Middle East

BIE Executive Committee backs postponing Expo 2020 Dubai for a year

The Executive Committee of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), organiser of the world Expo, has unanimously agreed to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022. As changing the dates of an Expo requires the support of a two-thirds majority of Member States of the BIE (Article 28 of the Paris Convention of 1928), the organisation’s General...

Etihad trials technology to identify medically at-risk travellers

Etihad Airways is the first airline to trial contactless technology for monitoring temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate of travellers. The UAE flag carrier will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial the new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travellers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of ...

ExCeL London’s Abu Dhabi owners confirm NHS is using venue rent-free

Owners of ExCeL London, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) Group, have issued a statement confirming the East London venue has been offered to the NHS rent-free. Chief Executive of ExCeL London, Jeremy Rees said that the initial agreement between the 100,000sqm venue and the UK National Health Service included a contribution to some of the fixed costs involved with keeping the large fac...

Expo 2020 Dubai to explore date change as Covid-19 impacts preparations

Expo 2020 Dubai has released the following message regarding a possible date change to the big event: We continue to face a global situation that is both fast moving and unpredictable. Over the last several weeks, we have been working hard, both internally and in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, to review the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our plans and preparations for Exp...

ADNEC delivered AED4.9bn of economic impact in 2019

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), a subsidiary of ADQ, has announced that the value of its direct and indirect impact on the Abu Dhabi economy in 2019 was AED4.9bn (US$1.33bn).

‘Discover Dubai’ previews Expo 2020 for event planners

A group of 55 business event planners took part in a familiarisation trip in Dubai, ahead of Expo 2020 coming the city next year.

Big wins for Dubai Business Events in 2019

Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, says it recorded 31 successful event bids in 2019. These events are set to attract 150,000 delegates over the coming years, adding around 620,000 room nights to Dubai hotels.

Dubai to host education summit, opens new hotel

Dubai will be hosting a global education summit during Expo 2020, named RewirEd. The Emirate has also opened a new hotel, the Address Sky View by Emaar Hospitality Group.

PCMA announces strategic alliances with CEMA and Abu Dhabi

PCMA has announced a new partnership with the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) and the Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB).

African Tourist Board warns against Iran-US conflict

Cuthbert Ncube, the Chairman of the African Tourist Board, has issued a statement in reaction to the escalating conflict between the United States and Iran.

Dubai Arena increases security ahead of Expo 2020

The Dubai Arena, which opened last summer, has increased its security ahead of the 2020 World Expo.

Arena installs 15,000-seat stadium for Joshua v Ruiz II fight

UK exhibitor and event contractor Arena has played a key role in setting up the stadium structure for the biggest boxing match of the year. Arena completed the design and installation of the 15,000-seat Diriyah Arena and hospitality structure, ahead of the Joshua v Ruiz II heavyweight boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ on 7 December 2019. Commissioned by the Saudi General Sports Authority, the bespoke ar...

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