The United Arab Emirates state was awarded the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Crystal Award for its part in hosting 14,500 delegates from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to celebrate skincare brand Nu Skin Enterprises' 30th anniversary earlier this year.
Dubai collaborated with its neighbouring emirates to make the trip a successful and memorable one for all involved. The extensive and complicated logistics for the event included 77 flights, 40,000 room nights in 40 hotels, and more than 370 coaches escorting guests on a full city tour of Dubai, a Dhow Cruise, and a visit to the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah.
In addition, the group enjoyed full-fledged gala dinners in groups of 7,500 at the Bab Al Shams Desert Arena, and held educational seminars at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the Middle East’s largest event and exhibition centre.
Steen Jakobsen, director of Dubai Business Events (DBE), a division of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said: "Being awarded the SITE Crystal Award validates the commitment and professionalism from everybody involved in delivering this event and proves that Dubai’s offering as a business events destination is more than comparable with anywhere in the World".
Paul Miller, SITE president 2014, added: "With the Nu Skin incentives group Dubai displayed the hallmark we look for when awarding the Crystal Award, always striving, never settling in the creation of an exceptional motivational experience that delivers business results. This was the largest single incentive programme Dubai had hosted and they excelled in meeting an extremely demanding proposition which turned out to be an unmitigated success for not only the Nu Skin group and their delegates, but Dubai as a whole."