Published on : Thursday, June 15, 2017
As per the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published last week by Union of International Associations (UIA), Dubai has emerged as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings. The report ranked 1,157 cities globally based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year.
Dubai is the only city in the Middle East and Africa to appear in the top 25 in the rankings. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said that the latest UIA rankings has established Dubai not only as the regional leader in the sector, but also a major destination on the global stage for business events. Dubai’s current position reaffirms the city’s status of being a premier destination for hosting business events, and reflects the tremendous growth experienced over the past five years.
Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events, said: “Dubai’s business events industry has undoubtedly grown over the past decade, and we are very proud that the city is being regarded as one of the top 10 international meetings destinations by UIA, competing with over 1,100 worldwide destinations for the spot”. He added, “We have worked very hard to achieve this status, with strong support from public and private partners, including Dubai World Trade Centre, hotels, Emirates Airlines, flydubai and other meetings industry suppliers, and are aiming to continue enhancing our offering to remain competitive and further propel Dubai’s ranking in the years to come.”
In addition to the Dubai Association Conference, Dubai is also set to host key international business events this year, including: Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux (FIDI) Annual Conference, Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology, and the International Primary Immunodeficiencies Congress.