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Dubai hosts first fully in-person event for UFI

Issam Kazim at UFI MEA Conference; photo: Dubai Tourism

Arabian Travel Market; photo credit: Dubai Tourism

Expo 2020; photo credit: Dubai Tourism

Leaders from across the regional and international exhibition sector have gathered in Dubai for the UFI MEA Conference, the first fully in-person event for UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry since the onset of the global pandemic.

The conference was hosted on 26 May at Dubai World Trade Centre, with the city’s measures in place to safeguard the health of all participants and delegates. The one-day event attracted 150 attendees from 10 countries, with His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism and Dubai World Trade Centre Authority and Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director and CEO of UFI, delivering welcome addresses.

The UFI MEA Conference brings together leading players from the Middle East and Africa region and beyond, to network, exchange ideas and forge new partnerships.

May 4-5 more than 370 delegates from around the world gathered at Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) in person, attending the sixth International Participations Meeting (IPM) of Expo 2020. Convening for the final IPM before the 1 October opening of Expo 2020 – one of the first mega-events to take place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – they expressed support for the six-month global gathering. They represented 173 of Expo’s 190-plus participating countries, with many other participants attending virtually.

Also ITIC Summit concluded the return of live and in-person Arabian Travel Market (ATM). Exhibitors from 62 countries and travel professionals from over 100 countries represented in Dubai at ATM. The Middle East Tourism Summit, organised by ITIC in partnership with Arabian Travel Market 2021, rounded off the Middle East region’s largest travel and tourism showcase by calling for continued collaboration at government level to support the recovery of the tourism industry in the Middle East. The comments came ahead of ATM Virtual, which took place 24-26 May.

From a July 2021 a directive from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) mandates that all hotels comply with the Sustainability Requirements for Hotel Establishments, as set by Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST).

Under the directive, hotels must resume monthly submission of carbon emission drivers. The system has the long-term objective of advancing sustainability performance across the sector.  Back in 2019 Dubai Tourism trained 528 hotels on the implementation of these sustainability standards and currently inviting hotels for a refresher webinar ahead of July 2021.

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