Dubai launches Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence

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The Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion Cen­tre (DAC), a joint ini­tia­tive 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), has an­nounced the launch of the first-ever Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence which will be held 11-12 De­cem­ber 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre. The an­nounce­ment was made at the As­so­ci­a­tions World Congress that is cur­rently un­der­way in Vienna, Aus­tria.

Is­sam Kazim, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Dubai Cor­po­ra­tion for Tourism and Com­merce Mar­ket­ing (DCTCM), said: “It is un­de­ni­able that trade and pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions play a key role in driv­ing so­cial in­te­gra­tion, com­pet­i­tive­ness, and knowl­edge shar­ing, and there­fore sup­port in the de­vel­op­ment of a knowl­edge econ­omy.

“As as­so­ci­a­tions look to ex­pand their foot­print around the world, our aim is for Dubai to be at the top of their list. We are con­fi­dent that the Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence will greatly sup­port our ef­forts in wel­com­ing more as­so­ci­a­tions to Dubai, of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the emi­rate’s in­no­va­tive and cut­ting-edge knowl­edge and ex­per­tise that is avail­able for each to tap into. This con­fer­ence will also help us con­tinue to po­si­tion Dubai as a pre­mier host city for busi­ness events, re­flect­ing our am­bi­tion in dis­cov­er­ing so­lu­tions to world­wide chal­lenges, the diver­sity of our econ­omy, and our keen­ness to col­lab­o­rate.”

Has­san Al Hashemi, mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of DAC and vice pres­i­dent of in­ter­na­tional ee­la­tions, Dubai Cham­ber, said: “We are de­lighted to be launch­ing this pre­mier in­ter­na­tional event in Dubai as it will strengthen the emi­rate’s po­si­tion as the lead­ing cen­tre for pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions in the Mid­dle East and North Africa re­gion. The con­fer­ence will serve as an ideal plat­form for at­tract­ing as­so­ci­a­tions from around the world to Dubai, which will ul­ti­mately im­prove the com­pet­i­tive­ness of its busi­ness com­mu­nity, and con­trib­ute to­ward the emi­rate’s tran­si­tion to a knowl­edge-based econ­omy.” Al Hashemi ex­plained that the event will also sup­port ob­jec­tives out­lined un­der Dubai Cham­ber’s 2017-2021 strat­egy, in­clud­ing its aim to boost the emi­rate’s global pro­file as a pre­ferred hub for trade and in­vest­ment.

He added that the Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion Cen­tre has al­ready achieved con­sid­er­able progress since it was launched as it saw a 100% year-on-year in­crease in the num­ber of as­so­ci­a­tions reg­is­tered in Dubai dur­ing 2016, while it has also es­tab­lished its rep­u­ta­tion by par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences. The Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion 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.

The in­au­gu­ral Con­fer­ence, un­der the theme of Build­ing a Com­mu­nity, 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.

DAC has been es­tab­lished in re­sponse to the surge in the de­mand for as­so­ci­a­tion en­gage­ment in the UAE and the Mid­dle East. It of­fers as­sis­tance for the es­tab­lish­ment of non­profit, apo­lit­i­cal, and non-reli­gious pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions and trade bod­ies in the Emi­rate of 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 Ara­bian Penin­sula. Click here for full story

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