Dubai Association Centre (DAC), which saw a boost in membership in 2016’s first quarter, recently said its total number of issued licenses now stands at 23, representing a 44 percent increase within three months.
Altogether, seven new organizations gained access to the association, including Young President Organisation, Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council, Middle East Facility Management Association, the British Institute of Facilities Management, the Society of the Golden Keys, the Building Industry Consulting Service International and the Marketing Society.
Existing members range from scientific organizations and natural resource distributors to advertising and other councils.
“In Dubai’s transformation into a knowledge economy, the presence of international associations play an important role,” Dubai Business Events Director Steen Jakobsen said. “Associations drive education, training and research, and they offer a platform for experts and scientists to network and exchange knowledge."
Dubai Chamber Senior Vice President of Commercial Services Atiq Juma Nasib commended DAC for strengthening Dubai as a focal point for professional associations, noting that the emirate’s geographical location and advanced infrastructure not only offer the right foundation for continued growth, but also aligns with Dubai’s Strategic Plan 2021.
“It is encouraging to see a steady growth in the number of professional associations setting up base in Dubai,” Ahmed Alkhaja, senior vice president for venues at the Dubai World Trade Centre, said. “The emirate’s strategic location makes it an ideal hub for associations to connect with fast growing markets in this region.”
DAC provides a space for global nonprofits, scientific and business groups to network within the UAE and the entire Middle East.