DTCM to showcase MICE market at Confex 2003


DTCM will have its largest ever delegation at International Confex 2003. Twenty Dubai-based organisations will exhibit on the DTCM stand at International Confex 2003, which is being held from February 25 to 27 at London's Earls Court.

Among the Dubai-based delegates will be a range of MICE industry specialists, including supplier organisations such as hotels and destination management companies.

During the exhibition, the DTCM will be informing visitors about the latest developments including Dubai 2003 and the forthcoming opening of Dubai International Convention Centre and several private sector developments.

A major showcase for Dubai as a meetings venue will occur at the end of September when over 10,000 delegates are expected to visit the emirate for Dubai 2003 to attend the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This will be the first time these important meetings have been held in the Middle East.

The major structural development for Dubai's MICE market in 2003 will be the opening of the Dubai International Convention Centre (DICC) in March. The emirate's existing 120,000 square metres of varied conference and exhibition space in purpose-built as well as hotel-based venues will expand considerably with the opening of the DICC.

It will be the region's largest convention centre, with a seating capacity of 6,000 in the main auditorium and 44 breakout rooms. In addition, part of the DICC development will be the 412-room Novotel and 210-room Ibis Hotel, which will significantly increase Dubai's hotel capacity.