Dubai events sector set for big boost after 118 new bid wins

Dubai Business Events, the city's official convention bureau, reveals number of successful bids for events to be hosted in Dubai over the coming years
Dubai events sector set for big boost after 118 new bid wins
Dubai World Trade Centre.
By Sam Bridge
Fri 02 Aug 2019 12:22 AM

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has secured 118 successful bid wins for events to be hosted in Dubai over the coming years.

These events won in the first half of 2019, including conferences, meetings and incentives, are set to attract 75,288 delegates from around the globe to Dubai over the coming years, representing growth of 17 percent over the same period in 2018.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: "Dubai continues to consolidate its position as a leading destination for global travel and business events, and the recent bid wins are a testimony to the strides we have made as a city to attract and host large scale business events."

During H1, Dubai won a variety of key business events including the Amway China Leadership Seminar 2020, which is expected to attract 8,000 delegates, Sun Hope International Incentive 2020, with 1,500 delegates, World Hospital Congress 2021, with 1,100 delegates, Geospatial Week 2021, with 750 delegates, and AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress 2025, with 3,000 delegates.

The city’s official bureau also hosted five study missions, including groups from India and Europe, which attracted 205 planners and buyers during the first half of 2019. In addition to these inbound missions, DBE also organised roadshows across key markets, visiting cities including London, Toronto, Moscow and Chennai.

Steen Jakobsen, assistant vice president of Dubai Business Events, said: “Dubai continues to see a healthy pipeline of meetings, conferences, congresses and incentives which will take place over the coming years, and this is a testament to the combined efforts of stakeholders and partners across the city and the DBE team in Dubai and in our international offices.

"We look forward to building on this in the second half of 2019, engaging with our stakeholders to promote the city, convert bids into more wins and identify new events to bring to Dubai."

Among the upcoming developments set to enhance the city’s status as a business events hub is the Dubai Exhibition Centre, which will be co-located at the Expo 2020 Dubai site and become a major new events venue.

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