Dubai World Trade Centre on track for record-breaking year


DUBAI, UAE – Dubai World Trade Centre is on track to mark 2013 as one of its most successful years yet. The 37 events on the calendar for the remainder of 2013 are expected to greatly increase footfall to DWTC.

“The exhibition season is a key pillar of the UAE’s thriving economy and a major contributor to the UAE’s tourism industry generating an influx of visitors to the country”, said Ahmad Al Khaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre. “The events scheduled for the remainder of 2013 are expected to greatly increase footfall to DWTC. This will bring a positive outcome for the economy of Dubai, as its role as the economic hub of the region is further solidified.”

Gitex Technology Week returns for the 33rd year to “create, disrupt, and re-imagine” the technology industry from October 20–24. With IT spend in the Middle East set to hit $192.9 billion in 2013, this year’s Gitex promises to be the largest edition yet, confirming its spot as one of the world’s top three information and communications technology (ICT) exhibitions. The event will connect more than 138,000 industry professionals and over 3,500 suppliers from 144 countries across five continents.

Running concurrently with Gitex will be the third annual InfoComm, a leading exhibition covering the crucial integration between audio visual (AV) technologies and businesses. More than 80 companies from the sectors will be exhibiting their products and offerings during InfoComm.

In November, the DWTC will host the Dubai International Motor Show and The Big 5. Held every two years, the Dubai International Motor Show is more than 35 per cent bigger than the 2011 edition and is expected to showcase over 600 vehicles during the five-day show. The Dubai International Motor Show will take place from November 5–9.

The Big 5 is the largest construction exhibition ever held in the Middle East. The Big 5 this year is expected to welcome more than 2,500 exhibitors from 65 countries and more than 60,000 construction professionals. The event will run from November 25–28.

In December, DWTC will be hosting the Dubai International Jewellery Week, running from December 4–7. The event delivers focused forums for traders, consumers and exhibitors from across the globe, with more than 400 exhibitors from over 20 countries expected to attend.

In December, DWTC will also be organising and hosting the Entrepreneurial Ventures of Arabia (EVA) from December 8–9. EVA is the UAE’s flagship platform to foster the country’s future entrepreneurs.