Date

26 - 27 September, 2022

Location

Manarat Al Saadiyat

#inabudhabi

About Abu Dhabi Business Events Week

Abu Dhabi Business Events Week is back! The march continues in 2022 to be a premier platform for the MICE industry in Abu Dhabi and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. Sharing best practices amongst peers, learn and upskill from workshops delivered by professional MICE associations and keynote speakers, network and explore partnerships within the community.

The ADBEW 2022 edition still has its Advisory committee that consists of key MICE stakeholders to contribute their expertise to create a rich content & to pass on the industry growth, market trends and knowledge to the peers.

ADBEW 2021 in numbers

1000

Visitors

34

Speakers

8

Sessions

Past Speakers

Cathy Breden

Executive Vice President &
Chief Operating Officer
IAEE

Naji El Haddad

Regional Director
UFI

Padraic Gilligan

SITE CEO of Marketing, Partner SoolNua

Mubarak Al Shamsi

Director, Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau

H.E Ali Al Shaiba

Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing, Department of Culture and Tourism

Khalid Al Zadjali

Director, Oman Convention Bureau

Mahir Julfar

Executive Vice President, Venue Services Management, Dubai World Trade Centre

Steen Jakobsen

Assistant Vice President, Dubai Business Events

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Key objectives

  • To galvanize the MICE industry towards post pandemic recovery
  • To develop solidarity within the MICE industry
  • To foster collective visioning and strategy-building
  • To educate MICE industry practitioners/contributors – capability development
  • To encourage adoption of new ideas and innovative practices among the industry

Event Schedule

2022 Program Coming Soon...

Registration and lunch

Welcome Address

H.E Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary, Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi

MICE Outlook in the GCC

After months of lockdown, many countries are now seeing a gradual re-opening of its events sector. In this Covid-19 World, MICE events will behave differently to the past. Whilst recovery will differ country by country, we can expect common themes. There will be a higher focus on smaller domestic events with elevated hygiene and social distancing demands and a higher level of virtual or hybrid events. Social distancing, when required, is easier to handle with exhibitions than conferences. This suggests more exhibitions before conferences. Digitisation and flexibility of venues will be highly important. Covid-19 will significantly accelerate digital trends. Venues will be expected to offer the option for virtual and hybrid events with enhanced technology infrastructure and flexible rooms. In this transition phase, some events may go fully virtual while others go hybrid.

Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director, Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau
Mahir Julfar, Executive Vice President, Venue Services Management, Dubai World Trade Centre
Dr. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, General Manger, ASM Global
Khalid Al Zadjali, Director Oman Convention Bureau

Coffee Break & Networking

PCMA General Session: A Trip Through the Client Journey – From First Point of Contact to Successful Event Delivery

Learning objectives:
• Dive into the persona of a corporate and an association client to better understand their objectives
• Understand the client journey of a corporate incentive and an association client
• Document learnings based on trends, characteristics, and journey
• Approach to to Successfully tell the Abu Dhabi Story

Annalisa Ponchia, Director of Innovation & Customer Experience, AIM Group
Sam Johnston, Manager, Convention Bureaux of Ireland

PCMA Town Hall – The Abu Dhabi Community is Invited to Attend and Pose Questions to The Advisors

Coffee Break & Networking

ICCA Congress Opening Ceremony

Transfer to Andaz

Welcome Reception

Networking Coffee and Breakfast

ICCA Congress Hub Opening Session

H.E. Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director Marketing & Tourism Sector, DCT Abu Dhabi
Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director, Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibitions Bureau
Khalid Al Zadjali, Director, Oman Convention Bureau

Education Content: Future of Work

The past one-and-a-half years have transformed and digitised our professional lives like never before. Using the latest research, we will dive into crucial topics in leadership and HR, such as: keeping employees engaged and productive in the remote and hybrid working environment, job security during times of uncertainty, and making meaningful business connections in a digital world.

