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.