Middle East

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...

Apollo now officially part of the Fattal family after €160m deal completes

The €160m takeover of 13 Apollo Hotels first agreed at the end of June is now officially complete. Israel-based Fattal Hotel Group, which operates 150 hotels in 85 destinations, has named Alexander Kluit, former area manager of Apollo Hotels, as managing director, the Netherlands & Belgium. In Europe, the Fattal Hotel Group operates under the flag of Leonardo Hotels. As a result of the takeove...

BBC man to deliver keynote at inVOYAGE forum in Ras Al Khaimah

Luxury meetings and incentives forum inVOYAGE has announced its 2018 inSIGHTS conference programme will feature the BBC’s David Meade and also former global managing partner at IBM Andrew Grill. The speakers will deliver the keynote sessions under a partnership with Speakers Corner agency. Grill will speak about digital disruption, while Meade will provide the closing keynote targeted on improving...

Nurses regional forum ICN 2018 to go to Abu Dhabi in September

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) will host the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) first Regional Conference at its Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 25-27 September 2018. The conference will be co-hosted with the Emirates Nursing Association (ENA) and in collaboration with the SEHA International Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health conference. This regional gathering of n...

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 the Congress, 11–14 November 2018...

Oman wins international conference and moves in on 2040 target

The Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis (OSLA) has won the bid to host the Triennial International Symposium on Atherosclerosis in 2024 in Muscat, Oman – bringing the Ministry of Tourism of Oman closer to targeting 11m visitors by 2040. The announcement was made during the General Assembly of the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) at the ISA 2018 (the XVIIIth International Symposi...