Middle East

US Independence Day first for ICC Jerusalem

The ICC Jerusalem stepped up into a new role earlier this month when the US Embassy in Israel marked US Independence Day on 4 July with a festive event.

New CEO to lead Ras Al Khaimah Tourism to next phase in UAE

Hospitality veteran Raki Phillips is to lead the next phase of Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism development, as CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company gets VAT waiver

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as announced that it has obtained FTA License for waiver from Value Added Tax (VAT) for all international companies and organisations participating in or holding shows and conferences at its venues across the UAE with effect from 1 June, 2019. The VAT waiver covers exhibitions and conferences held over a period not exceeding seven days. The waiver als...

Dubai Association Conference to return in December

The second edition of the Dubai Association Conference, being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, will take place 9-10 December under the theme of ‘Driving change: The societal impact of associations’. Over the course of two days the conference, organised by Dubai Association Centr...

Automechanika ready to service booming $61bn MEA auto aftermarket

The Middle East and Africa’s auto aftermarket has been valued at US$61bn, with projected rising car sales and more manufacturing bases. The region is on target for 6% annual growth over the next six years, according to a newly published report. The new figures bode well for the largest trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket in the Middle East and Africa, Automechanika Dubai, with organise...

Inside the Dubai Exhibition Centre, host venue of Expo 2020

The team behind the in-construction Dubai Exhibition Centre has released a ‘fly-through’ video of the venue, ahead of its opening on 20 October 2020.

Abu Dhabi event to address asthma issues affecting 1.3m UAE residents

Organisers of global pharmaceutical event CPhI Middle East and Africa say they will deliver content to address the increasing prevalence of Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRDs) in the region when the event returns to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), 16-18 September. CRDs including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, respiratory allergies and occupational lung dise...

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company launches new reward programme

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has launched a new product to reward its visitors and exhibitors, dubbed Capital Plus: Where Business and Leisure Meet. The programme gives visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to experience Abu Dhabi’s top dining destinations, spa treatments, and even take part in fun adventures at some of the grandest theme parks, all located in the heart of Abu ...

ADNEC delivers US$929m economic impact in 2018

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced the value of its direct and indirect impact on the Abu Dhabi economy in 2018 was AED3.41bn (US$929m), taking the total value of its contribution to the local economy since its inception in 2005 to AED32bn. ADNEC’s strong 2018 results followed a 14% growth in the number of events hosted by Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Al Ain C...

World’s top radiologists to convene in Muscat in 2020

Oman has won its bid to host the 30th edition of the International Radiology Congress in October 2020. ORMIS (the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Oman Medical Association, the Oman Convention Bureau and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, came together to launch the bid, presented in Chicago and selected by the International Soc...

Special Olympics World Games comes to ADNEC

Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC venue was proud to host the Special Olympics World Games 14-21 March, an event that drew 7,500 athletes from 200 nations. The athletes competed in 24 individual and team sports, and were backed up by 3,000 coaches. As gold venue partner, the venue played host to 11 indoor categories – the highest number of all venues this year – including badminton, basketball, judo, table tennis...

Abu Dhabi welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2018

Abu Dhabi welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2018, with the emirate also posting figures showing incredible growth over the last three years. These figures were powered by the addition of a host of world-class events and enhancements to all of its specialised tourism sectors, as well as massive improvements to its infrastructure and significant development of its cultural asse...