Dubai Exhibition Centre offers business visitors a gateway to the world and an array of unforgettable experiences

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Expo 2020 Dubai_DEC
Expo 2020 Dubai_DEC

With 45,000 sqm of programmable space, DEC to feature cutting-edge technology and amenities

  • A unique venue for conferences, exhibitions, summits, banquets and concerts during Expo 2020
  • MICE delegates will share in Expo’s world-class hospitality, entertainment and cultural festivities

Business delegates from around the world will access the international community through the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), a state-of-the art facility co-located with Expo 2020 Dubai. DEC has been specifically designed to host business meetings, incentive travel, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).

Announced on the opening day of IBTM World in Barcelona, DEC will offer cutting-edge technology such as best-in-class audio-visual and telecommunications facilities, as well as extensive catering facilities.

The 45,000-sqm of programmable space can be configured for all types of events, including conferences, exhibitions, summits, banquets and even indoor concerts.

Manal AlBayat, Senior Vice President – Content and Programming, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “With state-of-the-art facilities, world-class hospitality services and an electric atmosphere, the Dubai Exhibition Centre will create a unique and unforgettable experience for business delegates, exhibitors and visitors.

“This venue offers delegates from every corner of the planet an opportunity to be part of Expo 2020 Dubai, which will bring together world leaders, innovators, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and more for a six-month celebration of human ingenuity and progress.”

A total of 190 countries have already confirmed their participation in Expo 2020, alongside multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions. Expo 2020 expects to attract 25 million visits between October 2020 and April 2021. With 70 per cent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in the 167-year history of World Expos – DEC will offer MICE delegates access to a truly global destination.

DEC, formerly described as Co-Ex during planning, will be served by Expo 2020’s dedicated Route 2020  metro station and four  major highways, making it easily accessible from all of the UAE’s air and sea ports, as well as the projected 132,000 hotel rooms that will be available across Dubai by 2020.

DEC will provide an exceptional location for business events. In addition to its 28,000 sqm customisable exhibition space, the facility will also feature two theatres/auditoriums with respective capacities of 2,500 and 400 guests; two 2,000-plus-capacity multipurpose halls that can be combined for larger events; and 10 meetings rooms. The venue will also be able to accommodate audiences of up to 15,000 for indoor concerts.

The new facility will enable MICE delegates to experience everything that Expo 2020 has to offer, from entertainment, cuisine and cultural events, to country pavilions, scientific exchange and networking opportunities.

Al Bayat added: “Across the Expo 2020 site, there will be something to stimulate every taste.  Visitors will experience new cultures, innovations, moving and impactful stories and experiences, forums for sharing great ideas, awe-inspiring architecture, performances, concerts, dance, food, and music. More than 200 food and beverage outlets will enhance unique gastronomy and shopping experiences.”

As the first ever World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome millions of people from around the world to an experience like no other, inspired by the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and three key subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.