2015 sees 75 new wins for Dubai Business Events
DBE hosted more than 550 international meeting and conference organisers as destination offering expands
Dubai Business Events (DBE), Dubai’s official convention bureau, ended 2015 on a high, with an increase in the number of international meetings, conferences and incentives that were both bid for and brought in to Dubai.
Last year marked a record number of bids and proposals submitted by DBE, totalling nearly 250, of which 75 were won. Some of the most notable wins include welcoming back the NuSkin South East Asia Incentive group in 2017 and hosting the World Tunnelling Congress in 2018, the World Congress of Neurology in 2019 and the World Congress of Emergency Medicine in 2021.
In addition, DBE expects to bid for a further 100+ conferences through its Al Safeer Congress Ambassador programme.
In 2015, Dubai hosted international exhibitions and events including the 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine, the World Free Zone Organisation Congress, the 2015 Dragon Insurance Conference, the IDA Life Insurance Congress, the Jeunesse Global Incentive group and the Airport Traffic Control Conference.
Dubai currently ranks 44th in the 2014 International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) World Rankings – up from 63rd place in 2013, and DBE has the mandate to continue to establish the city as a premier business events destination.
By doing so the division of Dubai Tourism is contributing to the emirate’s Tourism Vision for 2020, which aims to double the number of visitors to the emirate from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million per year by 2020.
In partnership with Emirates Airlines, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the hospitality sector and local destination management companies, DBE hosted more than 550 international meeting and conference organisers across 11 study missions to Dubai, including 20 delegates from Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) at the 2015 Dubai Meetings Forum in December. Reflecting on a year of growth and success, DBE also strengthened its strategic partnerships with the likes of Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Medical Association and local universities.
Hamad Bin Mejren, senior vice president, Dubai Events and Convention Bureau, a Division of Dubai Tourism, said: “The combined efforts of DBE and its strategic partners, and the many initiatives we rolled out over the past 12 months allowed us to leave a strong footprint on international markets. Dubai recorded 14.2 million overnight visitors in 2015 which marks a 7.5% increase over 2014. As we look ahead to 2016 we are confident that we will continue to build momentum towards achieving our commitment to grow the city’s dynamic business events offering.”