Adnec opens its expanded London centre
London, June 24, 2010
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company has officially inaugurated the Dh900 million ($245 million) second phase expansion of ExCeL London, its international convention centre.
ExCeL London’s latest expansion creates a world class ICC (International Convention Centre) for the UK capital with facilities including a 5,000-seater auditorium, a breakout area for 2,500 delegates and London’s largest banqueting hall with a 3,000-seat capacity.
Additionally, exhibition space at ExCeL London, the venue for leading exhibitions including World Travel Market and DSEi, has grown by 50 per cent, to 97,500 sqm to become one of Europe’s largest exhibition centres.
“Our ongoing investments in ExCeL reiterate our commitment to the global events industry,” said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Adnec chairman.
“Additional areas of mutual growth for ADNEC and ExCeL are being identified,” said Sheikh Sultan citing Adnec’s building of a 252-room Aloft Hotel at ExCeL London, in time for the London 2012 Olympics. ExCeL is host venue for seven Olympic and six Paralympics disciplines for the London games.
Ali Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Adnec’s managing director said ExCeL’s phase two expansion had been completed in two years following Adnec’s acquisition of the premier London venue in 2008.
“This expansion catapults ExCeL into one of the world’s leading venues,” he said.
Since last October’s announcement of the new ICC, ExCeL has contracted Dh1.64 billion (GBP 300 million) in economic benefits for London, 1,000 new jobs have been created with an additional 2,200 expected to be created by next year.
“More than half the contracted business is from events with an average delegate attendance of 5,000. With our key stakeholders, we will continue to invest in the site to create a world class business destination,” said Kevin Murphy, CEO, ExCeL London.
With a spectacular waterside setting near Canary Wharf, the UK capital’s new financial centre, ExCeL London has staged more than 3,000 events welcoming 5 million visitors from more than 200 countries in the ten years since it opened.-TradeArabia News Service