Dubai Association Conference to return in December

Dubai Association Conference

The second edition of the Dubai Association Conference is scheduled to take place from December 9-10, 2019, under the theme of ‘Driving change: The societal impact of associations’.

The two-day event, organised by Dubai Association Centre (DAC) and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), will see association executives from around the world, government representatives, industry leaders, as well as university faculties and students gather in a space focused on building the association community in the region for the purpose of positive social impact.

Established in 2014, DAC is a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and DWTC that supports and licenses 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 last year, DAC hosted an Association Leaders Getaway in the city.


CEO, DTCM, Issam Kazim stated: “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.”

He continued: “Since its establishment, DAC 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.”

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.

“Dubai has been at the forefront of positioning associations within various sectors to ultimately achieve their highest potential,” senior vice president, venue services management, DWTC, Mahir Julfar remarked. “Since its inception, DAC 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.”

DAC’S key objective is to become a platform for dialogue and education for associations interested in exploring opportunities in the Middle East and to ultimately contribute to building an association community that drives the knowledge economy in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region.