Record year for Dubai landmark building
The World Trade Centre (DWTC) in Dubai had its busiest ever year in 2015.
The iconic building, which opened in 1978 (see inset) enjoyed an increase of 12 per cent from the previous year to host 2.74 million delegates and attendees.
The figures were revealed by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, as he chaired the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority’s Annual Board Meeting.
“Today, thanks to the impeccable reputation built over the years as a world-leader in the global exhibitions industry, DWTC is widely recognised as the most conducive international platform for businesses from the East and West to access and service emerging markets in Africa and the wider region,” he said.
“I congratulate the board, the management and the employees for committing to the longterm agenda of the organisation as a core economic contributor for Dubai’s GDP and for their collective drive to continuous innovation that has enabled DWTC to stay ahead of the curve in the evolving global economic landscape.
Last year saw 396 trade events being hosted at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) venue, including 104 mega events.
“The sectors we cover within our calendar have always been very closely aligned with the industries that the government of Dubai seeks to invest in and develop over the medium to long term,” he said.