Global HR Leadership Event - Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE | April 15-19, 2018

As the world's leading emerging HR hub, the United Arab Emirates is home to many world-class multinational organizations and is uniquely positioned at the forefront of the global HR profession. 

Join SHRM as we take a small group of senior HR professionals to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, to benchmark against world-class companies and learn about the best practices in global HR and business. Through exclusive company visits, leadership from each company will share the cutting-edge best practices that are shaping the HR profession and the business world, while participants engage with these thought leaders in meaningful dialogue and network with a diverse group of global HR professionals. This distinct and exclusive event provides HR professionals a unique opportunity to proactively continue their professional development, form lasting professional connections and stay current on evolving global HR trends.  

​"A sustainable, knowledge-based economy cannot be created without world-class people practices. A profound takeaway... is the degree of confidence that HR stakeholders from around the world have in the potential of the UAE to become not just a regional hub of HR excellence but a global leader in the field." 

Why join?

  • Visit the number one emerging global HR hub.
  • Benchmark with world-class companies and gain valuable insights.
  • Network with senior global HR leaders.
  • Participate in company visits to learn about the business and work environments of each organization. 
  • Attend sessions with senior HR leaders at each company and tour each facility.
  • Hear distinctive perspectives on HR leadership, best practices and strategies. 
  • Learn about creating innovative cultures, business models, and organizational structures.
  • Engage in forum-style dialogue with senior HR leaders and other particpants.
  • Discuss a variety of topics, including talent management, engagement, total rewards, learning and development, organizational effectiveness, workforce management, employee relations, HR in a global context, corporate social responsibility, and HR in business strategy.
  • Take part in facilitator-led discussions that align with each presentation and visit. This unique and rewarding educational experience will enable you to build an individualized plan to implement in your own organization—one that fits with your line of business, organizational strategy and budget.
  • Understand the intersection of HR across a variety of industries.
  • Combine professional development with cross-cultural experiences and travel to truly experience the world of global HR.

Preliminary Itinerary

Sunday, April 15

8:30 AM         Program Begins

Meet and Greet

Welcome to Dubai presentation

Session on Emerging HR Hubs by Robert Garcia, VP SHRM, and Brad Boyson, SHRM MENA

11:30 AM         Lunch at hotel

12:45 PM        Depart for visit to a major Dubai government agency

                       Session at Emirates Towers

Tour of Dubai Smart Government Incubators 

                       Session with speaker of Dubai government agency

4:30 PM         Return to hotel

5:30 PM         Burj Khalifa "At The Top" Observation Deck (pre-registration required)

7:00 PM         Dinner at Dubai Fountain at the Dubai Mall

Monday, April 16

8:30 AM         Program begins

9:00 AM         Depart Hotel for the FAHR International Conference Opening Sessions

12:30 PM        Lunch at HR Conference

1:30 PM          Depart HR Conference for company visit  

2:30 PM         Tour of large a Dubai conglomerate 

                       Session at conglomerate

5:00 PM         Return to hotel

7:00 PM         Dinner Dubai Marina Boat Cruise Dinner*

Tuesday, April 17

8:30 AM         Program begins

9:00 AM         Departing from hotel to Expo 2020 event site 

10:00 AM        Session at Expo 2020 site

                        Theme: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future 

1:00 PM           Lunch at iconic Dubai hotel on the Palm Jumeirah 

2:00 PM          Session at Iconic Hotel on The Palm Jumeirah

                        Theme: Dubai Hospitality HR

4:00 PM          Depart to old Dubai

                        Spend time at Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Dubai Creek

                        Dinner (not included in program)

7:00 PM          Return to Hotel

Wednesday, April 18th 

7:30 AM          Program begins

8:00 AM          Departing from hotel to Abu Dhabi

9:30 AM          Session at an iconic Abu Dhabi employer 

11:15 AM          Tour at Grand Mosque

12:30 PM         Lunch at Louvre Abu Dhabi

1:30 PM           Tour at Louvre

4:30 PM          Return to Dubai

6:00 PM          Free night

Suggestions: Mall of Emirates, Souk Madinat, Jumeirah beach

Thursday, April 19th

8:30 AM          Program begins

9:00 AM          Depart  hotel to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

9:45 AM          Session at KHDA on Holocracy at work in Dubai Government

11:30 AM         Tour and session at a major Dubai university       

12:30 PM         Lunch 

1:30 PM           Return to hotel, prepare for evening in the desert

3:30 PM          Depart hotel to Dunebash and Farewell Dinner

9:30 PM          Return to Hotel 


  • Lunches and a farewell dinner will be provided by SHRM. 
  • Ground transportation from the hotel to company visits is included.
  • All materials and certificates will be provided.
  • Air travel must be arranged and paid for by each participant.
  • Each participant will pay for his or her meals other than those listed above.
  • In addition to the standard program itinerary, SHRM will lead optional recreational activities to the Burj Khalifa "At The Top" observation deck (the tallest observation deck in the world) and a boat cruise dinner in the Dubai Marina. Each event includes additional costs and can be added to the program on the registration page.  
  • Detailed information on business customs and dress code in the UAE will be provided after registration. If you have specific questions about local culture, please contact us at globalteam@shrm.org
  • This program is eligible for PDCs towards your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


Early-bird (until March 6, 2018)3,795 USD3,995 USD
Standard (March 7, 2018 – April 5, 2018)3,995 USD4,195 USD


Join senior HR leaders from across the world, expand your peer network and continue your education. Join the Global HR Leadership Event - Dubai & Abu Dhabi today! 


For questions or additional information, please contact the SHRM Global Team at  globalteam@shrm.org.