Dubai Gathers the World with 10 New Conferences

February 12, 2019

Dubai Gathers the World with 10 New Conferences

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that it has won the bids to host 10 new international congresses at the venue from 2019 – 2022. These high-profile events will bring to Dubai approximately 37,000 delegates from around the world.

2019 will welcome two space-themed congresses hosted by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. An anticipated 2,500 delegates will attend the 4th Young Professionals in Space Conference (YPS) in October followed by the 22nd International Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symposium in November. This event is being held in the Middle East for the first time as part of the centre’s efforts to promote the UAE as a hub for space science and research.

Confirmed congresses for 2020 include the 6th Global Symposiums on Health Systems Research which will welcome an estimated 2,500 delegates in November and the 40th Congress of the Societe International d’Urologie.

Confirmed congresses for 2021 include ACTE Society of Petroleum Engineers which will see 10,000 oil and gas professionals from across the globe, World Congress of Gastroenterology which will be attended by 8,000-10,000 delegates, and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2021 which will welcome 5,000 delegates from the global physical therapy community.

Other key events that will take place in 2021 include the World Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology and the 5th edition of the ISPRS Geospatial Week.

January 17, 2019

Productive 2018 for Dubai

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, had a fruitful 2018 securing a total of 261 bids which are set to attract an additional 153,640 delegates to Dubai over the coming years. The 24% increase since 2017 signifies a shift towards larger-scale events and further cementing the Emirate as an attractive global business destination.

Key bid wins from 2018 include the World Congress of Gastroenterology set to take place in 2021 with a total of 6,000 delegates in attendance, the Mary Kay China Incentive set to take place in 2019 with 800 delegates in attendance, as well as the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, set to take place in 2020, which will bring 1,000 delegates to Dubai. Other notable wins in 2018 include the World Chambers Congress, which will take place in Dubai in 2021 with 1,500 delegates set to attend and the Congress of the Societe International D’Urologie that will bring in 2,000 delegates to Dubai in 2021.

Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President of Dubai Business Events, said: “One of Dubai’s strengths when it comes to reaching out to event planners and creating compelling bids for major events is the close team work and collaborative approach taken by stakeholders across the city. Business events hosted in the city play an important role in the development of our knowledge economy and are a crucial part of our wider tourism strategy and contribution to Dubai’s GDP growth.”

October 12, 2018

Mental Health Experts Put their Minds together in Abu Dhabi

This year’s International Mental Health Conference is set to take between 18 and 20 October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The conference provides an invaluable opportunity to prominent clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to build relationships and to share knowledge, research, latest advances and best practices in the arena of mental health across a broad spectrum of mental disorders.

The conference program is designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.  The program will explore mental health access and support, service design and specialized clinically focused programs, physical wellbeing and mental wellness, mentally healthy workplaces, disorder management, strategies and support for wellness of mental health workers, suicide and harm prevention. It includes an extensive range of keynotes, concurrent sessions, workshops and posters to examine solutions and share ideas for improving the quality of life for those with mental health issues.

September 12, 2018

Dubai Reaches out to France-Based Associations

Dubai Association Centre (DAC) has taken up the project of presenting international associations with the opportunity to become more international by creating a base in Dubai. In the framework of its ‘Going Global Series’ campaign, DAC will welcome France-based associations to attend a special meeting at the UAE embassy in Paris on 19 October.

Titled ‘Is Your Association Ready for the Global Challenge’, this workshop will demonstrate the potential there is in global expansion and how it can be achieved, as well as the difficulties that come with it. Part of the one-day program is presentations of associations who have already set up an office in Dubai, including the International Association of Public Transport.

Dubai Association Centre has seen quite an increase in 2018 in the number of associations joining, 38% to be precise, with examples including the Energy Institute, Arab Association of Urology, International Coach Federation, Gulf Flight Safety Association, and the International Live Events Association.

Visit www.dubaiassociationcentre.com should you wish to find out more.

