Dubai: Hamdi Saad
The exhibitions and events sector in the UAE returned to its normal course during the year 2022 after suffering greatly from the global “Covid-19” crisis, achieving a qualitative leap in terms of the number and attendance of specialists and visitors, which contributed to the growth of many sectors, most notably: travel, hospitality, logistics and transportation, In addition to the growth of the business of hosting and organizing centers for these exhibitions and events at the state level. During the year 2022, the exhibitions and events sector witnessed great momentum, culminated in the UAE’s hosting of “Expo 2020 Dubai”, the largest global event, from which the sector benefited greatly during the period between October 1, 2021, and until March 31, 2022, to be the first country in the region. In hosting this major global event, in parallel with the country’s full recovery from the repercussions of the “Covid-19” crisis, which was accompanied by the disruption of global travel and hospitality.
During 2022, the sector was able to adapt to the changes brought about by the pandemic, restore communication and convergence of stakeholders, and help restore business flow and exchange experiences between participants in events and visitors to exhibitions.
The exhibitions and events sector in the UAE is one of the most vital sectors that contribute to attracting investments and companies from all over the world to the country with the aim of expanding in the region due to the country’s global and regional standing, and its location and advanced infrastructure in this field.
The UAE culminated in its great achievements in the exhibitions and events sector, by winning the bid to host Expo 2020, which is one of the most prominent global events.
The UAE has several centers to host exhibitions and events throughout the year, such as: the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, the Dubai World Trade Center, and the Sharjah Expo Center. .
Abu Dhabi Exhibitions
During 2022, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) hosted a group of events, exhibitions and activities that attracted businesses, companies and visitors from the country and the world, which contributed to revitalizing the aviation, tourism, hotel and other sectors.
The Abu Dhabi events agenda was crowded with a list of the most important events in Abu Dhabi throughout the year, including: Abu Dhabi Air Show 2022, Al Dhafra Festival, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, and Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival.
During 2022, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center ADNEC witnessed the holding of the activities of the World Federation of Wound Healing Societies Conference, the activities of the International Conference on Technology Security and Defense Industries, the Middle East Film and Comics Exhibition, the Emirates Skills Competition, organized by the Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and the activities of the National Service Recruits Recruitment Exhibition. And the activities of the World Utilities Conference
ADNEC hosted the Middle East Railway Exhibition, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the International Chefs Conference and Exhibition, the Middle East Construction Week, the Middle East Manufacturing and Technology Exhibition, the activities of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, the activities of the International Exhibition for National Security and Risk Reduction «ISNR Abu Dhabi, And the activities of the Human Resources Technology Summit, and the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show.
Dubai World Trade
The Dubai World Trade Center hosted hundreds of conferences and events, local, regional and international, in all sectors throughout the year 2022, including 106 events, of which 79 were “commercial and consumer” events, an increase of 41% on an annual basis, in addition to 27 special events.
Among the most prominent of these events were: «Intersec», the global exhibition in the field of emergency services, security and safety, the Arab Health Exhibition and Conference 2022, the Emirates International Dental Conference and the Arab Dental Exhibition – (AEEDC Dubai), the Gulf Food Exhibition – Gulfood, and the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition for Pharmaceuticals and Technology. (DUPHAT), Dubai International Dermatology and Laser Conference and Exhibition (Dubai Derma), Middle East Energy Exhibition, Dubai International Relief and Development Exhibition and Conference (DIHAD), World Art Dubai, Gulf Information Security Exhibition and Conference (GISEC).
The center’s agenda during 2022 included prominent events, such as the Dubai International Horse Show and MedLabs, Break Bulk Middle East, Sleeping Supplies Exhibition, Middle East Aircraft Interior Design Exhibition, iFX Global Exhibition for Financial Technology, Dubai International Wood and Machinery, Custom Show Emirates, and Dubai Parks and Entertainment Centers. and entertainment.
The center hosted the Great Brands Festival, the International Apparel and Textile Exhibition, the Arabian Travel Market, the Airport Show, CABSAT Middle East and the Middle East and North Africa Fiber Optic Connection Council.
The list of Dubai World Trade Center exhibitions included the Index Decoration Exhibition in conjunction with the Hotel Show, Hi-Tech Dubai, the Hospitality Leaders Forum, the Food and Beverage Sector Actors Summit, the China Home Live exhibition, and the Seamless Middle East exhibition in the areas of payments, financial technology, banking services, retail, e-commerce and cards. And identity, and the exhibition of sleeping accessories.
The Indian Property Show was one of the largest events of its kind hosted by the Dubai World Trade Center during 2022, the Middle East Paint Show, the first edition of the Jobs Fair, the Middle East Billboards and Designs Exhibition, the Water, Energy and Environment Technology Exhibition – WETEX, and the World Green Economy Summit.
During October 2022, the Dubai World Trade Center witnessed many large exhibitions and events in the new technologies sector, such as artificial intelligence, the fifth generation network, big data, and marketing such as: Marketing Mania in conjunction with GITEX Global, the Future Blockchain Summit, and the effectiveness of the world of artificial intelligence, The Forex Expo for trading professionals will explore the latest capabilities and techniques used in the successful Forex trading business.
The Dubai World Trade Center also hosted the Decobuild Exhibition for Decoration, Design and Building Materials, Beauty World Middle East Exhibition, Gulf Host for the Hospitality Sector, Private Branding and Licensing Exhibition in the Middle East, the Middle East Sweets and Snacks Exhibition, the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition, and the Paper and Games World Exhibition in the East. The Middle East, the Global Education Supplies and Solutions Exhibition in Dubai, the International Cityscape Exhibition, the Middle East Mechanical Tools Exhibition, the Automechanika Dubai Exhibition, and the Big Five Exhibition.
The main center of “Expo Sharjah” during 2022, and in its two branches in Khor Fakkan and Al Dhaid, hosted more than 40 various exhibitions that contribute to the growth of the exhibitions and conferences sector at the state level.
The Sharjah Expo Center returned to hosting exhibitions early to stimulate sales and support the retail trade sector, and other vital sectors, after recovering from the pandemic, while applying the utmost precautionary measures to ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors.
During the year 2022, Expo Sharjah organized exhibitions, the most important of which are: Steel and Steel Exhibition, International Photography Festival, Great Shopping Discounts, Paper Exhibition in the Emirates, Middle East Watch and Jewelry Exhibition, Ramadan Nights, Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Kerala Health Exhibition, Hive Furniture Exhibition, and Discover Kerala, Emirates Jewels Exhibition, Back to School and Al Aseel Exhibition (Dhaid Expo, International Government Communication Centre, Gulf Paint Fair, National Career Fair, International Education Fair, Sharjah International Book Fair, Furniture Fair 360, Big Shopping Discounts, Kerala Real Estate Fair, Tunis Fair UAE and winter liquidation.
Sharjah Expo hosted the International Photography Festival “Exposure” and the real estate investment exhibition “Acres 2022”, with the participation of a large number of companies and institutions specialized in the field of real estate development, contracting, building materials and real estate brokers, while exhibitions: fashion, electronics and furniture contributed to supporting the retail sector and stimulating sales.