Who We Are

Founded in 2005, ADNEC Group comprises Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Ain Convention Centre, ExCeL London, Capital Gate, Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Aloft Abu Dhabi, Aloft London ExCeL, DoubleTree By Hilton London ExCel, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Abu Dhabi Resort, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, IDEX LLC, Capital Hospitality and ADNEC Services. ADNEC Group is wholly owned by ADQ, the Abu Dhabi Government Company mandated to own, oversee and operate development related state-owned enterprises in various sectors.

What We Do

Put simply, we are in the business of events. Our world-class venues host hundreds of renowned events a year. Our award-winning divisions, Capital Hospitality and ADNEC Services provide exemplary support to organisers and exhibitors and we also proudly organise some of the most significant events in the region via our event organising arm, IDEX LLC.

ADNEC supports the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 through delivering significant direct and indirect impact on the Abu Dhabi economy to help the Emirate achieve its long-term goals of economic growth and diversification.

Since its inception, ADNEC has delivered significant impact on the Abu Dhabi economy valued at AED36.9 billion. In 2019 alone, the company supported the creation of over 27,542 job opportunities in related sectors and helped generate 764,161 guest nights for the hospitality sector in the Emirate. In addition to this, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre and Al Ain Convention Centre hosted 500 events and welcomed 2.3 million visitors in 2019.

Our Vision

A synergetic world class group of leading business entities that are committed to maximise the economic and social value where we operate.

Our Mission

To maximise the social and economic benefits to Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector through synergistically managing a group of business entities to provide and maintain world-class facilities and services that exceed shareholder expectations.

Our Values

Our four values shape the culture of our company and guide us in everything we do. They steer our behaviours and inspire work accountability.


  • We partner with stakeholders, we value their opinions and work with them as one team
  • We act with integrity and value all our employees and stakeholders
  • We share information to enable knowledgeable business decisions
  • We enable our employees and equip them with a motivating working environment, opportunities, a rewarding professional experience and respect


  • We aim for perfection
  • We are committed to grow our business and exceed stakeholders expectations
  • We believe in continuous improvement
  • We aim to lead the region and be the "choice"


  • We encourage and adopt creative thinking
  • We support innovative and creative ideas
  • We reward creativity
  • We find solutions and welcome suggestions
  • We are agile and flexible
  • We take informed risks and champion new ideas


  • We put our heart into it
  • We are committed and dedicated
  • We enjoy and have fun at what we do
  • We make people happy
  • We exceed expectation and delight stakeholders
  • We are self-motivated
  • We believe in sustainable growth and Emiratisation

Our Strategic Goals

To achieve our vision, ADNEC has identified the following strategic goals and long term aspirations:
  • Create long term economic and social value to Abu Dhabi by contributing to business tourism growth and development
  • Make ADNEC financially viable
  • Deliver operational excellence across the company
  • Develop strategic partnerships to help attract major exhibitions, conferences and events
  • Exceed customer needs
  • Position ADNEC as a leading exhibition, conference and events centre in the region
  • Develop a learning organisation

ADNEC’s Innovation


To create a culture of innovation and creativity with the philosophy of happy minds within ADNEC through promoting awareness among ADNEC employees and equipping them with tools and best practices enabling ADNEC to become an innovative group of world class venues and services.

Did you know?

IN 2016,

  • Leadership Team confirmed its commitment to lead ADNEC’s innovation journey through the GCEO’s Innovation Promise
  • Developed its Innovation Strategy outlining its Innovation Mission, Strategic Objectives and Initiatives for 2017 – 2021.
  • Redesigned and re-launched its suggestion scheme, MyIdea, with a new and improved reward and recognition system for the most innovative and creative ideas submitted by our employees

IN 2017,

  • Inaugurated its Innovation Lab to give its employees a dedicated space to brainstorm, discuss new ideas and develop these for implementation.
  • Developed a calendar for knowledge sharing sessions on the topic of innovation and innovative projects taking place in the UAE.
  • Is running multiple workshops and awareness sessions for its staff to encourage new ways of thinking and learn about best practices to develop creative and innovative ideas for solving business problems.

We invite all our clients, visitors and stakeholders to join on us on our Innovation Journey and share with us your innovative and creative ideas to support ADNEC in becoming the leading events destination for renowned international exhibitions and conferences in the MENA region.

