Industry leaders signal optimism at inaugural Dubai Association Conference
Taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre, the conference’s two-day programme is focusing on building the association community, skills development for association executives and sharing best practices from around the world.
“Our vision is for the Dubai Association Centre is to be a gateway for regional and international associations to establish themselves in the emirate and take advantage of opportunities in Dubai and the wider region,” said Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Dubai World Trade Centre.
“As we continue to align associations, government and businesses together through the Dubai Association Centre, we plan for Dubai to become the top destination for associations regionally.
“Having strong local chapters and regional offices of international associations will contribute to the growth of Dubai as a business hub and the evolution of the city and the UAE as a knowledge hub. They will also play an important role in growing the business events industry here.”
Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said associations are crucial for generating the flow of innovative and creative ideas.
“Supporting the growth of Dubai’s association community is one of the main objectives of DAC, as associations have valuable knowledge, expertise and skill sets that can enhance the emirate’s competitiveness and drive its knowledge economy forward,” he said.