Dubai, September, 2019: Since 2009, the WOW Awards have been the epitome of celebrating excellence in the larger event industry. With International LIVE Events Association (ILEA – Middle-East Chapter) as a strategic partner, the legacy of WOW had expanded with a dedicated edition for the Middle-East’s event industry hosted in the eventful city Dubai.

As its customary and as part of the ceremony, beyond the competitive awards, the institution of WOW presented ‘special acknowledgments’ to select entities that had made an outstanding contribution to the Event industry of the region. In keeping with this tradition and in partnership with ILEA, The WOW Visionary Special Honour was presented to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, in acknowledgement of its achievements in building one of the World’s most successful event economies in Dubai. The award was presented by Khalid Al Hammadi, CEO-Event Services, Dubai World Trade Center and Paul Berger, President, ILEA – ME to Ahmed AlKhaja, CEO, Dubai Festival and Retail Establishments, Dubai Tourism and Abdallah AlAmeeri, Senior Manager, Dubai Festival and Retail Establishments, Dubai Tourism and Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President, Dubai Business Events and City. Dubai has played a benchmarking role in this region as the most attractive tourist destination, primarily due to the draw of very successful and engaging cultural and recreational events and festivals, in addition to its incomparable facilities and features to host global events.

Iconic festivals like the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Food Festival, Dubai World Cup, Dubai Jazz Festival, Art Dubai, Dubai Design Week and Dubai Rugby Sevens are just a few examples of how the destination has ensured every interest is catered to and presented in the most exciting formats, leaving visitors spoilt for choice and ensuring steady and successful tourism into this mega-city. This effort is only more validated with Dubai being the host destination for the World Expo in 2020.

A second Special Honour, titled WOW Milestone, was presented to the Coca Cola Arena.

The WOW Awards ME 2019 ceremony and gala, was held on September 25 at the Palazzo Versace Hotel, Dubai. For any further queries:

About WOW Awards Middle East: Asia’s Largest Business and Recognition Platform For the Experiential Marketing, MICE, LIVE Entertainment and Wedding industry, comes to the Middle East. Scheduled for 25th September 2019 at the Palazzo Versace Dubai, WOW Awards Middle East will bring together the Experiential industry of the region in a celebration like never before!

About DTCM: The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for tourism in Dubai. We plan, supervise and develop the marketing of Dubai as a leading tourist destination. We also market and promote the emirate’s commerce sector and are responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services such as hotels, tour operators, travel agents, and other tourism services.

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Karishma Hundalani
Head – Brand & Content
M. (UAE) +971 559223365