Middle East

Turkish President Erdogan opens new Istanbul airport

The first phase of the new Istanbul Airport, which is set to be the largest airport in the world, recently opened with an elaborate ceremony on 29 October. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan led the proceedings on the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. The airport’s first phase consists of a main terminal building of 1.4m sqm, two runways, an air traffic control towe...

London ranked #1 for EMEA events in new Carlson Wagonlit survey

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten cities in Europe, Middle East & Africa for 2019 events. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published later this week. It features each city’s 2018/17 positions in brackets: London, UK (1/1) Moscow, Russ...

Apollo now officially part of the Fattal family after €160m deal completes

The €160m takeover of 13 Apollo Hotels first agreed at the end of June is now officially complete. Israel-based Fattal Hotel Group, which operates 150 hotels in 85 destinations, has named Alexander Kluit, former area manager of Apollo Hotels, as managing director, the Netherlands & Belgium. In Europe, the Fattal Hotel Group operates under the flag of Leonardo Hotels. As a result of the takeove...

BBC man to deliver keynote at inVOYAGE forum in Ras Al Khaimah

Luxury meetings and incentives forum inVOYAGE has announced its 2018 inSIGHTS conference programme will feature the BBC’s David Meade and also former global managing partner at IBM Andrew Grill. The speakers will deliver the keynote sessions under a partnership with Speakers Corner agency. Grill will speak about digital disruption, while Meade will provide the closing keynote targeted on improving...

Nurses regional forum ICN 2018 to go to Abu Dhabi in September

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) will host the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) first Regional Conference at its Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 25-27 September 2018. The conference will be co-hosted with the Emirates Nursing Association (ENA) and in collaboration with the SEHA International Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health conference. This regional gathering of n...

ICCA’s Dubai Congress delegates to dine in the desert while keeping focus on business

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced that its social programme for the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai will involve taking delegates from the world’s tallest building to the rolling dunes of the Arabian desert. Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, and its partners on the Local Host Committee are organising the Congress, 11–14 November 2018...

Oman wins international conference and moves in on 2040 target

The Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis (OSLA) has won the bid to host the Triennial International Symposium on Atherosclerosis in 2024 in Muscat, Oman – bringing the Ministry of Tourism of Oman closer to targeting 11m visitors by 2040. The announcement was made during the General Assembly of the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) at the ISA 2018 (the XVIIIth International Symposi...

RTE appoints new exhibition director

Danielle Curtis has been appointed as exhibition director for Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) Middle East, as the organiser continues its management shake up. Curtis (pictured) has overall responsibility for IBTM Arabia, Arabian Travel Market and associated projects in the region. “The meetings and events market in the Middle East is still very much in the ascendant – with confidence in the region c...

ADNEC joins the Global Exhibitions Day celebrations

Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is marked 6 June as a strategic global event aimed at highlighting the significant contributions made by the MICE sector worldwide. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) was one of the main supporters of the GED initiative, which began in 2016 and is now supported by 40 exhibition industry associations and coordinated by UFI, the Global Association of the exhi...

New Tel Aviv CVB start-up reaches out with tech

Israel’s second city and finance and technology capital has announced a new convention bureau will lead an initiative to attract international congresses and tech-related meetings to the city. The ‘non-stop city’ has witnessed a rise of 40% in tourism numbers over the past year and, with the highest concentration per capita of tech startups in the world, Tel Aviv is a world leading tech hub with m...

OCEC launches new convention centre at IMEX in Frankfurt

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) opened Oman’s new convention centre, announced at IMEX in Frankfurt, 16 May. Part of the new Madinat Al Irfan urban development in Muscat, which is being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the executive arm for the development of the tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman. The purpose built centre now offers two ballroom...

ADNEC celebrates 10-year anniversary of owning ExCeL London

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company – (ADNEC) is marking the 10th anniversary of its ownership of ExCeL London. ADNEC made the acquisition in May 2008. The same year it started the Phase 2 construction and London’s ICC, completed in 2010. In 2009 the venue hosted the G20 Summit and was a host venue for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2015 ADNEC invested £15m in the catering experience at ExCeL and...