The capital city of the United Arab Emirates has become a center of collaboration and education—now rivaling other Middle Eastern cities as a destination for major business events. If you haven’t been introduced to the modern, open-minded Abu Dhabi, here are four things you need to know.
Invested in Growth
The city is dedicated to a future beyond oil and welcomes business executives, corporations and association members from all over the world. The government plans to invest millions of dollars in moving away from an oil-based economy to become a knowledge-based one by 2030. Attendees can see and learn from the city’s transformation firsthand.
At the Center of It All
Long regarded as a gateway to not only the Middle East but the entire MENA region, Abu Dhabi is centrally located to help businesses meet investment partners and associations grow their membership. The airport serves more than 110 destinations, so executives can arrive easily from all over the world.
A Proven Leader in Business Events
Abu Dhabi is no stranger to playing host to some of the globe’s biggest events. Recent highlights include the 79th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the 24th World Energy Congress—which drew more than 12,000 participants. The city’s top venue, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC), has more than 1,800 hotel rooms on its campus and is within a 15-minute drive of 4,200 rooms, offering plenty of accommodation for any crowd.
Higher Education Thrives Here
Some of the world’s most prestigious education and medical institutions have established presences in the city after seeing the growth here. Abu Dhabi is home to portal campuses for New York University and Sorbonne University, while Khalifa University also boasts a world-class engineering hub. Renowned hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic and Imperial College London have also founded extensions and specialty clinic centers in the area.