ABU Dhabi will this week host its biggest ever congress – the World Ophthalmology Congress 2012, which is expected to see 12,000 delegates arriving in the UAE capital from tomorrow.
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced the launch of the International Convention Centre (ICC) Abu Dhabi, as a rebranding of the Abu Dhabi Hall (right).
The ICC launch aims to boost the city’s positioning as a destination for large-scale international conventions and association events.
HE Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, managing director of ADNEC, said “building on our success to date, we continue to seek out new opportunities and raise Abu Dhabi’s international profile as a destination for major events”.
The creation of the designated ICC for Abu Dhabi signals an intention to “actively target a growing sector,” with ADNEC saying international association conferences are a robust market with huge growth potential.
“Professional conference organisers recognise and appreciate ICCs,” said ADNEC chief sales and marketing officer, Huamid Al Dhaheri.
“The ICC Abu Dhabi adds another string to our bow as we actively promote the emirate internationally as a growing market for association meetings”.
As well as the large, fully flexible tiered auditorium seating up to 6000 people, there are also two large conference rooms, 19 smaller break-out rooms, additional exhibition space of 65,080 square metres and extensive catering facilities.
More than 2400 hotel rooms are available on site or within five minutes drive, with an additional 700+ rooms expected to be added by the end of the year.