Middle East


ICCA’s Dubai Congress delegates to dine in the desert while keeping focus on business

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced that its social programme for the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai will involve taking delegates from the world’s tallest building to the rolling dunes of the Arabian desert. Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, and its partners on the Local Host Committee are organising…


RTE appoints new exhibition director

Danielle Curtis has been appointed as exhibition director for Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) Middle East, as the organiser continues its management shake up. Curtis (pictured) has overall responsibility for IBTM Arabia, Arabian Travel Market and associated projects in the region. “The meetings and events market in the Middle East is still very much in the ascendant…


AccorHotels purchases Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts for US$567m

French company AccorHotels has signed an agreement to purchase Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts from Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding Company for CHF560m (US$5.7m), 30 April. Mövenpick operates in 27 countries with 84 hotels and is set to open an additional 42 hotels by 2021. Kingdom Holding has been an investor in Mövenpick for nearly two decades – its domestic interests make up…

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Saudi Arabia joins ICCA

The Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) has joined International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as it boosts its international marketing efforts. The SECB is also going to IMEX in Frankfurt in May where 23 venues, event organisers and services companies from the Kingdom will be partnering on a stand. The SECB is also one…


CultureSummit 2018 showcases connection between heritage and innovation 

A global gathering of over 400 delegates from more than 80 countries recently attended the CultureSummit 2018 at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi to discuss the role that culture plays in addressing global challenges including poverty, extremism, climate change and heritage preservation. Under the theme of Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far,…

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