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Record Visitors & Exhibitions Power Global Business & TradeThe Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has shattered records and expectations with unparalleled global business acumen and strategic foresight. 2023 unfurled as a banner year for this titan of trade and exhibitions, ushering in an era of prosperity and international collaboration that has solidified Dubai’s standing as a luminous beacon on the world’s economic map.

The DWTC’s journey through 2023 was nothing short of monumental. With a staggering influx of 2.47 million visitors, marking a 25% increase from the preceding year, the centre has not just met but vastly exceeded benchmarks and predictions. This remarkable achievement is a testament to Dubai’s magnetic allure as a global convening platform, where ideas flourish, businesses thrive, and innovation is in the air we breathe.DWTC 2023 Annual Results Infographics.

This nexus of international commerce and dialogue hosted 301 meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE), a 23% increase from the previous year. Among these, 107 exhibitions and international association conventions stood out, drawing 1.56 million attendees—a 33% escalation that underscores the vibrant, content-rich calendar DWTC has masterfully curated.

A standout figure in this cornucopia of success is the number of international attendees, which soared to over 722,000, marking an unprecedented 60% year-on-year growth. This influx of global participants brings diverse perspectives and opportunities to the bustling halls of DWTC and aligns with the aspirational D33 Agenda, which aims to catapult Dubai into the top three global economic cities by 2033.

Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority, encapsulates the sentiment of achievement and ambition, “Our increasingly diverse exhibitions and events portfolio, along with its allied businesses, continue to go from strength to strength.” Almarri’s vision reflects a robust economy and strategic industry focus, positioning Dubai as a global hub of knowledge, innovation, and business.

The past year has been marked by several industry-leading events, including GITEX Global and Gulfood, which further solidified DWTC’s status as a frontrunner in global events and exhibitions. These flagship events, renowned for their sector leadership, have seen visitor numbers swell by 44% and 31%, respectively, a testament to DWTC’s unrivalled ability to draw crowds and foster groundbreaking discussions.

Moreover, the introduction of 33 new events to DWTC’s calendar, including the World of Coffee and the World Police Summit, has infused the venue with fresh energy and opportunities, attracting nearly 95,000 participants and over 2,000 exhibiting companies. These additions underscore DWTC’s appeal as the venue of choice for international and innovative gatherings.

On the global stage, DWTC’s expansion through KAOUN International, with the launch of GITEX Africa and the Saudi Food Show, highlights its ambition and reach, drawing attendees from across continents and cultures.

The DWTC’s role as a catalyst for Dubai’s economic growth is inextricably linked to its robust performance across various sectors, notably healthcare, information technology, food, hotel, and catering. Each industry has witnessed significant increases in participation, driven by flagship events and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

As we look toward the future, the DWTC stands as a colossus, not just in the physical landscape of Dubai but in the broader vista of global trade and business. Its achievements in 2023 serve as a compelling narrative of success, innovation, and strategic vision. With an unwavering commitment to advancing Dubai’s economic objectives and a keen eye on the horizon, the DWTC is poised to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the coming years, driving forward its mission to cement Dubai as a hub for pioneering ideas and transformative initiatives.

In reflecting on the achievements and the road ahead, one thing is clear: the Dubai World Trade Centre is not merely a venue; it is a vibrant ecosystem where the future of global business and innovation is being written today.




Written by: My Thanh Pham