A Close-Up Look at Engage!20 Dubai With Zainab Alsalih
Engage Summits are considered as one of the world’s most exclusive luxury wedding conferences. Engage!20 Dubai will take place from 2 to 5 March, 2020 presented by Armani Hotel Dubai, EMAAR Hospitality Group, Carousel Weddings & Events and Dubai Tourism.
Engage!20 Dubai will continue the mission of Engage! Summits: To connect, educate, and inspire the world’s top wedding industry and event professionals. The array of diverse speakers will share innovative business strategies, and plenty of time is built into the program for meaningful networking, as well as, time to experience the grandeur and opulence of Dubai.
Zainab Alsalih, Founder and MD of Carousel, has attended 4 Engage! Summits so far, and has been instrumental in bringing this event to Dubai - the first time in the Middle East. Zainab is passionate about the wedding industry and about bringing the industry together to share and learn from each other to further develop the industry and raise Dubai's position as an international destination for weddings.
We asked Zainab to share more insights on Engage!20 Dubai to encourage more wedding professionals, particularly those in the Middle East to take part.
Why is it important for Wedding professionals in the region to attend Engage! Dubai?
Attending any Engage! Summit is an amazing experience for any wedding professional. Engage! Summits are a great source of inspiration for all those who attend and the friendships made at Engage! are real and are lasting. It gives you an opportunity to connect with professionals that will not only support and inspire you but also become part of your partner network which supports your business as an event planner and designer.
As for Engage!20 Dubai, it is a really important milestone for Engage, in that it is their first event outside of America and Europe, and certainly the first in the Middle East. It marks an important expansion of the Engage community allowing it to become a truly global platform.
Dubai is one of the world’s great cities, and has become a true inspiration to the entire region, helping transform the Middle East. Those of us who have lived here and witnessed this have always felt the rest of the world needs to see what is happening in Dubai, and why it is so important to the evolution of this region, and the growth and expansion of our industry.
The wedding industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and this is a chance to bring everyone from around the world together to create a close knit and supportive industry. Collectively we can strengthen the industry and make it easier for all of us to work across the globe through this amazing network of professionals.
Aside from that, for those wanting to get on the speaker circuit and become a regular at the world’s most luxurious wedding conference then this would be a great chance to do that.
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The event is attracting world renowned wedding professionals from around the world? Can you shed some light on them?
In addition to an amazing list of confirmed attendees, the Dubai edition also has a stellar lineup of speakers from all over the world which include some of the industry’s most respected and influential planners and designers such as Preston Bailey, Colin Cowie, Marcy Blum and Sarah Haywood to name a few.
We are also very excited to have Wendy Al Khoury from Wedded Wonderland and Angela Desveaux of Wedluxe. You will leave the conference inspired and motivated with a lot of very unique takeaways and knowledge from these renowned experts.
What are the main features of the event?
Engage is considered one of the world’s most exclusive luxury wedding conferences. Its unique format makes it an ideal platform to learn from and connect with the world’s top wedding professionals and creatives.
What really sets Engage apart is also the quality of the events that take place during the conference. The opening party, the gala event, the many amazing lunches and dinners, the various excursions, all of which are meticulously planned and executed by the world’s best event planners.
When professional partiers throw a party, you know it’s going to be amazing, and it usually is!
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