The event is being hosted in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and will be held from 11-12 December 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
As the first of its kind in the region, the event reinforces the key role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy.
Issam Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: "It is undeniable that trade and professional associations play a key role in driving social integration, competitiveness, and knowledge sharing, and therefore support in the development of a knowledge economy. As associations look to expand their footprint around the world, our aim is for Dubai to be at the top of their list. We are confident that the Dubai Association Conference will greatly support our efforts in welcoming more associations to Dubai, offering an opportunity to experience first-hand the emirate’s innovative and cutting-edge knowledge and expertise that is available for each to tap into."
He added that the conference would also continue to position Dubai as a premier host city for business events.
Hassan Al Hashemi, member of the executive committee of DAC and vice president of international relations at Dubai Chamber, added: "We are delighted to be launching this premier international event in Dubai as it will strengthen the emirate’s position as the leading centre for professional associations in the Middle East and North Africa region. The conference will serve as an ideal platform for attracting associations from around the world to Dubai, which will ultimately improve the competitiveness of its business community, and contribute toward the emirate’s transition to a knowledge-based economy."
The inaugural Conference, under the theme of ‘Building a Community’, is designed to cater to an increasing number of associations that are looking to expand within the Middle East, and the growing industries across disciplines from technology and healthcare to education and finance. It will also provide a platform to gain insights from international and regional experts on the latest trends in areas such as membership, online communities, restructuring education, volunteerism and governance, among others.
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