Dubai has appeared as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings, according to the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published by Union of International Associations (UIA).

The report has ranked 1,157 cities globally based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year. Previously ranked 14th in the 2015 edition, Dubai has moved up the list to claim the 10th spot with a total of 180 meetings taking place in 2016, reflecting a growth of 24% in comparison to 2015.

Dubai is the only city in the Middle East and Africa that appeared in the top 25 in the rankings, further emphasizing its status as the region’s number one destination for international meetings and conferences.

The total number of meetings evaluated include those that are organized by international organizations, along with the ones organized by local organizations or branches with significant international character.

In 2012, Dubai ranked 26th with a total of 76 international meetings that took place in the city. Dubai’s business events offering has since evolved; the city’s infrastructure and global connectivity adds to the appeal resulting in a 138% increase in international meetings hosted since 2012.

The latest UIA rankings report comes on the back of Dubai’s recent pronouncement to launch the Dubai Association Conference which will be held on 11-12 December, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In addition to the Dubai Association Conference, Dubai is also set to host key international business events this year such as: Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux (FIDI) Annual Conference, Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology, and the International Primary Immunodeficiencies Congress.

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