Dubai has won the bid to host the 12th World Chambers Congress (WCC) in 2021, which will see the participation of 14,000 chambers of commerce from 100 countries.
The 12th WCC will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and co-organised by Dubai Chamber in cooperation with the ICC World Chambers Federation.
Earlier this year, Dubai Chamber had presented Dubai’s official bid to the judging committee of the World Chambers Congress.
HE Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, expressed his deepest gratitude to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continued support to the Chamber and the business community in Dubai.
His Excellency said that the government’s forward-looking vision and strategy focused on enhancing Dubai’s competitiveness were among the key factors that contributed to the bid win. Attracting major international events like the World Chamber Congress will further strengthen Dubai’s position as a global business hub and attractive investment destination, he added.
“Dubai’s successful bid to host the 12th WCC is a clear indication that the emirate has gained global recognition for its efforts to advance its economy and become a global hub for future industries. As one of the world’s largest membership-based chambers of commerce, Dubai Chamber will work to ensure that Dubai delivers a World Chambers Congress like no other, which showcases the tremendous potential that the emirate offers,” said HE Buamim.
Dubai Chamber’s President and CEO pointed out that the 12th WCC in Dubai will coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai, adding that the Congress will bring together many of the world’s best minds to discuss how youth and technology can go hand in hand to solve global challenges and create a brighter future.
Bearing the slogan ‘Say Yes to the Future’, Dubai bid showcased its various strengths as a city of the future, most notably, its world-class infrastructure, strategic geographic location, status as a top tourism destination, vast experience in hosting major international events and diverse business community.
Other key strengths highlighted in the bid included strong government support for the event, innovation-focused strategies and initiatives and its wide variety of business, cultural and leisure attractions and events.
The World Chambers Congress is the only international forum for chamber leaders and professionals to share best-practices, exchange insights, develop networks, address the latest business issues affecting their communities and learn about new areas of innovation from chambers around the world.
Held every two years in a different region of the world, the Congress provides unparalleled opportunities to connect and strengthen relations with a diverse and international group of individuals. The last WCC was held in Sydney, Australia in 2017, and the next Congress will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2019.