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Thrilling social events announced for 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai

Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM

Exciting social programme will take delegates from the world’s tallest building to the rolling dunes of the Arabian desert.

Dubai, UAE – 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 11 – 14 November 2018 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.

Sunday 11 November will see a Welcome Reception at the Armani Pavilion, with al fresco dining and entertainment right next to the mesmerising 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 Monday 12 November, with award-winning food and beverage options at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel which is situated on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, adjacent to the instantly recognisable Burj Al Arab.

On the night of Tuesday 13 November, 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 here 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 programme 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 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 Monday 12th November at the Dubai beachfront to support the foundation.