Exhibitions sector generates US$250m for Abu Dhabi in 2021

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company reports the value of its direct and indirect impact on the economy for 2021.

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company expands on its capabilities with acquisitions and new development plans.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company expands on its capabilities with acquisitions and new development plans. Photo Credit: Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) reports the value of US$250m in direct and indirect impact on the Abu Dhabi economy for 2021.

In 2021, ADNEC had made investments and diversified its portfolio with an expansion of its leisure tourism sector. It was also the same year that saw ADNEC proactively pushing the inbound tourism business with the launch of Tourism 365. The initiative supported the creation of experiential travel opportunities for tourists.

Further expanding its presence in tourism and travel, ADNEC acquired Etihad Airport Services Catering and Etihad Holidays, followed by hotels and new business units. The company also launched development plans at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and ExCeL London in 2021.

A new exhibition hall, expected to be the largest in the MENA region, is being built on 1,000 sqm of land in the marina area opposite the centre. It is scheduled to be completed before October 2022.

Abu Dhabi’s track record of large-scale international events has been promising, having hosted the likes of the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF 10) in 2020, the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and the biennial Global Aerospace Summit, among others.



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