Expo Centre Sharjah (ECS) has reported strong H1 2016 performance driven by a rise in the number of events held and an increase in visitor turnout.
The venue hosted 15 consumer and trade exhibitions and conferences in the first six months of the year compared to nine events during the same period last year, representing a 65% increase. ECS also attracted 320,000 visitors, up 20% year on year.
“These figures are a clear indicator of a growing exhibitions industry in the Emirate of Sharjah, and a result of our effective promotion of local industries. What is remarkable about these figures is that the exhibitions industry has successfully withstood the after-effects of low oil prices and geo-political tensions,” said Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.
“The exhibitions hosted by ECS are characterised by their diversity and specialization, which contributed to attracting more visitors. Our focus on external organisers has also helped in bringing more events to Sharjah. The growth is also a reflection of our superior infrastructure & technical capabilities and marketing prowess,” added Mr. Midfa.
Led by Mr. Midfa, Expo Centre also took part in several prestigious global events, including the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry’s (UFI) Global CEO Summit in Munich in February that saw the participation of 150 top executives of leading exhibition centres from across the world, and the Arab-German Business Forum & the Sharjah-Berlin Seminar in Berlin, besides engaging with World Trade Centers of Wuhan and Tianjin in China.
“Our presence at these conferences and tie-ups gave us an opportunity to promote the Emirate’s unique business-friendly attributes and investment opportunities. With the UAE and Sharjah economy on a positive turf despite prevailing uncertainties, Expo Centre is reaping rich benefits,” said Mr. Midfa.