UK team visits Dubai hospitality facilities

DUBAI — The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing-Dubai Convention Bureau (DTCM-DCB) has recently organised a six-day familiarisation tour for a team from the Janet Sealy Partnership (JSP) which handles the European Marketing Office of the DCB.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 1 Aug 2006, 9:33 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:57 PM

The aim of the trip was to further consolidate the emirate's position as a destination of choice for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).

The representatives of the United Kingdom (UK)-based company, Janet Sealy and Simon Halewood, were taken on a visit to some of Dubai's outstanding convention, exhibitions and hospitality facilities.

The familiarisation trip is in line with an agreement signed between JSP and the DTCM-DCB in December 2005 to promote Dubai MICE destination in Europe

“We have succeeded in promoting Dubai in the incentives market as well as an events destination. We are preparing ourselves to secure enough business for the future."

"The new arrangement will contribute towards achieving the goals we have set for ourselves,” said Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, DCB Director.

The bureau is also bidding for conferences and conventions until the year 2020 keeping in mind the infrastructure and facilities that the emirate will have during this period.

At present, Dubai has convention facilities of collectively 130,000 square metres, offering space for more than 100,000 MICE guests.

By 2008 the Dubai Convention Bureau is aiming at an additional 600,000 overnight stays by MICE visitors.

The Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre has an exhibition capacity of 42,000 square metres while the Airport Expo Dubai has a total floor space of more than 33,000 square metres.

As many as 80 five and four-star-hotels have more than 400 meeting rooms, complementing the outstanding exhibition and convention venues offered in Dubai.

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