Dubai, the dazzling city of superlatives is getting ready to host the 6th Annual Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress, scheduled to take place from the 27 to the 29 of March 2019 - at none other than the supremely luxurious and iconic ‘Atlantis, The Palm Hotel’ the crowning glory of the incredible man-made Palm Island.
The Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress is the world’s biggest Business to Business Platform, with a focus on the destination wedding industry that highlights all the key facets that help create a spectacular wedding, bringing together not only the top wedding planners in the world; but also providing a niche platform for premium creative suppliers to network and do business.
The DWP Congress has explored the wedding industry across continents for the past 5 years from Greece to Mauritius, Thailand, Italy, Mexico and now bringing this incredible extravaganza to the Middle East.
Dubai boasts a strong international reputation as a dynamic, stable and safe destination, offering advanced facilities, outstanding infrastructure and a range of headline-grabbing attractions and experiences, many unrivalled by any other city in the world. In addition, Dubai’s strategic geographic location, as a melting pot of cultures and experiences between the East and the West, has led it to cement its position as a world-leading luxury events and celebrations destination. As the UAE matures in its role as a global hub for extravagant congresses; Dubai cements its reputation as the place where business meets pleasure at the Destination Wedding Planners Congress.
DWP 2019 - what to expect
The DWP Congress is consistently innovating, and with the introduction of Breakout Sessions split into Workshop Sessions and Roundtable Discussions that have been added to an already compelling agenda, the spread of quality knowledge at the Congress is paramount. DWP prides itself on being the only global platform that brings together great minds across the world combining discussions on ever evolving innovation primed against the ability of our attendees to build global connections spanning international markets. The Congress additionally ensures that industry leaders return year on year to indulge in this fully immersive wedding extravaganza.
Staying true to its ethos and elevating its experience for its 6th annual event in Dubai, the DWP Congress has set the stage to unveil 6 brand new shades of DWP for 2019. Ranging from the ‘DWP Main Stage Day’ to ‘DWP Capture’, from the ‘DWP ACE Awards’ to the ‘DWP Storytellers’; the much awaited ‘DWP Regional Reveal’ and a riveting ‘DWP Swank Show’ to boot, 2019’s experience is guaranteed to blow your mind!
For the 2019 edition DWP is geared up to focus on different and challenging issues that the industry faces like budgeting, pricing, logistics and strategy; how to move your business from good to great, business strategies and techniques to improve your bottom line, stress management for suppliers, planners and clients alike; uncovering secrets for great branding, the impact of social media on your business, how to beat your competition, deep dive into the do’s and don’ts pertaining to weddings in various cultures; gastronomical journeys, how to tailor your services to be chosen as the preferred planners by UHNWI’s globally, legal aspects-contracting, wedding insurance, legality in various cultures, managing wedding websites, top trends circa 2019-2020; technology in the wedding sector, essentials of a sale, luxe writing; digital marketing: what you need to adopt today, wedding decoration and of course managing expectations amongst others!
Over 30 world renowned speakersfrom all around the world are joining DWP 2019 in Dubai. Thes include:
Preston Bailey is the keynote speaker of the event, he was recently named as one of the best wedding designers in the world by Vogue Magazine. Preston Bailey has been globally-celebrated for his unique ability to transform ordinary spaces into lush, theatrical environments. This has helped to establish him as the premier event designer for a client roster that includes celebrities, royal families, CEO's and athletes. Since opening his design studio in 1980, Preston Bailey has been sought out to create one-of-a-kind, transformative designs that serve as backdrops for some of the most memorable moments of his clients' lives. A designer with a passion for creating designs to be enjoyed by the public as well as his clients.
Mahesh Shirodkar, Tamarind Global - India, can truly say that his first love has always been people and hospitality business, and for most of his 30 plus-year career in the industry, he has set up and run his own companies. In 1989, Mahesh set up Tour Club, a focused inbound Destination Management Company based out of Mumbai. In 2001, it was acquired by the Swiss travel conglomerate Kuoni and after integrating the new company into Kuoni, Shirodkar took a sabbatical before incubating a new DMC, and Tamarind Global was born.
Fanny Ng is the founder of CHAO GROUPS, the world's top wedding planner and the representative of a new generation of female entrepreneurs. Over the years, with her bold innovations and ideas in the wedding planning industry, she has been hailed as the "Queen of Chao Hun". At the same time, Fanny created a top wedding brand "51CHAOHUN" to create the perfect weddings for many A-List celebrities and high-net worth individuals in Greater China. Amongst a few are; "Huang Xiaoming & Angelababy" Century wedding in Shanghai. "Wu Qilong & Liu ShiShi" Dream Island Wedding in Bali, and "Michael Feng & Jane Zhang" European Castle Wedding in Italy.
Nadia Duran launched Events By Nadia in 2006 in Sydney, Australia when she recognized a need for sophistication in the events & wedding industry. Nadia plans, designs and executes celebrity and international events all over the world, including Royal Weddings in Qatar, Bali, Fiji, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Japan, UK, Mexico and other exotic destinations. Nadia's company has been the premier source for designing special events and multiple industry awards have recognized her experience year after year. In June 2018, Events By Nadia received an Asutralian Nationa Award by the Australian Bride Industry Academy as the best Wedding Decorative Hire Business in Australia.
Vandana Mohan, The Wedding Design Company - India, has been conceptualizing and managing events for almost three decades. Luxury and Lifestyle events are what her flagship company, Backstage Productions Pvt Ltd is known for.The Wedding Design Company began in 2005 and took luxury to another level with its weddings. 'Glamorous, Timeless, Iconic and Classic weddings' is what best describes weddings by WDC. Known for destination weddings across Europe and India, WDC's signature style of weddings being personalized have made them trendsetters in the wedding industry.
Liz Taylor, Taylor Lynn Corporation - UK, has been at the forefront of the luxury wedding industry for over 30 years. Liz brings together an expert team of the world's best entertainers, chefs, florists, designers, technicians and more, to create wedding events with unique elements. Every wedding injected with that vital ingredient. Turning wedding fantasy into reality.
Toni Breiss encompasses a large team of professionals at LEVEL by Toni Breiss who aim at providing their clients with an innovative and tailor-made service, through the choice of magnificent venues, exquisite floral decorations and scrumptious menus. The conception of weddings and events is marked with the original and personal touch of Toni Breiss, from the innovative creation to the flawless execution. Toni's outstanding talent permitted him to attract world-wide known clients. From Beirut to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the pace is fast as his clientele grows with every success. Thanks to his detail-oriented attitude, Toni Breiss coordinates the majestic events of big enterprises, celebrities and princes.
Ali Bakhtiar is a French architect and designer, specializing in large-scale and expansive projects. He has been organizing the most beautiful events, ranging from luxurious princely weddings to extravagant royal anniversaries in Asia and Europe; leaving his mark in the cities of Dubai, Udaipur, and Nice.
Jardel Silva, CEO of EventChic designs. Born and raised in Brazil, Jardel Silva is a sought-after event designer based in Dubai. Jardel finished his Business and Hospitality Management course in Dublin, Ireland. At a young age of 21, he started his career in the hospitality & events industry. He worked passionately for three years in the hotel industry where he experienced and discovered luxurious services the industry has to offer. Later on, Jardel moved to a design company where he developed skills in the process of designing, production, logistics and event planning.
Arabia Weddings is proud to be a Media Partner of this prestigious Congress.