% discount on D & O Insurance
    • Special rates at the Ritz Carlton Dubai – DIFC
    • 20% discounts (Suite) at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, KSA 
    • 25% discounts on the joining fee for membership of the Captain’s Club Dubai and Bahrain
    • 10% discounts on cruises and ad hoc travel specials
    • 10% discounts on spa treatments when pre-booked and special membership offers at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Our membership programme is ever-evolving as we seek to expand the range of benefits we provide to our members. 

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a member or would like to discuss our benefits in more detail.

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