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ATD Middle East Conference Abu Dhabi next week

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The Association for Talent Development is hosting the ATD Middle East Conference, a prestigious learning and talent development event; Abu Dhabi, 13-14 June.


The ATD Middle East Conference will take place 13-14 June 2023 at The Ritz-Carlton–Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi. The event serves as an international platform for talent development and learning and development professionals, offering opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, and professional growth.

Mubarak Al Shamisi, Director of Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB) at DCT Abu Dhabi, said "We are excited to host the ATD Middle East Conference, a key event that supports talent development, knowledge sharing, and the cultivation of leadership skills in the Middle East. As an destination that boasts a flourishing startup and business community, advanced machine-learning research facilities, and world-class educational institutions like the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) and the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), Abu Dhabi is an ideal host for this significant event for knowledge exchange”.

“With a mission to further progress Abu Dhabi as a dynamic global business events leader, we share a commitment with ATD Middle East to nurture talent across the region. People are the driving force behind innovation and progress, and therefore the most valuable asset to any organization. Abu Dhabi have convened numerous events across different industry sectors to facilitate capabilities development, thatcontributed to shaping the future of talent development."

This year’s program will explore a diverse range of topics that support the region’s goal of becoming a leading global talent hub. These topics include upskilling and reskilling, adopting a comprehensive workforce management strategy, promoting Emiratisation and localisation, fostering leadership and innovation, harnessing AI for accelerated development, and more. 

World-renowned business educator and coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith will deliver a two-hour workshop on “Transform your Leadership to Transform your Business”. 

“As a featured speaker at the ATD Middle East Conference, I am honoured to be part of this pivotal gathering,” Goldsmith added. “Leadership and talent development are cornerstonesof business success and nowhere is this more evident than in the rapidly evolving Middle East region. I’m looking forward to sharing my insights on leadership and coaching and hope to inspire attendees to continue their journey towards excellence. Remember, we are all a work in progress and the goal isn’t to be perfect but to be better than we were yesterday.” 

“By hosting the ATD Middle East Conference and Exhibition, we are committed to supporting learning and talent development professionals through an extensive speaker line-up of thought leaders from learning, business, and international employers,” said Tony Bingham, President and CEO of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

“With more than 30 educational sessions, three ATD certificate programs, and many knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities, the conference will provide insights and best practices that attendees can quickly implement in their organisations,” added Bingham.  

Registration and further details about the ATD Middle East Conference are available at

About ATD: The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. For more information, visit

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About the Department of Culture & Tourism—Abu Dhabi: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors and its creative industries, fuelling economic progress and helping to achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the DCT Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the DCT Abu Dhabi’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture, tourism and creative industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.

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