We speak to our first freelancing youth member, Zain Zaidi to learn more about what he has done, and what we can expect to see from him in the future...
What project are you most proud of and why?
DTCM’s Market Outside the Box with Blink Experience - we took over the ten-day festival in 2016, increased the participants by two fold and managed to achieve a 248% increase in footfall while delivering a safe and fun festival for all stakeholders involved. In the 2017 edition, I was put in charge of the complete project production, under the guidance of the Regional Director of Production which saw a 448% increase in footfall from 2015 and was recognized as ‘The event to be at’ by multiple reputed publications in Dubai and also was nominated for ‘Best Consumer Exhibition over 10,000 sim gross’ at the Middle East Event Awards.
Other 'proud-worthy' events under my belt include:
2014 NYE Dubai World Record Fireworks
Red Bull Qaher El T3ous, Doha, Qatar
World Rafting Championships, Al Ain, UAE
Red Bull F1 Showrun, Muscat, Oman
Have you anything exciting coming up you can tell us about?
Youth Empowerment in the GCC events industry…keep your eyes and ears peeled for the updates!!
Can you share something with us about you that people might not be aware of?
Unknown fact - after setting up the ‘ZainZaidiProductions’ domain and email, I received a number of complaint emails from angry Zayn Malik fans in Dubai for cancelling his tour.
I was also the winner of the first ever ‘The Eventice’ in 2013.
What inspired you to stay in the events industry?
What stands out to me the most in this industry, is how truly inspirational the event professionals are. Throughout the last four years, in all the GCC countries where I have run events, there has never been a time where I have not been supported or encouraged by all of the people I have come into contact with; be it people within my organisation, ILEA members or while working at the event. I genuinely believe that we are all lucky to work in an industry where our passion and determination is shared amongst each one of us and that suppliers, agencies and even competitors can come together to produce a world class event in a thriving part of the world.
Can you tell us a fun fact?
I have recently created a ' Bucket List' to complete before I am 40 - this took me over a year to create and has 26 items, number one is to set up camp under the Northern Lights!!