By Joanne Bladd
City's largest exhibition space says 639,170 visitors attended events in first six months.
Dubai World Trade Centre on Wednesday said it recorded a 15 percent rise in visitor figures in the first six months of 2010, bolstered by new shows and increased footfall at existing events.
DWTC, the city’s largest exhibition space, said 639,170 visitors attended events at its venues in the six months to June 2010, up from 551,938 in the year-earlier period.
Total traffic in 2009 reached 1.2 million visitors; a figure DWTC claims it is “well positioned to exceed… by year-end, despite continuing pressure in global markets.”
In a statement, the state-backed venue said it hosted 59 exhibitions and conferences in the first six months of the year, attracting 22,000 companies from more than 85 countries.
“One of our key priorities as DWTC has been to steadily increase the event industry’s contribution to Dubai’s GDP and to [stimulate] regional investment,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre. The venue’s robust first half results are “evidence of the ‘real’ value that [firms] derive from participating at tradeshows in Dubai,” he said.
The largest annual show hosted by DWTC, Arab Health, this year attracted a record 66,000 visitors and more than 2,600 exhibitors from 58 countries.
Gulfood, also a headline event for DWTC, notched up 55,379 trade visitors across the four days of the event, and hosted 3,500 exhibitors.
Going forward, the venue will host eight new global congresses in 2011 and 2012 secured by Dubai. These include the World Diabetes Congress, the World Cardiology Congress and the International Bar Association Congress.