Officials from Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) have broken the ground for new extended facilities at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).
Following a recent announcement from his highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the deputy ruler of Dubai and UAE finance minister, in which plans for the new exhibition were unveiled, the DWTC held the groundbreaking ceremony and scheduled a completion date for late 2009.
The new facilities will be designed to promote both business and tourism in Dubai and will be attached to the existing DICEC.
"It is also in line with DWTC's strategy to ensure Dubai's status as the leading international hub for all exhibitions, conferences and events, hosting the largest shows across numerous sectors," commented Helal Saeed Almarri, chief executive officer of DWTC.
Last month, Sheikh Hamdan also inaugurated the ninth Careers UAE event, welcoming 120 exhibitors to the DWTC.
Promoting jobs in the emirate may also lead to a rise in the sale of residential and commercial property in Dubai as more employees secure jobs in the UAE.