Oman Marks Its Place in the Convention Indusrty

October 16, 2017

Oman Marks Its Place in the Convention Indusrty

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) celebrated its first anniversary earlier this October. Having welcomed more than 750,000 visitors to its 22,000sqm of exhibition space, the Centre has helped the local economy.

OCEC’s 101st event on its first anniversary will be the 7th International Exhibition for Infrastructure & Industrial Projects, organised by Al Nimr Expo who re returning to the venue after a year. Trevor McCartney, General Manager of OCEC, says: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Salim Al Hashmi, General Manager and the team at Al Nimr International Exhibition Organisers back to OCEC and wish them a successful event and we look forward to many more years of collaboration ahead.”

Many more congresses are to follow, like the ACI Airport Exchange 2017 (Conference and Exhibition) and the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture with 65 ministers from around the globe attending the event. With the support of the local authorities and organisations, Oman has won 11 other bids for regional and international conferences in the coming years.

A second phase of the OCEC’s development will soon start and will include a tiered theatre with 3,200 seats, a 450-seat auditorium, two ballrooms for banquets for up to 1,200 guests, 20 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 360 delegates, hospitality suites and a VIP pavilion.

September 8, 2017

Associations Explore Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an upcoming conference destination. Its history, the sites, the religious significance of the city to all global religions create an impressive atmosphere for any visitor. Combining that with the global medical research, technology and innovation, the city brings significant added value to the meeting industry.

Hadassah Medical Center, member of numerous international associations, hosts many conferences, events and symposiums. Professor Rivkind, Associate Professor of Surgery and Head of Shock Trauma Unit in the Department of the General Surgery at Hadassah Hospital, speaks about his city as a potential host city at his interview on the Jerusalem Conventions and Visitors Bureau blog.

August 22, 2017

A ‘Dubai 360’ Immersion Experience for Associations

Set to be held 11-12 December 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the first-of-the-kind Dubai Association Conference will be part of a broader immersion experience, branded ‘Dubai 360’. If the conference aims to reinforce the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development, it will also be the opportunity for delegates to enjoy Dubai as maybe they have never before.

Associations play an integral role in Dubai’s sustainable growth, as they facilitate knowledge-sharing, which ultimately leads to innovation in key sectors, and more importantly supports the city in its ambition towards becoming a global knowledge hub. By attracting associations that are looking to expand within the Middle East, the Dubai Association Conference will go beyond traditional methods of education to focus largely on collaboration and engagement within the growing industries of the region, from technology and healthcare to education and finance.

Building on the success of the Dubai Association Centre, which was established in 2014 under an MoU between Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai now offers some much sought-after assistance for the establishment of non-profit, apolitical and non-religious professional associations and trade bodies in Dubai, so they can develop their activities and grow their membership in the emirate and the region.

The theme of the Conference will be ‘Building a Community’, and participants will have the opportunity to connect with key public and private stakeholders of Dubai, through discussions, networking and knowledge sharing, as international and regional experts will touch upon the latest trends in areas such as membership, online communities, restructuring education, volunteerism and governance, among others.

The Dubai Association Conference will also offer a unique opportunity to discover the various facets of Dubai, and what makes the city one of the most dynamic destinations in the world. At the same time, it will provide a better understanding of what is available in the city for associations to tap into. The itinerary will feature a deep-dive into the UAE’s rich heritage at the Etihad Museum, a glimpse into the future at the Prime Minister’s Office and Dubai Future Academy and its Dubai Future Accelerators, while unlocking happiness that seeps through city operations, thanks to the Smart Dubai programme. There will also be a behind-the-scenes peek of the site that will host Expo 2020 Dubai. Leisure activities will include a desert safari, a gala dinner, as you would expect at a conference, and tours of the Gold & Spice Souks.