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Networking Events​

In addition to the numerous networking opportunities throughout the two and a half days of the conference, we invite you to join us for our Welcome Reception on Monday evening and our exciting Gala on Tuesday evening.​​

International Conference Welcome Reception

IIA 2018 International Conference Welcome Reception
"TAWASOL – The Emirati Journey"
Dubai World Trade Center – Exhibit Hall

Monday, 7 May 2018
6:00 p.m. -​ 7:30 p.m.

Tawasol is the Arabic word for “connecting” and at this reception; the UAE IIA wants to connect you to the amazing city of Dubai. This event will introduce you to this diverse destination by providing you with an authentic taste of Dubai’s warm hospitality.

This experience is set to be one you will never forget. So come, network with your peers and experience the culture and hospitality of Dubai!

Additional tickets to the Welcome Reception are​ $175 USD.​

International Conference Gala

IIA 2018 International Conference Gala Party
“A Night in Dubai – Festival of Nations”
The Meydan

Tuesday, 8 May 2018
7:00 p.m. - 11: 0​0 p.m.

Dubai is a multicultural city, which opens its doors to the world. To showcase this, the 2018 International Conference gala will be celebrating “A Night in Dubai - Festival of Nations.”

Be in expectancy of what you will see, hear, and experience. This evening to remember will allow you to network with peers while experiencing performances from around the globe.  Dine under the stars at one of Dubai’s premier event centers, The Meydan. Expect to be greeted by an AI Robot, enjoy music from around the world, and be entertained by cultural dancers.

Join us for “A Night in Dubai – Festival of Nations.”

Additional tickets to the Gala Party are $300 USD.

​Sponsors and Exhibitors​

Sponsors and Exhibitors

During networking breaks, conference delegates will have the opportunity to expand and strengthen their peer network, and visit with a wide variety of exhibitors showcasing the very latest in products and technologies designed to make their jobs easier. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by visiting these sponsors and exhibitors.

IIA Conferences are the absolute best way to make face-to-face contact with the internal auditors and risk management professionals from around the world who are defining the future of the profession. No other events offer the exposure you’ll get at an IIA event — access to both senior executives with budgetary control AND the next generation of employers and leaders from all aspects of the internal audit profession. Create new connections to current and new customers, employees, and partners at the 2018 IIA International Conference. Learn more about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities​.

Available Social Tours in Dubai

Bringing a guest? We’ve got just the right thing to get them excited about the journey! The daily tours are a fine way to see the sights and sounds of the city, as well as getting to know the riches of the culture. From the city tour, to literally the best shopping anywhere, to the magnificent Burj Khalifa – they will get to see it all.

It’s important to note that all tours will pick up and depart directly from the JW Marriott Marquis as the host conference hotel at the timeframes denoted in each tour package option.​

​​Monday, 7 May 2018

Disc​o​ver Dub​ai & Lunch​

Upon departing the JW Marriott Marquis, this tour will view the magnificent royal palaces along Dubai’s famous Beach Road as our English-speaking guide takes us on an air-conditioned motor coach tour of the largest and most popular city in the United Arab Emirates.

Souk MadinatOur first stop will be at the incredible Souk Madinat, where we will find an array of shops selling gold, artifacts, scarfs and fine jewelry – and a chance to test our bargaining prowess. We will then visit the Jumeirah Mosque and the luxurious Burj Al Arab for photo opportunities, before crossing the Dubai Creek in an air-conditioned abra (water taxi) as we head to Dubai’s historic Bastakia Quarter.

BastakiaBastakia is one of Dubai’s oldest districts, with landmarks that help tell the story of this captivating city. Be sure to note the restored wind towers, an early but effective form of air-conditioning. In the quarter, we will enjoy lunch in a traditional Emirati restaurant, then have time to explore this pedestrian friendly area with our tour guide, before returning to the JW Marriott Marquis.

This tour includes moderate walking, air-conditioned motor coach transportation, English-speaking guides and lunch.

This tour will depart from the JW Marriott Marquis hotel lobby promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return in the mid-afternoon.

Cost: This tour is $100.00 USD per guest. Please select “add to cart” during checkout, to sign up and pay for this excursion when registering.

Availability: This tour is on a first-come first-serve basis. Upon registration, if the maximum registrations are already reached, you will receive a notification that you’ve been included on a wait list. Subsequently, additional information will be provided to you as to final availability.

Attire: Casual attire with comfortable shoes. Please note: This tour will operate rain or shine, so please dress appropriately in the event of inclement weather.​​​

​​Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Dub​ai Mall

Dubai Mall Human WaterfallDubai is one of the world’s most dynamic cities, offering an abundance of things to see and do. One of the biggest and most impressive attractions is the nearly 6 million-square-foot Dubai Mall. With over 1,200 stores, this is the place to browse, shop, dine and simply enjoy yourself. The mall also is home to the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel, plus there’s a year-round, Olympic-size ice skating rink.

Dubai Mall Ice RinkThere are no set tours to the Dubai Mall. However, the JW Marriott Marquis offers complimentary shuttle service to the mall starting at 10:00 a.m. from the hotel lobby. Shuttle service runs every half hour until 1:30 p.m., then hourly at the top of the hour until 9:00 p.m. The shuttle drops off and picks up passengers at the Dubai Mall Entrance on the Lower Floor. The last departure from the mall is at 9:30 p.m.

The bus runs on a first-come-first served basis and can accommodate up to 28 passengers. For a complete schedule and additional information regarding this shuttle, please visit the JW Marriott Marquis hotel concierge desk while in Dubai.​​

​​Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Burj Khalifa​

Burj KhalifaExperience Dubai’s breathtaking skyline and much more from the top of the iconic Burj Khalifa. Soaring more than 2716 feet (or more than 160 stories) skyward, the tower ranks as the tallest free-standing manmade structure on Earth. We won’t go to the very top, but ears will pop as we visit the observation deck on the 124th floor.

The trip will take only 60 seconds (the elevator ranks as the longest travel distance in the world), then we’ll enjoy a stunning, 360-degree view, not only of Dubai, but the Arabian Desert and the Persian Gulf. Weather permitting, enhance your visit and enjoy another perspective by stepping into the outside onto the open-air terrace.

After visiting the tower, guests will have the option to return to the J.W. Marriott Marquis with an escorted tour guide and IIA staff, or remain on your own at the Dubai Mall. If you are a guest of the JW Marriott Marquis, you may take the hotel shuttle back, otherwise, there are several taxi stations at the mall for your convenience.

The tour includes light walking, air-conditioned motor coach transportation, and English-speaking guides.

This tour will depart from the JW Marriott Marquis hotel lobby promptly at 8:00 a.m., and return mid-morning.

Cost: This tour is $55.00 USD per guest. Please select “add to cart” during check out, to sign up and pay for this excursion when registering.

Availability: This tour is on a first-come first-serve basis. Upon registration, if the maximum registrations are already reached, you will receive a notification that you’ve been included on a wait list. Subsequently, a​dditional information will be provided to you as to final availability.

Attire: Casual attire with comfortable shoes. Please note: This tour will operate rain or shine, so please dress appropriately in the event of inclement weather.​