Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has reported AED1.32 billion ($359.3 million) in direct and indirect economic impact during the first half of 2016.
The company said it drew more than 812,000 visitors to its conferences and exhibitions at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Al Ain Convention Centre in H1.
ADNEC said in a statement that it hosted some 34 exhibitions, as well as 124 conferences and events, creating more than 7,000 job opportunities in supporting sectors of business tourism in the first six months of the year.
Noura Mohammed Al Kaabi, chairwoman of ADNEC and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, said: “ADNEC continues to help drive the ongoing diversification and growth of the Abu Dhabi economy, as a key catalyst for realising the Abu Dhabi Plan and Economic Vision 2030.
"Our impressive above-target results in terms of performance and footfall for the first six months of this year is a testament of our sustained commitment.
“It is vital for the future competiveness of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE that we continue to provide an attractive environment for exhibitions, conferences and sectors to come to Abu Dhabi and experience what we have to offer in terms of business tourism.”
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, acting Group CEO of ADNEC, added: “The conferences and exhibitions sector is growing but faces increasing competition around the world. This means we have to remain ahead of the competition in order to achieve our ultimate goals."
In May, Abu Dhabi was ranked 73rd in the annual ranking of the world's top destinations for meetings and congresses released by the International Congress and Convention Association, ICCA – 35 places ahead of its 2014 ranking.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.