Dubai Business Events (DBE) has secured 118 bid wins for events to be hosted in the city over the coming years.

These events won in the first half of 2019, including conferences, meetings and incentives, are set to attract 75,288 delegates to Dubai over the coming years.

Issam Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: ‘’Dubai continues to consolidate its position as a leading destination for global travel and business events, and the recent bid wins are testimony to the strides we have made as a city to attract and host large-scale business events.

“With the DBE team working closely with stakeholders to ensure that the city has the robust capabilities to cater to a wide range of business events, we are seeing planners and decision makers are finding the city to be an increasingly compelling option.”

During H1, Dubai won a variety of business events across multiple sectors and industries, including: the Amway China Leadership Seminar 2020, which is expected to attract 8,000 delegates, Sun Hope International Incentive 2020, with 1,500 delegates, World Hospital Congress 2021, with 1,100 delegates, Geospatial Week 2021, with 750 delegates, and AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress 2025, with 3,000 delegates.

As well as visiting a number of trade shows, the city’s official bureau also hosted five study missions, including groups from India and Europe, which attracted 205 planners and buyers during the first half of 2019. In addition to these inbound missions, DBE also organised roadshows across key markets, visiting cities including London, Toronto, Moscow and Chennai. These roadshows and study missions acted as a platform to meet and engage with key decision makers around the world, and to educate them about the city’s offerings as well as services offered by Dubai Business Events.

Steen Jakobsen, assistant vice president of Dubai Business Events, said: “Dubai continues to see a healthy pipeline of meetings, conferences, congresses and incentives, which will take place over the coming years, and this is a testament to the combined efforts of stakeholders and partners across the city and the DBE team in Dubai and in our international offices.

“The past six months have been a busy and productive period in terms of DBE’s on going activities and projects, and Dubai’s elevation on a global scale has been supported by new hotel and venue openings, as well as activities and attractions in the city.”

Among the upcoming developments set to enhance the city’s status as a business events hub is the Dubai Exhibition Centre, which will be co-located at the Expo 2020 Dubai site and become a major new events venue. The 45,000 square metre facility will be a platform for planners, allowing them to host events during the expo, giving delegates access to a global stage for the six-month duration of the world’s largest meeting of minds, while also being a venue option beyond expo as part of its legacy.

Dubai is gearing up to host an array of business events through the second half of the year, including the second edition of the Dubai Associations Conference (DAC). DAC will take place in December 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and over the course of two days, the conference will bring together industry experts from around the world in order to create a positive social impact by building the association community in the region.