Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) venues saw a 12 per cent annual growth in exhibition and conference visitors last year, new figures show.
Official data also revealed that DWTC venues, which include the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Airport Expo Dubai, welcomed 31,197 exhibiting companies last year - an increase of 2.5 per cent, Gulf News reported.
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's deputy ruler, said such growth underlined the confidence in Dubai as a hub for regional trade despite the global economic downturn.
Speaking at a board meeting of the DWTC yesterday (June 28th), he commented: "Exhibitions directly contribute to the increasing flow of visitors and exhibitors to the UAE that in turn helps accelerate trade and tourism within the region."
Shaikh Hamdan referred to the DWTC's expertise, infrastructure and partnerships with government and private bodies that have helped Dubai win ten major global congresses for the next 18 months, including the World Congress of Cardiology in 2012, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East at the DWTC.
The news comes after Dubai's Al Maktoum International airport, which will be the world's largest upon its completion, opened for cargo operations at the weekend.