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Dubai to host regional Lions Club International meeting

Regional meeting is precursor to convention bid

His Excellency Sheikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qassimi

There will be lions prowling the streets of Dubai in December next year. 

The emirate has won the 5,000-delegate Lions Clubs International ISAAME Forum involving club members from across India, South Asia, Africa and Middle East.

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, assisted the International Association of Lions Clubs Middle East and UAE Premier Lions Club in winning the bid to bring the prestigious event to the city.

It is expected to attract more than 5,000 participants and will discuss key challenges and opportunities for the organisation. It will take place at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 4th – 8th December 2018.

This year is centenary year for Lions Club International and in that time it has been active in helping communities around the world, addressing humanitarian needs. Recently, the Lions Clubs International Foundation reached the milestone of having awarded more than USD 1 billion in grant funding towards measles vaccination, sight-saving interventions, youth education, clean water wells and many other causes. 

Before the 2018 ISAAME Forum, Dubai will host one of Lions International’s two annual Executive Board Member meetings later this year. The organisation’s entire executive leadership will gather in Dubai in November for the event.

His Excellency Sheikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qassimi, President of UAE Premier Lions Club, said: “We are honoured to host Lions International’s entire executive leadership – especially so after the UAE has been ranked number one in the regional Happiness Index, the United Nation’s landmark survey that measures the state of the global happiness in each country and region. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming our distinguished guests and providing an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge, thus enriching mutual experiences to benefit us in the long run.”

Dubai is already looking to take the next step of bidding to host the Lions Clubs International Convention in 2025 which could bring as many as 50,000 members from around the world to the city.

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