DAC Registered Associations

ASPED The Arab Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and diabetes is a non-profit organization. Its aim is to ensure a high standard of care and development in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology and diabetes in the Arab region extending from the Gulf through the Northern African countries. The main pillars of its mission are: Care of […]


The Arab Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and diabetes is a non-profit organization. Its aim is to ensure a high standard of care and development in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology and diabetes in the Arab region extending from the Gulf through the Northern African countries. The main pillars of its mission are:

  1. Care of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders and diabetes by bringing together professionals in this field from the Gulf and North Africa.
  2. Be a body for governing the training of doctors in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology and diabetes through support of the existing fellowship programs and creating others. Other educational programs will be arranged to offer the most updated knowledge and experience to trainees in Paediatric Endocrinology.
  3. Actively support training and education of specialist nurses, diabetes educators, dieticians and other allied healthcare professionals in the field of Endocrinology and Diabetes.
  4. Promoting research and training in the field. One key issue to be encouraged is to establish collaboration with international organisation and centres of Excellence around the world. Considering the unique set up of the population and the genetic characters in this geographical area, research will help uncover specific disease mechanism relevant to this area and to come up with new innovations for treatment.
  5. Advancing education in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes for patients and their parents by enhancing group education and creation of parents/children support groups.
  6. Generating evidence-based guidelines that will lead to a consistent management of endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus throughout the area.
  7. Unifying protocols throughout Endocrine centers to ensure updated practice and creating tools for research.

Website: www.aspedconference.com


BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ICT industry. BICSI serves nearly 23,000 ICT professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ICT professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.

Website: www.bicsi.org


The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional body for facilities management (FM). Founded in 1993, we promote excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Supporting and representing over 17,000 members around the world, both individual FM professionals and organisations, and thousands more through qualifications and training.

We promote and embed professional standards in facilities management. Committed to advancing the facilities management profession we provide a suite of membership, qualifications, training and networking services designed to support facilities management practitioners in performing to the best of their ability.

Facilities management professionals are responsible for services that enable and support business. Roles cover management of a wide range of areas including: health and safety, risk management, business continuity, procurement, sustainability, space planning, energy, property and asset management. They are typically responsible for activities such as catering, cleaning, building maintenance, environmental services, security and reception.

Website: www.bifm.org.uk/bifm/home


The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) received its Royal Charter in 1976. It is the professional body that exists to: ‘Support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, by providing our members and the public with first class information and education services and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides our work’.

CIBSE promotes the career of building services engineers by accrediting courses of study in further and higher education, by approving work based training programmes and providing routes to full professional Registration and Membership, including Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technician. Once qualified, CIBSE offers a range of services, all focused on maintaining and enhancing professional excellence.

CIBSE has more than 21,000 members worldwide with over 300 of these members based in the UAE. The Institution is organised on a regional basis – there are 16 regions in the UK and 4 overseas, in the Republic of Ireland, Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the UAE.
CIBSE’s presence in the UAE is driven by a committee of volunteer members who coordinate activities and events. The committee meet on a monthly basis to formulate and deliver a programme of networking events, conferences, training and social events.

The establishment of an official region in the UAE presents CIBSE with a lot of opportunity in terms of membership, sharing and delivering knowledge via events as well as development of country specific guides and Technical Memorandum.

Website: www.cibse.org

CoreNet Global

CoreNet Global is a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), representing almost 10,000 executives in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations. The organization’s mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, designations and networking in 47 local chapters globally.

What is Corporate Real Estate?
Corporate real estate is the real property used by a company for its own operational purposes. It provides corporations with a productive environment to house employees, manufacture and distribute products and provide services to the market. Corporate real estate touches all classes of property, land and buildings such as office facilities, data centers, manufacturing facilities, logistic centers, corporate headquarters, distribution facilities, retail stores and hotels.

Mission Statement

  • CoreNet Global’s mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, and chapters and networking groups
  • CoreNet Global aims to broaden its network, raise the profile of corporate real estate, serve as the profession’s voice and thought leader and champion the profession’s development and maturity

Worldwide, companies and individuals consider CoreNet Global indispensable to the successful practice of corporate real estate.


The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences. For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

Website: www.gsma.com

Gulf Heart Association

Website: www.gulfheart.org

HFES GCC Chapter

As the region is home to individuals from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds that are interacting with each other and a host of complex systems and technologies, the GCC represents vast opportunities to employ the principles of Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) in all sectors of society.

