Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) recorded a 12 per cent increase in the number of visitors to its UAE-based conference venues last year.
Adnec, which also owns and operates the Al Ain Convention Centre, said yesterday that 1.53 million people had attended 328 events in the two venues in 2013, compared with 1.38 million in 2012.
The number of exhibitors at the two centres grew to 11,621 during 2013, a year-on-year increase of 26 per cent. The total number of exhibitions rose to 57 from 54.
The 23rd annual Abu Dhabi International Book Fair held in April was Adnec’s largest crowd-puller of the year in the UAE, attracting 225,000 visitors.
At the book fair nearly 900 publishers from 54 countries exhibited more than 500,000 titles in 33 different languages.
Other highlights in Abu Dhabi included the sixth Word Future Energy Summit in January, the International Defence Exhibition (Idex) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (Navdex) in February, and the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec) in November.
Adipec was a particular success in 2013, with 1,650 companies from 58 countries and 13 national pavilions participating, with an overall attendance of more than 60,000 over four days.
Last year Adnec also won the right to host a series of high-profile events including the International Airport Transport Association (Iata) Slot conference in June this year, and the Ecocity World Summit in 2015.
The increasing numbers of events, exhibitors and people attending had a tangible impact upon Abu Dhabi’s economy, said Adnec’s chairman, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan.
“The outstanding performance of Adnec in 2013 has demonstrated our unique ability to attract major global events across a variety of economic sectors and meet the requirements and expectations of our existing customers,” he said.
Adnec estimated that its activities had an economic impact of about Dh2.6 billion for the local economy during the year.
The company declined to give details of its revenues and profits for the year, but said its overall financial performance for the year was expected to be on budget.
Adnec did not disclose figures for the ExCel exhibition centre in London, which it acquired in 2008.