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Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Co. (ADNEC) and ExCeL London are celebrating 10-years of ownership, following ADNEC’s acquisition of the venue in May 2008. In the last decade, there has been continuous investment from ADNEC in ExCeL which, along with support from London’s CVB and the Mayor’s Office, has propelled ExCeL and London into a world class events destination. Ten years on, ExCeL is delivering £4.5bn in economic impact annually, supports 37,600 jobs and is directly responsible for delivering 25% of London’s inbound business tourists. Each year the Centre welcome 4 million visitors and 40,000 exhibiting companies, from every corner of the globe.
During the last 10-years, ExCeL has won over 35 national and international leading industry awards, including being named a Business Superbrand, The World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre (World Travel Awards) and Venue of the Year (AEO Excellence Awards). The venue has also welcomed 39 delegates from ADNEC to share knowledge, skills and best practice, ensuring a seamless experience for customers using either venue.
Commenting on the occasion, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) said: “It has been ten fruitful years since ADNEC’s acquisition of ExCeL London. London exemplifies a global hub known for its vibrancy, inventiveness, professionalism and strong ability to deliver world-class experiences, which accurately meets Abu Dhabi’s uncompromising commitment to excellence, innovation and strong values for developing and honing talent. Today, the emirate is a modern tourism destination, where visitors enjoy unparalleled services whether for business or leisure. Together, our synergies help event organizers realize their goals of connecting people with world-class events and venues and help us deliver a scale of services that optimizes the competitiveness of Abu Dhabi as an ideal destination for events and congresses.”
“We make it easier for people to stay connected and experience state-of-the-art facilities at world class venues. At ADNEC, we are always receptive to new ideas, self-motivated and adaptable. We are also excellent team players, and this makes us open to partnerships. Our goal is to keep our customers happy and keep them coming back for more and we are confident that our relationship with ExCeL London will continue to flourish, towards this end,” he added.
“We are delighted to be celebrating 10-years of collaboration and partnership with ADNEC. It is thanks to their continued investment, support and vision, that ExCeL and London have been able to achieve such success. When we committed to build and open our phase 2 extension, including London’s first International Convention Centre, we strongly recognised the economic benefit that hosting more ICCA-rated events, exhibitions and large scale corporate conventions would bring,” Jeremy Rees, Acting CEO, ExCeL London. “With London now sitting at fifth in the global ICCA rankings, we have delivered on our promise to make London a truly world class events destination. We couldn’t have done this without the support of ADNEC and look forward to a strong future, cementing London’s position as the number one city for events in the world.”
Founded in 2005, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company comprises of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Ain Convention Centre, ExCeL London, Capital Centre, Capital Gate, Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Aloft Abu Dhabi, Aloft London ExCeL and IDEX LLC.