June 07, 2023
By Madhu Pradhan

Cvent has just released its highly anticipated annual list of top meetings and destinations around the world, including the Middle East and Africa region! After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, Cvent has finally revealed the top-performing MICE hotels and sought-after meeting destinations that are leading the charge in the industry's resurgence. From Dubai to Istanbul, Marrakesh to Cape Town, the hotels and destinations that made it to the list are at the top of their game. These 50 hotels and 25 destinations have been evaluated through trusted criteria on the Cvent Supplier Network. So, let's explore the best of the best MICE hotels and destinations!

Top Meeting Destinations in the Middle East and Africa region:

For Cvent Top Meeting Destinations, Cvent evaluated 12,500+ cities worldwide listed on the Cvent Supplier Network. These destinations were ranked by a set of qualifying criteria, including: the number of total room nights booked through the Cvent Supplier Network; the number of unique electronic request-for-proposals (RFPs) sent through the marketplace to venues within the city, the total value of the RFPs submitted; and the actual awarded value for meetings booked.

  • Dubai ranked first on the Middle East and Africa list. With the major top MICE hotels in Dubai, this destination has established itself as the ideal destination for meetings and events in the Middle East and Africa region. Dubai is the home to three out of five top MICE hotels in this region starting right from Grand Hyatt Dubai Conference Hotel, Conrad Dubai and Intercontinental Dubai Dfc-Congress Destination.
  • Istanbul, Turkey, known for its stunning architecture and rich cultural heritage is the second destination on this list. Istanbul boasts several hotels in the top 25 meeting hotels in the Middle East and Africa region including Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus.
  • Marrakesh is a stunning and exotic destination with intricate architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Delicious cuisine, colourful markets, and traditional entertainment have put Marrakesh on this list.
  • Abu Dhabi’s flawless blend of traditional and contemporary culture offers something to every planner who is considering this scenic destination for their meeting and events. Modern architecture and stunning natural landscapes are an added bonus!
  • Cape Town is the first destination from Africa that made it to the top five meeting destination in the Middle East and Africa region. Stunning beaches and luxurious hotels in Cape Town keep attracting event planners from the MEA region.

Other top MICE destinations such as Cairo, Antalya, Muscat, Johannesburg and Tel Aviv are at the peak of the preferred list of business travellers. These destinations offer not only a range of hotels and venues for travellers to choose from but also are the melting pot of growing culture and modernity at their best.

Top Meeting Hotels in the Middle East and Africa region:

For Cvent Top Meeting Hotels, Cvent evaluated hotel properties that generated business through the Cvent Supplier Network between January 2022 and December 2022. The properties were ranked according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs), awarded RFPs, total room nights, awarded room nights, major metropolitan area market share, conversion rate, and response rate.

  • Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus ranked first on the Middle East and Africa region list. An artful blend of traditional Turkish design and modern architecture, the hotel offers a whopping 30,000 square feet of flexible event space spread across 34 meeting rooms.
  • Grand Hyatt Dubai Conference Hotel strategically located in the heart of Dubai presents you with 29 meeting rooms and 682 guest rooms serving you the most stunning views of the Dubai skyline making it perfect for guests travelling for business and leisure.
  • Conrad Dubai is one of the top choices of planners for hosting their MICE events. The hotel offers 18 meeting rooms, with the largest room being 12,972 square feet. If you wish to explore the best of Dubai, this hotel must be your choice.
  • Intercontinental Dubai Dfc - Congress Destination is one of the top choices of planners for hosting their MICE events. This is a premier luxury hotel that offers exceptional facilities and services for meetings and events.
  • Intercontinental Istanbul, is known for its exceptional meetings and event facilities. The hotel boasts a range of versatile function spaces that can be customised to suit every event planner's needs.

Other top MICE hotels such as Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Centre, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City and Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights are also preferred by guests ensured they will have a pleasant and satisfactory stay.


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Madhu Pradhan

Madhu started her career as a freelance content writer. With 4+ years of experience , she channeled her love for writing into becoming a full-time content writer. When she is not writing professionally, you’ll either find her gardening, reading or writing poetries.

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