About Dubai World Trade Centre

The pioneer of Dubai's rise as a cosmopolitan commercial centre at the crossroads of the world

The epicentre for business in the Middle East, Dubai World Trade Centre has played a pivotal role in the growth of Dubai’s business tourism and trade since its inauguration in 1979.

We connect people, products and ideas from around the globe through our year-round calendar of international trade fairs, blockbuster consumer shows and prestigious international conferences, which are complemented by our innovative free zone and award-winning real estate developments. As the region’s leading purpose-built complex for events and exhibitions, we provide a platform for unparalleled business and networking opportunities.

Each year, through our various events, we create tens of thousands of jobs for a variety of industries and sectors. We continue to be driven by our ongoing role in helping to shape Dubai’s future and reinforce its position as a global hub for the future economy.

Our Vision

To make Dubai the world’s leading destination for all major exhibitions, conferences, and events.

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver ‘Destination Dubai’ for the region by providing a world-class business networking platform with integrated end-to-end services. We do this by continually innovating and creating an unparalleled calendar of events, providing state-of-the-art real estate solutions within a sophisticated and dynamic business environment, and inspiring our employees with progressive and rewarding career opportunities.

What we do

Venue Services Management
Event Management
Real Estate
Free Zone

Through our 145,000 square metres of event space, we provide an ideal and impeccably serviced showcase for global organisations

Dubai World Trade Centre offers a venue for every event. From conferences and trade exhibitions, to concerts and galas, our scope and scale are unlimited. We also provide the infrastructure our organisers and exhibitors need to be successful, including event service teams who deliver comprehensive support.

As a preferred caterer to private, corporate, government and royal clients, our portfolio of premium hospitality services has grown in tandem with the city's diverse event calendar. Hospitality and Weddings by Dubai World Trade Centre are additional key offerings, along with Event Plus, our dedicated online e-commerce platform and services targeted at exhibitors.

We handle the key facilities management services for all properties we own or manage, including all engineering and maintenance, infrastructure operations, traffic and security management, emergency medical services and cleaning and waste management.

Over 40 years of experience and being the region's leading event venue

Every year our Even Management Team puts on an impressive portfolio of shows, ranging from niche trade events to mass-market consumer expos across a range of sectors spanning Technology, Food and Hospitality, Marine, Lifestyle, and others.

Currently, we own and organise 25 of the region’s largest exhibitions, and our team is continually developing new ideas for all our B2B, and B2C shows in line with global trends.

Our in-house experiential agency ‘DXB Live’ was established to serve our event better and exhibit clients. Each year, ‘DXB Live’ services to over 100 significant events and partners. Through our integrated services, we bring to life more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition stands, live events, and conferences, alongside providing complex solutions.

A real estate to support tourism and trade

Our latest projects add new dimensions to both our legacy Dubai World Trade Centre location and Expo City Dubai, enhancing the emirate’s ongoing expansion as an international hub of trade, tourism, and commerce.

Our developments include the groundbreaking and award-winning One Central, a premium commercial development that has delivered over 158,000 square metres of new Grade A leasable office space in the heart of Dubai. Following the opening of the region's first-ever trend-setting 25H hotel in 2022 and a growing collection of restaurants and eateries opening up, One Central continues to elevate Dubai's central business district to a new level.

Developed and managed by the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) was built for the global mega-event Expo 2020 Dubai and continues to be a venue of choice for hosting significant national and international events.

Expo Village was initially developed by the Dubai World Trade Centre ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai. Following the reopening of Expo City Dubai in October 2022, Expo Village today is home to an active residential community.

A growing free zone for the future of business

Dubai is an ideal commercial hub for businesses seeking to reach the wider MENASA region. The DWTC Free Zone invites both onshore and offshore operations to establish themselves in this powerful global gateway for trade, finance and commerce. Attractive dual-licensing options are offered, enabling onshore and offshore companies to enjoy co-location as desired.

The DWTC Authority understands its unique environment and provides enhanced incentives for business. Tenants enjoy a flexible and advantageous regulatory environment with internationally-benchmarked legislative policies, so they can keep their focus on doing business.

