Dubai is gearing up to host delegates from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) at the 2018 Institute of Internal Auditors International Conference, scheduled to take place in Dubai next year. Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, collaborated with Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and the UAE Internal Auditors Association (IAA) to successfully bid for the event.

Dubai IIA Conference

With the 2017 International Conference concluding in Sydney, Australia, Dubai is accelerating preparations to host the 2018 conference, which is expected to attract approximately 3,500 delegates from 110 countries. The conference will take place at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, part of the Dubai World Trade Centre complex, from 6th – 9th May 2018.

Themed ‘Connecting the World Through Innovation’, the 2018 IIA International Conference in Dubai will lay emphasis on innovation, and tackle current technology issues that affect the internal audit profession. The event will offer a unique platform for members from around the world to connect with thought leaders and discover insights on matters pertaining to the profession. The customisable agenda will feature a variety of educational sessions for varying levels – from CAEs and heads of internal audit, to directors, managers and audit staff.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Professional associations play a significant role in the growth of specific industries and make an important contribution towards knowledge-sharing and industry progression around the globe. As we work to strengthen Dubai’s reputation as an ideal destination to host business events, and most importantly, a global knowledge hub, business events such as the IIA International Conference further fuel our journey towards achieving our goal.”

Matar Al Mansoori, UAE Counsellor to Australia, said: “International conferences play a crucial role in promoting the UAE to a global audience and attracting business interest in a broad range of sectors. As our economy diversifies and grows, events such as the IIA International Conference 2018 will continue put the spotlight on our competitive business environment and the opportunities in the UAE.

“The UAE’s representation here in Sydney and the official handover of this event to Dubai is another example of the strong and fruitful relationships we have internationally.”

The IIA is an international professional association headquartered in Florida, USA, with over 185,000 members around the globe. Established in 1941, the authority comprises members who work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.