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Exhibition kicks off as DWTC set to welcome over 1.2 million visitors through the end of 2016

DWTC event

Over 100 trade and entertainment events scheduled from September - December 2016

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) kicked off its high-impact events season on the 4th September with the 34th International Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). DWTC will host over 100 exhibitions, conferences, trade and entertainment events over the next four months (September – December 2016), attracting an estimated 1.2 million regional and international visitors.

Returning to the UAE among these are ‘mega’ shows including; Cityscape Global, GITEX Shopper, GITEX Technology Week, Gulfood Manufacturing, Big 5, Dubai International Jewellery Week, in addition to a wide range of events catering to strategic industries aligned to the economic diversification focus of the UAE and Dubai.  

Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC said: “As we go into another busy events season, we look forward to hosting a diversified events calendar that will connect businesses from around the world. Our aim is to continue to provide the most conducive international platform where businesses from the East and West can showcase their work, find the right partners, and see a tangible return on investment - driving economic growth and creating value.”    

“Last year, DWTC contributed a record AED 12 billion in retained value toward Dubai’s economy, and our priorities will continue to be aligned with the emirate’s wider priorities for economic diversification, sustainably driving long-term returns for the MICE industry and building on our contribution to the GDP.”  

Returning to DWTC from September 6-8, the landmark 15th edition of Cityscape Global will host major developers and international exhibitors from 30 countries, including significant pavilions from Turkey, Bahrain, the UK and new participants from Pakistan. Expected to have over 40,000 visitors, the show will highlight the latest trends in global real estate, showcase worldwide projects and drive innovation in city planning.  

In terms of hospitality, according to the Minister of Economy, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the contribution of travel and tourism sector to the UAE’s domestic product amounted to about AED134 billion in 2015, and this is expected to increase at a rate of 5.4 percent annually over the next ten years. The Leisure Show and The Hotel Show running parallel from September 17-19 support this growing sector. The shows will provide decision makers and professionals a platform to discuss industry trends, developments and market intelligence across key areas of the hospitality industry.  

An exciting addition to the DWTC calendar is the theatrical circus performance, Cirque Du Soleil – Varekai that has garnered international acclaim and mesmerized over 8 million people worldwide since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Running from September 16-26, the spectacular show will feature high-flying acrobatics and breath-taking stunts from 50 performers and musicians from 19 different countries.  

From September 26 – 28, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) will be bringing the 2016 edition of its Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) to the Middle East for the first time in the event’s 92-year history. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the event will draw upon the expertise of leading international oil and gas professionals, featuring current applications and emerging technologies within all phases of exploration and production (E&P). The conference element will provide an unparalleled opportunity for learning and collaboration at workshops, forums, and training courses, while the concurrent exhibition will showcase latest technologies from around the world.  

The demand for the latest consumer electronics has grown significantly in the Middle East, and supporting this demand, GITEX Shopper is set to return to DWTC from October 1-8, bringing together the top technology retailers, brands and distributors under one roof.  The mega show will once again feature unrivalled offers on electronic devices from established local retailers and world-renowned brands.  

The UAE continues to remain at the forefront of technological innovation with game-changing initiatives, such as the first fully 3D printed office building and the Dubai Future Endowment Fund, which dedicates AED 1 billion to support innovative projects in the Emirate. Under the theme “Reimagining Realities”, GITEX Technology Week being held from 16-20 October 2016 will redefine how technology can transform businesses through cutting-edge showcases, international keynotes and dignitaries from around the globe in attendance. The new GITEX Startup Movement, set to be the most global event of its kind, connecting over 400 entrepreneurs and 250 investors and mentors from over 55 countries, will be launched at the 2016 event.    

With a 15,500 square metre extension to the indoor complex space, bringing the multipurpose indoor event and exhibition capacity to over 122,000 square metres, DWTC continues to create new business opportunities, supporting the growth of the regional MICE industry while delivering sustainable economic growth, in line with the UAE Vision 2021.

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