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Dubai awarded 97 new conferences, exhibitions since January

The events are expected to have an economic impact of approximately Dh375m on Dubai

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Dubai: Dubai has been awarded 97 new events in the first six months of the year, Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, said on Sunday.

Following a number of successful bids, the government body has won contracts to host conferences, exhibitions, meetings and incentive trips over the coming five years.

These events are set to attract over 51,636 delegates from around the world, resulting in an expected economic impact of approximately Dh375 million.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said in a statement: “Dubai has grown tremendously to become a leading destination for international business events. We recognise the significance of the business events industry, and acknowledge the various growth facets each event brings to the city. Not only do they accelerate our journey towards becoming a knowledge-sharing economy, but business events are also major contributors towards our goal of welcoming 20 million visitors each year by 2020.”

The emirate is currently awaiting the verdict on an additional 97 pitches for events that have been submitted.

Recently, Dubai was named as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings by Union of International Associations (UIA) in its latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published last month.