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Abu Dhabi confident of growth on Global Exhibitions Day

ADNEC chief executive says emirate will play its part in expansion of the sector
06/06/2018

Pictured: Staff at ADNEC celebrate #GED18

Abu Dhabi will be a ‘key player’ in the growth of the exhibitions industry, it was claimed.


Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), said its venues would ‘contribute to the growth and development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’.


Speaking on Global Exhibitions Day (GED), he said: “These are truly exciting times for the global MICE industry as analysts are predicting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5 per cent in the next five years and reaching USD 1.24 billion in 2023.


“Rapid globalization along with the expansion of service industries and the continuing emergence of newer technologies have become key drivers in this industry's continuous growth. In line with this, ADNEC is confident that it will be a key player in the growth, remaining steadfast in our commitment to provide world class services and facilities to the region.”


The GED initiative, which began in 2016, has seen an ever-growing number of participants and is supported by 40 exhibition industry associations. It is coordinated by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. 

As with previous GED events, industry professionals and students from around the world have been taken part in online campaigns drawing attention to the industry.


ADNEC has two venues in the Abu Dhabi – the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and the Al Ain Convention Centre – as well as ExCeL London, which, it says, contribute to 6.12 per cent of the international exhibition industry.


Last year ADNEC hosted 54 exhibitions, representing an increase of 25.5 per cent from 2016, including 13 new exhibitions. Customer satisfaction was at an all-time high, at 94.6 per cent.


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