Abu Dhabi tops Mid East meetings satisfaction, survey reports

Abu Dhabi tops Mid East meetings satisfaction, survey reports

International meetings buyers have ranked Abu Dhabi as delivering the greatest satisfaction of any regional destination in the 2011 Middle East Meetings Industry Research Report.

The finding, which followed canvassing of more than 500 buyers, was revealed at the fifth Gulf Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) currently running at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

With the UAE heading a ranking of 14 countries, Abu Dhabi then topped the breakdown for the Emirates achieving an excellence rating of 3.47 out of four.

“Abu Dhabi’s developing infrastructure, such as the increased diversity of exhibition space and better balance of hotel star mix, is leading to significant growth across the meetings industry,” said Rob Nicholas, Publisher Meetme Magazine, which conducted the research in conjunction with Reed Travel Exhibitions - the GIBTM organiser.

The report also revealed that events in the Pharmaceuticals/Medical sector came out tops in staging the most regional event. Next February, Abu Dhabi will host the world’s longest-running medical congress when over 12,000 delegates will be in the UAE capital to attend the World Ophthalmology Congress.