The recently voted Board of Directors for the International Special Events Society (ISES) Middle East Chapter announced that formalities were complete with governmental departments and new members were being invited to sign-up.
“It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally through all the formalities,” said Adrian Bell, president of the Middle East Chapter. “We’ve been keen from the start to properly incorporate a business group and this can take time. A properly registered business group gives members assurance that the Middle East Chapter is run transparently, professionally and recognized by the government as an official body representing the event industry.”
ISES is comprised of over 7,200 professionals in over 40 countries and is dedicated to the education, advancement and promotion of the events and related industries. Members range from event planners and producers through to exhibition organizers, music and festival promoters, production houses, venues, suppliers, educators, government bodies and marketing and media agencies.
“With the growth of the Middle East Event Industry and recent economic conditions, now more so than ever, there is a need for an industry collaboration to share information and synergize resources throughout the region,” said Katie Veira, deputy president of ISES Middle East. “I’m personally really excited about this initiative and relish the challenges ahead.”
As the ISES Middle East Chapter develops, networking opportunities and resources will prove vital to personal growth and company expansion. ISES Middle East aims to provide an effective platform through a series of social networking events, communication forums and inspirational educational programs.
“The excitement is building already as we’re getting lots of support and interest from the industry,” said Sam Katiela, VP of programs, ISES Middle East. “In fact, we can confirm that Jumeirah Group have already jumped on board as our official Venue and Hospitality Partner and SourceME are our official media partner too.”
ISES Middle East is being developed by the industry for the industry and is planning a series of initial sessions where members will be invited to offer their suggestions for specific events and networking opportunities they would like to see developed, and topics they would like to learn more about.