What we do

Venue Services Management
Event Management
Real Estate
Free Zone

Through our 145,000 square metres of event space, we provide an ideal and impeccably serviced showcase for global organisations

Dubai World Trade Centre offers a venue for every event. From conferences and trade exhibitions, to concerts and galas, our scope and scale are unlimited. We also provide the infrastructure our organisers and exhibitors need to be successful, including event service teams who deliver comprehensive support.

As a preferred caterer to private, corporate, government and royal clients, our portfolio of premium hospitality services has grown in tandem with the city's diverse event calendar. Hospitality and Weddings by Dubai World Trade Centre are additional key offerings, along with Event Plus, our dedicated online e-commerce platform and services targeted at exhibitors.

We handle the key facilities management services for all properties we own or manage, including all engineering and maintenance, infrastructure operations, traffic and security management, emergency medical services and cleaning and waste management.

Over 40 years of experience and being the region's leading event venue

Every year our Even Management Team puts on an impressive portfolio of shows, ranging from niche trade events to mass-market consumer expos across a range of sectors spanning Technology, Food and Hospitality, Marine, Lifestyle, and others.

Currently, we own and organise 25 of the region’s largest exhibitions, and our team is continually developing new ideas for all our B2B, and B2C shows in line with global trends.

Our in-house experiential agency ‘DXB Live’ was established to serve our event better and exhibit clients. Each year, ‘DXB Live’ services to over 100 significant events and partners. Through our integrated services, we bring to life more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition stands, live events, and conferences, alongside providing complex solutions.

A real estate to support tourism and trade

Our latest projects add new dimensions to both our legacy Dubai World Trade Centre location and Expo City Dubai, enhancing the emirate’s ongoing expansion as an international hub of trade, tourism, and commerce.

Our developments include the groundbreaking and award-winning One Central, a premium commercial development that has delivered over 158,000 square metres of new Grade A leasable office space in the heart of Dubai. Following the opening of the region's first-ever trend-setting 25H hotel in 2022 and a growing collection of restaurants and eateries opening up, One Central continues to elevate Dubai's central business district to a new level.

Developed and managed by the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) was built for the global mega-event Expo 2020 Dubai and continues to be a venue of choice for hosting significant national and international events.

Expo Village was initially developed by the Dubai World Trade Centre ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai. Following the reopening of Expo City Dubai in October 2022, Expo Village today is home to an active residential community.

A growing free zone for the future of business

Dubai is an ideal commercial hub for businesses seeking to reach the wider MENASA region. The DWTC Free Zone invites both onshore and offshore operations to establish themselves in this powerful global gateway for trade, finance and commerce. Attractive dual-licensing options are offered, enabling onshore and offshore companies to enjoy co-location as desired.

The DWTC Authority understands its unique environment and provides enhanced incentives for business. Tenants enjoy a flexible and advantageous regulatory environment with internationally-benchmarked legislative policies, so they can keep their focus on doing business.

Brand Portfolio

All Brands
Venue Services Management
Event Management
Real Estate

Brand Portfolio

All Brands
Venue Services Management
Event Management
Real Estate

Our Awards

FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE AWARDS
CITYSCAPE GLOBAL
MEED QUALITY AWARDS
GULF REAL ESTATE AWARDS
BIG PROJECT MIDDLE EAST AWARDS
CONSTRUCTION WEEK AWARDS
WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
WORLD MICE AWARDS
EMIRATES SALON CULINAIRE
FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE AWARDS
CITYSCAPE GLOBAL

Cityscape Global Awards celebrate excellence in real estate development and architecture throughout emerging markets.

2016 & 2018

One Central: Best Commercial Project

 

Our Awards

CITYSCAPE GLOBAL
MEED QUALITY AWARDS
GULF REAL ESTATE AWARDS
BIG PROJECT MIDDLE EAST AWARDS
CONSTRUCTION WEEK AWARDS
WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
WORLD MICE AWARDS
EMIRATES SALON CULINAIRE
FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE AWARDS

Cityscape Global Awards celebrate excellence in real estate development and architecture throughout emerging markets.

2016 & 2018

One Central: Best Commercial Project

 

The purpose of MEED Projects Awards is to celebrate the best the GCC projects industry has to offer. MEED enhances the development of the region by supporting this crucial sector.

2020

Expo Park: Small Project of the Year

 

The Gulf Real Estate Awards celebrate the very best operators in the Real Estate industry and the only accolades open to every real estate professional and group in the Gulf.

