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World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day at Middlesex University Dubai

World Tourism Day at Middlesex University Dubai

Thursday 27 September 2018

Block 16, Middlesex University Dubai, Dubai Knowledge Park

5pm to 8pm

Middlesex University Dubai is celebrating the United Nations World Tourism Day on 27 September 2018 with an expert panel discussion on tourism and technology in the region, along with a virtual reality exhibition. This year’s theme is tourism and digital transformation, and as one of the leading tourism research hubs in the UAE we are delighted to invite you to be a part of this event.

The expert panel discussion will include:

Arva Ahmed

Arva founded Frying Pan Adventures, Dubai’s first licensed food and culture tourism company in 2013, driven by her hunger to show people the authentic side of the city she has grown up in. Along with her sister Farida, she is also co-host of the UAE’s first-ever dedicated food podcast, The Frying Pan Diaries. With no formal background in tourism, she drew on her management skills from her past in consultancy to shape a niche market for food tours that was completely new to the city.

Check out Frying Pan Adventures here
Instagram: @fryingpanadventures
Twitter: @fryingpantours 

Martin Kubler

Martin Kubler is a hotel GM turned business consultant with over 20 years executive-level management experience in Europe and the Middle East. Martin has previously held senior management roles in internationally flagged as well as independently owned and operated hotels and has worked for operators such as Accor, Wyndham and Thistle. Martin holds an MBA in Marketing and Innovation from Glion Institute of Higher Education and is highly creative and passionate about communication, new media and the interactive world. He is a sought-after professional speaker with recent appearences at The Hotel Show Africa, and The Restaurant Show 2018. 

For more information, please visit Martin’s LinkedIn profile at

Hassan Kiyany

Hassan Kiyany is a multi-award winning Emirati filmmaker and storyteller and a pioneer in smartphone media production, corporate storytelling and immersive videos. He was recognised in 2015 by Forbes Middle East as “one of the emerging UAE media leaders”. He is Founder of Kiyany Media, a company with a mission to voice unseen stories.


Dr Cody Paris

Dr Cody Morris Paris is the Deputy Director of Middlesex University Dubai and an Associate Professor in the School of Law and the Business School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Johannesburg.  He holds a PhD in Community Resource Development, a MSc in Tourism Studies and a BIS in International Geography and Political Science with minors in Cultural Anthropology and Tourism from Arizona State University, USA.

He has authored/co-authored nearly 100 academic articles, book chapters, and papers in conference proceedings and his research has been recognized with several prestigious awards including the Travel and Tourism Research Association’s (TTRA) Keeling PhD Dissertation Award, TTRA Charles Goeldner Journal of Travel Research Article of Excellence, and the IFITT Article of the year in Information Technology and Tourism.  He is the Editor in Chief of the e-Review of Tourism Research, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several leading journals including Information Technology and Tourism, Mobilities, Applied Mobilities, and Anatolia. Currently he serves as an elected member of the Executive Board ofthe Travel and Tourism Research Association Asia Pacific Chapter, and has been appointed as the Academic Co-Chair of the 50th International Travel and Tourism Research Association’s annual conference in 2019.

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