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Dubai Business Events
Dubai is one of the world’s most dynamic cities and a truly unique destination. By hosting your business event in the Emirate you will have access to in-depth knowledge and unrivalled connections, plus the benefit of a world-class infrastructure.

Perfectly located between East and West, Dubai is easily accessible and offer over 118,000 hotel rooms across 720 hotels and hotel apartments. In addition, the warm Arabian hospitality, superior service level, secure environment and spirit of excellence create an abundant atmosphere.

Dubai Business Events is the official convention bureau for Dubai. Our team of highly specialized professionals has extensive knowledge about Dubai and can offer free and impartial advice, guidance and support to international business event organizers in planning international meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions in the Emirate.

We have offices in Dubai, London, Copenhagen, Moscow, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Mumbai. And we partner with hundreds of hotels, venues, PCOs, DMCs and other service providers in Dubai, representing the best the city has to offer.

As a member of the BestCities Global Alliance, we guarantee the highest level of service. There’s no charge for our services and you have full control over how much involvement you want or need from us
Countries of operation
United Arab Emirates
Product Categories
Convention & Visitor Bureau
Tourist Office - City Tourist Office

Contact Details

Steen Jakobsen
One Central Building 2 Dubai PO Box 594
United Arab Emirates

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Events

Discover Dubai Evening Event September 10th, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Press Releases

DUBAI ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE TO RETURN UNDER PATRONAGE OF CROWN PRINCE

The second edition of the Dubai Association Conference, being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, will take place 9-10 December under the theme of ‘Driving change: The societal impact of associations’.

Over the course of two days the conference, organised by Dubai Association Centre and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre, will bring together association executives from around the world, government representatives, industry leaders, as well as university faculties and students, in a space focused on building the association community in the region for the purpose of positive social impact.

Established in 2014, the Dubai Association Centre (DAC) is 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) that support and license regional and international associations in setting up an office or chapter in Dubai. The inaugural edition of its Dubai Association Conference took place in December 2017, while DAC last year hosted an Association Leaders Getaway in the city.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “As Dubai continues to grow as a knowledge hub, associations have immense potential for driving growth in our rapidly transforming economy. Along with being a catalyst for business opportunities within a thriving ecosystem, they have the power to fuel innovation and creativity which ultimately contributes to the wellbeing of our communities, and society.

“Since its establishment, Dubai Association Centre has grown to become a platform for international associations that simultaneously benefit from and contribute to the numerous opportunities Dubai has to offer as a global knowledge and business events hub. We are looking forward to the second edition of the Dubai Association Conference this year to further facilitate our transformation agenda as we work cohesively with key stakeholders to create an ecosystem for associations to prosper.”

Hassan Al Hashemi, Vice President of International Relations at Dubai Chamber, said: “Dubai has strengthened its reputation as a regional association hub in recent years and global associations are fast realizing the attractive advantages and expansion opportunities that the emirate can offer them. At the same time, Dubai is benefitting from Dubai’s fast-growing association community, as these organisations make a positive contribution to the economy and society by bringing with them best international practices, valuable expertise and international events that support the emirate’s knowledge economy and enhance its long-term competitiveness.”

Al Hashemi noted that DAC has witnessed exponential growth since its establishment and that the second Dubai Association Conference will provide an ideal platform to expand this network and showcase the value proposition that Dubai offers various types of associations from around the world.

Focused on the value and impact associations have on societies through this year’s theme, the conference will explore four sub-themes: Community Well-Being, Knowledge and Research, Business and Opportunity, and Creativity and Innovation.

The key objective of this themed approach is to anchor associations more closely to the respective business sectors and knowledge clusters in which they have the means to generate a positive and sustainable change. In addition, the conference will serve as a platform to facilitate discussions on the value proposition of associations that go beyond direct and indirect economic benefits.

Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President, Venue Services Management at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Dubai has been at the forefront of positioning associations within various sectors to ultimately achieve their highest potential. Since its inception, the Dubai Association Conference has successfully bridged the gap between like-minded international and regional experts that share a combined passion for transformation, creativity and innovation. We’re honoured to have witnessed the evolution of education across industries through intercultural knowledge exchange, which in turn will make an impact on the city’s economy. We look forward to another edition of DAC; one that will help businesses flourish, innovate and encourage key dialogue for those looking to explore business opportunities in the Middle East.”

The Dubai Association Centre was established in response to the surge in the demand for association engagement in the UAE and the Middle East. Its main objective is to become a platform for dialogue and education for associations interested in exploring opportunities in the Middle East Region and to ultimately contribute to building an association community that drives the knowledge economy in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region.

There are currently more than 60 associations licensed under Dubai Association Centre, with continued strong interest from professional and trade associations interested in expanding their reach into the Middle East region.

