Middle East

Israel to lift travel ban, cancelling its ‘red’ country Covid list

In a move that is likely to ease travel to and from Israel, the country is set to cancel its ‘red’ list of countries with high Covid infection rates and will move these countries to its orange and green lists dependent on their status. As before, inbound travellers are required to present a negative Covid test in order to board a flight (either PCR taken less than 72 hours prior the hour of depart...

Dubai Association Conference gears up for February return

Registration for the next edition of the Dubai Association Conference is now open. It will take place on 21 February 2022 within the Expo 2020 Dubai site at the Dubai Exhibition Centre. The event will feature a strong line up of leaders from the global associations sector and takes place under patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and cha...

Strategic asset transfer to provide growth platform for ADNEC Group and its new subsidiaries

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), part of ADQ holding company, is taking the next step in its business diversification strategy with the strategic assets transfer of the tourism business unit from Etihad Airways to ADNEC Group. Etihad Holidays will be acquired by ADNEC and integrate with Tourism 365, ADNEC’s existing tourism promotion business. Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, managing d...

Dubai’s departments of Economy and Tourism merge

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, vice-president, and prime minister of the UAE has decreed the merger of the Dubai Economy and Dubai Tourism into one entity under the name of ‘Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism’. The move is part of a plan to enhance government efficiency and resilience, while ensuring the competitiveness of the business and tourism sectors. Al Maktoum...

Dubai to host world’s largest conference on museums in 2025

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has won the bid to host the 27th International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference 2025 in Dubai. It will be held under the theme: ‘The Future of Museums in Rapidly Changing Communities’. The UAE won the bid vote in a final round with bids from Stockholm (Sweden) and from Kazan (Russia). Dubai will become the first city in the Middle East and North Africa to...

ADNEC announces pledge for Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced its pledge to Net Zero Carbon Events, promising to produce a net zero carbon footprint for events by 2050. This pledge is part of a global initiative from an organising task force initiated by leading events industry stakeholders through global industry trade associations. ADNEC’s pledge also supports the United Arab Emirates (UAE) N...

UAE to host COP28 in 2023

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has officially announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in 2023. The UNFCCC confirmation followed unanimous endorsement by the Asia Pacific Group of nations during COP26, where nearly 200 countries have gathered to take action to cap global greenhouse gas emissions and unite against cli...

ADNEC launches expansion plans in Abu Dhabi and London

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced, 27 October, the launch of its plan to expand the facilities and infrastructure of the group’s centres in Abu Dhabi and London. The group said its expansion plans were designed to boost ADNEC’s competitiveness and ability to attract major international events for all sectors. The development operations at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitio...

PCMA’s Convening EMEA set for Lausanne link up

International meetings industry association PCMA’s Convening EMEA conference takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland, 17–19 October with organisers saying the event will be one of celebration and exploration. The agenda promises to show a pathway forward for business events. The Convening EMEA programme will explore and interconnect three key themes: Talent, ROI and Future of the Business Events Indu...

ASM Global secures contract to operate two venues in mixed-use development in Saudi Arabia

Global venue operator ASM Global has announced its appointment as the managing operator for two venues within a grand mixed-use destination in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Situated in the heart of Jeddah, adjacent to the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), the Airport City project is set to become one of the very few airport city destinations in the world. SARH Real Estate Investment...

Abu Dhabi introduces updates to E-learning programme

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is marking the first anniversary of its Abu Dhabi Specialists E-learning Programme by introducing new modules and markets for the training scheme. The programme, launched as part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s response to Covid-19, saw all forms of physical promotional offers, workshops and training courses shifted onto virtual platforms. The e...

UAE launches Global Media Congress for 2022

The UAE has announced, 15 August, the launch of the first edition of the Global Media Congress (the Congress), to be held in Abu Dhabi from 15-17 November 2022. It will be organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in a strategic partnership with the Emirates News Agency (WAM). H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs ...