The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) is expanding the facilities and infrastructure of the group’s centres in Abu Dhabi and London, in a step that will reaffirm its leading global position in the business tourism sector.
The expansion will boost Adnec’s competitiveness and ability to attract and hold major international events for all sectors and increasing overall indoor and outdoor exhibition area to 151,000 sqm at a 7 per cent growth rate.
The development operations at Adnec include building the largest exhibition hall in the Middle East and North Africa region and boast an overall area of 10,000 sq m. This will be located at the Marina across from the Centre, and will be the first of its kind in the region to be located on a waterfront.
Development will commence for the area across from the Grand Platform at the centre, which will add over 10,000 sq m by adding areas for outdoor activities, thereby raising the total outdoor space for exhibitions at this area by 70 per cent to reach 24,000 sq m.
Expansion and development work at Adnec will increase the overall interior space for exhibitions by 12 per cent to reach 92,000 sq m, while the overall outdoor space for exhibitions will exceed 59,000 sq m, increasing the overall area of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre by 7 per cent to over 151,000 sq m.
Development work for the ExCeL London centre in the UK which is owned fully by Adnec, will include beginning the third stage of expanding its facilities. This involves adding 25,000 sq m of space for exhibitions, establishing new halls for meeting and conferences, and adding several services facilities across three floors, which will increase the centre’s overall space by 25 per cent to reach 125,000 sq m.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO at Adnec, said: “The new expansion of the group’s assets in Abu Dhabi and London affirms the increasing importance of the business and leisure tourism sectors. These industries are key in advancing the next stage for both countries’ economies, as they help diversify sources of income and strengthen the main sustainable contributors to it.”
Al Dhaheri added: “Adnec’s strategy is based on the principles of turning challenges into opportunities, and this is what the company’s team has done by emphasising the readiness of the group’s centres to lead the stage of recovery. We have moved on from the exceptional circumstances that have affected the world by providing an advanced infrastructure with the necessary flexibility to welcome people from across the globe once more to our centres in a safe and reliable business environment. This approach is in line with the vision and aspirations of our wise leadership and will continue to be so for the next fifty years.”
Jeremy Rees, Chief Executive Officer at ExCeL London, said: “This expansion of ExCeL London confirms Adnec’s commitment to boosting the centre’s competitiveness and its ability to provide services to partners according to the highest international standards.
“ExCeL London has played a pivotal role is revitalising the economy through the events it hosts which help support the prosperity of sectors such as public transport, hospitality, accommodations, and aviation. This latest investment will enable ExCeL to continue having a positive economic and social impact for years to come, benefitting communities across London.”
The current and future expansion plans will not impact operations and the hosting of events at these centres, and the development of their facilities and infrastructure will enhance their distinction and ability to service more sectors and attract more exhibitor companies from all over the world.
The process is expected to involve the development of infrastructure in the Canal and Marina area. The new hall’s design will be flexible and capable of hosting events of various scales and types from different sectors, and it will be equipped with the most cutting-edge world-class technology for this sector. This will be in addition to facilities and infrastructure that will help provide a unique experience to participants and visitors alike.
Work on the waterfront will begin at the end of October 2021, and is expected to last for 12 months with the new hall opening scheduled for October 2022. Work on the Grand Platform will begin on March 2022 and will last for nine months which will be followed by its inauguration in November 2022. Work on the expansion of ExCeL London will begin early next year and will conclude in early 2024.