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DBE witnesses 62% increase in delegate wins in 2018

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Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, secured a total of 261 successful bids for meetings, conferences and incentives in 2018, which are set to attract an additional 153,640 delegates to Dubai over the coming years. The number of event bids won represents a 24% increase from 2017 and will deliver an estimated economic impact of approximately AED 1.2 billion to the city. This success also marks a 62% increase from the previous year in the number of delegates set to visit Dubai due to event bids won, signifying a shift towards larger-scale events and further cementing the Emirate as an attractive global business destination. Throughout 2018, Dubai submitted 557 business event bids, up from 354 in 2017, and among the wins awarded were those for bids submitted in previous years. 2018 also marked DBE’s 15-year anniversary, and the results are testament to the efforts of stakeholders and partners across the city who worked with the bureau towards the shared aim of growing and developing the city’s business events sector. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “We look forward to hosting a number of significant events in the city over the next few years as a result of the outstanding performance in bid wins we have secured in 2018. Driven by the city’s visionary leadership, Dubai has become a flourishing business events destination and knowledge hub which caters to a range of event types and sizes. Our strategy will continue to align with Dubai Tourism’s Vision and in 2019 our goal is to build on this momentum and attract events that leave a lasting legacy for delegates and the city. …

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Dubai Business Events roadshows project opportunities to Indian planners


Dubai Business Events (DBE) has showcased the city’s capabilities and services to business event planners through their three-city roadshow held recently in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, attracting an attendance of approximately 490 business events and incentive buyers as well as wedding planners. DBE was joined on the roadshow by a number of stakeholders from Dubai, including Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels and Emaar Hospitality. The roadshow offered a platform for the DBE team to meet and engage with key decision makers, educate them about the services available to them, and detail how the convention bureau can support in planning their events in Dubai. Attendees were also able to discover Dubai and the world-class factors that combine to make the city a premier destination to host business events. Over the coming months, DBE and stakeholders from the city will conduct further in-market activities in UK, Sweden, Finland and Russia while also continuing to welcome business event planners for study missions from around the world to Dubai.

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Dubai Business Events reinforces Dubai as hub for events

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Dubai is an upcoming and suitable business events hub and Dubai Business Events (DBE), a division of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), ensured it so through inking six Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) throughout 2017, which outlined collaboration with potential entities across a range of key industries. Under the umbrella of DBE’s Al Safeer Ambassador Programme, the MOUs attracted organisation of  international meetings and conferences in Dubai. The convention bureau’s strategic framework enabled coordinating bids for the conferences across multiple stakeholders. The strategy was fully aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 which was aimed to grow the country into a global knowledge hub. Throughout the year, DBE entered agreements with educational, scientific and government bodies, including the Society of Engineers, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and the British University in Dubai. The emirate’s convention bureau also signed with the Road and Transport Authority (RTA), the Emirates Medical Association (EMA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Each and every agreement we enter has significant potential, and is mutually beneficial for all parties involved. In 2014, the Dubai Association Centre was formed as the result of an MOU between Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai World Trade Centre and ourselves. This has grown very successfully, resulting in the first Dubai Association Conference held in December 2017. These agreements provide wide scope for cooperation, forming an important part of DBE’s strategic frameworks, as well as reflecting the strong public-private partnerships that exist across Dubai.” Layla Faridoon, Executive Director of the Director General’s Office at the RTA, said: “The agreement with Dubai Business …

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Dubai Business Events’ report card for H1 is all cheers


Dubai Business Events (DBE) has projected strong results for the first half of 2017 with 97 bids submitted to host business events being successfully awarded to the city. Key wins include: Baby Care Annual Incentive (2018), World Conference on Desalination and Water Re-Use (2019) and Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (2022). DBE representatives have attended over 50 trade events in the first half of the year, interacting with over 4500 business event buyers and planners. The bureau has also facilitated a total of 16 site inspections with 38 clients and hosted 144 buyers from around the world as part of four in-depth Dubai study missions. Steen Jakobsen, Director, DBE, said, “We’ve had a stellar start to the year, and are well on our way to achieving our targets set for 2017. As we continue to work towards further strengthening Dubai’s reputation of being a premier host destination for business events, we have a steady pipeline of initiatives planned for the year ahead. We are also focusing on expanding our network and reach globally, enabling businesses, event buyers and planners to benefit from our expertise.”

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Dubai auditing trade conference next year


The 2018 Institute of Internal Auditors International Conference, to be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is set to attract 3500 delegates from 110 countries, next May. The conference will take place at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, part of the Dubai World Trade Centre complex, from May 6-9, 2018. Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, collaborated with Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and the UAE Internal Auditors Association (IAA) to successfully bid for the event. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “As we work to strengthen Dubai’s reputation as an ideal destination to host business events, and most importantly, a global knowledge hub, business events such as the IIA International Conference further fuel our journey towards achieving our goal.” Themed ‘Connecting the World Through Innovation’, the conference will lay emphasis on innovation and ways to tackle current technology issues affecting internal audit.

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Dubai Business Events wins record bids for 2016


Dubai Business Events (DBE) has recorded its most successful year to date, winning 129 bids and proposals for upcoming conferences, meetings and incentive trips in partnership with local stakeholders such as Dubai World Trade Centre, Emirates Airline, hotels as well as Destination Management Companies and Professional Congress Organisers. The number of future business events secured by Dubai Business Events increased by 79 per cent in 2016, compared to 2015, consolidating Dubai’s position as a leading destination for business events. The economic impact of these events is estimated at close to AED400 million and is expected to bring in 75,000 additional visitors to Dubai over the course of the next six years. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “It provides the city with a unique opportunity to showcase the scale of our ambition in finding solutions to worldwide challenges, the diversity of our economy, and our keenness to collaborate as we build a stronger knowledge economy.” Throughout 2016, Dubai Business Events hosted 12 international study-missions, bringing more than 300 hosted buyers and over 40 international trade media from the business events industry to Dubai. The tailored itineraries showcased the variety of hotels and event venues, visits to new attractions such as Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Parks and Resorts and Burj Khalifa.

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