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November 11, 2009

Dubai wins bid for lawyers conference

The International Bar Association (IBA) will host its 2011 annual conference in Dubai – the first time in the IBA's history that the event will be held in the Middle East.

The IBA's Annual Conference is the largest international gathering of lawyers and bar associations in the world, attracting around 4,000 of the world’s top lawyers to the week long event, which features over 150 sessions covering a wide range of legal issues.

The conference is scheduled to take place from October 30 to November 4, 2011 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“The fact that Dubai has attracted such an influential and prestigious entity to its shores not only underlines its capabilities as a world-class destination for business networking but also illustrates Dubai International Financial Centre’s advanced regulatory and legal structure. The Dubai World Trade Centre’s strategy over the years has been to develop enabling infrastructure and facilities to attract major international events to the region and to support the needs of the Middle East's meetings and events sector. The IBA's decision to host their annual conference with the Dubai World Trade Centre is testament to the confidence major international entities have in Dubai and the world-class facilities it provides,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre.

The International Bar Association, established in 1947, is the world's leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Its membership includes over 30,000 lawyers and nearly 200 bar associations and law societies spanning every continent.


Mark S Ellis, executive director, International Bar Association (IBA), who participated for five years in the efforts to bring the IBA Conference to Dubai, said: “As the centre of a region that is rising in global economic influence, Dubai was the right choice for the IBA's 2011 Annual Conference, held for the first time in the Middle East. Dubai's global outlook and business dynamism makes it an ideal setting for the IBA to continue its expansion of activities in the region.”

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