The CIPS Middle East Conference and Supply Management Awards 2020 on 30 June 2020 at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has been postponed - new event format or dates to be announced.

CIPS and Haymarket Media Group (who deliver events on behalf of the CIPS) have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus on a daily basis and the welfare of our delegates is always front of mind.

In this instance, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event to the nearest suitable opportunity in the future or to present this as an online, virtual event.

We have not made this decision lightly but we want to ensure we can provide the best experience possible for attendees. If you have booked on the event your booking will be automatically confirmed for the revised date, or event format, which will be announced as soon as possible.   Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please contact us.



Tasked with creating a world class virtual reality entertainment hub in Dubai, the procurement team at Emaar Properties knew that working internationally would require them to think beyond individual departments and beyond the organisation as a whole. This meant putting the focus on the entire supply chain, from scope, design, and supplier to the final delivery and programme content. Procurement had to negotiate Hollywood intellectual property rights to content like The Walking Dead, while constructing the 7,000-square metre VR Park to deliver cutting-edge experiences.

To achieve this, the team kept a detailed programme and ensured consistent communications. Procurement tracking status was employed at sourcing, tender, post-tender and most importantly on this project during contract and supplier relationship management stages to meet requirements. The team highlighted the CIPS Risk and Resilience Assessment Tool as a key contributor to delivering the project. They used the online self- assessment platform to identify and understand entire project risks and take appropriate steps to manage and minimise it.

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