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.