middle east

Qatar foundation announces 50% female panel pledge

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, vice chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), has made a pledge that women will make up at least half the panel speakers at all its conferences and events, locally and internationally. QF is a non-profit organization made up of more than 50 entities working in education, research, and community development. The pledge means participants in disc...

Messe Frankfurt Middle East appoints new Managing Director

As of March, Simon Mellor will be the new Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Messe Frankfurt’s subsidiary in Dubai. He will be taking over from Ahmed Pauwels, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons.  As Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt, explains: “We are delighted to have secured Simon Mellor for our subsidiary in the Middl...

IBTM Arabia partners with ICCA Middle East to host MICE Knowledge Platform

IBTM Arabia has announced the first details of the Knowledge Programme for its 2019 event, which will take place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers from 25-27 March. New this year is a ‘MICE Knowledge Platform’ – two specially tailored sessions in association with ICCA Middle East. The first session, ‘Business approaches across cultures’, will bring together panel members from across the MENA region ...

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...

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...

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...

The rise of the meetings house of Saudi

By Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director Middle East, IBTM Arabia Historically the economy in the Middle East has been built on selling oil, with the countries there investing little capital in other sectors. Today, all that has changed. The price of oil has dropped and environmental pressures mean global powers are likely to seek alternatives to it as fuel. Oil-rich Middle Eastern countries have b...