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Trade Centre glows during $220m facelift

The exhibition Centre looks a little different for show visitors today. Since the doors closed on last year’s show, DWTC has embarked on a massive overhaul of the centre’s facilities.

Dubai Exhibition Centre looks a little different for show visitors today. Since the doors closed on last year’s show, organiser Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has embarked on a massive overhaul of the centre’s facilities. An air-conditioned concourse now runs between Halls 1 to 4 and will eventually extend all the way around the complex.“DWTC is going through a facelift with the building of the concourse. When finished, it will accommodate [various retail] outlets. The idea is that visitors will not have to leave the complex for any requirement. They are going to find everything they need within the facility,” says a DWTC spokesperson.The exhibition centre upgrade is part of a Dhs800 million ($220 million) project to create a conference and exhibition centre for the International Monetary Fund meeting in 2003. The site will boast a 6000 seat auditorium, which, when linked with hall eight, will have a total space of 11,000 square feet and 44 meeting rooms.This construction is still restricting access to the show; forcing all visitors through the entrances between Halls 1 and 4, and a small entrance at the back of Hall 8.In an effort to relieve congestion, DWTC has been promoting its online pre-registration since September. “Our automated pre-registration process helps ease on-site congestion and enables us to monitor the interest the event is generating among IT professionals throughout the region,” says Ibrahim Al Hashemi, assistant general manager, DWTC.

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