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Dubai Tourism Establishes Business Events Stakeholders Committee

The group of meetings and tourism officials aims to reinforce the emirate's commitment to the industry.

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Dubai's business events stakeholders committee held its first meeting Sept. 14.

To reinforce its commitment to the meetings industry and its development as a knowledge hub, Dubai Tourism has established a business events stakeholders committee. The timing coincides with the resumption of local business events this week in Dubai; international business events are set to restart October 1.

The committee includes senior officials from airlines, venues, hotels, destination management companies and professional congress organizers. Among the companies represented are Emirates, Dubai World Trade Centre, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Alpha Destination Management, MCI Middle East and Expo 2020 Dubai.

During the group's first meeting on Sept. 14, participants discussed opportunities and challenges the destination will face as it reactivates meetings, conventions and trade shows.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai Tourism, hosted the first gathering. "Dubai has steadily reopened key economic sectors, building on the support that was provided throughout the pandemic and the measures put in place to minimize its impact," he told the group. "In line with this, we have been working closely with industry stakeholders to ensure a framework is in place to resume business events that can be best in class while at the same time prioritizing the health and safety of all participants. 

"Business events play a critical role in driving economic development and knowledge growth in Dubai," he continued, "and with the city’s status as the Middle East’s undisputed hub for conferences, exhibitions and meetings, the resumption of activity here will have an impact on the wider region."

Among the first international events Dubai will host this fall are The Airport Show (Oct. 26-28), Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE (Nov. 1-3) and Cityscape’s 2020 Real Estate Summit (Nov. 16-17).