DWTC hosts more than 3mn del­e­gates in 2016

Re­gion’s largest ex­hi­bi­tion venue wit­nesses 11% hike in foot­fall…

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Dubai World Trade Cen­tre (DWTC) hosted 3.03 mil­lion event del­e­gates dur­ing 2016, reg­is­ter­ing an 11% year-on-year foot­fall in­crease and at­tract­ing at­ten­dance from 185 coun­tries with 51,711 ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies, of which nearly 70% were for­eign ex­hibitors.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Mak­toum, Deputy Chair­man of the Board of Dubai World Trade Cen­tre Author­ity, said con­tin­ued growth in in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion reaf­firms the strength of its diver­si­fied calendar of Meet­ings, In­cen­tives, Con­fer­ences and Ex­hi­bi­tions (MICE), and is an en­dorse­ment of the com­pany’s global rep­u­ta­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to Dubai’s po­si­tion­ing as a piv­otal busi­ness hub.

“Since inception, DWTC has con­sis­tently built in­ter­na­tional re­pute as a strate­gic driver of growth for the re­gion’s MICE sec­tor and 2016 has con­tin­ued this tra­jec­tory, de­liv­er­ing strong dou­ble digit per­for­mance across the busi­ness. Our strate­gic agenda to build a highly-diver­si­fied events calendar for Dubai has been in­stru­men­tal in al­low­ing DWTC to re­tain undis­puted re­gional lead­er­ship in the global MICE in­dus­try,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

Through 2016, DWTC’s Dubai In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (DICEC) venue hosted 298 MICE and busi­ness events, in­clud­ing more than 100 mega-events.

The venue wel­comed more than 1.05 mil­lion for­eign busi­ness trav­ellers last year, dom­i­nated by Euro­pean source mar­kets, as well as Saudi Ara­bia, In­dia, Oman, Iran, United King­dom, Pak­istan, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and Jor­dan.

“DWTC is recog­nised as a world-class en­tity in the global ex­hi­bi­tions in­dus­try with the abil­ity to sus­tain­ably de­liver an in­ter­na­tional plat­form for busi­nesses from the East and West to con­nect, ac­cess and ser­vice emerg­ing mar­kets in the Mid­dle East, Africa and South Asia re­gions. The foun­da­tions it has built, and the con­tin­ued momentum of its de­liv­ery will al­low DWTC to be­come an even more dy­namic fa­cil­i­ta­tor of in­ter­na­tional trade within a diver­si­fied lo­cal econ­omy that sup­ports sus­tain­able growth, em­ploy­ment and pros­per­ity,” added Sheikh Ahmed.

DWTC added 26 new event in­clud­ing 7 ex­hi­bi­tions, 6 as­so­ci­a­tions and 13 con­fer­ences, of which 11 were cat­e­gorised as mega-events, with more than 2,000 par­tic­i­pants.


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