DUBAI has 143 secured conferences, meetings and incentives in the first half of this year with China and India accounting for 84 incentive programs heading to the emirate, the UAE city’s convention bureau reports.
The events to be held over the coming years are expected to bring 94,000 visitors to the United Arab Emirates city including experts and leaders in their respective fields. The bid wins include 24 association conferences.
Association events set to be held in Dubai include IATA AGM 2024, World Library and Information Congress 2024, Critical Communication World 2024, Million Dollar Round Table Global Conference 2024 and International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting 2026.
Corporate meetings and incentives heading to the emirate are Cardano Summit 2023, Perfect China Incentive 2023, WCAworld Annual Conference 2024, Brand Experience World 2024 and Nu Skin Global Team Elite Incentive 2024.
A spokesman for Dubai Business Events said the outstanding growth contributed further to the emirate’s economic growth in line with the goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33. Announced earlier this year, the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 is a series of targets to grow trade, boost innovation, sustainability and place the emirate as one of the top three world cities for business events.
Working with its offices in major source markets and with support from business events stakeholders, Dubai conducted sales missions across Europe, North America and China. A spokesman said the convention bureau also organised inbound study missions and invited meeting planners from around the world to experience Dubai.
“Our focus on capturing business events that bring value to the city continues to deliver strong results,” said Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.
“Dubai’s robust proposition, built not only on world-class business events infrastructure and facilities, but also expertise across all key sectors and a growing knowledge economy, is resonating effectively with meeting professionals and decision-makers globally.”