LIVE Regional Panel in Abu Dhabi – Future of Travel and Tourism

Many are wondering what the future of the tourism and travel industry will look like. Will it be digital of will we return to the traditional meetings? Knowing that the core of meetings is networking and relationship there is need for Face-to-Face meetings to return in its essence or probably stronger to create an everlasting impact. The industry experts from the contributors to the destination tourism will highlight on their new strategies and business formats going forward and stepping into the new era.

H.E. Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi
Anita Mendiratta, Advisor Secretary General, UNWTO
Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO
Steen Jakobsen, Assistant VP, Dubai Business Events
Julien Munoz, SVP Sales EMEA, Radisson Hotel Group
Gerald Lawless, Ambassador, WTTC
Terry Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand & Marketing, Etihad

Break

Education Content: Consumer Choice – The Event Experience

Gain key insights into the key motivations, shifts and trends of purchasing habits and consumer tendencies. Plus, gain insights for adapting your sales and marketing strategies to the tastes of the modern consumer when it comes to event experiences.

LIVE Regional Panel in Abu Dhabi – Consumer Choice – The Event Experience

Gain key insights into the key motivations, shifts and trends of purchasing habits and consumer tendencies. Plus, gain insights for adapting your sales and marketing strategies to the tastes of the modern consumer when it comes to event experiences.

Oisin Commane, Head, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Masdar
Marwa Kaabour, Head of Marketing and Communication, Al Masaood Group

Lunch

Net Zero Carbon event – Environmental Sustainability of the Exhibition Industry

Net Zero Carbon Events is an initiative announced recently aiming to connect the events industry globally to the rapidly growing movement towards net zero by 2050. Hosted by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). ADBEW would be a very good time as in November 2021, world leaders will meet in Glasgow, Scotland at COP26 to present how their countries will achieve the 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 in order to deliver on the Paris Agreement. in addiotn to the Net Seor Carbon initiatives, what are the actions taken regionally .

Kai Hattendorf, CEO, UFI
Derar Almanaseer, Director of Strategy and Excellence, ADNEC
Dr. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, General Manager, Bahrain, ASM Global, Bahrain
Naji al Haddad, Regional Director , UFI

GDS keynote | Award

Break & Networking

Your Future Ready Career

According to the Future of Jobs report from the World Economic Forum, the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow are far different than the ones needed for the jobs of today—and that was before the pandemic, which accelerated great technological revolution. Roles that rely set procedures, routine and repetitive tasks are being replaced by automation, AI and robotics, which is why the future role of the meeting professional absolutely must be a knowledge-based position. In order for meeting professionals to survive the Tech Revolution, we must redefine our roles as business drivers and strategists who contribute to bottom lines by delivering return on investment, experience and objective. But what skills are necessary to excel in as a meeting professional in 2030, and how can you ensure that they are part of your knowledge portfolio?

Q&A Your Future Ready Career

According to the Future of Jobs report from the World Economic Forum, the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow are far different than the ones needed for the jobs of today—and that was before the pandemic, which accelerated great technological revolution. Roles that rely set procedures, routine and repetitive tasks are being replaced by automation, AI and robotics, which is why the future role of the meeting professional absolutely must be a knowledge-based position. In order for meeting professionals to survive the Tech Revolution, we must redefine our roles as business drivers and strategists who contribute to bottom lines by delivering return on investment, experience and objective. But what skills are necessary to excel in as a meeting professional in 2030, and how can you ensure that they are part of your knowledge portfolio?

Future Proofing the Exhibition Industry

Following up on the last 18 months the Exhibitoon industry had to revisit and reinvent itself. What are the fuure trends of the industry and how will it adapt in the fields of digitisation, sustainability, talent development, and the overal exhibtion ecosystem.

Wilbert Heijmans, Group Managing Director, Info Salons
Wouter Molman, Executive Vice President, Informa Markets
Ashley Roberts, General Manager, CONNECT

Break & Networking

LIVE – President’s Choice Keynote

Natalia Bayona, Director of Innovation, Education and Investments, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism , World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Dr. Ninglan Wang, Head, Border Risk Dissemination Management, WHO
Oracio Marquez, Regional Director for External Relations for Latin America and the Caribbean, IATA

Transfer to Qasr al Watn

Theme Dinner – Qasr al Watn

PCMA Government Session

PCMA Ambassador training

SITE What’s all this Fuss about MICE?

