The Dubai Association Centre, DAC, has announced the launch of the first-ever Dubai Association Conference which will be held on 11th and 12th December, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The initiative is a joint collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM, and Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC.
The event, a first of its kind in the region, reinforces the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy. The announcement was made at the association's World Congress that is currently underway in Vienna, Austria.
Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of DCTCM, said, "It is undeniable that trade and professional associations play a key role in driving social integration, competitiveness, and knowledge sharing, and therefore support development of a knowledge economy.
"As associations look to expand their footprint around the world, our aim is for Dubai to be at the top of their list. We are confident that the Dubai Association Conference will greatly support our efforts in welcoming more associations to Dubai, offering an opportunity to experience first-hand the emirate’s innovative and cutting-edge knowledge and expertise that is available for each to tap into. This conference will also help us continue to position Dubai as a premier host city for business events, reflecting our ambition to discover solutions to worldwide challenges, the diversity of our economy, and our keenness to collaborate."
Hassan Al Hashemi, Member of the Executive Committee of DAC and Vice President of International Relations, Dubai Chamber, said, "We are delighted to be launching this premier international event in Dubai as it will strengthen the emirate’s position as the leading centre for professional associations in the Middle East and North Africa region. The conference will serve as an ideal platform for attracting associations from around the world to Dubai, which will ultimately improve the competitiveness of its business community, and contribute to the emirate’s transition to a knowledge-based economy."
The Dubai Association Conference will welcome association executives from regional and international associations, government representatives, university faculties and students, as well as other professionals with an interest in developing associations.
The inaugural conference, under the theme of ‘Building a Community’, is designed to cater to an increasing number of associations that are looking to expand within the Middle East, and the growing industries across disciplines from technology and healthcare to education and finance. It will also provide a platform to gain insights from international and regional experts on the latest trends in areas such as membership, online communities, restructuring education, volunteerism and governance, among others.