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Business networking international
The largest business networking organisation in the world is described as having 'dozens of sales people working for you', because each carries several copies of your business card around with them so they can recommend you. www.bni.com
A global online platform aimed at helping businesses and business people connect easily, says UAE ambassador Hamdan Mohamed. The Dubai chapter runs its next offline event on March 10 at Jumeirah Beach Residence. www.xing.com
The largest non-governmental organisation of tourism professionals around the world. It promotes seminars and conferences to strengthen the industry's professionalism and has 22,000 members internationally. www.skaldubai.org
British business group
One of the most active business groups in the Gulf , it was set up to promote trade and commerce between Dubai and the United Kingdom. With 1200 members, it holds around 80 networking events each year. www.britbiz-uae.com
Started in Dubai in 2008, it has run various successful networking evenings where UAE hoteliers can meet friends, share experiences, knowledge and best practices. It has 1,445 members worldwide, representing every department a hotel has. www.hothoteliers.com
International businesswomen's group
It been actively supporting businesswomen in the UAE for over 20 years. It meets once a month, runs workshops and hosts special breakfasts. www.ibwgdubai.com
Young Real Estate professionals Dubai
Founded in 2007, YREP aims to connect young real estate professionals across job functions. It has hosted events from a charity bowling event to a cocktail evenings with key figures in the industry. www.yrepdubai.com
The amount members of Business Networking International generated collectively through 5.6 million referrals in 2008, according to founder Dr Ivan Misner.