HFE helps to design more effective systems and create a safer and healthier working environment such as in aviation, healthcare, surface transportation, military, and oil & gas/nuclear sectors. Equally its applications improves information communication technologies (ICT), cybersecurity, manufacturing, environmental and product design. In all sectors, HFE promotes innovations and advise policy makers to reduce human error and guide the process of designing intuitive systems that reduce accidents and improve safety and overall performance.

Website: www.hfesgcc.com

Institution of Fire Engineers

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) is a registered charity working for societal benefit. A newly formed branch covering the GCC/UAE is based at the Dubai Association Centre. Founded in 1918, the IFE assesses knowledge of fire and professional experience, awarding internationally recognised membership grades and fire-related qualifications. Through its Engineering Council licence as a Professional Engineering Institution (PEI), the IFE registers suitably qualified IFE members as Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (Eng Tech). Learning opportunities are worldwide within the IFE fire community and the IFE delivers over 7,300 fire-related exams each year which are required by many Fire and Rescue Services for promotion both within the UK and internationally. With more than 11,000 members and 43 branches worldwide the GCC UAE IFE Branch is the delighted to be established in the Dubai Association Centre.

The mission statement of the GCC UAE Branch is: To promote, encourage and improve the science, practice and knowledge of Fire Extinction, Fire Prevention, and Fire Engineering as well as providing a platform for the sharing of ideas within the membership of the IFE and the community at large.

Website: www.ife.org.uk

Les Clefs d’Or® – Your Key to Everything™

Les Clefs d’Or (translated as The Golden Keys) is a professional association of hotel concierges, with approximately 4000 members working in over 80 countries and 530 destinations, in literally every corner of the world. Easily identified by the golden crossed keys on their lapels, these members are an elite fraternity, globally connected, committed to professional development, and driven to setting new standards for guest service perfection.

With roots dating back to 1929, Les Clefs d’Or was officially founded in France in 1952, as a not-for-profit organisation based on two pillars: Service and Friendship. Before earning the right to wear the golden keys, those who aspire to become a member must have several years of experience as a hotel concierge, pass comprehensive testing and prove beyond doubt, their ability to deliver highest quality of service.

Serving more than 100 million guests every year, Les Clefs d’Or members fulfil an infinite variety of requests from the everyday to the extraordinary. As lifelong professional hotel concierges, their experience, knowledge and professional relationships make them the most reliable local experts and Ambassadors of their chosen destinations.

With every member having access to the Les Clefs d’Or global network, often meeting face-to-face at one of their annual International Congresses, there is nowhere they cannot reach or guest request they cannot deliver. No one knows the world like Les Clefs d’Or. From Berlin to New York City, Paris to Tokyo, and everywhere in between, Les Clefs d’Or concierges strive to provide nothing short of inspired service.

For further information about Les Clefs d’Or, please visit www.lesclefsdor.org or contact James Ridenour, General Secretary, at conciergeclefsdor@jamesridenour.com.

Website: www.lesclefsdoruae.com

MEFMA (Middle East Facilities Management Association)

MEFMA is a non-profit professional organization, which aims at unifying the facility management industry in the Middle East by conducting research, providing educational programs and assisting corporate organizations in creating sustainable facility management strategies. The association provides a standardized framework for facility management professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders and building owners / occupiers across the Middle East. Networking, education, knowledge sharing, thought leadership, legislative governance and B2B events are all significant components of strategic FM to be promoted, supported and implemented by MEFMA and its Members.

‘Together We Can – Build a Sustainable Middle East’

Website: www.mefma.org


MEGA is registered as a non-profit association based in Dubai, UAE. It aims to foster the exchange of technical information among its members in the safe handling and use of industrial, specialty, medical and food gases. Furthermore to have close liaison with national authorities, in order to work towards the highest level of safety and environmental care across the Middle East region.

MEGA is technical and safety oriented and brings together the globally and locally operating companies in the Middle East region with the objective to raise the standard of safety, occupational health and environmental care across this region in the use and handling of industrial gases.

The Middle East Gases Association (MEGA) was established in 2010 by the leading industrial gases companies operating in the Middle East region.

MEGA works in co-operation – based on mutual memberships – with the other regional associations, namely, AIGA (Far East), CGA (U.S), EIGA (Europe), ANZIGA (Australia New Zealand), SACGA(Southern Africa) and ISO(Global). It participates in the harmonization of standards across the gas industry on a global level via the other regional gases associations.

