Arival Dubai @ATM

Arival Dubai @ATM

28 Jun 2020, 12:00 - 18:00

Arival Conference Theatre

Arival Dubai @ ATM

The Arival Dubai@ATM program assembles the in-destination industry’s brightest minds and most provocative voices to explore and debate the essential themes shaping tours, activities, attractions, events, and experiences across the Middle East.

Our Promise: No sales pitches. Just essential insights and real conversations on the trends and topics that matter most to your business.

*To attend this session you must purchase your ticket using the link below*

The Best Part of Travel: Arabia's Arival 

Our industry—tours, activities, attractions, events, experiences—is not just the third-largest part of travel, it’s why people travel in the first place. Now is the time to make The Best Part of Travel even better. Douglas Quinby shares exclusive Arival research as he sets the stage for the Middle East’s first forum devoted to advancing our industry and growing your business.

Moderator: Douglas Quinby, Co-Founder & CEO, Arival 

Ask Me Anything: Zeina Dagher Interview 

This one-time intern rose to become the CEO of the leisure attractions division of one of the UAE's leading property development firms. Responsible for the strategy of some of the Emirates' top attractions, including the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, KidZania and Burj Khalifa, Ms. Dagher will share where attraction development, distribution and guest experience is headed for 2020 and beyond.

Interviewer: Douglas Quinby, Co-Founder & CEO of Arival

Speaker: Zeina Dagher, CEO, Emaar Entertainment 

OTAs, Tech & What’s Next 

Digital, distribution and venture-backed online platforms are ushering in dramatic change, from how travelers plan and book to how operators and distributors connect. This session will explore the changes afoot amid the rise of online travel agencies (OTAs) and what this means for tour and attraction operators across the region.

Moderator: Bruce Rosard, Co-Founder & CEO, Arival 

Speaker: Alaa Alkhatib, Head of New Ventures, DNATA & PrioHub

Speaker: Mathis Boldt, VP of Global Sales & Supply, GetYourGuide

Speaker: Essam Salah, Co-Founder & COO, Arival 

Safari Reimagined 

It’s the iconic tourist experience in the Middle East—the desert safari. But the rapid rise of global travel demand is compelling our industry to reconceive our experiences for a sustainable future. In this talk, tour operator veteran Adam McEwan shares his story on building a safari business that puts sustainability first, and how responsible practices can advance profit as well as purpose for every experience provider.

Speaker: Adam McEwan, Managing Director, Platinum Heritage 

What Your Customers Want: Traveler Trends 

Traveler trends are changing rapidly and more travelers plan and book things to do online, on their phones, and on the go. This presentation presents research on the essential traveler trends you need to understand for 2020 and beyond. 

The Operator of the Future 

From the growth of online platforms and overtourism to the changing traveler demands for digital and new experiences, the in-destination industry faces change as never before. This roundtable features leading tour and attraction operators and distributors from across the region and around the world on how to adapt to what’s ahead.

Speaker: Toby Adams, Managing Director, The Yellow Boats 

Operator Story: Meet the Locals 

The story of Dubai’s rise as a global hub of commerce and tourism is extraordinary, but there is much more than cosmopolitan modernity. This Emirati entrepreneur wants to show visitors a different side of Dubai, and help them connect with the local people and culture of the U.A.E.

Speaker: Khadija Behzad, Founder, Meet the Locals 


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  • Douglas Quinby


    Co-Founder & CEO


    Douglas Quinby is co-founder and CEO of Arival. He partnered with Alex Kremer and Bruce Rosard to establish an independent platform to serve the...

  • Bruce Rosard


    Co-Founder & CEO


    Bruce started his career in the travel industry when he founded Moguls Mountain Travel, a leading ski tour operator in the 80’s, 90’s and early 00’s....

  • Khadija Behzad


    Founder & CEO

    Meet the Locals

    Khadija Behzad is a passionate Emirati entrepreneur in the field of tourism, she is the Founder and CEO of “Meet The Locals”, a social tourism...

  • Zeina Dagher



    Emaar Entertainment

    Zeina Dagher joined Emaar in 2009 as Assistant Manager – Marketing and Group Sales for Burj Khalifa. Having pursued her MBA in Marketing and...

  • Adam McEwan



    Hero Experiences Group

    At 18 years old, Adam started travelling the world visiting exotic destinations like Mongolia, Nepal, India and northern Africa. With over 130...

  • Samir Mehta


    General Manager

    Arabian Adventures

    Samir took on the role as General Manager for Arabian Adventures in 2016 and oversees the destination management company (DMC) business. Arabian...

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