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Emerging nations heading to Dubai
Ambitious nations hoping to host the world’s biggest events will learn from the best in the business at a summit in Dubai. Representatives from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, India, Indonesia and Turkey, along with several other emerging countries, will all be at the Host Cities event, which is being held in Dubai on December 4 and 5.
They will be joined by representatives of nations which have already hosted major events, such as Tessa Jowell, the UK Olympic Minister prior to and immediately after London 2012’s bid win, and Danny Jordaan from the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup organising team.
Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand, said: “Emirates has a long track record of investing in events all over the world. We firmly believe in the benefits of supporting such occasions and have seen first-hand the dramatic changes that can result from this.
"We also understand the commitment required to host a major international event and we hope Host Cities will help delegates acquire the knowledge and skills required to bring major events to their own cities and countries.”
 
Abu Dhabi among 100 busiest MICE destinations
Abu Dhabi has been named among the top 100 busiest global meetings destinations in the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) 2012 global city rankings for the first time, jumping from 234th place with eight meetings in 2011, to hosting 22 association meetings last year.
The UAE capital is now ranked alongside other major meetings cities including: Atlanta, Georgia; Brasilia and Perth, Australia; and higher than established global hubs such as Las Vegas in the US and Cologne in Germany.
The rankings are an annual league evaluated and published by ICCA, which represents the main specialists in organising, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, with over 950 members in 88 countries.
Abu Dhabi is one of only two Arabian Gulf cities to make it to the Top 100 rankings – the other is Dubai which made it to 60th place with 38 meetings.
"This is a welcome endorsement of Abu Dhabi’s credentials as a recognised destination for the meeting, incentive, conferences and exhibitions industry," said Jasem Al Darmaki, Deputy Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).