Visit www.dubaiassociationconference.com for more information

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29th June 2019

DUBAI TOURISM ANNOUNCES SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced 19 sustainability requirements that hotel establishments across the emirate will be mandated to comply with under new direction in line with the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. The requirements have been laid out to support the emirate’s hotel establishments in their compliance with the Dubai Tourism hotel classification system, with the long-term objective of advancing sustainability performance across the sector.

The 19 Sustainability Requirements have been developed to map out regulations for hotel establishments across all classifications to follow in order to support positive change within the industry. Through improvements to internal operations, hotel establishments will in turn advance the overall sustainability performance of the sector, further enhancing the competitiveness of Dubai’s tourism linked economy.

The requirements cover a variety of areas including sustainable management approaches, performance metrics, energy, food and water management plans, guest education, employee training initiatives, the presence of sustainability committees within hotel establishments and corporate social responsibility programmes for local communities.

To regulate compliance, Dubai Tourism will begin auditing the performance of the hotels after an 18-month progressive implementation period which will allow hotels to finalise their operations, with the exception of the Carbon Calculator tool, which came into effect as mandatory from January 2017. The DST team conducted a series of training sessions to increase awareness of the implementation of the sustainability requirements, successfully training 45% of the industry to date, with further sessions planned throughout Q2.

Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism Development & Investments, Dubai Tourism, said: “As part of the efforts to transform Dubai into a leading sustainable tourism destination in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, 19 Sustainability Requirements for hotel establishments across various classifications have been launched by Dubai Tourism under the Dubai Sustainable Tourism initiative. The regulated guidelines will help promote energy conservation and efficiency, as well as encourage environmentally sustainable practices across the local tourism inventory. Dubai Tourism has already hosted a number of sessions to train the industry on the newly launched sustainability requirements, supporting hotel establishments in improving their internal operations and giving them the opportunity to grow as green leaders within the community. Following the grace period, these guidelines will be enforced through a structured monitoring process and reporting mechanism to ascertain the outcome of the existing efforts and to quantify what more is required to reach the agreed targets.”

In line with Dubai’s Carbon Abatement Strategy, issued by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, which commits to reducing carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021, the DST initiative works in partnership with its network of public and private sector stakeholders to position Dubai as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations.

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29th June 2019

DUBAI SEES 17% INCREASE IN DELEGATE IMPACT FROM BUSINESS EVENT BID WINS IN H1 2019

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has recorded exceptional results during the first half of 2019, securing 118 successful bid wins for events to be hosted in Dubai over the coming years. These events won in H1 2019, including conferences, meetings and incentives, are set to attract 75,288 delegates from around the globe to Dubai over the coming years, representing growth of 17% on the delegate impact of bid wins from the same period in 2018.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: ‘’Dubai continues to consolidate its position as a leading destination for global travel and business events, and the recent bid wins are a testimony to the strides we have made as a city to attract and host large scale business events. With the DBE team working closely with stakeholders to ensure that the city has the robust capabilities to cater to a wide range of business events, we are seeing meetings planners and decision makers are finding the city to be an increasingly compelling option. We would like to thank our partners and stakeholders for their ongoing support in driving the contribution of business events to achieving our overall tourism strategy.’’

During H1, Dubai won a variety of key business events across multiple sectors and industries, including: the Amway China Leadership Seminar 2020, which is expected to attract 8,000 delegates, Sun Hope International Incentive 2020, with 1,500 delegates, World Hospital Congress 2021, with 1,100 delegates, Geospatial Week 2021, with 750 delegates, and AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress 2025, with 3,000 delegates.

Dubai Business Events also built on its efforts to engage with meetings industry professionals, both in the city and around the world, through a busy calendar of trade shows, roadshows, study missions and other engagements. At IMEX, a major annual trade show in Frankfurt for the meetings industry, Dubai Business Events was joined by 30 co-exhibitors including Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai World Trade Centre, Emirates, and Expo 2020 Dubai, demonstrating a strong focus on news and upcoming offerings and business events infrastructure in the city.

The city’s official bureau also hosted five study missions, including groups from India and Europe, which attracted 205 planners and buyers during the first half of 2019. In addition to these inbound missions, DBE also organised roadshows across key markets, visiting cities including London, Toronto, Moscow and Chennai. These roadshows and study missions acted as a platform to meet and engage with key decision makers around the world, and to educate them about the city’s offerings as well as services offered by Dubai Business Events.

Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President of Dubai Business Events, said: “Dubai continues to see a healthy pipeline of meetings, conferences, congresses and incentives which will take place over the coming years, and this is a testament to the combined efforts of stakeholders and partners across the city and the DBE team in Dubai and in our international offices. The past six months have been a busy and productive period in terms of DBE’s ongoing activities and projects, and Dubai’s elevation on a global scale has been supported by new hotel and venue openings, as well as activities and attractions in the city. These developments directly contribute to providing planners with a wide array of options and possibilities when it comes to their events. We look forward to building on this in the second half of 2019, engaging with our stakeholders to promote the city, convert bids into more wins and identify new events to bring to Dubai.’’

