Dubai increasing number of home-grown business events

31 March, 2016

Dubai has long been known as a meeting point for people of the world. The city is strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, which has made it an important stopover on world trade routes and an ideal hub for business and trade long before the notion of a metropolis was even dreamed of. What once was a small fishing village, largely dependent on pearl and spice trade in recent centuries, today is crowned as the most cosmopolitan city in the world. Dubai has grown to a place where people come to do trade, to flourish business, but also to exchange ideas, share experiences and ignite inspiration. The city is well known for hosting some of the world’s leading conferences and exhibitions, and accounts for numerous home-grown events that are steadily becoming industry standards alike. 

Dubai’s Government Summit is one of those events that grew organically into a platform for political and business elites from across the globe over the course of only four years. The Summit brings together world government officials, thought leaders, thinkers, policy makers and private sector leaders to meet and discuss the best ways to develop the future of government, based on the latest developments and future trends in the public sector. The fourth edition of the summit expanded its magnitude and re-launched as World Government Summit. Initiated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the 2016 World Government Summit took place from February 7 to 10, setting the agenda for the next generation of governments with a focus on how they can harness innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity. This year’s speakers featured influential world leaders including Barack Obama, President of the United States of America; H.E. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank; and H.E. Dr Nabil ElAraby, Secretary General of the Arab League. 

Dubai also recently welcomed over 85,000 visitors from 170 countries to Gulfood, the world’s premier annual food and hospitality trade event that was established 26 years ago. Since its humble beginnings in 1987, Gulfood has grown into the world’s biggest annual food and hospitality show, providing a specialised trading platform for the global food industry to meet, network, trade and transact out of Dubai. 

And it doesn’t stop here. Another event that draws the attention of a global audience to the emirate every year is Arab Health, one of the region’s biggest healthcare shows. The 41st edition of the show brought together more than 4,000 companies exhibiting the latest innovations and developments in healthcare – from the opening of the world's largest wellness village at the Dubai Healthcare City to the introduction of new 3D technology that is sought to revolutionize the industry. Other events that have originated in the city and will remain fixtures on the event calendar include the leading technology industry exhibition, GITEX and Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which will take place from April 25-28 2016.

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