Dubai World Trade Centre
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The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), (Arabic: مركز دبي التجاري العالمي) was inaugurated 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.
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-storey 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 building have also been added including the Convention Tower and the One Central development with several mixed-use buildings.
Dubai World Trade Centre Today
Dubai World Trade Centre has grown and added several business divisions to its overall portfolio.