Sheikh Ahmed confirms as patron for AHIC 2006


HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Emirates, has confirmed his patronage of the second Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), to run from April 29 to May 1, 2006, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

This year’s event will run under the theme Oasis or Mirage, as delegates and industry experts reflect and debate on the huge investment and project initiatives in Arabia – as well as their authenticity and sustainability.
The structure of this year’s event has evolved following delegate response from last year, according to conference organiser Jonathan Worsley. He said: “For 2006, we have introduced two new conference concepts, MoneyTalklive and Studiolive. MoneyTalklive is a forum for delegates to meet bankers and financiers – as the conference focus has always been geared towards investment, we wanted to put the mechanisms in place to fast-track these opportunities at the conference. With Studiolive, we will recreate a TV studio area at the event, so our media partners can broadcast live, and delegates and partners can ensure their message reaches the widest possible audience.”
The main conference sessions will be split between breakout sessions, panel discussions and keynote presentations. Worsley explained: “Delegates commented on the importance of mixing up the pace between content-driven discussion sessions, and inspirational addresses. Our advisory board of 40 industry leaders have been working to put together another headline-winning event.”
The conference will debate issues as diverse as economic and industry trends, investment opportunities, finance issues, construction and design, sustainable development, condos and management contracts. Following on from the oversubscribed first event, the organisers have put together an outstanding social programme for 2006, according to Worsley.
He added: “We will be staging a traditional Arabian welcome at Mina A’Salam on the eve of the conference, before moving to a reception and dinner at the brand new Kempinski Mall of the Emirates after the first day – complete with ski competition on the indoor slope. Then, following on from last year’s reception at The World, we will close with a Party on The Palm at Jebel Ali.”
The 2005 Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, held as a precursor to the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, was sold out with 525 delegates from the Middle East and around the world, and underlined the strong growth rate in the regional hotel sector.
Among others, Ed Fuller, president and MD, International Lodging Marriott International, Chris Moloney, COO, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kurt Ritter, president and CEO, Rezidor SAS Hospitality, Donald J Trump, Jr, vice-president of development and acquisitions, The Trump Organisation, Sarmad Zok, CEO, Kingdom Hotel Investments and James Wilson, CEO, Nakheel, have confirmed their place at AHIC 2006.