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.



The Mother of the Nation festival is an annual flagship community festival, hosting family activities, in honour of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. For 2019, the Procurement Department at the Department of Culture and Tourism for Abu Dhabi, aimed to increase the overall standards and drive up footfall for the festival.

One way they did this was to ensure the Procurement Business Partner Unit (BPU) met with end-users early in the process. They agreed that project timelines could be improved, for example, the planning and procurement phases should start nine months before the festival, rather than three months before as it had previously.

A two-stage process for request for proposal (RFP) was introduced to replace the traditional one-stage process, which helped stakeholders learn and improve during the course of the tender by treating the first stage as a learning exercise where suppliers could be debriefed by end-users and business partners.

The improved procurement process means that the 2019 event is expected to bring in AED 10 million in revenue compared to AED 3 million in 2018.

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