Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

Population: 1.48m
Hotel Bedrooms CIty: 27,146
Hotel Bedrooms Emirate Wide: 32,818
Conference Centre: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

The name Abu Dhabi means 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic. The story goes that the emirate was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water on an island with no more than 300 Barasti (palm frond) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler's fort. That modest island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan, high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates. The gorgeous archipelago offers a mix of ancient history, rich culture and heritage, stunning nature, beautiful beaches, high-end luxury, surprising wildlife, family-friendly adventure, world-class shopping, renowned golf courses and a welcoming atmosphere.


Abu Dhabi is strategically placed at the heart of one of the world's most rapidly advancing regions and is easily accessible from key business centres. Highly competitive, imaginative and world-class business tourism and meetings facilities make Abu Dhabi an ideal destination for large-scale conventions and events. 

While you will find much new to excite you about the destination​, you will still be welcomed with the renowned Arabian hospitality and a willingness to engage you with a centuries-old heritage that is still in evidence today.


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Why choose Abu Dhabi as your next conference destination?


Lindsay Fraser

Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau 





Why choose Abu Dhabi?


Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has excellent air and road links. The emirate's second city – Al Ain – now home to six UNESCO World Heritage sites is just over an hour's drive from the capital.

  • Abu Dhabi is on its way to becoming a global cultural centre with the creation of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island. The island will be home to the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi – all designed by award-winning architectural luminaries.

  • Abu Dhabi offers a streamlined 'One Destination' approach and strong governmental support at the highest level.

  • Abu Dhabi offers cutting edge technology infrastructure and experienced PCOs and DMCs and a pool of well trained, committed and dedicated professionals many of whom are UAE nationals.

  • Advantage Abu Dhabi is an Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau initiative aimed at catalysing and seeding innovative and viable business events aligned to the Abu Dhabi Government's 2030 Economic Vision. Business event organisers with a viable proposal can apply to this initiative for start-up financial grants, government endorsement, leadership patronage, cost rebates and marketing support among others.

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