Dubai Exhibition Centre aims to expand UAE’s events sector

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Organisers have unveiled a sneak peek of the Dubai Exhibition Centre, set to host the six-month-long World Expo 2020 starting in October next year.

The World Expo, also known as the World Fair, has been bringing together nations from across the world to showcase their achievements for almost 170 years. The event provides cultural exchange, nation branding and creates a legacy for the hosting nation.


For the UAE, this legacy is the Dubai Exhibition Centre which has been purpose-built for the event. Other legacy constructions that were built for the sole purpose of hosting the World Expo, include Paris’ Eiffel Tower, London’s Crystal Palace and Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.

Next year’s Expo will be the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. With 25 million visitors expected between October 2020 and April 2021, approximately 70 per cent of visitors are projected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos.

Dubai Exhibition Centre will boast 45,000 sqm of flexible space, including a theatre and auditorium, spread across two campuses. There will also be several multi-purpose halls, four suites and 24 meeting rooms, all of which are customisable to suit individual events.

Other characteristics of the Dubai Exhibition Centre include integrated technology such as audio, visual and telecommunication facilities; and on-site catering facilities.

Shaun Vorster, Expo 2020 Dubai vice president of strategy and business integration said: “There will be no place on the planet offering more exceptional business networking opportunities than Expo 2020 Dubai, and the Dubai Exhibition Centre will be right at its heart.

“Bookings are already going well and this latest 3D animated fly-through, which gives a taster of the high-tech facilities on offer, has already sparked keen interest among the 190 countries participating in Expo 2020.”

The event is expected to welcome more than 200 participants, including nations, global multilateral organisations, businesses, educational institutions, and millions of visitors.

After the Expo 2020, the Dubai Exhibition Centre will be used as a multi-purpose venue by the wider domestic and international communities for summits, business festivals, seminars, weddings, gala dinners and live performances.

Ahmed Al Khatib, chief delivery officer Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “By any standard, the Dubai Exhibition Centre will be a cutting edge venue that will play a pivotal role during Expo 2020.

“But the impact of such a unique space will stretch well beyond the six months of the Expo, boosting the region’s meetings and events industry, furthering the UAE’s reputation as a destination for major conferences, and fuelling growth in Dubai’s knowledge-based economy for many years to come.”

Dubai Exhibition centre will be in close proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport and accessible from Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport, as well as the Dubai and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminals.

Access to the Dubai Exhibition Centre will also be directly available via the dedicated “Route 2020” metro line and four major highways, making it easily reachable by land, air and sea.

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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