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ICCA Congress kicks off in November

Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, and its partners on the Local Host Committee, have unveiled an exciting line-up of social activities accompanying the 57th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress, which will be held in Dubai from November 11-14 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.

On November 11, a welcome reception will be hosted at the Armani Pavilion, with al fresco dining and entertainment right next to the mesmerizing Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 830 metres and an iconic location in Dubai. Delegates can expect an enchanting and entertaining introduction to the city at one of the most exclusive venues in Dubai, with spectacular views of Dubai Fountain, making for a truly memorable occasion.

The annual CAT Night returns on November 12, with award-winning food and beverage options at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel situated on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, adjacent to Burj Al Arab.

On November 13, delegates will travel to the Al Lisaili Desert Camp for the ultimate Arabian experience, where a farewell dinner will be hosted. Al Lisaili is custom-built to resemble a traditional Arabian fort, complete with traditional Arabic entertainment, music and cuisine. Registered delegates will be able to enjoy sunset camel rides, local henna skin art, and other traditional Bedouin activities. The farewell dinner will be sponsored by Dubai Association Centre.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, “The 57th ICCA Congress comes at an opportune time and is set to highlight some of the many factors driving interest in the business events sector in Dubai. The ICCA Congress is one of the most essential calendar events for the global business events community, and preparations for welcoming industry professionals to the Congress later this year are well underway. As a first-time host to the Congress, Dubai has a lot to offer delegates, and we have developed a strong social program to accompany the event that incorporates some of our most iconic landmarks and experiences.”

The 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai is set to be a crucial platform that will offer a combination of education, knowledge-sharing and business exchange opportunities, proving to be a must-attend networking event for meetings industry professionals.

Dennis Speet, Acting CEO of ICCA, said: “ICCA is renowned as the most effective global networking platform in the meetings industry, bringing together leaders from a multitude of different countries, business cultures, and sectors, who all enjoy the advantages of ICCA’s warm and friendly yet business-focused culture. Our Congress evening networking events are even more famous as uniquely creative occasions where genuine friendships are forged, barriers are dissolved, and anything is possible.”

The Local Organising Committee is also coordinating with ICCA to ensure that the Congress once again has a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) element. To aid UAE-based Noor Dubai Foundation, which focuses on eyesight, delegates are being encouraged to bring old pairs of glasses and sunglasses and donate them to the charity. The second-ever ICCA Charity Run ‘N’ Walk will also take place on November 12 at the Dubai beachfront to support the foundation.

Industry professionals can now register to attend the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai.

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