By Andy Sambidge
Dubai World Trade Centre says to build 15,500 sq m extension; slated to become operational in Q1 2016
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the region’s largest MICE venue operator, on Sunday announced plans to build a 15,500 square metre extension.
The project will take the available multipurpose indoor event and exhibition capacity to over 122,000 square metres amid a continued increase in demand for new shows, a statement said.
Adjacent to the existing Zabeel Hall complex, three new halls - named Zabeel 4, 5 and 6 - will form the extension beyond Halls 1, 2 and 3.
Construction is expected to start later this month with the new space becoming operational from the first quarter of 2016.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, in his capacity as CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre said: “Dubai is already recognised as a leading events destination globally, and further development of the DWTC complex allows us to position ourselves as a dominant force in the international events delivery arena.
“At DWTC, we have witnessed strong year-on-year growth, an increase in quality visitor footfall, and rise in space demand from top-tier exhibitors across all major trade-shows and the strategic sectors within our calendar. This consistency in performance in the context of a very sluggish global economy has had an extremely positive impact, fuelling increase in the Emirate’s share of the international MICE market.”
The three new halls will have four meeting rooms, be self-sufficient to house their own VIP majlis spaces and organiser offices, and have a dedicated set of services and amenities like medical service zones, food & beverage outlets and others.
As well as the expansion, there will be a new 300-space car park area with the flexibility to be transitioned into a 6,000 square metre tented temporary event area, bolstering capacity when required.
So a place which already has nowhere near enough parking for visitors who don't live on the metro line (= 95% of the visitors) will build a nominal additional carpark far short of that needed even to match the show space expansion, but will use that carpark as extra show space "when required" - which means even the carpark area will instead create more visitors when the whole pace is chocj-full and not be a carpark at that moment so the visitors will.... ummm.... brilliant plan.