Dubai: For the first time in the Middle East, the American University in Dubai (AUD) will host the prestigious Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) conference.

Running from August 22 to 26, this year’s theme is “Extending Horizons: Charting Asia’s Flourishing Future”.

The opening ceremony takes place today (Thursday) at the Meydan IMAX Theatre where prominent guest speakers will share their visions and expertise.

HPAIR is one of the largest student-run conferences in the world, attracting more than 400 university students from all over the globe.

The five-day conference draws a diverse group of students, especially from Asia. A group of 31 AUD students have worked under the supervision of their advisers and professors for several months to put together the full-fledged conference, which will focus on the environment, education, and entrepreneurship, among other timely topics, and will have more than 150 international influential speakers and panellists.

“Dubai naturally has been and will remain to be a destination for many worldwide events and conferences due to its ideal placement on the world map, thanks to the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” said Elias Bou Saab, Executive Vice-President of AUD.

“AUD today is proud to constantly play a role in support of the vision of Dubai and the UAE in continuously attracting prestigious academic, social and cultural opportunities to this region.”