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Old Apr 22nd 2017, 2:01 pm
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I am putting this enquiry up for a friend of mine who is based in UK.

He has extensive experience of events management covering large, major events - mainly sports events and music events over the last 30+ years. He works in the Midlands.

He would like to move his career overseas, but doesn't know where to start or who to contact.

Having lived in Dubai for 8 years, I saw how much goes on there, events wise and can see that he would fit in very well. I assume it is a major employment area.

Is there anybody here who has experience of this (Scamp?) and might be able to give some initial advice as to the best people to contact, the first steps to take or could give a general picture of events management in Dubai/AD

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Old Apr 23rd 2017, 9:23 am
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Speak to two organisation, DWTC or that gov run company in Abu Dhabi that hires all the acts for the F1 etc. Can't recall their name.
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I have met a few people in events management in the UAE over the years and the consensus was that it's a ruthless industry and very dependent on connections. Quite a few people try to strike it out on their own and fail.

If your mate has the impressive CV to back him up (based on size and scale and complexity of the events) then possibly the best strategy is to approach the big players as a consultant and start from there, before jumping out on his own.

I imagine one of the advantages of the big players is that they have entire databases of contacts to cover every aspect of events and can ring them up at a moment's notice to get a big event underway quickly. Can your mate do this? My guess is that until he can prove he can do this, he won't be taken seriously as a sole operator. So going the consultant route to get started is sensible.
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I can put him on to the events mgnt company that my wife used to work at.
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A good friend works in this field but on a much smaller scale.

I'll ask her.
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A good friend works in this field but on a much smaller scale.

I'll ask her.
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I can put him on to the events mgnt company that my wife used to work at.
That would be really helpful. I am going to give him the feedback given already. What would he need to do to get in touch with them?
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I have met a few people in events management in the UAE over the years and the consensus was that it's a ruthless industry and very dependent on connections. Quite a few people try to strike it out on their own and fail.

If your mate has the impressive CV to back him up (based on size and scale and complexity of the events) then possibly the best strategy is to approach the big players as a consultant and start from there, before jumping out on his own.

I imagine one of the advantages of the big players is that they have entire databases of contacts to cover every aspect of events and can ring them up at a moment's notice to get a big event underway quickly. Can your mate do this? My guess is that until he can prove he can do this, he won't be taken seriously as a sole operator. So going the consultant route to get started is sensible.
You mention the 'big players' - who are they?
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Thanks for all of the help so far everybody and sorry for the delayed response
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That would be really helpful. I am going to give him the feedback given already. What would he need to do to get in touch with them?
I can give him the name of the person and he can then contact them via LinkedIn.
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