More than 200 hosted buyers and exhibitors travelled to Abu Dhabi's St Regis Saadiyat Island hotel for IBTM Arabia for a series of one-to-one meetings and a chance to explore the Emirate 's main sights and attractions.
Yesterday (10 February), delegates left the hotel and made way for Yas Island where the first of many of activities of the show's Discovery Day awaited. The group separated and made their way around Ferrari World, with the bravest of the group hopping onto Formula Rossa, the world's fastest rollercoaster.
Coaches then transported the group to the Yas Marina Circuit where a number of experiences were on offer, including go-karting, speed drifting and racing around the F1 track in a Formula Yas 3000. The Discovery Day came to a close with a trip to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is the largest in the UAE.
On arrival back at the St Regis Saadiyat Island hotel, delegates then made their way into the ballroom for the Knowledge Forum, which featured two educational sessions on the art of networking and the tales of Adrian Hayes, an adventurer who led an expedition to the top of the world's second highest mountain.
In the evening, a poolside drinks reception was arranged for delegates to relax and reflect on a packed first day of IBTM Arabia, formerly known as GIBTM, which will be followed by two days of business meetings, with more than 3,000 appointments scheduled to take place, twice as many as GIBTM 2014.
This evening, the group will head back to Yas Island for a reception and dinner at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi before a final day of pre-scheduled meetings.
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