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2019 Annual Assembly, Dubai

2019 Annual Assembly, Dubai
2019 Annual Assembly, Dubai

Our 4th Annual Assembly will take place from 17-19 March 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek - a luxury hotel in the heart of Dubai’s bustling business district and shopping center. The hotel is just 7km from Dubai International Airport.

REGISTER HERE (strict deadline: 1 March 2019)

Dubai can be reached within 8 hours from Europe, Africa and the Far East and in less than 15 hours from the USA, Japan or Australia by over 7,000 weekly flights operated by 140 airlines to over 250 destinations.

Representatives from all major world markets are expected at our conference which will consist of a Welcome Gala Dinner, 1-2-1 Business Meetings and an exclusive Dhow Dinner Cruise. See Delegate List.

SUN 17 MARCH 2019 MON 18 MARCH 2019 TUE 19 MARCH 2019
19:00-20:00 Welcome Reception 09:30-17:00 1-2-1 Meetings 09:30-17:00 1-2-1 Meetings
20:00-22.00 Gala Dinner 19:30-22:00 Dhow Dinner Cruise 17:00 Meeting Ends


We will gather to collect name badges, meet fellow delegates and enjoy a Welcome Reception with canapes at the Pool Deck with stunning views of the Creek and City Skyline. We will then make our way to the Plaza Ballroom for an elegant Gala Banquet.


Our meeting will take place in the Grand Zabeel Ballroom and all delegates gain access to our online Meeting Manager program, developed especially for Cargo Connections so that 20-minute business meetings can be arranged prior to arrival. As well as our official coffee breaks with freshly prepared snacks, we have also arranged for freshly brewed coffee, selection of teas, juice and mineral water to be available throughout the day. Lunch with soft beverages will be held in a private venue and all delegates will gain high-speed wireless internet access. We have also arranged for complimentary valet parking for those not staying at the hotel.


Our Monday evening excursion will be an exclusive Dhow Dinner Cruise. Upon arrival we will receive a welcome drink and then enjoy a two-hour dinner cruise with Arabic majlis seating on a traditional wooden Dhow with an Oud musician. The evening includes beer, red and white wine, soft drinks, mineral water and fresh juices.


We have negotiated special room rates starting from only AED 641 (approx. USD 175) which can be booked directly with the hotel online. A delicious breakfast buffet is included as well as free use of their health club with steam room, sauna, swimming pool and fitness equipment. All rooms have private balconies and stunning views of the creek and city skyline and complimentary Wi-Fi. The rates are subject to additional AED 15.00 Tourism Dirham fee and 5% VAT as per UAE tax law per room per night.


We aim to include as much in the Registration Fee as possible to keep each delegate's expenses to an absolute minimum. This year the fee of GB £650 per delegate includes all the following:

  • Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner with Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks & Fresh Juices (Sun)
  • Exclusive Dhow Dinner Cruise with Beer, Wine & Soft Drinks (Mon)
  • Welcome, Morning and Afternoon Coffee Breaks with Freshly Prepared Snacks (Mon & Tue)
  • Free Flow of Freshly Brewed Coffees, Selection of Teas, Juices all day (Mon & Tue)
  • High-Speed Wireless Internet Access
  • International Buffet Lunch including Soft Drinks (Mon & Tue)
  • Meeting Room Hire, Conference Bag, Lanyard & Administration

Spouses are welcome to join us for the Gala Dinner on Sunday plus our Dhow Dinner Cruise on Monday for GB £160. Please note that anyone attending our 1-2-1 Meetings will need to pay the full rate of GB £650. The Registration Fee is non-refundable. However, you may change the name of your representative up until 8 March 2019.


Most travellers need to obtain a visa prior to entering the UAE. However, the good news is that the UAE authorities have taken many steps to make this process as straightforward as possible. Citizens of 39 countries - GCC nationals plus nationals of listed countries - do not require visas prior to arrival at a UAE airport. As requirements will vary from nation to nation, we would suggest that you contact the local UAE Embassy within your own country or a travel agent specialising in visa applications. Alternatively, please follow this link to visit the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Please email Judith for an official invitation letter.