Middle East

Dubai targets larger events and reports $330m meetings impact

Dubai is targeting larger-scale business events and says its 2018 wins are set to deliver AED1.2bn (US$330m) in economic impact over the coming years. The emirate’s CVB, Dubai Business Events (DBE), says that 153,000 delegates will visit the emirate as a result of business event wins in 2018. The bureau also reports growth in winning bids last year when it helped secure a total of 261 successful b...

Trio of senior hires kick starts 2019 for BCD Meetings & Events

Katie Knight, Mark Scales and Arran Cruickshanks are among 20 new starters in January for BCD Meetings & Events across the EMEA region. The agency’s new hires are part of the company’s expansion plans. BCD has recently integrated Grass Roots M&E in to one single business entity, and has also set its ambitions to double its size in the next two years. David Taylor, VP of Sales & Marketi...

Israeli innovation on show

Tel Aviv is to host for the first time, 16 April 2019, the International BigData – Healthcare conference. The event, organised by Big Data TLV, will focus exclusively on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector. The full-day event is aimed at clinicians, researchers, venture capitalists and startup representatives and organisers are confident of attracting a truly internationa...

ICCA sees big charity contribution in Dubai

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) continued its a strong tradition of giving back to the local community during its annual congress, collecting a €5,555 (US$7,044) contribution to the blindness prevention charity Noor Dubai Foundation at its 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai in November. ICCA also donated 591 pairs of glasses. Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convent...

Dubai venue launches interactive and virtual reality tours

E2 Dubai South, a venue in Dubai, has launched a new 3D virtual tour of its space, available at this link. The programme allows prospective visitors to explore the venue’s space digitally, navigating the exhibition, concert and conference setups. The venue hopes the new technology will allow event organisers to examine the space in advance, looking at staging, ceiling, AV installation, multimedia ...

Food and medicine feature big in eventful December start for ADNEC

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has been hosting four major events in early December at its ADNEC centre in the Emirati capital. The 13th International Society of Hemodialysis Congress closed on 8 December, having showcased the latest technologies in the field of hemodialysis and nephrology, in addition to advancements in research and clinical practices. Under the patronage of H...

Abu Dhabi’s four big conference wins

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a division of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have won joint bids to host four leading international conferences in the Emirate. All four of the conferences will be held in the Middle East region for the first time and include the World Congress of Nephrology, the Annual Conference of ...

IBTM World announces DCT Abu Dhabi as Premier Partner for 2019

Organisers of the IBTM trade show brand have announced that the Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will be its Premier Partner for IBTM World 2019. The deal marks the first time in IBTM World’s 31-year history that it has taken on a Premier Partner. DCT Abu Dhabi will use the agreement to gain access to a highly engaged global audience of meetings professionals. ...

IVI Middle East Fertility to host major ART conference in the UAE

There is a growing demand for infertility treatments in the Middle East and the entry of IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic in the United Arab Emirates has led to the UAE hosting the 4th edition of the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Conference at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi on 30 November. The conference is titled, ‘Latest Advancements in Enhancing Success Rates in ART (Assist...

Bahrain International Airshow sees biggest ever order

The Bahrain International Airshow claims to be the region’s fastest-growing air show and this year’s event, 14-16 November, saw large Saudi orders, including the biggest single order in the show’s history. Saudi orders made up over $3bn of the $5bn total of orders made. Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamed Al Khalifa attended the official opening of a show organised by Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs departm...

Turkish President Erdogan opens new Istanbul airport

The first phase of the new Istanbul Airport, which is set to be the largest airport in the world, recently opened with an elaborate ceremony on 29 October. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan led the proceedings on the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. The airport’s first phase consists of a main terminal building of 1.4m sqm, two runways, an air traffic control towe...

London ranked #1 for EMEA events in new Carlson Wagonlit survey

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten cities in Europe, Middle East & Africa for 2019 events. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published later this week. It features each city’s 2018/17 positions in brackets: London, UK (1/1) Moscow, Russ...