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Here are some of the latest developments in Dubai, which may be of interest to your readership as the city resumes tourism and business events. Follow @dubaitourism and @businessdubai for more news and updates.




Region’s first live, interactive networking business event of H2 2020


On 16 July, Dubai World Trade Centre hosted the Ai Everything x Restart Dubai Summer Conference, the MEASA region’s first live, in-person business event to be hosted in H2 2020, driving forward the resumption of the global events sector. Showcasing the profound effect of artificial intelligence on the UAE’s pandemic recovery, the event also exemplified how participating entities, technologies and prototypes can revolutionise the country’s private sector and its growth prospects in the coming years. 


WATCH: Dubai World Trade Centre restarts global MICE sector with A.I. Everything x Restart Dubai conference


Dubai World Trade Centre implemented comprehensive regulatory protective measures at the venue, including temperature screening, social distancing, contactless transactions and hygiene protocols, with all upcoming events set to be conducted similarly in a highly controlled manner to ensure adherence to the strictest health and safety protocols for public wellbeing.


His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA) said: “Artificial intelligence will transform every industry in the UAE and will provide wide-reaching economic benefits, while the MICE sector remains essential to both the UAE’s economic diversification agenda and Dubai’s GDP, as well as being a crucial driver behind the development of a knowledge-based economy and a self-sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Visitor safety and assuring a seamless experience for every participant remains our number one priority, and the Ai Everything x Restart Dubai Summer Conference provides a platform for us to implement best-in-class protocols and standards for the resumption of MICE activity, reinforcing Dubai’s status a world-class MICE destination and serving as an international model for MICE resumption.”







Entities to have signed Memorandums of Understanding with Dubai Business Events in 2020 so far include Dubai Customs, Arab Association of Petroleum Professionals, Emirates Nursing Association and Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences 


Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has signed eight Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with entities across the public and private sector, formalising and reinforcing collaborations that are set to attract more conferences, congresses and meetings to Dubai and ensure that, while business events globally may have been impacted by Covid-19, in the longer term they will continue to be strong drivers of tourism and economic development for the city, as well as critical pillars for knowledge and scientific advancements.


The MoUs will further strengthen DBE’s Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme, which has grown to become a strong network of over 350 members and continues to play a vital role in elevating Dubai’s status as a knowledge hub in key sectors and industries. With the presence and involvement of locally based experts and key opinion leaders being critical to bidding for and winning international conferences, DBE will work with teams at the partnering organisations to identify events that could be brought to Dubai and to collaborate with them on the bidding process and ultimately provide assistance in hosting them and ensuring they leave lasting legacies for all involved parties.


The entities to have signed the MoUs are Dubai Customs, Arab Association of Petroleum Professionals, Emirates Nursing Association and Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Science. Meanwhile, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – UAE Section, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government and RIT University in Dubai have all renewed their MoUs with Dubai Business Events.

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