Dubai, Abu Dhabi top list of meeting destinations in the MENA region

Dubai, Abu Dhabi top list of meeting destinations in the MENA region
Dubai World Trade Centre hosted nearly 400 major MICE and business events in 2018
Published: 22 July 2019 - 7:45 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen

Dubai has retained its number one position in the top 10 meeting destinations list in the Middle East and Africa, a survey by Cvent revealed.

Second on the list was Abu Dhabi, while Ras Al Khaimah was the 10th and the latest addition.

According to the data, in 2018 alone, the Dubai World Trade Centre hosted nearly 400 major MICE and business events, accommodating nearly 3.4 million delegates - a new record in its history.

“Business events add US$1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s Top Meeting Destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more MICE business to their locales,” said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud.

“Leading destinations are working closely with hotels and venues in their area to offer and promote unique experiences, helping event organisers deliver more memorable and impactful events,” he added.

Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on Cvent’s venue sourcing sites to compile the eighth annual list.
Activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and destinations were ranked according to, unique request for proposals received, total room nights received, awarded request for proposals, awarded room nights, percentage of qualified meeting venues and number of profile views.

Steen Jakobsen, assistant vice president at Dubai Business Events & City Operations, said: “As we look to build on our momentum and underline Dubai’s position as a business events destination of choice, we will continue to communicate to meetings planners the easy accessibility, diversity in hotel choices, and wide range of venues in the city, as well as compelling choices when it comes to activities, attractions and dining.”

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