The first-ever Dubai Association Conference will be held 11-12 December 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. At the initiative of Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint effort of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the event, a first of its kind in the region, reinforces the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy.
The conference will welcome association executives from regional and international associations, government representatives, university faculties and students as well as other professionals with an interest in developing associations. Under the theme of ‘Building a Community’, it is designed to cater to an increasing number of associations that are looking to expand within the Middle East, and the growing industries across disciplines from technology and healthcare to education and finance. It will also provide a platform to gain insights from international and regional experts on the latest trends in areas such as membership, online communities, restructuring education, volunteerism and governance, among others.
Over the course of two days, the conference aims to go beyond traditional methods of education to focus largely on collaboration and engagement within key industries across the region. It will also facilitate sessions that offer an opportunity for key opinion leaders and association executives to engage in discussions aimed at exploring and nurturing new partnerships and relevant opportunities arising between associations, government, academia, and the private sector. The event’s strategic partners will include PCMA, ASAE, ICCA, The Global Association Hubs Partnership and MCI.