Middle East

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...

AccorHotels purchases Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts for US$567m

French company AccorHotels has signed an agreement to purchase Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts from Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding Company for CHF560m (US$5.7m), 30 April. Mövenpick operates in 27 countries with 84 hotels and is set to open an additional 42 hotels by 2021. Kingdom Holding has been an investor in Mövenpick for nearly two decades – its domestic interests make up about half of t...

Saudi Arabia joins ICCA

The Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) has joined International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as it boosts its international marketing efforts. The SECB is also going to IMEX in Frankfurt in May where 23 venues, event organisers and services companies from the Kingdom will be partnering on a stand. The SECB is also one of the sponsors of the IMEX Policy Forum. Eng. Tariq ...

CultureSummit 2018 showcases connection between heritage and innovation 

A global gathering of over 400 delegates from more than 80 countries recently attended the CultureSummit 2018 at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi to discuss the role that culture plays in addressing global challenges including poverty, extremism, climate change and heritage preservation. Under the theme of Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and...

Reed Exhibitions adopts GES technology package at Airport Show 2018

Event organiser Reed Exhibitions has announced a new contract with Visit and Poken by GES for its Airport Show portfolio of events in Dubai. Airport Show is the latest of a series of technology-enabled events already delivered by Visit and Poken across leading organisers in EMEA. The GES technology package, which combines SaaS registration software, NFC-enabled smart badges, NFC touchpoints, and V...

Etihad Airways trials VR technology in ‘future’ airport lounge

Etihad Airways has started trialing SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment technology at its flagship First Class Lounge and Spa and Business Class Premium Lounge, at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The month-long trial by the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier will gather customer feedback to determine the airline’s future lounge entertainment offering at Abu Dhabi’s Midf...

Celebrating AME in Istanbul

Over 15,000 event professionals, hailing from 40 countries, gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to celebrate the 5th ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition (AME) at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), from 21-23 February 2018. President of Tourism Media Group and TETKID, Volkan Ataman, commented: “A total of 617 international hosted buyers came to ACE of M.I.C.E.” The event brought 112 national and 57 international ...

MCI Middle East claims Superbrand status

MCI Middle East is the only United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based event agency and association management recognised as a ‘Superbrand’. The organisation has won – for the fifth consecutive year – the Superbrands Council universal seal for enduring excellence. “Every effort, every action – big or small – is sometimes what makes a true difference in forging strong business relationships,” said Ajay Bhojw...

PATA brings its adventure travel conference to Al Ain

HE Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, executive director, tourism sector, department of culture and tourism – Abu Dhabi, was lead speaker at the plenary sessions of the Pacific Asia Travel Association Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 (PATA ATRTCM) held in Al Ain, in the United Arab Emirates. Key speakers included Dr Mario Hardy, chief executive officer, PATA, Thail...