Dubai: Middle East's biggest venue

The Dubai World Trade Centre has revealed that its Dubai Exhibition World venue will be the Middle East’s largest conference venue when it launches its first phase in the middle of 2009. The £1.1billion project will open with 120,000sqm of floor space, with a further 180,000sqm timetabled to open four-to-six months later. The venue will be made up of 19 interconnected halls, with the option of combining them into one large, pillar-free hall measuring 85,000sqm, making it the largest clear-span hall in the world. “This will change the way people look at investment and infrastructure across the whole of our industry,” said Dubai World Trade Centre director general Helal Saaed Al Marri. The venue will be located within the 3million sqm Dubai Exhibition City complex, next to Dubai World Central airport, itself scheduled to open next year. In addition to Exhibition World, the city will feature a hospitality zone containing up to eight hotels, as well as serviced apartments, office space, a retail park, outdoor spaces suitable for gala dinners, a trade hub for permanent exhibitions and a light industry zone aimed at MICE service partners, such as stand manufacturers and sign designers. Hotel partners have yet to be confirmed, but Al Marri revealed that he has been in close discussion with Accor.

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