The sixth annual Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress recently took Dubai by storm, welcoming 500 global wedding experts to the emirate to share their views on the trends and developments of the wedding industry on March 27-29.
Organised by Dubai-based QnA International, along with Official Destination Partner Dubai Tourism and Hotel Partner Atlantis, The Palm, the DWP Congress entailed a comprehensive agenda of inspirational keynote presentations, powerful panel discussions, brainstorming discussions and master classes, which took place over a period of two days.
The event kicked off with a welcoming reception at Nasimi Beach, the chic beach club at Atlantis, The Palm, following the theme of a ‘Pearlescent Dream’ that sketches Dubai’s monumental journey from the traditional, culturally rich city to the modern cosmopolitan it has grown into.
The first day of the conference witnessed the crème-de la-crème of the industry sharing their insights on subjects that matter to wedding connoisseurs today. Renowned celebrity floral designer, Preston Bailey, opened this year’s conference with a session on redefining goals to succeed in the wedding industry. The jazz trio of Mootassem Elbaba, Hibah Albakree and Marwan Maalouf from Designlab Experience, one of the most well-known names in the Middle East, enlightened wedding planners on using technology and their creative excellence to carve their own niche.
Day two witnessed parallel streams with the DWP Discussions and the DWP Capture, which is the creative extension of the DWP Congress, dedicated to photographers, videographers, cinematographers and other creative visual artists.
Finally, the highly anticipated gala dinner took place on March 29, debuting the DWP ACE Awards, which honoured and highlighted excellence in the luxury wedding industry.