Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational TEDx speaker who spoke at the 18th annual GCC eGovernment and eServices Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in May 2012. He spoke about the opportunity for governments to leverage social media to accelerate adoption of e-Government services within their respective countries. He was invited back to Dubai by Techmahindra, an India-based IT company, to speak about “The Future of IT” at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in January 2013 and came back a third time in February 2014 to speak for BMC Software at the Marriott Al Jaddaf. Patrick is a leading authority on global business trends including ‘big data’, shifting demographics and the social media revolution. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. So if you’re planning a business convention in the iconic Burj Al Arab 7-star hotel, the Dubai International Financial Centre, the Almas Conference Centre in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers, the Burj Khalifa on Amaar Boulevard or the Jumeirah Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.
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Dubai has many conference facilities, including:
- Dubai World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road
- Informa Middle East on Shaikh Zayed Road
- Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University on Academic City
- International Conferences & Exhibitions Limited on Oud Metha Road
- Zayed University and Convention Centre on Academic City
- Other meeting spaces in Sharjah, Al Awir and Ghantoot
General Information about Dubai, UAE, for Meeting Planners
The city of Dubai is located on the northern coastline of Dubai, an Emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Since oil was discovered there in 1966, Dubai has become a global city and business hub, and has attracted international attention with a number of massive construction projects including the incredible 160-story Burj Khalifa. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai is located in the south eastern part of the Persian Gulf. As of 2009, it had a recorded population of over 1.7 million people, making it the largest city of UAE. As a business center and a global city, it is a popular destination for major international sports and business events. In particular, Dubai hosted the 2012 IECEx International and will host the International Destination Expo in 2013. Dubai also hosts many multinational companies which include Bank of America, Citibank, AXA Insurance, and L’Oreal, all of which have regional headquarters located there. Business travelers will find numerous convention venues in Dubai including Magnum Events and other luxury hotels offering conference facilities such as Dusit Thani and Shangri-La Dubai and the Ritz Carlton Dubai.
2014 Business Conventions in Dubai, UAE
Dubai will play host to hundreds of business conferences in 2014. The Cities and Villages Economic Development Strategy Conference, organized by the Datamatix Group will take place in June. The International Conference on Information Management and Industrial Engineering, organized by the Science and Engineering Institute will be held at the Flora Grand Hotel in August. The International Symposium on Electronic Art, organized by ISEA International will be held in October. The World Low Cost Airlines Mena, hosted by the Terrapinn Middle East Fz Llc will also be held in October at The Address Dubai Marina.
2013 Business Conferences in Dubai, UAE
The city of Dubai will host numerous meetings and gatherings next year. During 2013, Michigan State University in Dubai will host the Dubai International Conference in Higher Education: Succeeding in the Pursuit of Quality in January at the Conference Centre, Knowledge Village Dubai. Additionally, the 6th International Business and Social Science Research Conference themed “Strands of Development” will take place in January at the Novotel Hotel, World Trade Centre in Dubai. More so, the 3rd International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications will be held at Islamic Azad in February, whereas the 17th edition of the UAE International Dental Conference & Arab Dental Exhibition – AEEDC Dubai 2013 will be held at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in February.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Dubai
Dubai Toastmasters clubs are a great place for UAE aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Emirates Toastmasters Club meets at Emarat Atrium Building on Sheikh Zayed Road (Wednesday at 7:15 PM), Blue Ocean Academy Toastmasters meets at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street (Wednesday at 7:15 PM), Kanoo Toastmasters Club meets at Hamed Ali Kanoo Training Hall on Khalid Bin Walid Road (Sunday at 7:15 PM) and Dubai Internet City Toastmasters Club meets at Building 3, Thuraya Hall on Al Farqad Street (Wednesday at 6:00 PM).
Dubai Food Choices for Convention Attendees
While attending a business conference in Dubai, UAE, a few local restaurants that you should try include Karachi Darbar, Afghan Kebab House, Karam Beirut, and Kan Zaman. Karachi Darbar (Phone: 04-334-7272) at the Karama Shopping Center is an expat favorite because of the variety of Pakistani, Chinese, and Indian dishes. Eating foot-long skewers of lamb, beef, and chicken with bare hands is a common scene at Afghan Kebab House (Phone: 04-222-3292) located behind Naif Mosque after Deira Street. Karam Beirut (Phone: 04-341-2202) inside the Mall of the Emirates has an extensive Lebanese menu: six types of raw lamb, pistachio-flavored kebabs, and lamb’s brain. Experience Dubai culture at Kan Zaman (Phone: 04-393-9913) in the Shindagha Heritage Area near the Heritage Village and partake on the local mezzes and grills.
Dubai Attractions for Conference Delegates
After your business conference in Dubai, UAE, don’t forget to visit some of the major tourist attractions. Find yourself at Umm Suquiem Road Boulevard to visit Dubai Autodrome. It’s Dubai’s first formula 1 track and best place to watch formula one cars racing with each other. Next stop should be the Burj Towers located. This place is a commercial hub and offers you shopping as well as lodging experience, since it has some great malls and quality hotels. Four kilometers off the Dubai coast is world’s first man made island named as The World Islands in Dubai. This is undoubtedly one of the most impressive man-made architectural wonders around the globe. It is a group of 300 islands. And finally, the Burj Khalifa located by Emaar Boulevard is the tallest building in the world, standing an incredible 826 meters high. Burj Khalifa offers you the world’s tallest restaurant as well.