About Dubai World Trade Centre

The pioneer of Dubai's rise as a cosmopolitan commercial centre at the crossroads of the world

The epicentre for business in the Middle East, Dubai World Trade Centre has played a pivotal role in the growth of Dubai’s business tourism and trade since our inauguration in 1979.

We connect people, products and ideas from around the globe through our year-round calendar of international trade fairs, blockbuster consumer shows and prestigious international conferences, which are complemented by our innovative free zone and award-winning real estate developments. As the region’s largest purpose-built complex for events and exhibitions, we provide a platform for unparalleled business and networking opportunities.

Each year through our various events we create tens of thousands of jobs for a variety of industries and sectors that benefit from revenue we help attract. Supporting our staff to reach their full potential is integral to our success. We continue to be driven by our ongoing role in helping to shape Dubai’s future and by challenging ourselves to create even better experiences for all our clients, exhibitors and visitors.

Our Story

In 1979, our own Sheikh Rashid Tower made history as Dubai’s first major tower and business centre. The tower soon became the heartbeat of the emirate’s growing business community and inaugurated Sheikh Zayed Road as a bustling skyline and commercial hub.
















Queen Elizabeth II opens Sheikh Rashid Tower, heralding the start of Dubai's rise to global prominence in trade, finance and tourism.

Our Vision

With a focus on the future development of Dubai and the UAE, Dubai World Trade Centre’s vision is to make Dubai the world’s leading destination for all major exhibitions, conferences and events.

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver ‘Destination Dubai’ for the region, by providing a world-class business networking platform with integrated end-to-end services.

We will do this by continually innovating and creating ‘the’ global calendar of events, providing state-of-the-art real estate solutions within a sophisticated and dynamic business environment, and inspiring our employees with progressive and rewarding career opportunities.

Our Awards

Cityscape Global Awards celebrate excellence in real estate development and architecture throughout emerging markets.

Covering a range of categories, these annual awards offer international architects and leading real estate developers a prestigious platform to collaborate and share their vision for the future, from culturally-integrated city skylines to sustainable urban communities. Awards are given yearly at Cityscape, the Middle East’s largest and most influential real estate exhibition. Dubai World Trade Centre has received multiple awards, including:

Best Commercial Project (The Offices 4 and 5) / 2018 Best Commercial Project (The Offices 1) / 2016

The purpose of MEED Projects Awards is to celebrate the best the GCC projects industry has to offer. MEED enhances the development of the region by supporting this crucial sector.

The MEED Projects Awards have become the leading stamp of quality and achievement for anyone operating in the GCC projects sector. The awards not only recognise the construction element of project delivery but also consider the value and quality of a project throughout its life cycle, from the design concept to engineering and construction and its wider contribution to society and to the environment. The MEED Projects Awards is the event of the year for the GCC projects industry providing an annual get together for the region’s projects community. Dubai World Trade Centre has received multiple awards, including:

Small Project of the Year - Expo Park & District Cooling Plant / 2020 Best Commercial Development / 2017 UAE and GCC Best Commercial Project of the Year / 2017

The Gulf Real Estate Awards celebrate the very best operators in the Real Estate industry and the only accolades open to every real estate professional and group in the Gulf.

This award recognises significant achievements in real estate, which demonstrate the contribution of the sector in supporting national economies. Any company within the Gulf region, whether public or private can enter, regardless of size or industry. The Awards have a range of categories suited for any successful organisation to tell their story, from large private and public companies to thriving entrepreneurial businesses, promising start-ups and established SMEs. Dubai World Trade Centre has won:

Best Real Estate Project (Commercial Offices—One Central) / 2017

This competition offers a prestigious recognition of excellence of the foremost building contractors in the Middle East region.

Winning a Big Project Middle East Award is a well-recognised badge of excellence amongst clients and peers and is a long-standing part of the regional construction calendar, with nominations coming from across the MENA region. Ranging from accolades like the best multi-discipline consultant to the specialist lighting firm of the year, the diversity of the categories aims to give a chance to all the companies that play a vital role in the industry. Dubai World Trade Centre has won:

Middle East Project of the Year (One Central) / 2017

These awards are the foremost event celebrating the achievements of the region’s construction contractors. The awards seek to recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess and project success.

Companies are invited to nominate the people, projects and initiatives of which they are most proud, across a total of 16 categories. Entries will be judged by a large jury of industry peers, a factor which has given the Construction Week Awards an independent and credible reputation which sets it apart from other industry awards programmes. Dubai World Trade Centre has received multiple awards, including:

Commercial Project of the Year (One Central) / 2017

Described by the Wall Street Journal as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry,” the World Travel Awards are the ultimate global travel accolade.

This prestigious award is intended to elevate customer service and improve performance standards throughout the tourism industry. Established in 1993, the awards include a yearly “Grand Tour”—a series of regional galas to celebrate local winners, who are then invited to the international competition. Dubai World Trade Centre has received multiple awards, including:

Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre / 2021 World's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre / 2020 Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre / 2018 Middle East's Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre / 2010, 2017 Middle East's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre / 2010, 2011, 2013 World's Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre / 2006, 2007 Middle East's Leading Conference Centre / 2001 – 2009

This award from Emirates Culinary Guild comprises a series of practical and display-based culinary competitions for professional chefs to showcase their skills and techniques.

Competitors in Salon Culinaire are evaluated by a panel of renowned experts, as mandated by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), to ensure the highest competition standards. Each class of competition tests the skills of various chefs, from bakers to pastry chefs to cooks. Both food preparation and presentation are celebrated.

Dubai World Trade Centre chefs have won multiple awards at these events, including: 50 Medals / 2013 44 Medals / 2011, 2015, 2016 51 Medals / 2017 37 Medals / 2018 35 Medals / 2019

This award recognises the hard work and dedication of event professionals across the region, including venues and support service companies.

The Middle East Event Awards provides the live events industry a yearly opportunity to show its support for some of the its greatest champions. Each year’s ceremony takes place during the Middle East Special Event and Exhibition Show. Categories represent the entire industry spectrum, from technology to suppliers and entertainment to activations. Dubai World Trade Centre has been awarded multiple years, including:

Supplier of the Year / 2014 Best Purpose-Built Events Venue / 2010 Best Trade Exhibition – Gulfood / 2010

This award is designed to showcase those companies whose products and services represent the pinnacle of achievement in the business travel industry.

The awards are voted on by corporate travel executives and company travel buyers from Fortune 500 companies, MICE solution providers, members of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and other influential members of the business travel community. Dubai World Trade Centre has won:

Best Congress and Convention Centre / 2014

This award, organised by Dubai Municipality, celebrates companies that consistently maintain high food safety and hygiene standards.

The award is considered a valuable endorsement of the measures that individual chefs, kitchens or organisations have taken to ensure the safety and quality of food served. As a platform, the awards allow the Government of Dubai to recognise companies and individuals who are raising catering standards in the UAE. Dubai World Trade Centre's Hospitality team have won numerous awards over the years, including:

Best Big Catering Company Grade-A Award in Food Safety ISO 22000 Food Safety Certification

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