During the first half of 2019, Dubai Business Events (DBE) secured 118 successful bids for events over the coming years, including conferences, meetings and incentives that are expected to entice 75,288 international delegates.
CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Issam Kazim enthused: “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.”
The bid wins in H1 included the Amway China Leadership Seminar 2020 (8,000 delegates); Sun Hope International Incentive 2020 (1,500 delegates); World Hospital Congress 2021 (1,100 delegates); Geospatial Week 2021 (750 delegates); and AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress 2025 (3,000 delegates).
During the first six months of the year, DBE was regularly engaging with MICE professionals on a regional and international basis at trade shows such as IMEX, as well as during roadshows, study missions and other engagements.
Assistant vice president, DBE, Steen Jakobsen declared: “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.”
Upcoming developments in the blossoming city include the Dubai Exhibition Centre, which will be co-located at the Expo 2020 Dubai site and spans 45,000m2. It is expected become a major new events venue in the city.
Looking ahead to H2, Dubai will play host to a number of business events, such as the second edition of the Dubai Associations Conference (DAC) in December 2019; Amway APAC Expo 2019 (10,000 delegates); the World Congress of Neurology (5,000 delegates), and the World Conference on Desalination and Water Re-use (over 1,000 delegates).