Planning is now underway for the Dubai World Insurance Congress [DWIC] 2021. We are building a ‘Hybrid’ event for the future. A ‘Hybrid’ event that can be delivered despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. A ’Hybrid’ event for the future that is sustainable and has the potential to reach a wider audience across the global [re]insurance market.

DWIC2021 is currently planned for September 2021. The venue will be announced shortly. We will be welcoming attendees to the ’live’ event as well as delegates to participate virtually.

At the heart of DWIC is networking and a recent survey revealed that more than 60% of delegates wanted to meet face to face in 2021. And whilst 30% were undecided, 10% showed a preference to engage in the future event virtually.

How Dubai’s events sector is reimagining the industry after being hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis

Source: Entrepreneur Middle East, October 2020

With Dubai resuming its calendar of conferences, meetings and exhibitions (local meetings restarted on September 15, while international meetings are set to return from October 1, 2020), the city’s event organizers are being urged to closely follow the latest government announcements in order to correctly navigate the do’s and don’ts of hosting events in the safest way possible.

Omar Khan, Director of International Offices, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says that the reopening of Dubai’s meetings and events industry is an important development that will drive business tourism and boost confidence in the Emirate on a global level. “The strategic move comes at the right time, as business gets back on track and companies prepare for a post-COVID-19 recovery,” he explains. “The demand from the corporate side is already there, so it is now up to event organisers to ensure that they are following the strict regulations and preventative measures put in place by authorities. We will soon get a glimpse into what the new normal will look like in terms of physical events, which is expected to incorporate more digital elements and online interaction. In this respect, Dubai has positioned itself as a pioneer as it has successfully leveraged its sophisticated digital infrastructure to shift most of it business activities to online channels, and I am confident that other major business hubs around the world will look to the Emirate’s experience as it strengthens its reputation as a safe destination to host world-class events.”

The world is fighting an ongoing battle with the coronavirus. But the UAE is seemingly at the forefront of tackling the spread of the infection through a unified approach in testing, technology innovation and finance.

In May, the UAE set up a massive coronavirus testing lab to address the need for population-scale detection and diagnosis. It was in the same month it achieved a milestone for carrying out the highest number of coronavirus testing per capita in the world.

The country’s aggressive approach to testing has proved to be an effective strategy in keeping pace with detection of the infection.