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Wed 6 Feb 2008 04:47 PM

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Dubai dubbed top exhibition destination

International business leaders have crowned Dubai the top exhibition destination in the MENA region.

International business leaders have crowned Dubai the top exhibition destination in the MENA region.

Attendees of the International CEO Forum (ICF) at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre - an annual, invitation-only event attracting top global executives -have pointed to the ongoing investment and positive business environment in the Emirate as key factors in exhibition organisers.

"Dubai provided an ideal venue to host this year's event, because the city is rapidly becoming one of the world's most important venues for exhibitions," said PRM Smulders, organiser of the ICF.

Visitors to ICF discussed the problem of attracting a high enough number of high-calibre guests to exhibitions globally, but noted that Dubai had seen double-digit growth in the number of visitors to major events in 2007 partly due to the strength of the economy.

"Dubai has seen expansion of the non-oil sector, as well as a large surplus created by the rise in oil process, all of which stimulates trade and creates new business opportunities," said Roger Martin Fagg an economist at Henley Management College who spoke at ICF.

Director general of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Helal Saeed Al Marri said that it was gratifying to receive the praise of the ICF delegates, and that there had been widespread interest in DWTC's plans for future growth.

"The international event industry is continuously evolving, becoming increasingly professional and extremely competitive. The range of new challenges and opportunities promises a very exciting future and it is very encouraging that the world is seeing Dubai operate at the cutting edge of these global changes," he said.

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