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Dubai targets associations with dedicated conference

Two-day event seen as crucial to Dubai's socio-economic development

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing

The first Dubai Association Conference will be held later this year.

Details of the two-day event, which will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, 11-12 December, were unveiled at the Associations World Congress, in Vienna.

The conference has been organised by the Dubai Association Centre (DAC) with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The event, a first of its kind in the region, underlines the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “It is undeniable that 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.”

Hassan Al Hashemi, member of the executive committee of DAC and VP of International Relations, Dubai Chamber, said: “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 a platform for attracting associations from around the world to Dubai, which will 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. It will provide a platform for experts to give their insights on the latest trends in areas such as membership, online communities, restructuring education, volunteerism and governance.

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