Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council
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Dubai Association Centre

The Dubai Association Centre (DAC) is a one-stop-shop and gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies, offering an ideal setting for global associations to expand within industries across the Middle East and beyond.


We are a government initiated entity, established by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai Business Events (part of the Department for Tourism and Commerce Marketing) and the Dubai World Trade Centre to offer assistance for the establishment of non-profit, apolitical and nonreligious professional associations and trade bodies in the Emirate of Dubai.


Over the past two decades, Dubai has become the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia headquarters for many multinational organisations, and consequently a growing number of international associations have come together in the Emirate to meet, exchange knowledge and network.


DAC offers a formal environment for associations to establish in Dubai allowing practitioners within a common industry or profession who are registered in the Emirate to form a member-based association. Furthermore, DAC provides the framework for international associations to open a regional representative office in Dubai in order to conduct business in the UAE and beyond.


As a result, associations are now able to benefit from economies of scale, experience in the association marketplace, flexibility and adaptability, buying power and centralised facilities of the Dubai Association Centre.




About the Conference

During the past few years, the UAE and the wider Middle East Region has seen a surge in the demand for association engagement. Associations across disciplines from technology and healthcare to education and finance are increasingly pursuing opportunities in the region to further develop their activities, share best practices and develop membership.


Associations are community builders who focus on social integration, supporting economies, strengthening sectors and developing professions, and the Dubai Association Centre (DAC) recognizes the importance of raising awareness of the great work done by associations today.


The conference is a platform to gain insights from international and regional experts on the latest trends in areas such as membership, online communities, restructuring education, volunteerism, governance etc. and to network with likeminded professionals.


The objective of Dubai Association Conference is to become a platform for dialogue and education for associations interested in exploring opportunities in the Middle East Region and to ultimately contribute to building an association community that drives the knowledge economy in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Arabian.