Dubai now among top 10 des­ti­na­tions for in­ter­na­tional meet­ings

2016 saw 24% growth in the to­tal num­ber of in­ter­na­tional meet­ings over 2015…

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Dubai has emerged as one of the top 10 des­ti­na­tions for in­ter­na­tional meet­ings, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Meet­ings Statis­tics Re­port pub­lished last week by Union of In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tions (UIA).

The re­port ranked 1,157 cities glob­ally based on the to­tal num­ber of in­ter­na­tional meet­ings that took place dur­ing the year.

Pre­vi­ously ranked 14th in the 2015 edi­tion, Dubai has moved up the list to claim the 10th spot with a to­tal of 180 meet­ings tak­ing place in 2016, re­flect­ing a growth of 24% in com­par­i­son to 2015.

Dubai is the only city in the Mid­dle East and Africa to ap­pear in the top 25 in the rank­ings, un­der­lin­ing its sta­tus as the re­gion’s num­ber one des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional meet­ings and con­fer­ences.

Is­sam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Cor­po­ra­tion for Tourism and Com­merce Mar­ket­ing, said: “With these lat­est UIA rank­ings it is once again clear that Dubai is now not only the re­gional leader in the sec­tor, but also a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion on the global stage for busi­ness events. We will con­tinue to strengthen our busi­ness events of­fer­ing, and strive to­wards trans­form­ing Dubai into a global knowl­edge hub.”

Steen Jakob­sen, di­rec­tor of Dubai Busi­ness Events, said: “Dubai’s busi­ness events in­dus­try has un­doubt­edly grown over the past decade, and we are very proud that the city is be­ing re­garded as one of the top 10 in­ter­na­tional meet­ings des­ti­na­tions by UIA, com­pet­ing with over 1,100 world­wide des­ti­na­tions for the spot.

We have worked very hard to achieve this sta­tus, with strong sup­port from pub­lic and pri­vate part­ners, in­clud­ing Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, ho­tels, Emi­rates Air­lines, fly­dubai and other meet­ings in­dus­try sup­pli­ers, and are aim­ing to con­tinue en­hanc­ing our of­fer­ing to re­main com­pet­i­tive and fur­ther pro­pel Dubai’s rank­ing in the years to come.”

The lat­est UIA rank­ings re­port comes on the back of Dubai’s re­cent an­nounce­ment to launch the Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence, which will be held on 11-12 De­cem­ber 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre.

The con­fer­ence ac­knowl­edges the role as­so­ci­a­tions play in Dubai’s so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and its tran­si­tion to a knowl­edge-based econ­omy.

With the theme of ‘Build­ing a Com­mu­nity’, the Dubai As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence will host as­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tives from re­gional and in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions, govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, uni­ver­sity fac­ul­ties and stu­dents as well as other pro­fes­sion­als who are keen to de­velop as­so­ci­a­tions.

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