Please send your ideas and suggestions to myidea@adnec.ae

Corporate Social Responsibility

We at ADNEC take our role as global citizens seriously and are committed to CSR and sustainability initiatives, ultimately hoping to become a fully sustainable venue. ADNEC has developed a sustainability team supported by the CSR and ADNEC Green Teams. ADNEC is also a member of three external ‘green’ initiatives; UFI Sustainability Development Committee, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group. Our in-house sustainability initiatives include:

  • Recycling used cooking oil onsite to create biofuel to power all onsite diesel powered engines i.e. buses, cherry pickers and forklifts.
  • Composting food waste: diverted over 75 tonnes of foodwaste from landfill last year
  • Recycling exhibitions material: 1,444 tonnes recycled in 2019 - exceeding target by 10%
  • Investment in solar panels and water saving technology In addition to working towards becoming a sustainable venue, we run an annual ‘Think Green’ campaign which incorporates a community initiative named ‘Stop and Donate’, this year, the programme collected over 2,500kg of items for donation to the Red Crescent or recycling

Our sustainability partnerships

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG)

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG)

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) promotes sustainability management in Abu Dhabi by providing learning and knowledge sharing opportunities for government, private companies and not for profit organisations in a spirit of cooperation and open dialogue.

ADNEC formally joined ADSG in 2012, and since then we have actively participated in a number of development workshops.



An Abu Dhabi government initiative, is the ground-breaking global forum that unites thought leaders, policy makers and investors to address the challenges of renewable energy and sustainable development.

ADNEC as a venue and services provider is proud to work closely with Masdar (the key owner of this event) to make ADSW and its World Future Energy Summit as the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East and a significant forum in stimulating the international dialogue and action.

UFI Sustainability Development Committee

UFI Sustainability Development Committee

ADNEC is a member of the UFI Sustainability Development Committee. The UFI Committee on Sustainable Development was formally established in 2008 to support UFI as it focuses on the issue of Sustainable Development in the Exhibition Industry.

ADNEC was one of six members who actively helped the UFI Sustainability Development Committee create the Sustainability Reporting Framework for the exhibition industry.

Sustainability Report 2014
Sustainability Report 2015
Sustainability Report 2016
ADNEC Annual ​&​ Sustainability Report 2017

Awards and Recognition

We constantly strive for excellence in both customer experience and within the events industry, as innovation and sustainability leaders. As such we are proud to have been recognized at a number of industry awards including:

Category Award / Organisation name
Best Employer of the Year Middle East Event Awards (MESE)
Best Association/Corporate MeetingMiddle East Event Awards (MESE)
Human Resources AwardUFI Global Association for the Exhibition Industry
Research and RationaleICCA Marketing Award Outstanding Recognition
Category Award / Organisation name
Best International VenueExhibition News
Best Sustainability Initiative Abu Dhabi Sustainable Leadership Awards 2020
Category Award / Organisation name
Innovation AwardAIPC The Hive
Event Catering Team of the Year AwardThe Caterer Middle East
Wireless Implementation of the Year AwardNetwork Middle East (NME) Innovation Award
EFQM Innovation Challenge‘Innovation in Customer Experience’ Winner
EFQM Innovation Challenge‘Innovation in Circular Economy’ Winner
Category Award / Organisation name
Best Venue MESE Awards 2018
Category Award / Organisation name
Sustainability AwardMEES Awards 2017
Sustainability AwardAEO Excellence Awards
Category Award / Organisation name
Best Meetings and Conference CentreBusiness Destinations
Category Award / Organisation name
Sustainability AwardAEO Awards
Best Congress and Convention Centre Middle East - 2015Business Destinations
Commercial High-rise DevelopmentArabia Property Awards
Five Star award for Commercial High-rise Development category with Capital Gate projectInternational Property Awards - Africa/ Arabia Property Awards
Category Award / Organisation name
Sustainability Award AEO Awards
Category Award / Organisation name
Exhibition Venue of the YearEvent Awards
Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention CentreWorld Travel Awards
Best Middle East Exhibition for IDEXMiddle East Events Awards
Best Meetings & Conference Centre in the Middle East for Al Ain Convention CentreBusiness Destinations Travel Awards
Best Commercial High Rise Development - Capital GateArabian Property Awards
Golden award - Outstanding events managementTatweej Academy
Category Award / Organisation name
World's Leading Meetings & Conference CentreWorld Travel Awards
Best Purpose Built Venue Middle East Events Awards

​ADNEC Annual Reports