Dubai issues licences to seven new associations

26 May, 2016

The Dubai Association Centre (DAC) has announced a 44% rise in the number of regional and international associations it has licensed in the first quarter of 2016 which takes the Centre’s total number of licensed associations to 23 from last year’s 16. Seven new associations were recently awarded licensees including Young President Organisation, Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council (Menalac), Middle East Facility Management Association (Mefma), The British Institute of Facilities Management, The Society of the Golden Keys, The Building Industry Consulting Service International and The Marketing Society.

Jamal Lootah, CEO, Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA), said: "We are glad to be based in Dubai under the DAC umbrella which helps us to benefit from the amazing developments taking place in Dubai and GCC region where we can use the facility management expertise to manage these facilities. This also helps us to enhance the company's focus in creating a knowledge platform for professionals in the field as well as creating a sustainable facility management industry that will have positive impact on the regional economy in the long term."

Since it was established in 2014, DAC, the joint initiative by Dubai Business Events, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Dubai World Trade Centre, has continued to grow year on year, demonstrating the success the Emirate has had in positioning Dubai as a regional centre for professional associations. The centre showcases the city’s position as a regional knowledge hub, offering an ideal setting for global associations to expand within industries across the Middle East and beyond. 

Atiq Juma Nasib, Senior Vice-President, Commercial Services Sector, Dubai Chamber, stated: “Since its launch DAC has succeeded in consolidating Dubai's position as a regional centre for professional associations to strengthen their economic activities in the region. The emirate with its easy access to the regional markets and highly developed infrastructural and logistics facilities including world-class airports connecting Southeast Asia and Africa provides an ideal platform for these bodies to operate from.”

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