The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is a major trade hub and events venue. Exhibitions, shows, concerts, and other events here draw well over 3 million visitors each year.
Around 25 events are classified as ‘mega events’, each attracting more than 30,000 people. These include the Arabian Travel Market, The Hotel Show, Arab Health, Gulfood, Dubai International Motor Show, and GITEX Technology Week.
Events 2022 and 2023
Events and exhibitions at the Dubai World Trade Centre in 2022 and 2023 are listed below:
|16 - 18 January 2022||Intersec Exhibition|
|24 - 27 January 2022||Arab Health Exhibition & Congress|
|24 - 27 January 2022||Medlab Exhibition & Conference|
|1 - 3 February 2022||UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition - AEEDC Dubai|
|1 - 2 February 2022||Breakbulk Middle East|
|13 February 2022 - 17 February 2021||Gulfood Exhibition|
|22 - 24 February 2022||Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibit...|
|22 February 2022 - 23 February 2021||Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) & Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO)|
|22 - 24 February 2022||Sleep Expo|
|22 - 24 February 2022||Middle East Foam & Polyurethane Expo|
|22 - 24 February 2022||iFX EXPO|
|22 - 24 February 2022||Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai|
|27 February - 1 March 2022||Dubai World Dermatology and Laser Conference and Exhibition - Dubai Derma|
|28 February - 1 March 2022||Affiliate World Global Dubai|
|7 - 9 March 2022||Middle East Energy|
|11 - 12 March 2022||The School and Nursery Show|
|14 - 16 March 2022||Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition ...|
|15 - 17 March 2022||Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show|
|16 - 19 March 2022||World Art Dubai|
|17 - 19 March 2022||Dubai International Horse Fair|
|21 - 23 March 2022||Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC)|
|24 - 26 March 2022||Custom Show Emirates 2022|
|28 - 30 March 2022||Dubai Entertainment, Amusement And Leisure Expo (DEAL)|
The events calendar was last updated on January 19, 2022.
Exhibition Halls and Spaces
The Dubai World Trade Centre offers a variety of exhibition and event spaces. They include:
- Sheikh Rashid Hall – 7,700 square metre column-free space.
- Sheikh Maktoum Hall – 3,800 square metre space. Can be combined with Sheikh Rashid Hall into a single level exhibition space measuring 11,500 square metres.
- Al Multaqua Ballroom – Ballroom measuring 1,100 square metres.
- Sheikh Saeed Hall 1 – 6,700 square metre space.
- Sheikh Saeed Hall 2 – 4,800 square metre space.
- Sheikh Saeed Hall 3 – 3,600 square metre space.
- Trade Centre Arena – 9,100 square metre space. Can be combined with Sheikh Sayed Halls to give a space measuring over 24,000 square metres.
- Za’abeel Halls – 3 halls with a combined area of 15,300 square metres.
Hotels at the Dubai World Trade Centre site are the Novotel, Ibis World Trade Centre, and Ibis One Central.
There are numerous other accommodation options within easy walking distance.
Restaurants, Cafes, and Shops
The Dubai World Trade Centre boasts a number of onsite restaurants, cafes, and shops. They include:
- Airlink International – Freight and logistics.
- All the Perks Espresso Cafe – Cafe offering breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, pastries, coffee, tea, juices etc.
- Al Naboodah Logistics – Freight and logistics.
- AL ROSTAMANI INTERNATIONAL
- Andes Restaurant – International cuisine.
- Azzurro Pizzeria – Pizza, pasta, and salads.
- BEIT EL KELL
- Blooms Flowers – Florist.
- BurgerFuel – Gourmet burgers.
- Cafe Arena – Cafe.
- Caffe Nero – Coffee shop.
- Cafe Cream – Coffee shop at Novotel World Trade Centre.
- CAMEL COMPANY
- Caribou Coffee – Coffeehouse.
- Chez Michel – Breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, international dishes etc.
- Cubo – Italian restaurant at Ibis World Trade Centre.
- DESCO PRINTING
- EMIRATES NBD BANK
- Emirates Post – Postal and government services.
- Entre-Nous – International restaurant at Novotel World Trade Centre. Serves alcohol.
- Event Plus – Exhibitor and stand services.
- Expert Hub Robotics
- GT Exhibitions ME
- I Love Juice – Juice and smoothies.
- India Bistro
- KOI Thé
- Last Minute Services – Exhibition services (stand design, furniture rentals, IT rentals, signage, displays etc.).
- LIFE PHARMACY
- Mateos Pizzeria
- Pappa Roti – Coated buns and beverages.
- Parlour – French restaurant.
- Piadera – Italian flatbread, pasta, salads.
- Pizza Express – Pizza restaurant.
- Salad Station – Salad cafe.
- Starbucks – Coffeehouse.
- Trader’s House – Salads, sandwiches, soup, international dishes.
- ZOOM – Convenience store.
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The Dubai World Trade Centre is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in the Trade Centre area of the city.
Buses going to Dubai World Trade Centre include:
- Bus Service 21 – Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Al Quoz – stops include Sharaf DG Metro Station, BurJuman Metro Station, World Trade Centre Metro Station, and Emirates Towers Metro Station.
- Bus Service 29 – Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Dubai Mall – stops include Sharaf DG Metro Station, BurJuman Metro Station, and Dubai World Trade Centre.
- Bus Service 27 – Gold Souq Bus Station to Dubai Mall – stops include Union Metro Station, Deira City Centre Metro Station, Dubai World Trade Centre, and Dubai International Financial Centre.
DWTC boasts numerous taxi pickup and drop-off points.
The Dubai World Trade Centre offers numerous car parks. Free and paid car parks are available. Valet parking is available for a fee.
Downtown Dubai is 2 miles south of Dubai World Trade Centre (just 3 stops on the Red Line). It is home to attractions such as the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Fountain, Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Ice Rink, and Reel Cinemas Dubai Mall.
The Dubai World Trade Centre was officially opened in 1979 by Queen Elizabeth II. It was the brainchild of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum, the ruler that initiated the transformation of Dubai to a major world city.
At the time of opening the Sheikh Rashid Tower here was the tallest building in Dubai. Few people believed the project would be successful. It was way out of the city centre; standing alone on a sandy patch of land next to the road to Abu Dhabi.
The doubters were proved wrong and the project acted as a catalyst for growth. Today, the 39-storey building is dwarfed by the neighbouring skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road and the city has expanded to the Abu Dhabi border.
In 2015 the Dubai World Trade Centre was declared a free zone.