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a beautifully restored historic property with
265 elegant guest rooms and four multi-functional meeting rooms, is among the
noted properties. The hotel is within walking
distance of legendary spots like the Grand
Bazaar and Sultanahmet Mosque.
Adding to Istanbul’s appeal is its easy
accessibility as a gateway between East and
West. Turkish Airlines offers more than 239
direct-destination flights to five continents,
and 2 billion people live within six hours’
flying distance of the city. Set to be completed in 2018 is the Istanbul Grand Airport
complex, consisting of hotels, a convention
center, and an airport with the capacity to
serve 150 million passengers.
One of the top 10 congress destinations
in the world, Istanbul boasts three distinct
meeting clusters spread throughout the
city. Near the airport is the Istanbul Trade
Center, which spans more than 1. 7 million
square feet of space. In the city center is
The Congress Valley, home to the Istanbul
Congress Center and the Istanbul Conven-
tion & Exhibition Center. Halic Congress
Center is another massive complex located
in the Golden Horn area, covering a total
area of over 1 million square feet.
No visit to Istanbul would be complete
without a taste of spectacular Turkish
cuisine, shopping in one of the city’s four
historical bazaars, or touring several of the
city’s 98 museums.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates
(UAE) is Abu Dhabi, currently on track to
become the cultural capital of the Middle
East. At the heart of this reinvention is the
expansive Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, which will be home to numerous
iconic cultural institutions.
Abu Dhabi already boasts a top-notch
business infrastructure that lures some of
the world’s most prominent groups, includ-
ing the 2019 World Energy Congress at the
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center; the
recently held IBTM Arabia at the five-star
St. Regis Hotel Saadiyat Island
Resort; and the 2019 Global
Road Congress, expected to
draw more than 5,000 experts
from around the world.
Just 15 minutes from the award-winning
Abu Dhabi International Airport is the Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC),
featuring more than 239,000 square feet of
indoor exhibition space. In addition to the
ADNEC, business events take place at the
purpose-built Al Ain Convention Centre or
in one of the region’s unique and exceptional venues, including the Abu Dhabi
Golf Club; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi; Paris
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi; and the Yas
Marina Circuit, featuring more than 2,000
hotel rooms at its doorstep.
And with more than 200 natural islands;
several UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
awe-inspiring deserts; world-class golf and
yachting; the world’s fastest roller coaster;
and the famed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
landmark, there’s plenty for attendees to
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