In Numbers: GIBTM and the Middle East

C&IT rounds up some of the key facts and figures about the Middle East's meetings and incentive offer learned at GIBTM this week.

ADNEC hosted GIBTM in Abu Dhabi this week
ADNEC hosted GIBTM in Abu Dhabi this week

256 hosted buyers at GIBTM 2014

300 exhibitors from 35 destinations at GIBTM 2014, 74 of which were new exhibitors

276,970 Number of guests that checked in to hotels in Abu Dhabi in January 2014 – a 36% rise year-on-year

2016 The year the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is due for completion

15% The expected rise in the number of visitors Abu Dhabi will attract in 2014, equating to 3.2 million compared to 2.8 million in 2014

69% of buyers in the Middle East say they will organise more events over the next 12 months

25 million The number of people the 2020 World Expo in Dubai is expected to attract, with 71% expected to come from overseas.

2,259 The number of bedrooms across 7 hotels at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, which houses the Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World, a golf course and Yas Waterpark

3,500sqm The size of solar panels that are used at the Qatar National Convention Centre

1991 The year the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre opened

60 hotels in the Middle East are certified with Green Globe Certification Standard for sustainability


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