Business tourism expects a boost as Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau gains a record number of events. Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau has won the bid to host at least 14 conferences that would draw tens of thousands of delegates over the next four years. Actually, 2016 was already a record breaking year for the bureau for the largest number of events.
Hosting events in Dhabi impacts heavily on the economy of Abu Dhabi due to the millions of dirham it brings to the Emirate not to mention the effects on businesses and tourism. In terms of attracting international association meeting, Abu Dhabi ranks 73rd all over the world as revealed by the International Congress and Convention Association.
Some of the major events this year that will be hosted in Abu Dhabi include World Skills, the world’s largest competition of vocational skills on October with more or less 7,000 participants from 76 countries. A 3-day Gulf Regional Congress is scheduled for September this year. By December at least 15,000 delegates are expected to attend a 5-day International Diabetes Federation 2017 Congress. Abu Dhabi will also host the International Conference in Medicine and Healthcare Professions – Ottawa Conferences.
Some of the new events that will be held in Abu Dhabi include the Special Olympics World Games in 2019 which is expected to attract about 10,000 delegates. Abu Dhabi will also be the venue of the World Road Congress and World Energy Congress in 2019.
The number of corporate meetings in Abu Dhabi is on the rise and hotels report tight margins due to rising demand. Last year the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau won the bid to host the 6th Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies that will be attended by at least 6,000 professionals in 2020. It is also expected that 4,000 delegates will attend the World Conference of Family Doctors.
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