MALT Congress 2018 to return for its 6th annual to Dubai

N.C. Sind, director of conferences, QNA International
Updated 18 September 2017

MALT Congress 2018 to return for its 6th annual to Dubai

Emphasizing on the tremendous potential of the Middle East’s outbound travel market, MICE Arabia and Luxury Travel (MALT) Congress, the region’s premier by invitation-only business platform, will bring the world under one roof for the 6th time to Dubai on Feb. 27, 2018.
Outbound business and luxury travel from the Middle East increased at an annual rate of 4 percent from 2012 to 2016, a figure higher than the global average.
Figures released by VISA estimated that the MENA region will see the number of annual outbound trips rise from 42 million in 2016 to 65 million by 2025.
According to a Credit Suisse report, GCC nationals spend 260 percent more on airfare than other nationalities, with up to 60 percent purchasing business tickets. They also spend an average of 430 percent more on accommodation and 558 percent more on dining.
Travel demand in the region is underpinned by the lucrative GCC business and luxury travel buyers. Poised to capitalize on the region’s fast-growing outbound travel market, the sixth annual MALT congress will welcome influencers from the world of conferences, meetings, incentives, events, business and luxury travel for more than 15 hours of learning and more than 10 hours of business networking over two days.
Experiential travel will be a key theme at the 2018 event and will encompass the adventure, culture, heritage, wellness and spa, and cruise tourism segments, which are currently trending globally.
The congress will see hoteliers, destination management companies, concierge services, team building companies, tourism boards and other suppliers of varied categories from around the world who can customize their offerings to MICE needs and explore potential business opportunities.
The congress will feature expert sessions on how to create meaningful supplier relationships, technology trends and the latest on how travel buyers and managers can keep their programs relevant to changing needs, and of course, the crux of the event lies in sealing business deals and getting the most out of the pre-arranged business meetings interwoven into the two-day congress.
Speaking about the congress, N.C. Sind, director for conferences, QNA International, said: “The 2017 edition of the MICE Arabia Congress boasted a whopping 1,800 meetings during the two-day period and with the 2018 edition, we intend on raising the bar even further for the event. We have introduced six ‘WOW’ elements that make it the special sixth edition.”

Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 23 April 2019

Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with King Saud University (KSU) that focuses on developing a robust student-exchange program by facilitating training opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The agreement was signed by Ramsey Morad, Allergan’s vice president for India, Middle East and Africa, and Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the university. The MoU is in line with the Kingdom’s overall efforts to drive more cooperation levels between the public and private sectors, with the underlying objective to integrate Saudi nationals into various fields within the health-care sector.

Under the agreement, Allergan will provide training courses on an annual basis for students at the College of Pharmacy as well as programs to develop their scientific and medical knowledge and align them to international industry best practices. Students will be assessed according to set parameters, and the top performers will earn an internship opportunity with the company

In addition, Allergan will run courses for faculty members at the College of Pharmacy with a focus on leadership skills.

Morad said: “We have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Kingdom and toward the realization of Vision 2030. We are placing a very high emphasis on developing the local capabilities of Saudi nationals within the health-care sector, and this partnership with a leading university in the region is one of the steps we are taking. Saudi Arabia is at the heart of our operations in the region, and this MoU represents a key milestone in our efforts to attract the young minds of tomorrow and integrate them as core members of our Allergan team.” 

Al-Shamsan said: “We are proud to partner with Allergan to implement internationally recognized knowledge-based programs for the development of our students. With this MoU, we are focusing on the enhancement and development of the pharmaceutical sector across the Kingdom. We are guided by the mission to provide students experiences to learn from international best practices and, at the same time, work toward the improvement of the quality of the pharmaceutical sector in the Kingdom.”

Allergan said it is committed to a wide range of programs with health-care professionals, patients and national entities across the Kingdom. The company’s investments through its joint venture, Allergan Saudi Arabia, include the development of medical training centers focused on training health-care professionals in medical aesthetics.