Sun 13-08-2017 18:13 PM

Dubai set to lure 51,000 delegates with economic impact of AED375 million

DUBAI, 13th August, 2017 (WAM) -- Dubai is set to attract over 51,000 delegates providing an expected boost to the economy worth AED375 million, according to Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, which has reported strong results for H1, with 97 bids submitted to host business events being successfully awarded to the Emirate.

"We recognise the significance of the business events industry, and acknowledge the various growth facets each event brings to the city," said Issam Kazim, the Chief Executive of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

"Not only do they accelerate our journey towards becoming a knowledge-sharing economy, but business events are also major contributors towards our goal of welcoming 20 million visitors each year by 2020."

The events awarded to Dubai include: Baby Care Annual Incentive (2018); World Conference on Desalination and Water Re-Use (2019); and Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (2022).

"We’ve had a stellar start to the year, and are well on our way to achieving our targets set for 2017," said Steen Jakobsen, the director of Dubai Business Events. "We are also focusing on expanding our network and reach globally, enabling businesses, event buyers and planners to benefit from our expertise."

DBE representatives have also attended over 50 trade events in the first half of the year and the bureau has also facilitated a total of 16 site inspections with 38 clients to help attract more events to the emirate.

WAM/Hatem Mohamed