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ADNEC: Construction of largest hall in MENA region is two weeks ahead of schedule


Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that 40% of construction work for the biggest exhibition hall in the Middle East and North Africa has been completed.

This hall, the first of its kind in the region, is being built on a space of 1,000 square metres in the marina area opposite the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre overlooking the waterfront, with work proceeding at a fast pace, two weeks ahead of the set timeframe.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, managing director and group chief executive officer of ADNEC, visited the site and inspected the progress being made on the hall that is scheduled to open in October 2022. This is part of the expansion plans for the centre to bolster ADNEC’s competitiveness and ability to organize major global events in all fields, thereby consolidating its leading position in the business tourism sector on the regional and global levels.

Al Dhaheri said: “Construction work on the new hall, which is the first of its kind in the region, is progressing at a rapid pace, and it will become a valuable asset to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. It will support our efforts to consolidate Abu Dhabi’s position as a global destination for business tourism and leisure tourism. Additionally, it will contribute to consolidating ADNEC’s standing as a major and influential player in the business tourism sector by enhancing our ability to host and organize more special and major international exhibitions and events in all fields.”

Ahmed Al Mansoori, director of engineering services at ADNEC, said: “The new hall is fitting for the high standing of ADNEC in the tourism and business sectors. Its global style provides a wide and distinctive array of facilities, services and advanced infrastructure and equipment. The hall is built using a solid metal frame covered in aluminium plates to provide flexibility with the ability to host events of various scales and types in all fields. Vehicles and persons can enter it via gates on all sides through roads surrounding it from all directions, which will help provide an exceptional experience for all participants and visitors.”

The construction of the new multi-purpose hall at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is in line with ADNEC’s plan for diversifying its portfolio and developing its centres. This will help provide additional economic and social revenues for the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi by offering a diverse package of services and providing advanced facilities and equipment according to the highest international criteria and standards. It aims to exceed the expectations and requirements of all stakeholders, partners, event organizers, international federations, visitors, and participants.

Once it opens, the new hall will boost ADNEC’s ability to service more sectors and bring in more international exhibitors and organizers of major exhibitions, conferences, and events from around the world.

In 2021, ADNEC unveiled an ambitious plan for developing the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and increasing the overall indoor exhibition area by 12% to reach 92,000 square metres, increasing the overall area of the centre to more than 151,000 square metres.


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