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Dubai wins more business event bids

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on July 29, 2018 | Last updated on July 29, 2018 at 08.22 pm
Dubai wins more business event bids
Dubai had 125 successful bids to host business events in the first half of 2018, a 29 per cent increase over the same period last year.

(Reuters file)

Dh500M economic impact seen as a result of the emirate hosting these conferences

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city's official convention bureau, has reported strong results for the first half of 2018, with 125 successful bids to host business events, reflecting a 29 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Conferences, meetings and incentive programmes secured in the first six months of the year, including from bids submitted in previous years, are poised to attract over 65,000 delegates from around the world, resulting in an expected economic impact of approximately Dh500 million, further cementing Dubai's position as a leading global business events destination.

"Dubai's success in attracting an increasing number of business events is a testament to the city's ability, across the public and private sectors, to coalesce together to position it on a global stage. Dubai Business Events has worked closely with stakeholders to ensure the city is able to optimise its bidding opportunities, highlighting not only the tourism and events infrastructure, but also the knowledge exchange possibilities in Dubai. We thank all our partners and look forward to working with them to build on our collective efforts to contribute to our ambitious tourism targets," said Issam Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

Key business event in the first half included Pro-Health China Incentive (2019), World Chamber Congress (2021), International Congress for the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (2021) and World Congress of Gastroenterology (2021), as well as the Asia-Pacific Congress of Cardiology (2023).

The DBE also increased efforts to highlight the city's offering to international audiences and strengthen strategic partnerships to help enhance the event sector.


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