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    The rise of business events across Saudi Arabia

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    Historically the economy in the Middle East has been built on selling oil, with the countries there investing little capital in other sectors. Today, all that has changed. The price of oil has dropped and, in a world where environmental pressures mean global powers are determined to stop burning it as fuel, the price of oil is unlikely to ever recover.
    9th Oct, 2018
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    The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Appoints New CEO

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    Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) the developer of the iconic Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) project, which is the new landmark venue and business hub in Oman, has appointed through the Board of Directors of OCEC company Mr. Said Salim Said Al-Shanfari as CEO to lead the organisation through its next phase of innovation and growth.
    8th Oct, 2018
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    The ICCA Mediterranean Chapter members “Get Closer”

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    The members of the ICCA Mediterranean Chapter met in Athens to re-launch a period of closer cooperation.
    20th Sep, 2018
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    The Middle East MICE industry: outlook on future trends and technology

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    By Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director Middle East, IBTM Arabia
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    Like many new markets, the Middle East and North Africa has its own characteristics, requirements and dynamics when it comes to meetings, conferences and business events. This is a young market, with a transient and moving population, where there is high demand for education and learning products.
    7th Sep, 2018
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    Dubai Creates Unique Platform To Inspire With First Association Leaders Getaway

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    Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), is to host the city’s first-ever Association Leaders Getaway.
    3rd Sep, 2018
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    ICCA Congress 2018 delegates to support Dubai Eyesight Charity

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    Delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress, taking place in Dubai later this year, will have the opportunity to support a local charity that prevents blindness and visual impairment globally, with organisers partnering with Noor Dubai Foundation on a number of initiatives.
    16th Aug, 2018
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    Dubai Registers Strong 29% Increase In Business Event Bid Wins In H1 2018

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    Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, secured 125 business events in the first half of 2018 which are set to attract over 65,000 delegates from around the world, with an expected economic impact of approximately AED 500 million.
    31st Jul, 2018
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    Dubai To Host Wgo World Congress Of Gastroenterology In 2021

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    World Gastroenterology Organisation’s biennial world congress to draw participation of over 6,000 delegates from across the globe.
    19th Jul, 2018
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    Dubain Begins Countdown to Host 2018 ICCA Congress

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    Dubai is gearing up to host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year, following the conclusion of this year’s edition in Prague.
    10th Jul, 2018
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    UFI's Global Congress - The Exhibition Industry's Annual Global Gathering to ​take place in Oman in 2020

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    UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry announced today that the 2020 UFI Global Congress will be held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, and will be hosted by the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.
    5th Jul, 2018
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    Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company celebrates Global Exhibitions Day

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    GED is a strategic global event aimed at highlighting the significant contributions made by the MICE sector worldwide
    6th Jun, 2018
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    OCEC Launches Convention Centre at IMEX

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    Oman’s business tourism product has just been enhanced with the opening of The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC)’s convention facilities.
    28th May, 2018
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    ICCA stimulates meetings sector in Middle East with new strategic meeting format

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    ICCA Middle East’s strategic approach to stimulating the growth of meetings business and diversifying destinations is engaging policy makers and using creative meetings methodology.
    3rd May, 2018
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    Doha Confirmed to Host Les Clefs d'Or International Congress in 2021

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    The UICH (Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hôtels) Qatar Chapter has confirmed Doha will host the organisation’s annual congress in 2021. The 67th edition of the annual event is expected to gather more than 900 members of the hospitality sector for a six-day program which combines professional development, networking and social activities.
    23rd Apr, 2018
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    OCEC receives country’s first LEED Gold certification

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    The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), part of OMRAN’s Madinat Al Irfan Development is the first tourism development in Oman to achieve a LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for package 2 (Exhibition Centre, Car Park and Energy Centre).
    11th Apr, 2018
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    Dubai Concludes Europe Associations Roadshow

    28th Mar, 2018
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    Dubai Tourism Recognises Al Safeer Congress Ambassadors for Bringing Key Business Events to Dubai

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    The Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme supported 67% of successful bids for association conferences submitted by Dubai Business Events in 2017 and members awarded at annual appreciation event held today at Park Hyatt, Dubai.
    27th Feb, 2018
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    2017 Most Successful Year to Date for Dubai Business Events

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    Dubai won a record 212 bids and proposals, representing a 61% increase from 2016 and 2017 wins result in an economic impact of approximately AED 715 million.
    14th Feb, 2018
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    Key Elements for an Ideal Winter Trip

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    Although Lebanon is known for being an all-year-round sunny destination, it also gets its fair share of snow during the winter season.
    2nd Feb, 2018
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    Lebanon: From Strength to Strength

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    2017 has been a successful year for Lebanon. Not only is the country nearing 2 million of visitors by the end of the year (11% increase from last year), the country is amongst the top 10 trending destinations for 2018.
    21st Dec, 2017
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