Middle East

Hybrid alchemy in Dubai as region’s largest gold convention set to gather in Armani Burj Khalifa

The gulf region’s largest gold convention will go ahead as a hybrid event in Dubai on 23 November. Host venue is Armani Burj Khalifa, which will welcome gold industry companies, mine representatives, refiners, traders, and government officials and regulators from across the world. The event is organised by IBMC International who claim that Global Gold Convention 2020 is the first ‘hybrid’ industry...

Dubai wins major business event bids

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has worked with stakeholders across Dubai to host a number of new events all taking place in 2021. The new events include: International DIP Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome and Pregnancy; World Independent Advertising Award Conference; and Omnilife Latin America Incentive. Other events DBE will be bringing ...

Dubai launches virtual working programme to attract remote workers

Dubai has launched a new programme that enables overseas remote working professionals to live in Dubai while continuing to serve their employers in their home country. The move aims to “offer remote workers the opportunity to re-locate, on an annual basis, to one of the world’s leading tourism and business destinations”. Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been recognised fo...

Great Hotels of the World forms hybrid event partnership with PSAV

European-based hotel representation company, Great Hotels of the World (GHOTW), has announced a new partnership in the EMEA region with PSAV, a series of event production companies. Through the partnership, GHOTW hotel members will gain access to PSAV’s event technology, allowing them to facilitate face-to-face meetings with remote delegates and deliver hybrid events. The partnership, says GHOTW, ...

Ras Al Khaimah – first city to offer free Covid-19 tests to international visitors

Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE has become the first global destination to offer free PCR Covid-19 tests to guests and visitors. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and RAK Hospital are partnering to provide free (PCR) testing to international visitors staying in and departing from Ras Al Khaimah until 31 December, 2020. There is one free PCR test per guest. Subsidised by RAKTDA, the f...

Qatar Airways gets $1.95bn government funding injection

The Qatar government has provided 7.3 billion riyals (US$1.95bn) in funding support to its national flag carrier, Qatar Airways, which has posted losses of QAR7bn riyals for the year to the end of March 2020. The Gulf carrier said it had been impacted by the ongoing blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, as well the liquidation of Air Italy in February, in ...

Etihad Airways signs partnership with MCI

Etihad Destination & Leisure Management and MCI Middle East have announced a partnership designed to offer travel management services and special rate MICE packages for programmes serviced by MCI in Abu Dhabi throughout 2021 and 2022. Etihad Airways becomes the official airline for MCI’s groups coming into Abu Dhabi where the airline can support internationally through their connectivity.  Thi...

Dubai issues new guidelines for hosting business events safely

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has issued official guidelines on how business events can take place safely as the city prepares to resume its calendar of conferences and exhibitions. With locally organised meetings taking place from 15 September and international meetings returning to the city from 1 October, the guidelines focus on protecting the health and safety of all par...

twofour54 Abu Dhabi’s game on with Unity Technologies

twofour54 Abu Dhabi, home to over 600 media companies, has announced a 10-year partnership with Unity Technologies, a video game software development company, which will see the companies establish a Centre of Excellence for the game development industry in the region. twofour54 and Unity will also develop a physical gaming hub where local start-ups and students can learn the skills needed to succ...

Dubai kicks off region’s first live, interactive business event of H2 2020

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) successfully hosted the AI Everything X Restart Dubai Summer Conference, 16 July, the region’s first live, in-person business event to be hosted in H2 2020. The event showcased the effect of artificial intelligence on the UAE’s pandemic recovery. DWTC implemented comprehensive regulatory protective measures at the venue, including temperature screening, social dista...

Emirates airline to offer passengers medical cover for Covid-19

Dubai’s Emirates airline is offering to cover medical expenses of up to €150,000 euros and quarantine costs of €100 per day for 14 days for passengers should they be diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel. The cover is offered by Emirates free to its customers regardless of class of travel or destination and is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 October, 202...

Dubai marks business events reopening with AI conference

Business events are set to restart in Dubai, with 16 July seeing the start of the emirate’s first major live in-person leadership business event organised by Dubai World Trade Centre. The AI Everything x Restart Dubai Summer Conference, hosted by the National Program of Artificial Intelligence, will celebrate the United Arab Emirate’s AI efforts during this time of pandemic. The event promises exc...

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