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SEP/OCT 2011 THE LEADING PUBLICATION FOR MIDDLE EAST MEETING, INCENTIVE & EVENT PLANNERS SEP/OCT 2011 — WWW.MEETMIDDLEEAST.COM NEWS


04 Regional news from the Middle East 10 News from around the globe REVIEW / PREVIEW


14 Americas Event A ‘Game Changer’ The inaugural AIBTM event, held in Baltimore in June, has been hailed a resounding success


A CAPITAL GAINS


21 China Bound CIBTM highlighted the incredible scale of opportunities in China


BU DHABI’S INFRASTRUCTURE EXPLOSION


24 IMEX Goes Stateside Las Vegas will be the venue of Ray Bloom's gamble on IMEX America


28 More Business In Barcelona Exhibition director Graeme Barnett shares his outlook for EIBTM


FEATURES


16 Meet The Giant Taking a new perspective on China


30 Breaking With Convention Meetme provides some inspiration with unique and unusual venues


38 It’s Boom Time With a staggering number of projects coming to fruition in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital offers even greater opportunities for the meetings industry


44 Capital Gains With new luxury hotels and world-class sporting events, Abu Dhabi is on target to attract two million visitors this year.


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50 Talking Technology The Active Network’s iPad solutions took delegates to the next level at GCF 2011


56 My Pitch Melanie Haack of the new Rocco Forte Abu Dhabi


58 Centre Of Attention The state-of-the-art Qatar National Convention Centre is about to open its doors


62 Malaysia Looks To The Middle East Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is enjoying a buoyant year, boosted by hosting Islamic events


COMMENT


36 Peter Payet An insight into the business development strategy of Arabian Adventures and Congress Solutions International


46 Paul Kennedy The meetings industry maestro talks about his new consultancy venture


48 Meet… The Buyer Gration D’Mello, events manager at SAP Middle East & North Africa, shares insight into his industry and role


MEET…


64 Shareef Elias Kharouba Director of sales and marketing at the Erbil Rotana in Iraq


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