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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...

Inaugural Abu Dhabi International Boat Show sails onto awards shortlist

With seven months until the 2019 edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), the inaugural edition in 2018 is still generating a buzz after being shortlisted by the Middle East Special Event (MESE) Awards in the Best Consumer Exhibition category. The 2018 show attracted 21,123 attendees, 270 exhibitors and brands from 25 countries, for its maiden voyage at Abu Dhabi National Exhibiti...

Qatar foundation announces 50% female panel pledge

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, vice chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), has made a pledge that women will make up at least half the panel speakers at all its conferences and events, locally and internationally. QF is a non-profit organization made up of more than 50 entities working in education, research, and community development. The pledge means participants in disc...

Global gas association IGU chooses Oman for its IGRC conference in 2020

The Sultanate of Oman has been selected to host the International Gas Union’s 16th International Gas Research Conference (IGRC) in 2020. The successful bid was won in collaboration with Oman LNG and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC). The IGRC is a triennial event organised by the International Gas Union (IGU) that highlights the research, development and innovation aspects of the ...

ADNEC’s Hive brings a fresh buzz for events

The Hive grew out of an idea for an Innovation Lab concept for ADNEC’s own staff meetings and now offers 865sqm of versatile space, designed as not just a space for hire but one that can enhance the benefits of face-to-face engagement. The Hive consists of an 80-seat auditorium informally named The Collaboratorium, and The Lab that offers 320sqm of configurable space as well as three meeting rooms...

Dubai World Trade Centre wins bids for ten new congresses

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that it has won bids to host ten new international congresses at the venue from 2019-2022. The events are expected to bring around 37,000 delegates to the city, and an estimated AED 700m (US $190m) for the economy. Events will include the 4thYoung Professionals in Space Conference (YPS), the 22ndInternational Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symp...

IBTM Arabia partners with ICCA Middle East to host MICE Knowledge Platform

IBTM Arabia has announced the first details of the Knowledge Programme for its 2019 event, which will take place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers from 25-27 March. New this year is a ‘MICE Knowledge Platform’ – two specially tailored sessions in association with ICCA Middle East. The first session, ‘Business approaches across cultures’, will bring together panel members from across the MENA region ...

CWT shakes up EMEA leadership structure, as Country Directors depart

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has shaken up its European management structure, abolishing the roles of Country Director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Benelux, UK & Ireland, France, and Spain. As a result, the following people have left the company: Peter Ashworth (Senior VP, Central & Eastern Europe), Antonio Calegari (VP & Country Director,...