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Dubai Business Events wins 212 bids in 2017

Dubai Business Events (DBE) won 212 bids in the year 2017 which is significantly higher when compared with 2016. With this, Dubai is all set to welcome an additional 95,000 delegates, delivering an economic impact of approximately AED 715 million. According to the press release, the bids and proposals secured in 2017 mark an increase of 64% over 2016 when a total of 129 bids were won, further cementing the Emirates leading position as a global business events destination.

Key bid wins from 2017 include the Baby Care Annual Incentive, with an expected attendance of 1,500 delegates, as well as the Amway Russia Annual Incentive, which will bring 2,700 employees to Dubai; both business events are set to take place in 2018. Other notable wins include The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Geospatial Week, The 71st edition of the International Astronautical Congress etc.

Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, “The exponential increase in bids won in 2017 is a direct reflection of Dubais rapid growth as a leading business hub. 2017s success in attracting international business events builds on the steady growth the city has experienced, establishing Dubai as a destination of choice for business events from around the globe. These successes have been made possible due to the close collaboration with our stakeholders and partners, who play a crucial role in realising Dubais strategic objectives. International and regional business events not only contribute to the growth in overall visitor numbers to Dubai, they also play an important role in the development of our knowledge economy.”

Commenting on the development, Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events, said, “Propelled by our successes to date, we are looking forward to hosting a number of significant events in the city over the next few years. The strength of Dubai as a business events destination and knowledge hub is proven year-on-year, and our performance in 2017 has raised the bar. Our strategy is aligned with Dubai Tourisms Vision 2020 to attract 20 million visitors to the emirate, per year, by the year 2020 and our goal is to build on this momentum to transport the citys reputation to new heights.”