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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits at the centre of three continents, within a five-hour flight time of half the world’s population. The city’s Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) is a world-class facility, within easy reach of the international airport and surrounded by superb hotels, including six on the ADNEC site. Additional venues include the Al Ain Convention Centre in the historic 'Oasis City' and a variety of smaller venues, including Manarat Al Saadiyat. Luxury hotels such as Emirates Palace and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers - to name just two of many - offer world-class event venues in their own right. While leisure facilities like Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and the Yas Marina Circuit - home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - provide bespoke solutions for event planners looking for a more eye-catching or unusual setting for events.

Mubarak Al Shamisi
Mubarak Al Shamisi

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau Director

Location

Hemisphere: Northern
Continent: Africa/Middle East
Country: United Arab Emirates
City: Abu Dhabi

Components

International Airports: 1
Currency: Dirham
Number of Hotels: 168
Number of Rooms: 33000

City Overview

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits at the centre of three continents, within a five-hour flight time of half the world’s population. The city’s Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) is a world-class facility, within easy reach of the international airport and surrounded by superb hotels, including six on the ADNEC site. Additional venues include the Al Ain Convention Centre in the historic 'Oasis City' and a variety of smaller venues, including Manarat Al Saadiyat. Luxury hotels such as Emirates Palace and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers - to name just two of many - offer world-class event venues in their own right. While leisure facilities like Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and the Yas Marina Circuit - home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - provide bespoke solutions for event planners looking for a more eye-catching or unusual setting for events.

CVB Overview

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau acts as a one-stop shop, offering free advice, help with planning and local knowledge. The team can provide destination promotional collateral and assist in boosting delegate numbers. The Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau team provides co-ordination with local partners, and helps arrange introductions to key Abu Dhabi stakeholders, assists in securing support from mainline industry and tourism leaders, and assists with government liaison, researching appropriate venues, offering PR and marketing support, and providing innovative activities and pre- and post- conference ideas.

Knowledge Hub Overview

Abu Dhabi has created a targeted strategy to develop a knowledge-based economy. This strategy is underpinned by the development of industry specific clusters like Masdar City and Abu Dhabi Global Market, and a growing research sector led by the Abu Dhabi Research and Development Authority and world-class institutions like NYU Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and the world's first artificial intelligence university.

Significant Convention Centres

The multi-award-winning Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) offers organisers of events a state-of-the-art, column free, fully interconnected venue with endless possibilities for events. ADNEC can easily host events for 20 to more than 10,000 delegates, offering 133,000 square metres of world-class, fully flexible event space. This includes 12 dedicated exhibition halls stretching across 73,000 square metres, 21 modern meeting rooms, two conference halls seating up to 1,500 delegates between them, one dedicated banquet hall and the multipurpose ICC, which can seat up to 6,000 delegates.

Protocol

Citizens of 66 countries, including the United Kingdom, can get a free-of-charge entry visa upon arrival. GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE.

Access

Abu Dhabi International Airport connects the emirate with over 90 destinations worldwide, and with flights arriving from London Heathrow, Manchester and Dublin. Getting around Abu Dhabi is easy, with taxis reasonably priced and plentiful, whilst buses are modern and highly cost-effective.

Accommodation

• 5* - 54 hotels, 15,200 rooms • 4* - 36 hotels, 7,600 rooms • 1-3* - 33 hotels, 4,600 rooms • Apartments – 45, 5,700 rooms

Attractions

Al Ain Oasis, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Liwa Desert, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn, Qasr Al Watan, Saadiyat Beach, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Sir Bani Yas Island, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi.

DMC's/PCO's

24 Degrees, Alpha Tours, Arabian Adventures, BSL Middle East, Desert Adventures Tourism, Gulf Circle Tours, Gulf Dunes, Hala Abu Dhabi, KIT Group, MCI Abu Dhabi, Meeting Minds - Experts, Momento.

Risk Assessment

The Numbeo crowd-sourced global database revealed that the safest city for 2019 is Abu Dhabi (July 2019), scoring top marks on the safety index with 89.3 points. The numbeo.com website publishes statistics that also concern living costs, consumer prices, healthcare and crime in various countries.

Knowledge Hubs

Automotive
Construction
Engineering
Oil/Gas/Electricity/Energy
Retail