IAEE MENA

Marsha Flanagan, VP of Learning Experiences, CEM
Scott Craighead, VP of Exhibitions and Events, EXPO MENA
Basma Hmaidi, Women Leadership

Networking Coffee and Breakfast

Education Content: Organizational Culture

Global crises have always act as a catalyst for global change. We will look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed organizational culture within global organizations and how the pandemic has changed our views on organizational culture, what we have learnt, and which aspects might be kept in the long-term. Finally, we will consider what the future of organizational culture might look like in the coming years.

LIVE Regional Panel in Abu Dhabi – Outlook for the Global recovery in Business Travel based on Oxford Economics’ Latest Forecast

Outlook for the Global recovery in Business Travel

Q&A with Scott Livermore

Education Content: Impact of Technology

Technology has transformed our daily lives and work processes and has had a profound effect on how we conduct events. We know that human connections are a critical component of how we conduct our business and how valuable they are. Finding the right balance in utilizing technology vs human connections is exciting and challenging at the same time. How do we find the right balance for now and in the future?

LIVE Regional Panel in Abu Dhabi – The Human Dimension and the Impact of Technology

Technology has transformed our daily lives and work processes and has had a profound effect on how we conduct events. We know that human connections are a critical component of how we conduct our business and how valuable they are. Finding the right balance in utilizing technology vs human connections is exciting and challenging at the same time. How do we find the right balance for now and in the future?

Dr. Jorge Dias, Professor, Center of Autonomous Robots Systems, Khalifa University
Dr. Asma Deeb, President, Arab Society of Paediatrics & Endocrinology and Diabetes (ASPED)
Hussein Wehbe, Entrepreneur, Former Advisor at the UAE, Prime Minister's Office

Break and Networking

Education Content: Innovation, Agility and Collaboration

Beyond the buzzwords - our only way forward is by being innovative, agile, and collaborative. But, what does that actually look like for your organisation and the meeting and events industry? Find out what it takes to implement truly transformative and creative solutions to drive forward our sector into the future.

LIVE GLOBAL Panel in Abu Dhabi – Future-Proofing Organisations: A Culture of Transformation

Beyond the buzzwords - our only way forward is by being innovative, agile, and collaborative. But, what does that actually look like for your organisation and the meeting and events industry? Find out what it takes to implement truly transformative and creative solutions to drive forward our sector into the future.

Edward Matti, International Keynote Speaker, Managing Partner, CCM Consultancy

Critical Keys and Predictions for Global MICE Business Recovery

Cathy Breden, Chief Operating Officer, IAEE
Jessie States, Vice President, MPI Academy
Padraic Gilligan, SITE CEO of Marketing, Partner SoolNua

Closing Lunch

SITE Interactive Workshop

Intro: The importance of Business events
Step 1: Stand up and Sell: How to maximise your return from IMEX or IBTMWorld or any Trade Show
Step 2: How to organise a world beating Fam Trip
Step 3: How to do a killer RFP
Step 4: How to conduct a SITE Inspection (and leave no doubt in the buyers mind that you should be awarded the business!)

SITE Abu Dhabi Pitch Fest

Designed by Patrick Delaney, CMP, CMM, DMCP, CIS, CITP | Padraic Gilligan, CIS, CITP, DMCP

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    Regional Director ME
    ICCA
    Besma Hmaidi
    Marketing Consultant & CEO,
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    Tunisia
    Cathy Breden
    Executive Vice President &
    Chief Operating Officer
    IAEE
    Kevin Edmunds
    Vice President, Meetings & Incentive Sales
    AIC Hotel Group
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    Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hwy
    Al Saadiyat Island
    Cultural District
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

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