Photo: Hassan Al Hashemi, Member of the Executive Committee of Dubai Association Centre and Vice President of International Relations at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

September 7, 2018

Dubai Caters for Association Leaders

Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), is to host the city’s first-ever Association Leaders Getaway from 10 to 13 December.

Following the groundwork laid in first Dubai Association Conference, held in late 2017, the Getaway is designed to offer a unique platform for networking, trials and discussions, all set amidst immersive experiences and scenic settings around the city.

The four-day event will bring together 60 attendees representing local, regional and international associations, in addition to Dubai Government representatives, university students and academics, as well as association volunteer leaders. The Getaway will support in curating themes and topics of interest for the next Dubai Association Conference, set to take place in 2019.

July 31, 2018

World Gastroenterology Congress Chooses Dubai

Dubai has been selected as the host city for World Gastroenterology Organisation’s biennial World Congress of Gastroenterology which is set to take place from 12-15 December 2021 (WCOG-2021) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Congress will see participation of over 6,000 delegates from around the world, all gathered to share knowledge and best practice that will aid advancement of the health science of gastroenterology.

The extensive bidding journey included a successful presentation by Dr. Maryam Al Khatry, President of the Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Society “EGHS” of the Emirates Medical Association, at the WGO General Assembly in Washington DC. She said: “Winning the right to host this important congress for the UAE is a major milestone for our country and the region as a whole. It marks the first time in history that the WGO has convened a major international congress in partnership with an Arab-based national society. By joining forces with the WGO,  our aim is to foster joint activities with a high caliber world leading organization and jointly create a progressive legacy for many years to come.”

This milestone win confirms the commitment of the UAE as a supporter of scientific innovation and the advancement of medical practice on an international scale and re-affirms Dubai’s position as a leading destination for meetings and conventions.

July 17, 2018

UFI to Take its Annual Congress to Oman

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has selected Oman and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre for the 2020 UFI Global Congress. The event is organized in November of each year and brings together more than 500 industry professionals from more than 50 countries. It has previously been hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa (2017), Shanghai, China (2016) and Milan, Italy (2015). This year, it will be hosted in St.  Petersburg, Russia, followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2019.

Ideallly situated on the Arabian Peninsula and only seven hours away from half of the world’s population, Oman is a country that merits to be discovered. Oman is a diverse nation rich in both history and culture, blessed with a breath-taking natural beauty.

Chairman of Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, H.E. Mohsin Al Balushi, said: “It is an honour to have been selected to host the 2020 UFI Global Congress and bringing such prestigious delegates to Oman would showcase the wonderful exhibition facilities and services that the country had to offer and reflected the growing confidence in the local market place. I am sure that the delegates will have a memorable experience in this land of enormous diversity and natural beauty. Our new convention and exhibition centre is the ideal venue for facilitating the exchange of ideas amongst the UFI members”.

July 8, 2018

More and More Associations Registered at Dubai Association Centre

Rapid growth in registrations of international associations has been witnessed at Dubai Association Centre (DAC) in the first half of 2018. Established in 2014 as a joint initiative between the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the Centre now has a total of 58 licensed associations, with 16 registrations received since the start of the year, reflecting a growth of 38%. Newly registered associations include: Energy Institute, Arab Association of Urology, International Coach Federation, Gulf Flight Safety Association, and the International Live Events Association.

The substantial increase this year comes on the back of the inaugural Dubai Association Conference, which took place in December 2017. The event offered a vital platform for networking and knowledge-sharing, in an effort to further boost progression across industries, bringing together association executives, government representatives, university faculties and students, as well as professionals who were interested in forming associations.

Dubai Association Centre, since its establishment, has evolved to become a gateway for international associations that are looking to tap into the rapidly transforming city as well as the Middle East region. Associations have recognised the value of a stronger presence in the region, and Dubai has emerged as the destination of choice to set up regional headquarters. International associations stand to benefit from the innumerable opportunities the city has to offer, as well as from the growth mindset that Dubai embodies.

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.