Dubai Association Centre concludes successful trade mission to the United States

June 9, 2014 4:13 pm

Dubai Association Centre (DAC) successfully concluded its recent mission to the United States to promote its services and benefits to international associations by organising a series of events on the sidelines of the Global Symposium conference in Washington, DC, organised by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

DAC’s mission to this important conference sought to attract leading American association to establish branches in Dubai by promoting the Centre as the ideal regional hub for the Middle East.

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represented DAC at the Symposium, hosted a private dinner for the ASAE International Section Council, which is responsible for the ASAE’s international activities.

Dubai Chamber also sponsored a lunch on the concluding day of the Symposium to raise awareness of DAC with targeted associations, as well as building on its existing partnership with ASAE for future events.

The Symposium was attended by more than 70 American associations’ executives from about 10 countries, who explored issues affecting their trade and professional organisations as they operate, or plan to in the global marketplace

Mr. Hassan Al Hashemi, Vice President of International Relations at Dubai Chamber, said: “DAC’s participation in the Symposium was a great success. We had meetings with 25 different associations who requested information about setting up in Dubai, out of which 18 are now in the process of registration, four of which are American associations.”

He added that participation in global events, like the Symposium, is ideal to promote Dubai’s favourable business environment and position as a gateway to regional markets.

“Being the region’s unique model, DAC provides assistance to trade and business associations to set up an office, obtain visas for staff, establish local bank accounts and develop activities and membership in Dubai and across the wider Middle East region,” Mr. Al Hashemi said.

“Under DACs membership global associations can benefit from economies of scale, experience in the association marketplace, flexibility and adaptability, increased buying power and centralised facilities,” he added.

Greta Kotler, Chief Global Development Officer, ASAE, said: “ASAE recently held a successful Global Symposium conference, with the support of the Dubai Association Centre and other ASAE Alliance Partners. At the event, US-based association executives participated in facilitated discussions about some of the best practices in global business development. As the US association sector continues its work in countries around the world, we are pleased to provide this and other learning opportunities. We appreciate the support of the Dubai Association Centre and look forward to future cooperation.”

The Dubai Association Centre, which was formed earlier this year through a Royal decree, is a joint initiative by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DTWC).

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the three organisations, DAC allows a formal environment where international non-profit, professional associations and trade bodies can form a membership-based community or open a regional representative office to conduct business in the UAE and beyond.