2.74 MIL­LION

Record year for Dubai land­mark build­ing

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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.

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