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Convention centres attracted events worth £670m to Abu Dhabi in 2015

ADNEC announces 26 per cent increase in economic impact and 13 per cent growth in events in 2015

Pictured: Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, acting group CEO of ADNEC

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) announced that its impact on the Abu Dhabi economy in 2015 surged by 26 per cent to AED3.47 billion (£670m) from AED2.76bn (£530m) in 2014. 

This follows a 13 per cent growth in the number of events hosted by ADNEC, which also owns London's ExCeL, and Al Ain Convention Centre (AACC), which collectively hosted a total of 369 events in 2015. 

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, acting group CEO of ADNEC, said: "ADNEC is pleased with yet another strong annual performance. We were able to achieve these results due to our flexibility and efficiency in delivering world-class events. We maintained high growth rates thanks to the sustained efforts in improving the quality of services offered to the events community.

“In addition, we attracted a host of new events increasing the total number of events hosted by our premier venues in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. These events attracted 1.8 million visitors from across the world, up from 1.6 million visitors in 2014.”

Al Dhaheri also revealed that in 2015 ADNEC attracted 12 new exhibitions and witnessed a growth in the specialised conferences and congresses segment - posting a 110 per cent growth. And he added that ADNEC will redouble its efforts to develop and upgrade its facilities and pave the way for hosting more international and regional events. 

He said: “Looking ahead, we reaffirm our commitment to achieving further milestones for ADNEC in 2016, building on the successes achieved in the past years and leveraging the continued support and contributions of our employees and stakeholders.” 

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