The Dubai Association Centre (DAC) has this week released its registration figures for the first half of 2018, showing a 38% increase in the number of registered associations since the start of the year.
The DAC is a part of Dubai’s chamber of commerce, and was established to bring a greater number of international associations to the city.
The DAC now has a total of 58 licensed associations, 16 of which have come since the beginning of the year. They include groups such as the Energy Institute, the Arab Association of Urology, the International Coach Federation, the Gulf Flight Safety Association, and the International Live Events Association.
Issam Kazim (pictured left), chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Associations undoubtedly play a significant role in our city’s evolution journey, as they are catalysts for knowledge transfer and industry progression. This accelerated growth in registrations is a positive step towards unlocking the city’s potential as a global knowledge and business events hub.”
The substantial increase in registrations comes on the back of the inaugural Dubai Association Centre Conference, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in December 2017. The event offered a platform for networking and knowledge sharing, bringing together association executives, government representatives, university faculties and students.
Mahir Julfar (pictured right), senior vice-president of venue services management at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The growth that the Dubai Association Centre has witnessed in the first half of 2018 is a testament to [the UAE’s economic development], particularly as the increase has come on the back of the inaugural Dubai Association Cenference hosted by DWTC.”
The role that associations play in bringing business events to Dubai will also come into focus at the 57th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress, which Dubai is hosting from 11-14 November 2018.