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July/August 2017
For Business, Corporate Travel & Meeting Buyers & Arrangers

Dubai moves into top 10 for international meetings

Dubai has moved into the top 10 destinations globally for international meetings, according to the latest report from 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.

Previously ranked 14th in the 2015 edition, Dubai has moved up the list to claim the 10th spot with 180 meetings taking place last year, reflecting a 24 per cent year-on-year growth.

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

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