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At our launch in 2010, we said that 'without people, a venue is just a building'. Since then, we have hosted over 450 events, welcoming an impressive list of Irish and International corporate and association conferences and meetings. Our clients, from Google to Alcatel Lucent, from TM Forum to the International Statistical Institute, have consistently praised, above all else, the warmth, calibre, flexibility and can-do attitude of our team. When you book an event at The CCD, not only will you benefit from an iconic, world-class venue in the heart of Dublin, you will also be safe in the hands of our award-winning team, whose goal is to deliver truly amazing events on every occasion. Since opening, we have won 11 industry awards, achieved ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditation, and a customer satisfaction rating of 96%. In 2012, our mission is to keep improving and innovating, to become the best conference venue in Europe. We would love to talk to you about your next event, so call us today and find out how our team can become your team. Contact our Sales Team on: +353 1 856 0000 Email: sales@theccd.ie or visit: www.theccd.ie Our Team is Your TeamCCD HospitalityCCD TechnicalCCD Events

Abu Dhabi26 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 67Global vision in Abu DhabiPaUl Colston goes to abU dhabi dUring World oPthalMology Congress at the adneC Centre. the venUe's Chief sales and Marketing offiCer hUMaid al dhaheri shares his vision DNEC has come a long way in a short time. What remains to be completed?ADNEC has certainly come a long way. Today, we have a world class venue that has won several industry awards and attracted a diverse and expanding list of events. We have the International Convention Centre Abu Dhabi, 12 exhibition halls, Conference Halls A and B, 19 Capital Suite meeting rooms, with indoor, outdoor and quayside space amounting to 133,000sqm, to cater to the needs of every type of event. Nearly 3,200 hotels rooms are available either on site or within a 10-minute driving distance from the venue. A further 700-plus rooms are to be added by the end of this year. The venue also has facilities such as the airport check-in for visitors. The construction activity on ADNEC and Capital Gate is complete. Construction at the adjacent Capital Centre development is still ongoing, and each developer there has its own timeline for completion. A 242-room Premier Inn and International Tower, a commercial tower located at Capital Centre, have just opened. Some of the other towers (at Capital Centre) are due for delivery this year, including two new Rotana hotels. What have been the major successes at ADNEC to date?From 14 events in 2005, we went on to host 231 events last year, (a 56 per cent increase over 2010). We staged the World Ophthalmology Congress, (WOC 2012, 16-20 February), Abu Dhabi's largest ever conference, bringing in 10,000 delegates. The successful staging of this event will, we hope, open the door to many more of a similar scale. Other major congresses planned for this year are the UFI Congress and Routes 2012. There's also a strong line-up of other recurring events, including the World Future Energy Summit, GIBTM, Cityscape Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). The many awards that we have won - including successive 'Best International Venue' in 2010 and 2011 at the Exhibition News Awards and the recent World Travel Award for 'World's Best Meetings and Conference Centre 2011'- are a striking endorsement of ADNEC's industry standing. Our on-site hotels, the ADNEC-owned Aloft Abu Dhabi and Hyatt Capital Gate, have provided a tremendous boost to our venue. Has the global economic recession held back any of your bolder plans?Our commitment to the industry has been firm and showcased by the investments we have made. We have found that a few events at our venue have changed format to adjust to the new market conditions. But, Abu Dhabi is one of the most stable economies of the world and has become a priority, as other markets have struggled. In line with Abu Dhabi's rising international importance, ADNEC continues to attract new events. below: humaid al dhaheriA