More associations see Dubai as ‘gateway’ to Middle East

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The number of international associations using Dubai as a base is picking up pace.

The Dubai Association Centre (DAC), based at the Dubai World Trade Centre, has registered 16 new membership organisations since the start of the year, taking the total to 58.

These include the Energy Institute, Arab Association of Urology, International Coach Federation, Gulf Flight Safety Association, and the International Live Events Association, among others.

The spike comes on the back of the inaugural Dubai Association Conference, which took place in December 2017, and offered a platform for networking and knowledge-sharing.

DAC was established in response to the surge in the demand for association engagement in the UAE and the Middle East. It offers assistance for apolitical and non-religious professional associations as well as trade bodies who are looking to set up representative offices or chapters in Dubai.

Issam Kazim, CEO 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. Through the DAC, we are facilitating this transformation and working to create an ecosystem for associations to thrive.”

Hassan Al Hashemi, VP of International Relations at Dubai Chamber said: “There is huge potential for associations to make great contributions to the UAE’s economy and vision, especially in the areas of research, academia, knowledge sharing and the development of future industries.”

Among the associations to set up through DAC this year has been Eurovent Middle East, which represents the ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration market.

Chairman Brian Suggitt said: “The DAC has been really helpful and supportive in establishing Eurovent Middle East in Dubai. Technical developments, higher standards and an increasing regulatory framework demand increasing efforts in education and exchange. As an association we are able to connect people, coordinate efforts and support initiatives by governments and other organisations to improve the understanding for and awareness of a sustainable development. As an industry, we are looking forward to work with all concerned institutions to improve the well-being of everyone in the region while reducing the carbon footprint of an ever-growing population.”

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