She said: "Not only did this bid fully meet our business objectives and logistical requirements, the board considered it to be a truly exceptional proposal."
Steen Jakobsen, director of Dubai Business Events, said it was "extremely proud and delighted" the ICCA had chosen Dubai as host. He added: "The ICCA Congress is the most prestigious event in our industry and provides a unique opportunity to showcase Dubai and to familiarise the ICCA members with the growing potential of the entire Middle East.
"We look forward to working closely with ICCA and the members of the Middle East chapter to organise the first ICCA Congress taking place in our region."
The 2014 ICCA Congress in Turkey attracted more than 900 participants from 72 countries, although ICCA had previously predicted numbers closer to 1,000. Next year’s event will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 31 October and 4 November.