Among the upcoming developments set to enhance the city’s status as a business events hub is the Dubai Exhibition Centre, which will be co-located at the Expo 2020 Dubai site and become a major new events venue. The 45,000 square metre facility will be a unique platform for planners, allowing them to host events during the Expo, giving delegates access to a global stage for the six-month duration of the world’s largest meeting of minds, while also being a venue option beyond Expo as part of its legacy.

Dubai is gearing up to host an array of business events through the second the half of the year, including the second edition of the Dubai Associations Conference (DAC). DAC will take place in December 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and over the course of two days the conference will bring together industry experts from around the world in order to create a positive social impact by building the association community in the region. Dubai is additionally prepping to host world class business events such as Amway APAC Expo 2019, which will attract approximately 10,000 delegates, the World Congress of Neurology, with 5,000 delegates, and the World Conference on Desalination and Water Re-use, with over 1,000 delegates.

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11th July 2019

DUBAI ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 2019: INNOVATION AND COMMUNITY WELL-BEING TO BE AT HEART OF PROGRAMME

Momentum is building towards the second edition of the Dubai Association Conference, with more details being unveiled about the event’s rich programme, built around the core theme of ‘Driving change: The societal impact of associations’. Taking place 9-10 December at Dubai World Trade Centre and organised by Dubai Association Centre, the 2019 Dubai Association Conference agenda will offer a blend of panel discussions, expert briefings, and interactive sessions, all centred around the core theme and four sub-themes: Community Well-Being, Knowledge and Research, Business and Opportunity, and Creativity and Innovation.

The conference, being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, will serve as a platform to facilitate discussions on the value proposition of associations that go beyond direct and indirect economic benefits. The program will be structured by four different pillars that further support the facilitation of these discussions: Impact and Legacy, Designing an Impact Management and Measurement Programme, Organisational Resilience and Foresight, and the Art of Collaboration.

The event will bring together association executives from around the world, government representatives, industry leaders, as well as university faculties and students, in a space focused on building the association community in the region for the purpose of positive social impact. Visit www.dubaiassociationconference.com to find out more about the conference programme

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Along with being a catalyst for business opportunities within a thriving ecosystem, associations have the power to fuel innovation and creativity which ultimately contributes to the wellbeing of society. We are excited to host association professionals from around the world to explore the key themes of this year’s Dubai Association Conference. With a remarkable line-up of international speakers and a full schedule of insightful and interactive sessions, the program underlines our commitment to not only fostering the growth of the association community, but also its development.”

Hassan Al Hashemi, Vice President of International Relations at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Associations are important building blocks for society. They create influential platforms for sharing opinions, they provide fertile ground for the exploration and dissemination of new ideas, and they establish unified codes and procedures. Associations are a vital component of the business ecosystem as they are responsible for organising a comprehensive array of events and conferences around the world. Our aim is to turn Dubai into a regional hub for associations, with the Dubai Association Conference a prime example of our efforts. We expect that the forthcoming conference will add value to Dubai’s Association ecosystem through its function as a central forum where members can meet, network, strike new partnerships, and share knowledge and expertise. To crystallise its role, the Dubai Association Conference is a significant component in Dubai’s aim of becoming a prime mover on the world stage and an instrumental tool to advance the city’s position across a variety of metrices.”

Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President, Venue Services Management at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Adaptability, knowledge, creativity and innovation represent key processes to organisations operating in this era. These practices and initiatives are becoming ever more important due to a fast and unpredictably changing global business environment in the region and globally. We are proud to host the Dubai Association Conference which plays a pivotal role in creating limitless opportunities for associations and trade professionals in order to attain long-term success, while serving as a catalyst for industry progression globally.”

Ahead of the event, DAC continues to engage with the global association’s community through events and partnerships, to promote both the centre and the platform it offers, as well as the Dubai Association Conference. DAC will bring a strong presence to the upcoming American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, where it will also be exhibiting as well as organizing a workshop focusing on ‘The Factors of Success for your Associations Societal Impact’.

Established in 2014, the Dubai Association Centre (DAC) is 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) that support and license regional and international associations in setting up an office or chapter in Dubai. Its main objective is to become a platform for dialogue and education for associations interested in exploring opportunities in the Middle East Region and to ultimately contribute to building an association community that drives the knowledge economy in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region.

There are currently more than 60 associations licensed under Dubai Association Centre, with continued strong interest from professional and trade associations interested in expanding their reach into the Middle East region.

Visit www.dubaiassociationconference.com for more information

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8th August 2019

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