Dubai now among top 10 destinations for international meetings
Published by the Union of International Associations (UIA), the report ranked more than 1000 global cities based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year.
Previously ranked 14th in the 2015 edition, Dubai has moved up the list to claim the 10th spot with a total of 180 meetings taking place in 2016, reflecting a growth of 24 per cent on the previous year.
Dubai Business Events director Steen Jakobsen said the achievement is the result of a combined effort with partners and suppliers.
“Dubai’s business events industry has undoubtedly grown over the past decade, and we are very proud that the city is being regarded as one of the top 10 international meetings destinations by UIA,” he said.
“We have worked very hard to achieve this status, with strong support from public and private partners, including Dubai World Trade Centre, hotels, Emirates Airlines, flydubai and other meetings industry suppliers, and are aiming to continue enhancing our offering to remain competitive and further propel Dubai’s ranking in the years to come.”
Dubai is the only city in the Middle East and Africa to appear in the top 25 in the rankings, further cementing its status as a destination for international meetings and conferences.
“With these latest UIA rankings it is once again clear that Dubai is now not only the regional leader in the sector, but also a major destination on the global stage for business events,” said Issam Kazim, CEO at Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
“We will continue to strengthen our business events offering, and strive towards transforming Dubai into a global knowledge hub.”