Go to the ICCA50
Europe - Head Office, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Africa - Johannesburg Office, South Africa
Asia Pacific - Kuala Lumpur Office, Malaysia
Middle East - Dubai Office, U.A.E
North America - New york Metro Office, U.S.A
South America - Montevideo Office, Uruguay
Go to the ICCA Homepage ICCA has over 100 products and services. Find out more! Access your personal My ICCA section (ICCA Members Only) Information for Association Meeting Planners Website designed for the Media More information about ICCA ICCA 50 year anniversary
Home  >  News Archives
 

News & Publications   >  Archives


Number of International Association Meetings in the Middle East more than tripled in the last 10 years

17 March 2014

Looking at aggregated figures for each five year period (to remove annual fluctuations), the number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings in the Middle East has doubled each decade in the last 50 years, and more than tripled in the last 10 years.

 

 

 

“A modern history of international association meetings”
ICCA’s 50-year statistics report “A Modern History of International Association Meetings: 1963-2012”, which was published as part of ICCA’s 50th anniversary, shows that the total number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings is increasing by 100 per cent every 10 years, and has been consistently doing so for the last half century, with no signs of a slowdown. The number of meetings in the Middle East has even grown quicker than in other regions, as it more than tripled in the last 10 years. The report is publicly available on www.icca50.com.

Table 1: Number of meeting in the Middle East 1963-2012

Acknowledging the growing importance of the Middle East meetings market, ICCA is extending its activities in the Middle East region and has opened its first ICCA Middle East Regional Office in 2012, which is leveraging the association’s key expertise in the international association meetings sector − offering unrivalled data, communication channels and business development opportunities to international meeting suppliers. Mr. Gamal Sadek of the Al Ketbi Consultancy is ICCA’s Middle East Regional Director.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk says, “Our statistics are proving what we have long suspected: that the world is experiencing an unprecedentedly revolutionary period in terms of knowledge creation, and that association meetings are growing exponentially in tandem, as primary vectors for disseminating that knowledge. The Middle East joined the Information Revolution more recently than most regions, so it is not surprising to see some of the world’s fastest growth rates here, now that excellent meetings infrastructure has been developed, governments have created knowledge strategies to underpin their economic development agendas, and local demand for education and knowledge-transfer is at an all-time high. We are confident that the region will enjoy even greater international meetings activity in the future, based on these underlying fundamentals.”

ICCA members can use a new online interactive statistics tool to carry out tailored analyses and destination comparison studies based on 50 years of association meeting data.

ICCA Seminar at GIBTM: “Hosting International Association meetings in the Middle East”

ICCA will organise a seminar during GIBTM as part of its Knowledge Sessions (25th March 2014) on hosting international association meetings in the Middle East. This insightful session will discuss the challenges and opportunities of organising international association meetings in the Middle East and what makes this region unique. An expert panel of ICCA members will give the top 10 "Do's and Don'ts" when organising international meetings in the Middle East, as well as what each of the various destinations in the region are doing in attracting association business.

The session is moderated by: Steen Jakobsen, 3rd Vice President, ICCA BOD member, Dubai Convention Bureau

Panelists:

  • Medhat  Nassar, ICCA Middle East Chapter Chairman; Owner and Managing Director, Meeting Minds
  • Mahir Julfar, ICCA BOD member; Director, Commercial Exhibitions and Conferences, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre - Dubai WTC
  • Khalifa Alqubaisi, ICCA Middle East Chapter Deputy Chairperson; Head of Sales Congresses, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company
  • Ken Jamieson, Commercial Director - AMLAK Venue Management, Qatar National Convention Centre, Member of Qatar Foundation

This ICCA GIBTM Knowledge Session is open to press and will take place on Tuesday 25th March from 11:30 -12:30 at ADNEC’s Knowledge Hub.

About ICCA

ICCA is the most global meetings industry association and the leader in the international association meetings sector. ICCA represents the main specialists in organising, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises almost 1,000 member companies and organisations in over 90 countries worldwide. ICCA specialises in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

- END

For more information about ICCA visit www.iccaworld.com.

For more information about GIBTM visit www.gibtm.com.

ICCA Middle East Office
Gamal Sadek, Regional Director Middle East
P.O. Box 73477, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone +971 4 4467509 Fax +971 4 4279731

 

Share this page:

Benefits
Membership Directory
ICCA Member Benefits
Apply For Membership
News & Publications
Events & Education
ICCA Resource
About ICCA


Members only
Membership Directory
Member Benefits
News & Publications
Events & Education
Sector Activities
Chapter Activities
ICCA Resource
My ICCA:
Update my profile
ICCA Association Database
ICCA PR Kit
Destination Comparison Report
Statistics
Annual Report
ICCA Logo's

Associations
Association Executives Portal - Registration
Membership Directory
Association Resources
News & Publications
Events & Education
ICCA Resource


Press Centre
Membership Directory
Press Resources
Apply For Membership
News & Publications
New Marketing Offers
Press Releases
Member Update
International Meetings News
ICCA Resource
Statistics
Archives
Events & Education
ICCA PR Kit
Contact

Visitors
Membership Directory
ICCA Member Benefits
Apply For Membership
Membership Fees
News & Publications
Events & Education
Sector Activities
Chapter Activities
ICCA Resource
About ICCA
ICCA Database

About ICCA
ICCA Board of Directors
Structure
Sectors & Chairpersons
Chapters & Chairpersons
Articles & By Laws
How to join ICCA
How to get to ICCA / Directions
Bank Details
ICCA Business Partners
ICCA Best Marketing Award
ICCA Education Fund
ICCA CSR Policy
ICCA History
Contact Information

Search & Help
FAQs
Site Map
Site Search
Industry links
Site Terms of Use
Site Privacy Policy
Copyright Policy
Disclaimer
Inquiries