The year is flying by and we are extremely proud of Dubai Business Event’s accomplishments to date. Our growth this year has been tremendous and we look forward to finishing the year strong.
The weather is cooling off in Dubai and it’s an exciting reminder that we are now almost at the end of yet another exciting year! As we round up the third quarter of the year, I am proud to say that Dubai Business Events has had quite a successful year to date. In collaboration with our partners, we have secured 86 new international business events, 15 percent more events in the first eight months of this year than the whole of 2015.
As always, our team has continued in its efforts to establish Dubai as both a global business events and knowledge hub by helping organisers plan events, incentives, congresses and exhibitions with everything that our dynamic and multi-national city has to offer. The events secured this year will occur over the next four years, bringing over 65,000 delegates to Dubai from around the world, as speakers, panellists, exhibitors, and visitors. And with each delegate expected to add almost AED 6,000 (USD 1,600) to the economy, the impact of these events could be as much as AED344 million (USD 94 million).
The Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) that was hosted here in Dubai only a few weeks ago is one of the highlights this quarter. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the event embraced the conference’s heritage of excellence and drew more than 6,500 delegates from all over the world for a total of 58 technical sessions throughout the three-day event.
We look forward to finishing the year strong and will be attending IMEX America in October in Las Vegas. We’ll also be at ibtm World in Barcelona in November. Their theme this year is ‘When businesses connect, great things happen – connections mean everything’ and we couldn’t agree more. After all, Dubai Expo 2020’s theme is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
We are excited for the next few months and know that 2016 is on course to be one of our best years yet!
All the best from Dubai,
Director, Dubai Business Events