Press Release

Celebrating 10 years of Wisdom and Achievements

04 Jan 2016

Celebrating 10 years of Wisdom and Achievements

His Excellency Helal S.K.Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority, in his congratulatory message to the nation and government, on the 10th anniversary of the occasion of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s accession as UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. 

Under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the city has grown to become among the world’s top cities for people from around the world, to travel to and to do business in. 

A testament to the results of his forward thinking strategic policies, steadfast commitment to economic transformation and ambitious drive for innovation and excellence, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has continued to evolve as a truly international powerhouse for the global events and exhibitions industry serving as a core delivery engine of Dubai’s dynamic business proposition.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of His Highness’ accession as UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, it is important to reflect on how his profoundly visionary and truly inspirational leadership have been instrumental in both DWTC and Dubai’s meteoric growth, ably preparing us to take advantage of the enormous potential that the future holds for us all,” said Almarri.

“Over the last decade, amidst global economic uncertainties and pressures, DWTC has emerged visibly stronger in the global competitive arena, more agile in its responsiveness to changes in consumer preferences and more diversified in its approach to driving event sector growth for Dubai. Through continued investments in scale and technology, both key enablers to the strategic evolution of our calendar of events across business and consumer shows, DWTC has sustainably grown its economic contribution to Dubai’s GDP, pioneering networking platforms for international markets to expand across the region.

“Our success has relied heavily on His Highness’ commitment to building on Dubai’s global competitiveness as a destination and consequently influenced our government’s enabling policy agenda, dynamic regulatory ecosystem and stimulating capital infrastructure projects,” added Almarri.

Today, Dubai is synonymous with ‘ease of doing business’, bolstered by unparalleled connectivity with ever-increasing airlift, and offers a highly desirable lifestyle for its residents. These among other attributes have enabled DWTC, and consequently the MICE sector, to actively drive the reputation of Dubai as ‘the’ international gateway to high-yield regional markets, further cementing the emirate’s positioning as a global business and event hub. 

Replicating the strength of the emirate’s successful model of public-private partnerships, DWTC has continuously prioritised strengthening relations with government stakeholders, the events industry both domestic and international, and has worked closely with its direct clients – organisers, exhibitors and tenants – to understand, anticipate and address the needs of a changing global consumer proactively, resulting in strong double-digit growth across the business portfolio. 

Accelerated growth trends are expected to be sustained across established shows in key sectors for Dubai’s economy, and new-to-market events, ultimately delivering returns for clients, increasing attractiveness to domestic and international organisers and attendees, and amplifying economic value for Dubai. 

Additionally, the global competitiveness of this 122,000 square metres venue with its upcoming mixed-use DTCD development is being driven even further with the establishment of the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority, creating a highly desirable free zone proposition to deliver an efficient, competitive and well-regulated business ecosystem for businesses to compete even more effectively regionally and globally. 

“Building on the confidence and support from the leadership, we will continue to focus on stimulating growth across targeted sectors that are pillars for Dubai’s 2021 Plan and the UAE’s innovation agenda, allowing us to deliver our aspirations of becoming the global leading destination for business & leisure events at the heart of Europe-Middle East-Africa, supporting the comprehensive development of the Emirate in the coming years,” said Almarri.

“To this end, we are indeed fortunate to have had the honour and privilege of being able to learn from the wisdom, perseverance and ambition of His Highness. I extend my congratulations to our Ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the occasion of his 10 years of leadership, and wish him an even more successful future ahead to guide the next generations of our nation,” added Almarri.