By accelerating its infrastructure, as well as its social and economic structure Dubai has succeeded in transforming itself into a future city. From seaport to a flourishing entrepôt, Dubai attracts business travellers and industrialists from around the globe, with its skylines remodelled by the world’s most dynamic architects. Dubai’s unparalleled range of event venues offer customisable solutions for meeting planners and event organisers.
Here are a few key event venues and convention centres to choose from:
Dubai World Trade Centre
The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is the largest purpose-built convention and exhibition centre in the Middle East. It plays host to some of the biggest international trade fairs, conventions and consumer shows across key industry sectors.
The picturesque Madinat Jumeirah comprises of three grand boutique hotels – Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and Dar Al Masyaf – with over 850 rooms, and a wide variety of meeting / conference venues to suit different planners’ needs. The complex is also home to the multi-purpose Madinat Conference and Events Centre with ballrooms that have a capacity of 400 – 1,700 guests. The Madinat Arena can hold up to 4,500 guests and features a fixed upper gallery and exclusive VIP sections.
Meydan Hotel and Racecourse
Meydan translates to meeting place and offers organisers indoor and outdoor venue options, in addition to 5-star onsite accommodation and superb hospitality. Located quite centrally, the hotel world-class restaurants and lounges, ballrooms and theatre-style settings, an outdoor terrace aptly named Sky Bubble, event suites and more.
Atlantis The Palm
The iconic Atlantis The Palm offers the flexibility of hosting large-scale events of up to 1,500 people, or small meetings with 10 guests in attendance. The 5,600 sq.m meeting Conference Centre is located separate from the main resort lobby to ensure delegates attending an event receive a high-level of exclusivity, separate from hotel guests.
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
Standing at a height of 355.35 meters from the ground level straight to the top of its mast, the JW Marriott Marquis offers a total of 5,155 sq.m of meeting space spread across 32 meeting rooms and two large ballrooms. Meeting rooms can comfortably host up to 18 delegates, while the ballroom capacity totals to 1,548 delegates.
What to expect from Dubai for business?
- Marsa Al Arab: The recently announced mega-project, the Marsa Al Arab is spread across 4 million sq. ft. and comprises two islands on both sides of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. It adds 2.2 km of beach frontage and will be the newest addition to Dubai’s long-standing track record of world-class tourist facilities. One island will be dedicated to entertainment and family tourism, while the other comprises an exclusive luxury resort. This development will also feature a convention centre with an attached business hotel.
- Expo 2020: Expo 2020 Dubai will act as a major event space both during Expo itself and as part of its legacy. Among these spaces will be Al Wasl Plaza at the heart of the Expo site, which will be able to host gatherings of up to 10,000 people.