Dubai World Trade Centre

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Dubai World Trade Centre
Etisalat Tower 2, Dubai World Trade Centre, and Dubai World Trade Centre Residence on 28 December 2007.jpg
Dubai World Trade Centre (middle)
Record height
Preceded bynone recognized before
Surpassed byBurj Al Arab
General information
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°13′39.4″N 55°17′19.6″E / 25.227611°N 55.288778°E / 25.227611; 55.288778Coordinates: 25°13′39.4″N 55°17′19.6″E / 25.227611°N 55.288778°E / 25.227611; 55.288778
Construction started1974
InauguratedFebruary 26, 1979; 43 years ago (1979-02-26) by Queen Elizabeth II[1]
OwnerGovernment of Dubai
Height184 m
Technical details
Floor count38
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Harris

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) (Arabic: مركز دبي التجاري العالمي), historically called Sheikh Rashid Tower, is a 38-storey and a height 184 m skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 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.[citation needed]


Built in 1979, designed by John R Harris and Partners (JRHP), the Sheikh Rashid Tower, as it was known back then, was amongst the earliest skyscrapers to be constructed in Dubai.[2] 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. It was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on 26 February 1979.[1] 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.

In April 2020, in efforts to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, the DWTC was converted into a field hospital and Randox laboratories with a capacity to treat up to 3,000 COVID-19 patients.[3]

In December 2021, The Dubai World Trade Centre announced that it will become a comprehensive zone and regulator of cryptocurrencies, products, operators and exchanges. A few days later it announced that it had signed a cooperation agreement with cryptocurrency exchange Binance to set up an international virtual asset ecosystem.[4][5]

Foreign consulates[edit]

The Consulate-General of Italy resides on the 17th floor,[6] the Consulate-General of Japan resides on the 28th floor,[7] the Consulate-General of Switzerland resides on the 22nd floor,[8] and the Consulate-General of Turkey resides on the 29th floor.[9]


Two of the Accor owned hotels, 'Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai' and 'ibis World Trade Centre Dubai' are located at the premises of DWTC with interconnectivity.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "40 construction projects that built Dubai". Dubai World Trade Centre. 26 November 2019.
  2. ^ "The untold story of Dubai's first skyscraper". CNN Style. CNN. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  3. ^ Salama, Samir (15 April 2020). "Coronavirus: Field Hospital at Dubai World Trade Centre with capacity to treat 3,000 COVID-19 patients opens Thursday". Gulf News. Retrieved 11 May 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Dubai World Trade Centre to become specialised crypto zone". 20 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Crypto exchange Binance signs Dubai World Trade Centre deal". Reuters. 21 December 2021.
  6. ^ The Offices | Consulate General of Italy in Dubai
  7. ^ About Us | Consulate General of Japan in Dubai
  8. ^ Swiss Business Hub Dubai | Consulate General of Switzerland in Dubai
  9. ^ Turkish Consulate General In Dubai
  10. ^ "Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai". Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  11. ^ "ibis World Trade Centre Dubai". Accor. Retrieved 2022-06-09.

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Tallest building in Dubai
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