Dubai Association Conference set to focus on building a community

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The first ever Dubai Association Conference is set to focus on building the association community, skills development and sharing best practices.

Organisers have unveiled the programme for next month’s event, which is being hosted by the Dubai Association Centre (DAC) on 11-12 December at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The line-up of speakers includes Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai’s tourism department and Hamad Buamim, president of Dubai Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss their vision for associations. Paul Bennett, chief creative officer of IDEO, will explain how associations can unlock the energy of knowledge to upgrade their offerings, while Greg Bogue, vice president of experience design at Maritz Global Events, will speak about creating engagement through purpose, passion and a picture of the future.

Issam Kazim, chief executive of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Dubai has seen a tremendous rise in the number of associations over the past few years, which is testament to the city’s significance to reaching their target groups based in the region. This rise has resulted in a heightened demand for networking and engagement platforms for associations across different industries.

“Dubai Association Conference is a step towards fostering a collaborative environment for associations to expand and thrive. We also believe that this conference will mutually support Dubai in its journey to becoming the regional hub for associations, and strengthen the city’s positioning as a gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies.”

The Dubai Association Conference will be held under the theme Building a Community and bring together association executives, government representatives, university faculties and students, as well as professionals who are interested in forming associations.

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