Jerusalem Means Business

February 16, 2018

Jerusalem Means Business

For the first time in its history, the annual Globes Israel Business Conference, the leading economic event in Israel was hosted in Jerusalem at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, Israel’s largest conference centre on January 10-11.

The two-day conference is attended by more than 4,000 delegates, including businessmen and women, government officials, leading economists and delegations from Israel and abroad. Each year, it brings together Israel’s leaders, key world economic players, scholars, decision-makers, top executives, and diplomats, as well as promising young innovators and entrepreneurs.

This year’s conference, titled “It’s Complicated: Don’t expect to come and hear one truth, but to hear ideas that will challenge you”, discussed the information revolution on our lives and the ways in which technology and “digitalization” is reshaping the economic, business, social and cultural environment. The conference hosted hundreds of international speakers in multiple sessions and workshops, and addressed economic and social issues of the day, such as social issues and their impact on economics, Bitcoin fever, long-term planning for Israel, business regulation and responsibility.

February 15, 2018

Busy 2018 for Abu Dhabi

A promising year lies ahead for Abu Dhabi as it already has a number of confirmed conferences lined up at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Starting with February, two conferences will take place between 25 and 27, namely the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2018 and the Simulation & Training Exhibition and Conference, both running simultaneously providing the platform for manufacturers to meet operators
and establish business relationships.

March will be a month of medicine as the International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) and the Ottawa Conference 2018 will run between 11 and 14 March providing interaction of world renowned experts and those from developing countries aspiring to reform Health Profession Education in their countries to bring it at par with international standards and a forum to encourage developments in assessment with a view to improving health care and health care delivery around the world respectively.

2,500 policy-makers, leaders, technology specialists, experts and educators are expected to join the two day Bett Middle East on 23 and 24 April to strategize, source new technology, participate in professional development and share their vision of how to improve learning outcomes across the Middle East and Africa regions. On 17 and 18 October the International Franchise Conference & Exhibition 2018 is set to identify franchise business, investment and project opportunities whereas between 12 and 15 November the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference will gather professionals to engage in dialogue, create partnerships, do business and identify solutions and strategies that will shape the industry for the years ahead.

 

 

January 16, 2018

Dubai Signs Collaboration Agreement with Expo 2020

The World Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai, making that the first time it will be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Open to the public on 20 October 2020 until 10 April 2021, the Expo is expected to attract millions of visitors, with over 200 participants and more than 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of ages, nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.

Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and branching into three sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, Expo 2020 shares common goals of diffusing knowledge and innovation with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). For this reason, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the two parties on the first day of Knowledge Summit 2017 in Dubai.

The MoU aims to integrate the contents, programmes, and initiatives of Expo 2020 into the UAE’s long-term ambition of establishing the country as a regional hub for knowledge, education and research.

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

December 19, 2017

Two More Congresses for Oman

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) and the Oman Convention Bureau are celebrating a double-win having successfully won two major congresses; the World Hospital Congress in 2019 and the Royal Congress of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 2020.

Announced in Taiwan, the World Hospital Congress is expected to bring approximately 1,000 delegates to the Sultanate. Marisa Luisa Gil Lapetra, Knowledge Strategies Manager of the International Hospital Federation said: “Over the years, the healthcare system in Oman has made monumental steps in improving the medical facilities available to its residents. Having recently visited Oman, I can honestly say that the authentic culture and heritage is truly breathtaking. This congress is an ideal platform for industry specialists to share thoughts on the strategies and infrastructure of the healthcare system.”

 The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ World Congress is expected to welcome over 2,500 delegates in the spring of 2020. Lynn Whitley, the Director of Business Development at RCOG said: “The brand new Convention Centre together with the enthusiasm of the local doctors and the beauties of Oman made it a winning combination and we are looking forward to a highly successful international congress.”

 Set to open in 2018, OCEC is part of Madinat Al Irfan, the new urban development in the heart of Muscat being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN). The area includes three hotels, a business park, retail shopping areas and residential districts, surrounded by a nature reserve.

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.