The Dubai Association Centre is a gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies.


Why choose Dubai as your
Future Regional Association Hub?

Why Choose Dubai

Dubai has a track-record of successfully hosting world-class business events, thanks in part to the spirit of cooperation which exists between the government, industry and local communities.

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Meet the DAC Founders


Mohammad Ali bin Rashed Lootah
President & CEO,
Dubai Chambers


H.E. Helal Al Marri
Director General,
Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism,
and the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority

Dubai is seeing a surge in demand from international associations that are keen to expand their reach in the Middle East and beyond. Evidence of this trend can be seen in the number of associations licensed by the Dubai Association Centre (DAC), which continues to rise steadily every year.

Since DAC was jointly launched in 2014 by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, and the Dubai World Trade Centre, it has succeeded in consolidating Dubai’s position as a regional centre for associations.

Our Centre is dedicated to supporting and protecting the interests of regional and global associations that operate in Dubai. We are also strongly committed to ensuring that associations in the emirate have all the support they need to setup, thrive and grow, as there is huge potential for associations to make great contributions to the UAE’s economy and vision, especially in the areas of research, education, knowledge sharing and the development of future industries.

Following the success of the first Dubai Association Conference in December 2017, we are capitalising on a growing interest in Dubai among associations by stepping up our efforts to promote DAC on a the regional and international level.
We are also working closely with our licensed associations and strategic partners to build and grow the association community into a regional hub that associations can leverage to expand their global reach.

Our Events

The Dubai Association Center organizes and participates in events globally with the aim of sharing knowledge, building relationships and promoting the Centre to an audience of international associations.

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Community News & Updates

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Virtual, in-person, or hybrid; How to decide what kind of event to hold for your association

When it comes to planning events for your association, several options are available to you. You can hold a virtual, in-person, or hybrid event that combines elements of both. Each type of event has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and the decision will depend on several factors specific to your association. We list […]


Psychological Safety: A Key Ingredient for a Successful Association

Psychological safety is an important element for the success of any association. It is the feeling of being respected and valued in a working environment, and the assurance that it is safe to take risks and express one’s thoughts and ideas without fear of judgment, failure, or retribution. For an association to thrive, it needs […]




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Why Join DAC?

They facilitated us to grow in an exponential way. Our hub in Dubai is the biggest worldwide because of the support we are having with DAC.

Khalid Ismail

Chairman, The Marketing Society Middle East

DAC allows associations to run their business in
a more stress-free 

Senthil Gopinath


They go beyond their call of duty to let associations know what's happening. We always leave enriched when we leave the DAC meetings.

Sanjay Duggal

Vice-President Business Development, Middle East and Africa Franchise Association