Both the Union of International Associations (UIA) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have reported that Abu Dhabi has improved its position on their respective rankings.
Based on the UIA report, in 2019, Abu Dhabi was ranked 22nd worldwide and sixth in Asia, in terms of destinations with the highest number of events. Compared to the preceding year, the emirate increased the number of hosted events by 68 percent in 2019, also positioning it as the destination with the highest number of events in the MENA region during the year.
Additionally, Abu Dhabi climbed 41 places in ICCA’s rankings, which consider the total number of association conventions held in a destination along with the total number of delegates who attend in a given year. The capital of the UAE had its strongest year yet in terms of the total number of delegates participating in conventions hosted in Abu Dhabi. The emirate was ranked 56th worldwide in terms of delegates by the ICCA.
Despite the setback presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the business events sector in Abu Dhabi is witnessing a gradual return, with a number of events being planned for the near future.