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Abu Dhabi conferences and events sector makes strong comeback

September 26, 2022
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The exhibitions, conferences and events sector in Abu Dhabi is witnessing a strong comeback and has exceeded levels seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.

ADNEC Group have attracted an outstanding collection of major global events, 12 of them being held for the first time in Abu Dhabi and in the Middle East, making up 57% of the overall events hosted at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre during the past four months of 2022.

The number of exhibitions organised and hosted at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre by the end of 2022 will mark a 16% increase compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic and its impact on the global industry of exhibitions and events.

The same period will also mark an 11% increase in exhibition area for events during the last quarter of 2022 compared to the same timeframe in 2019.

Accoridng to Adnec, he increase in demand by event organisers from around the world coincides with the approaching inauguration of the largest exhibition hall in Middle East and North Africa.

The new hall will be built on an area of 10,000 sq m in the Arena area opposite the centre, which is set to be inaugurated officially in October, with Adnec Group developing this hall to increase its competitiveness, capacity, and ability to host a wide range of events simultaneously.

Managing Director and Group CEO Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri said: 'These successes achieved by Adnec are a result of the group’s efforts to turn challenges into opportunities in a number of promising economic sectors that support Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification plans, in accordance with the aspirations of our wise leadership for the next fifty years.'

'This is achieved through active contribution to creating a sustainable economy, and providing platforms that enhance the relaying and localisation of advanced knowledge in the UAE, with the goal of consolidating the emirate’s standing as a capital for business tourism and leisure tourism sectors in the region,' he added.

According to Adnec, the last four months of 2022 will witness several leading events on regional and international levels. From September 12 to 14, the Centre hosted the Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo, the region’s only event dedicated to the manufacturing and industrialisation industry.

The event was co-located with Middle East Design & Build Week, aptly providing opportunities for the manufacturing and technology professionals to explore solutions in the construction and design sector.

The Abu Dhabi International Hunting & Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), which is the Middle East and Africa’s largest annual event dedicated to hunting, equestrian and the promotion and preservation of cultural heritage, takes place between September 26 and October 2.

Taking place from October 7 to 9, is the biggest exhibition in the Middle East specialised in modified cars and bicycles - the Auto Moto Show. The event, which is held for the first time in Abu Dhabi, is set to host the world’s largest leading manufacturing companies for auto parts and accessories.

Following this, the International Exhibition of National Security and Resilience takes place from October 10 to 12. It will offer a unique networking platform connecting regional government bodies with security solution providers from across the globe.

Organised by ADNEC Group, ISNR Abu Dhabi brings the national and cyber security community together to accelerate public-private collaboration for a safer connected world. Following this, 48th Annual ISPAD Conference takes place from October 13 to 16.

The world’s largest oil, gas and energy exhibition, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec) takes place from October 31 to November 3 hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Adipec is the world’s most influential meeting place for oil, gas and energy companies and professionals to convene to engage and identify the opportunities that will unlock new value in an evolving energy landscape.

From November 9 to 13, the centre will witness the International Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, which provides an unmissable opportunity to meet with both international merchants and designers, and to learn about the latest diverse and limited versions of watches, jewellery and distinctive jewellery with international and regional brands, which are manufactured in various countries of the world.


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