Dubai in the Top 10 for international meetings

Dubai has emerged as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings, according to the International Meetings Statistics Report, published by the Union of International Associations (UIA).

The report ranked 1,157 cities globally based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year. The latest figures have seen Dubai climb to 10th place from the previous rank of 14, with a total of 180 meetings taking place in 2016, a growth of 24%.

Dubai is the only city in the Middle East and Africa to appear in the top 25 rankings.

Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events, said: “Dubai’s business events industry has undoubtedly grown over the past decade, and we are very proud that the city is being regarded as one of the top 10 international meetings destinations by UIA, competing with over 1,100 worldwide destinations for the spot. We have worked very hard to achieve this status, with strong support from public and private partners, including Dubai World Trade Centre, hotels, Emirates Airlines, flydubai and other meetings industry suppliers, and are aiming to continue enhancing our offering to remain competitive and further propel Dubai’s ranking in the years to come.”

The UIA rankings report follows Dubai’s announcement to launch the Dubai Association Conference on December 11-12 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.