Oman Announces the Launch of its Convention Centre

May 25, 2018

Oman Announces the Launch of its Convention Centre

Oman’s business industry has just been enhanced with the opening of The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC)’s convention facilities. Part of the new Madinat Al Irfan urban development in Muscat, which is being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN). The purpose built centre now offers  two ballrooms (including the largest ballroom in Oman), a 456 tiered-seat theatre, 22 meeting rooms in addition to the already opened Exhibition Centre. In a few months’ time, the final part of the complex, the 3,200-seat theatre will open its doors for the first performance.

The Centre focuses on events that will bring significant strategic and economic benefit to the country and that are in line with Oman’s 2040 vision. Working closely with the Oman Convention Bureau, OCEC is introducing the world to Oman and building awareness of the business events’ opportunities in the country. The newly established Oman Convention Bureau has also played a vital part in promoting the country’s business events industry by providing assistance and spearhead growth of the emerging industry.

OCEC’s much-awaited opening has contributed significantly to the business events industry in the country as well as the region with recent successes including the IRU World Congress staged by the World Road Transport Organisation that will bring 800 delegates in November, the World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) that will bring 1,000 delegates in 2019, the 40th SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress 2019 held by the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology – 2,500 delegates, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist’s World Congress in 2020, that will attract 2,500 delegates and the World Cancer Congress in 2020 that will bring 3,000 delegates to the Sultanate.

May 23, 2018

New Convention Bureau
for Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is now set to launch a new initiative aimed at attracting international congresses, events and tech-related meetings to the city. The initiative will be led by the city’s new convention bureau, under the auspices of Tel Aviv Global & Tourism, and will include infrastructure and services that aim to introduce the city as a new player on the world’s MICE industry map.

With the highest concentration per capita of tech startups in the world, Tel Aviv has gained recognition in recent years as one of the world’s leading tech hubs with its multinational R&D centres. The city boasts 7 hospitals, 4 universities and numerous international R&D centres as well as good international connectivity. With an emphasis on safety, the Convention Bureau offers access to indoor and outdoor public spaces and venues for conference organisers which can be used all year round due to the nice weather. The most important venue, the Tel Aviv Convention Centre, located within the city, is divided into 8 pavilions with the biggest one of a capacity of 7,000 people.

March 14, 2018

Jerusalem Combines Culture with Industry

Jerusalem Conventions & Visitors Bureau is placing emphasis on keeping delegates happy during as well as after a conference. That is why the city has promoted over the past few years a cultural program called ShukTech, which aims to showcase the city’s culture and nightlife for conference participants.

With over 600 start-ups in the city and cultural experiences to be discovered, it is clear that this program serves as a bridge between culture and innovation. ShukTech events are focused on the city’s famous Shuk Machane Yehudah Market, which is a traditional bustling market with stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables during the day. At night, the market transforms into a vibrant scene with bars, restaurants, and clubs flanking the streets of the market where participants can enjoy live music, street art, video installations and networking all in the unique setting of a classic Middle-Eastern market.

Earlier this month, following a full day of sessions at the 2018 OurCrowd Global Summit, participants had a chance to experience a night of informal pitches, CEO meetups, delicious food, craft beers, live music, and video art in the heart of the market.

March 1, 2018

Dubai’s Al Safeer Ambassadors Drive Meeting Success

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has awarded members of its Al Safeer Programme for their contribution in attracting international conferences to the city. The awards were presented to 26 member organisations at the Programme’s annual appreciation ceremony held on 27 February at Park Hyatt, Dubai. The event saw a gathering of over 150 ambassadors, including doctors, scientists, industry experts, business leaders and government officials from across the UAE, who are all playing a significant role in defining Dubai as a knowledge hub.

The Al Safeer Programme has grown to become a network of approximately 330 members, each of whom are champions within their industries and are driving Dubai’s position as a platform that provides invaluable infrastructure to support discovery and industry progression. Through wider memorandums of understanding signed over the course of the year, the programme was strengthened in 2017, with members joining from the Society of Engineers, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, the British University, Roads and Transport Authority, the Emirates Medical Association, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This community is set to further expand in 2018 as the Programme aims to target government agencies and key universities in the city to join the Programme and contribute in the city’s success.

Translating to ‘The Ambassador’, the Al Safeer Programme was established by Dubai Business Events in 2010 to engage with UAE-based key opinion leaders and government representatives, tapping into their expertise and professional networks to attract international business events to Dubai. Since its establishment, the Programme has assisted in successfully bidding for a total of 116 events with over 160,000 delegates in attendance.

 

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

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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).