Dubai World Trade Centre

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Dubai World Trade Centre on 4 May 2007
Tower of the World Trade Centre (middle); before it a viaduct of the Dubai Metro, December 2007

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC, Arabic: مركز دبي التجاري العالمي‎) is a skyscraper in Dubai, UAE which was erected in 1979. It is a purpose-built complex for events and exhibitions. The building is featured on the 100 dirham bank note.

With over 1.3 million square feet of covered exhibition and event space, comprising 21 halls and over 40 meeting rooms across 3 floors, Dubai World Trade Centre hosts over 500 events annually. In 2015, the venue held 396 trade events and welcomed over 2.74 million visitors. The Consulate-General of Japan resides on the 28th floor.[1]


Built in 1979, the Sheikh Rashid Tower, as it was known back then, was amongst the earliest skyscrapers to be constructed in Dubai. Renamed after the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the 39-story Sheikh Rashid Tower no longer stands alone as it did when it was first built. Over the years, the Dubai World Trade Centre has been extended to include Exhibition Halls, Sheikh Rashid Hall and Maktoum Hall as well as the Al Mulaqua Ballroom, Sheikh Saeed Halls, Za’abeel Halls and the Trade Centre Arena. In addition, commercial buildings have been added including the Convention Tower and the One Central development with several mixed-use buildings.

Dubai World Trade Centre today[edit]

Dubai World Trade Centre has grown and added several business divisions to its overall portfolio.


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None recognized before
Tallest building in Dubai
1979 – 1999
Succeeded by
Emirates Office Tower

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