Inaugural Dubai Association Conference to take place next month

Dubai Association Centre – a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) – will debut the Dubai Association Conference in December, an event that will focus on advancing the association community.

To be held from December 11 to 12 at the DWTC, the event will feature a strong line-up of local speakers including Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who will discuss their vision for associations.

An aerial night view of skyscrapers belonging to the Dubai World Trade Centre

In addition, Paul Bennett, chief creative officer of IDEO, will explain how associations can unlock the energy of knowledge to upgrade their offerings, while Greg Bogue, vice president of experience design at Maritz Global Events, will speak about creating engagement through purpose, passion and a picture of the future.

With the number of associations steadily growing across the Middle East, the conference will aim to offer a vital platform for networking and knowledge-sharing, in an effort to further boost progression across industries.

Issam Kazim, CEO of DTCM, said: “Dubai has seen a tremendous rise in the number of associations over the past few years, which is testament to the city’s significance to reaching their target groups based in the region. This rise has resulted in a heightened demand for networking and engagement platforms for associations across different industries.

“Dubai Association Conference is a step towards fostering a collaborative environment for associations to expand and thrive. We also believe that this conference will mutually support Dubai in its journey to becoming the regional hub for associations, and strengthen the city’s positioning as a gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies.”

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