Qatar Confirmed to Host ICEIRD 2018

November 19, 2017

Qatar Confirmed to Host ICEIRD 2018

Thanks to unified effort by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar University (QU), Qatar has won the bid to host the International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD) in October 2018. Over 250 conference delegates are expected to attend the conference for which Qatar University will be ‘local host’.

ICEIRD is a three-day conference organised by the University of Sheffield’s International Faculty bringing together academics, university technology managers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and businesses to foster and promote innovation-led growth. The conference offers a platform for academics, university technology managers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and businesses interested in the theory and practice of university-industry links as well as innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional development.

First held in 2007, ICEIRD has been taking place annually for the past 10 years in Europe; for its second decade, it will rotate worldwide and be hosted in a different region every year. The 2018 edition will be the first edition to be hosted in the Middle East.

,Qatar has a strong track-record in successfully hosting large-scale international conferences and events. Between 2014 and 2016, Qatar hosted a total of 56 events affiliated with the International Congress and Convention Association.

Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at QTA said: “ICEIRD is a perfect match for Qatar as it is a regional hub where academics, innovators and entrepreneurs can continue to learn and share knowledge within and outside the walls of a conference hall.” He added, “The hosting of this event comes as part of our continuous efforts to work with local partners to attract international events and boost business events tourism’s contribution to the national economy.”

Professor Panayiotis Ketikidis, Founder of ICEIRD, added: “Taking the 11th ICEIRD beyond Europe is a step towards to satisfying global demand for the wealth of knowledge that the conference has produced through its wide network over the past decade. We are highly honoured that the ICEIRD 2018 will be hosted by the University of Qatar and are confident that being hosted in a true regional innovation hub will further expand the conference’s network.”

Qatar Tourism expands international efforts to further establish the destination’s relevance for congress organizers – recent steps include a waiver of visa for 80 international countries.

Meet the team of QTA at ibtm Barcelona at Stand J60, join the Qatar Tourism Authority for a VIP Welcome Business Lunch on Tuesday 28 November at 1PM (to register click here) or contact Johanna Fischer of tmf dialogue marketing Germany (j.fischer@tmf-dialogue.com, +49 9002 111).

 

October 27, 2017

Physicists Gathered by Dubai Future Foundation

One of the most prominent conferences in the field of science was hosted by Dubai Future Foundation in cooperation with Oxford University in early August. Held every two years, ‘Magnonics 2017’ took place at Magdalen College, Oxford and attracted over 130 scientists and experts in the field of advanced physics from more than 20 countries.

The conference consisted of over 40 specialised lectures and covered the latest and most promising developments in the field of physics aiming to strengthen the next generation of IT solutions and provide fast, efficient and cost-effective computer operating systems.

His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq, Acting CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “The conference served as an ideal platform for promoting scientific exchange, building partnerships and promoting bridges of cooperation to explore the future. We work closely with our strategic partners to build capacity and skills, and to provide world-class platforms that facilitate scientific exchange and access to developments in several areas such as future studies, 3D technology, and modern physics.”

October 20, 2017

Qatar’s Plan to Go International

As announced last week at the UNWTO’s celebration of World Tourism Day in Doha, Qatar has launched a new step as part of its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030. Called the Next Chapter, this step lines out the strategy for the development of products, services and experiences and for the promotion of the destination on an international scale for the next 5 years.

With the reorganisation of its tourism sector’s governance, Qatar is placing the focus on a strong integration of all stakeholders in the business events sub-sector and on bringing international business events to the destination by establishing unique expertise and knowledge in the country. Developments in infrastructure facilitating associations in organising such international conferences are soon to be announced.

Cultural authenticity plays a big role in the nation’s efforts to attract international associations. Programs to facilitate interactions and shared experiences between Qatar’s residents and its guests will keep in mind the human scale in the congress product.

October 16, 2017

Oman Marks Its Place in the Convention Industry

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.