Al Banna joins key board
Dubai, December 6, 2007
Dr Ahmed Al Banna has been elected to the board of the Arab Union for International Exhibitions & Conferences and appointed as the assistant secretary general (communications).
The tenure of his appointment is for a period of two years.
The announcement was made at the 8th Annual General Meeting of the Union held at Syria, Damascus recently.
Speaking on his appointment Dr Ahmed Al Banna said: “I am thankful to the board for having reposed its trust in me. I am privileged to be inducted again to the board and be appointed as the assistant secretary general (Communications). We stand to benefit from our collective experiences and can leverage our strengths for our common interest to promoting the region through hosting global conferences and exhibitions. The buoyancy in the region’s sector of global conferences and exhibitions has enhanced our international standing and image among the visiting delegations.”
He added, “The United Arab Emirates is committed to offering and facilitating the exchange of its domain expertise among members. The city of Dubai has a proven track record and demonstrated its capabilities in hosting such global event for which it has been lauded.
Formed in 1995, the Arab Union for International Exhibitions & Conferences works within the United Arab Economy Council under the umbrella of the Arab League. The Union is a member of the UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. It is currently chaired by Sheikh Jabir Bin Yousef Al-Thani of Qatar and the first and second deputies are Sheikh Abdullah bin Mahfouz of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed Imad Al Zoubi from Syria respectively.
The Union aims to regulate the sector and encourage the cooperation among its members. The Union, which liaises with the UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry also works to facilitate the exchange of expertise among the members.
The membership of the Union is open to all entities that are related to and organize exhibitions and congresses. They may include organisations, corporations, authorities, city councils, service, product and equipment providers. —TradeArabia News Service