Website: www.megases.org


The Middle East & North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees, and service providers. As the only regional industry association serving the $30 billion franchise sector growing at a rate of 27% annually in the MENA region, MENAFA is a one-stop shop for anyone considering new business opportunities in the franchise sector. We widely represent those concerned with promoting high-quality franchising both in the MENA region and around the world.

At MENAFA we commit ourselves to a state-of-the-art promotion of the franchising industry as a tool for economic & human development throughout the MENA region.

MENAFA focuses on the key benefits to the franchising industry in the region, as well as promoting growth and expansion regionally and globally through our wide and comprehensive networking opportunities.

Website: www.menafa.com


Pan Arab Interventional Radiology Society (PAIRS)

The Pan Arab Interventional Radiology Society (PAIRS) was established in 2006, based in Beirut and aims to spread the knowledge about interventional radiology in the Arab world and region.
Interventional radiology is one of the most dynamic medical fields today. It is the true merge between medicine and high technology. Interventional radiologists are medical specialists with an in-depth training and foundation in diagnostic radiology including radiation safety, radiation physics, the biological effects of radiation and injury prevention.

Interventional radiologists are the pioneers in performing minimally invasive procedures replacing traditional surgery and providing new modes of treatments for multiple health conditions utilizing imaging guidance, yet maintaining the standards for safety and quality. PAIRS aim to educate patients and other medical professionals in our region about interventional radiology and new high tech, cutting edge alternatives to patients.

PAIRS also aims also to educate interventional radiologists about update in the specialty through multiple educational activities in addition to its annual scientific meeting.

Website: www.PAIRSweb.org

The Gulf Chapter of The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

International AACE Chapters enhance the mission of AACE by improving the ability of clinical endocrinologists worldwide to provide the highest quality of patient care and in fostering educational programs that allow for a closer relationship among the members and potential members. International chapters also expand the market for AACE programs and services to help increase the visibility of AACE as an advocate for patient care issues in endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and nutrition. Supporting the development of International AACE Chapters, in accordance with proper guidelines governed by the AACE Board of Directors and the Chapters Committee, is an extension of AACE’s vision to be recognized worldwide for its clinical leadership.

Website: www.aacegulf.org

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

ICCA is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.

ICCA represents the main specialists in organising, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,000 member companies and organisations in over 90 countries worldwide. ICCA specialises in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

Vision: Shaping the future and value of international association meetings
Mission: To be the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, creating competitive advantage and business opportunities and successful outcomes for association meetings.

ICCA now is one of the most prominent organisations in the world of international meetings. It is the only association that comprises a membership representing the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events. With its new strategic plan, launched in 2015, ICCA aims to get closer to association meeting planners and make them truly part of the ICCA community.

ICCA’s Head office is based in the Netherlands. ICCA’s Regional Offices are based in Malaysia, South Africa, U.A.E., U.S.A. and Uruguay.

Website: www.iccaworld.org

The Middle East Investor Relations Association

The Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the Investor Relations (IR) profession and industry standards in corporate governance. The mission of MEIRA is to enhance the reputation, efficiency and attractiveness of the Middle East capital markets.

This involves a commitment to fostering increased dialogue among its members and to encourage them to share and adopt best practice techniques within the field of IR. In partnership with stock exchanges, regulators and other market participants, MEIRA supports companies through its professional development and certification programs as well as its membership community and network of country chapters.

Website: www.meira.me

The World Free Zones Organization

The World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) is a not-for-profit entity operating as an association for all free zones around the world. Established in Geneva, Switzerland and headquartered in the Dubai Airport Free Zone in United Arab Emirates, World FZO provides global leadership in terms of knowledge of free zones, works to enhance public and general knowledge and perceptions of free zones, provides a multitude of services (such as research, events and data) for its members and the business community. It also helps increase awareness of the advantages of free zones in terms of economic and social development, foreign and direct investment.

Website: www.worldfzo.org


UITP (International Association of Public Transport) is a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility and is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. We have 1,300 member companies giving access to over 14,000 contacts from 92 countries. Our members are public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, research institutes and the public transport supply and service industry.

UITP recognised the importance of having a permanent office in the MENA region according to the globalisation plan of the association. The MENA Division was then formed in June 2005 under the leadership of Mr. Abdulaziz Malik, CEO RTA as Chairman of the first MENA Executive Committee.

Website: www.mena.uitp.org

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