2017

One Central: Best Real Estate Project

This competition offers a prestigious recognition of excellence of the foremost building contractors in the Middle East region.

2017

One Central: Middle East Project of the Year

These awards are the foremost event celebrating the achievements of the region’s construction contractors. The awards seek to recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess and project success.

2017

One Central: Commercial Project of the Year

 

Described by the Wall Street Journal as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry,” the World Travel Awards are the ultimate global travel accolade.

2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2010

DICEC - Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre

2011, 2010

DICEC - World's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre

2021, 2020, 2013, 2007 & 2006

DICEC - World's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre

2001 - 2009

DICEC - Middle East's Leading Conference Centre

 

The World MICE Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in MICE tourism.

2023

Dubai World Trade Centre - World's Best Convention Centre

2023

Dubai World Trade Centre - Middle East's Best Convention Centre

2023

Dubai World Trade Centre - United Arab Emirates' Best Convention Centre

 

This award from Emirates Culinary Guild comprises a series of practical and display-based culinary competitions for professional chefs to showcase their skills and techniques.

Emirates Salon Culinaire 2023

17 Medals

Emirates Salon Culinaire 2019

35 Medals

Emirates Salon Culinaire 2018

37 Medals

Emirates Salon Culinaire 2017

51 Medals

EEmirates Salon Culinaire 2016

44 Medals

 

 

This award, organised by Dubai Municipality, celebrates companies that consistently maintain high food safety and hygiene standards.

2021

ISO 22000 Food Safety Certification

 

Sustainability

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is committed to sustainability and hosting socially impactful and environmentally responsible global events. DWTC's sustainability efforts are guided by three key pillars: aligning with the vision and strategies outlined by the local and federal government, setting industry benchmarks, and meeting public environmental expectations. DWTC's initiatives focus on reducing energy consumption, conserving resources, and minimising waste, supported by certifications like Green Globe and alignment with the UAE’s sustainability goals.

Our Story

The late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum directs British architect John Harris to design the Trade Centre Tower, also known as ‘Sheikh Rashid Tower’

In 1979, our Sheikh Rashid Tower made history as Dubai’s first major tower and business centre. The tower soon became the heartbeat of the emirate’s growing business community and inaugurated Sheikh Zayed Road as a bustling skyline and commercial hub.

Queen Elizabeth II inaugurates Sheikh Rashid Tower, heralding the start of Dubai's rise to global prominence in trade, finance, and tourism.

Dubai Trade Centre grows beyond Sheikh Rashid Tower to include a separate semipermanent exhibition space.

"Dubai Trade Centre" changes its name to "Dubai World Trade Centre" to reaffirm its global status.

The new Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre opens. A concourse connects Halls 1 and 2, the Convention Tower, and Novotel and Ibis Hotels. An IMF/World Bank Meeting attracts over 15,000 delegates.

Sheikh Saeed Halls open, increasing the total exhibition floor space and securing Dubai World Trade Centre's position as the largest events venue in the Middle East.

The DWTC Authority was established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

New Za'abeel Halls are opened, adding a total 15,500 square metres of event space to the existing Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Phase 1 of 'One Central' is completed in March, including 'The Offices 1' and the 588-room Ibis One Central hotel.

The Expo Village residential development breaks ground at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

Phase 2 of One Central is completed, including The Offices 2 and 3. These two commercial buildings offer over 69,000 square metres of combined leasable space.

In December, the 25Hours Hotel Dubai breaks ground at the One Central site. This concept hotel, the chain's largest outside Europe, offers a fresh take on modern hospitality.

The Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) breaks ground at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

Groundbreaking of the Expo Park, a new 37,000 square-metre park at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Phase 3 of One Central is completed with The Offices 4 and 5 rounding out One Central's 158,000 square metre premium office development.

Final structural truss installation of the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) announcing the project completion.

DWTC spearheads the safe opening of the global events sector after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Completion of Expo Park running adjacent to the length of Expo Village, adding running tracks, playgrounds, and event spaces to the community.

Completion of Expo Village, the official residential community of Expo 2020 Dubai. Spread across 15 mid-rise tower, the new community consists of 2,273 apartments.

The 5-star 25hours Hotel officially opens in One Central with 434 rooms and suites, flexible events and co-working space and five signature restaurants and bars.

Official Inauguration of Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) in parallel with Expo 2020 Dubai opening.

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