Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) hosted a record number of events in 2011 at its three event facilities, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ExCeL London, and the Al Ain Convention Centre. Together the three venues welcomed 733 events - an increase of 18 per cent over 2010.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre saw a 56 per cent year-on-year increase as its total number of events shot up to 231 from 148 in 2010. Events hosted at ExCeL increased from 242 in 2010 to 284 in 2011, an increase of 17 per cent.
"The growing number and scale of the events we host is a clear signal of our ambitions and rising prominence in the events industry," said Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, AAdnec's Managing Director.
"In 2010, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre made great strides towards its goal of becoming the most successful exhibition, conference and events centre in the region. Adnec is raising the profile of Abu Dhabi internationally and playing a key role in boosting the volume of business tourism to the Emirate. The Adnec team is moving forward and developing the company in line with Abu Dhabi's strategic 2030 vision," added Al Dhaheri.
Key Adnec milestones in 2011 included achieving 44 per cent Emiratisation and offering challenging and rewarding careers to qualified young UAE nationals and Scooping more than 20 global industry awards including 'International Venue of the Year' (Adnec) at the AEO Awards (Association of Events Organisers), as well as being named highly commended in the Venue Sustainable Initiative of the Year category; 'Exhibition Venue of the Year,' (ExCeL) at the Events Awards 2011, and World's Leading Meetings and Conference Venue (ExCeL) at the World Travel Awards 2011.