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“Dubai is always looking at various ways and means to position itself as a global destination for a variety of sporting events.

    This event will further strengthen the pulling power of Dubai, the UAE and the Gulf region. Dubai has fast become a destination of choice for some of the biggest and most important sporting and tourism events in the world and this summit will further consolidate its position as a sporting capital of the Middle East.” Dr. Ahmed Saad Al Sharif, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council

Hosting events is no longer the preserve of a handful of rich and established host nations and cities. Rights holders have realised the financial and social benefits of taking their events to fast developing economies and other non-traditional sporting centres.

‘Emerging Nations’ have in-turn realised the wide ranging benefits associated with hosting events including their ability to strengthen the economy, drive tourism , regenerate deprived areas and generate high visibility media coverage. But, of course, there are risks associated with moving away from experienced locations.

Presented by Emirates, Host Cities is a two day conference and supporting exhibition in Dubai where bidders and prospective host countries will gather and meet with rights holders to discuss how to bid for and organise events that leave a positive legacy.

The first edition of the summit, which took place at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai from 4-5 December 2012, saw key opinion formers from sporting federations including FIFA, ICC, IRB, NBA and IAAF meet with organising committees from countries such as Qatar, Russia and China to discuss how to host sporting events.

Host Cities 2013 will take place from 4-5 December in Dubai.

You can check out some footage and photo’s from the 2012 Summit below:

“Emirates has been a major supporter of global sports for many years, the breadth of our sports sponsorships spans many disciplines and covers numerous continents. We have long recognised the benefit of investing in sponsorship and have witnessed firsthand the staggering changes that holding a worldwide sporting event can imbue on the host country. In our role as official airline for many worldwide sporting events we have gained an innate understanding of the commitment that it takes to win the rights to host an internationally recognised event and we look forward to imparting this knowledge during Host Cities later this year.” Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman, Emirates Airline and Group

Host Cities 2013 will not only focus on all important sporting events but also on how countries bid for and host major events. With the bidding process for Expo 2020 well under way and the decision due in November this year, the impact of bidding for and organising major events is very timely. Host Cities 2013 will look at the key challenges countries face in bidding for and organising major events and how these can be overcome.

Host Cities 2013 is a two day exclusive conference bringing together past, current and future host cities with the heads of the leading sporting bodies and event rights holders. One conference stream will focus on Sporting Events, whilst the other will examine Major Events. Both conferences will feature panel discussions, keynote speeches, interactive workshops, practical seminars and inspiring presentations from nations that have successfully bid and hosted large scale events. Rights holders will talk about their expectations from bids and events.

 


Sessions will examine the bidding, planning and delivery process and look at the benefits of hosting events as well as how to overcome potential pitfalls and problems.

Attendance to Host Cities gives emerging nations the practical advice needed to understand the bidding process and learn what rights holders are looking for when receiving bids, as well as the knowledge needed to learn how to deliver large scale events that leave a positive legacy. Rights holders (Sporting Federations, Major Events) will in turn learn about the obstacles facing emerging host cities in the bidding and event delivery process. Suppliers, agencies, consultants and other key stakeholders will gain first- hand knowledge about large events due for bids, the nations looking to bid and their requirements.

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