A seminar focusing on economic opportunities in Iran, which was due to be attended by 226 delegates from around the world, was shut down on Wednesday just hours before the one-day event was due to get underway.
The seminar and workshops, entitled “Iran, Economic Sanctions and What’s Next?”, aimed to look at potential opportunities in Iran as a result of the easing of sanctions and improved relations between the West and the Tehran government.
Originally scheduled to take place at the Al Murooj Rotana hotel in Downtown Dubai, organisers, who have been staging similar events in Dubai for nearly 10 years, were informed by the hotel the night before the event that officials from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) had contacted the hotel and were told the event could not go ahead as the correct permits were not in place.
The Address Dubai Marina agreed to host the seminar, but on the morning of the event DTCM officials again said it could not go ahead and it was to be permanently cancelled. The source claimed the Address Dubai Marina also was issued with a fine.
About 226 delegates from around the world had arrived in Dubai for the event, which was launched in March, and some of the high profile keynote speakers were to include Dr Nasser Saidi, former chief economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council.
DTCM officials did not give an explanation to organisers why the event was not allowed to go ahead. A DTCM spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by Arabian Business.
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