Membership for the Dubai Association Centre

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Dubai issues licenses to 23 global associations

In the first quarter of 2016, the Dubai Association Centre (DAC) has seen a rise in its membership by 44 per cent which means that their total membership has increased from 16 to 23.

The recent joining of seven new associations reflects on the Centre’s attractiveness to professional associations. The new entrants include Young President Organisation, Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council (Menalac), Middle East Facility Management Association (Mefma), The British Institute of Facilities Management, The Society of the Golden Keys, The Building Industry Consulting Service International and The Marketing Society.

DAC is also seeking to attract more international associations to set up their base in Dubai by enhancing the investment environment and infrastructural facilities of the emirate to solidify its position as a financial and economic hub.

Due to the emirate’s simple access to the provincial markets and profoundly developed infrastructural and logistics offices including world-class airplane terminals linking Southeast Asia and Africa gives a perfect stage for professional associations to strengthen their economic activities in the region.

DAC’s strategy is also complementary to the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021 in terms of adding value to the business environment of Dubai and contributes to the sustainable development process of the UAE.

According to Jamal Lootah, CEO, Middle East Facility Management Association (Mefma), being a member of DAC enables associations to benefit from the exemplary developments that are taking place in Dubai and GCC region. This additionally helps upgrade the organization’s attention in making a learning stage for experts in the field and in addition making a supportable facility management industry that will have positive effect on the provincial economy in the long haul.

Ahmad Hussain Bin Essa, the Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council (Menalac) Has chosen Dubai due to it being one of the fastest growing cities in the region within the entertainment and tourism industries with many new projects under production that are to be introduced. DAC has played a pivotal role in setting up Menalac in Dubai as it provided the licensing to the council and helping introduced the council to the market. DAC also motivates global associations to discover the other benefits that the emirate has to offer. Some of these include economies of scale, experience in the association marketplace, flexibility and adaptability, and buying power.

International Advertising Association (IAA) – UAE Chapter is the very first non-profit organization to register with DAC and it has now become one of the largest Chapters headquartered out of Dubai demonstrating the dynamic evolution of UAE’s marketing and communications industry.

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) will help create competitive advantages and numerous business opportunities through its mission to be global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings. Its presence will have an increase impact on the contribution towards the meetings industry and development of the association segment in the Middle East region.

According to Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events, the increase in membership of international associations helps facilitate Dubai’s transformation into a knowledge economy. These associations conduct practices that motivate education, training and research, and they offer a platform for experts and scientists to network and exchange knowledge.


The long list of associations that were licensed before the new entrants include:

  1. Arab Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (Asped)
  2. Gulf Heart Association
  3. UITP – Advanced Public Transport
  4. The Institution of Fire Engineers Gulf Cooperation Council (GSMA)
  5. Middle East Gas Association (Mega)
  6. The World Free Zones Organisation
  7. International Advertising Association (IAA).
  8. The Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter of the International Association of Drilling Contractors
  9. Middle East & North Africa Franchise Association
  10. International Institute of Business Analysis
  11. International Inter-professional Wound Care Group
  12. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
  13. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
  14. The Gulf Chapter of the American Association of Clinical (AACE)
  15. The Pan Arab Interventional Radiology Society (Pairs)

Apart from the initial attraction of Dubai being a well-developed city at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, it also offers associations other various advantages. It provides office accommodation to these associations in Sheikh Rashid Tower where they are able to easily access various networking facilities of the World Trade Club as they are located the region’s leading events and exhibition venue, the Dubai World Trade Centre.

At DAC, international professional, scientific and non-profit associations have the opportunity to form a membership-based community and open an office where they can operate their business in the UAE and other Mena regions.

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