OCEC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands 07 November 2021
From 3 – 6 November in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) will attend the 2021 UFI Global Congress – considered the largest global meeting of the year and “must-attend” gathering for the international exhibitions industry.
Very significantly for OCEC, this year’s event will also facilitate the handing over of the 2022 UFI Global Congress hosting to the Sultanate of Oman – who have been confirmed as the host nation for this landmark event for the very first time.
The OCEC’s success in securing the 2022 UFI Global Congress represents another significant milestone and highlight in Oman’s premier event and conferencing venue’s history.
OCEC has been a member of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) since 2015. As one of this year’s congress sponsors, and via the OCEC exhibition booth at the event, representatives from the OCEC will be present to receive the official 2022 UFI Global Congress handover for the Sultanate of Oman.
Oman’s hosting of the 2022 UFI Global Congress reflects the Sultanate’s capability to again welcome and accommodate world-class international events, as well as the world’s events-tourism sector following the global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent recovery plan successfully rolled out by the Omani government.
According to Said Al Shanfari, CEO – OCEC, “The 2021 UFI Global Congress is another opportunity for Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre to represent Oman, and to showcase our world-class exhibition facilities and infrastructure on the international stage – this time in Rotterdam, in The Netherlands. Furthermore, the UFI’s selection of OCEC to host the next UFI Global Congress in 2022 is a clear indication that Oman’s premier events venue is a global contender in the international exhibitions industry. We are extremely proud to have this opportunity, and I can confidently say that the OCEC, as well as the Sultanate of Oman – as a world-class events-tourism destination – will not disappoint.”
For the OCEC’s representatives, this November’s 2021 UFI Global Congress will be an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, and establish relationships with a large number of exhibition industry leaders from around the world.
The UFI Global Congress is considered the largest global meeting of its kind for the international exhibitions industry. The event brings together over 800 industry professionals under one roof – including exhibition organizers, venue management and staff, event service providers, and many other exhibition professionals.
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ABOUT: OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) – Oman’s premier Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing & Exhibitions (MICE) venue – is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometers from Muscat International Airport. OCEC features two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 456 guests, while five exhibition halls feature 22,396 square meters of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 acts as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined can seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style. OCEC also includes an additional 20 meeting rooms for 25 – 360 delegates, the Grand Ballroom which seats up to 1,200 guests in banquet style, the Junior Ballroom which seats up to 540 guests for banquets, 10 hospitality suites, and a VIP Pavilion. In total, OCEC offers over 120,000 square meters of hirable event space plus a multi-story car park with a capacity for 5,000 vehicles. The design of the Centre ensures a flow of meeting spaces to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organizers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens to enable ease of movement for large delegations. As a part of OCEC, The Precinct provides the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. It includes the 5 Star JW Marriott Muscat Hotel linked to the Convention Centre itself, as well as the 4 Star Crowne Plaza OCEC Hotel. A business park, surrounded by a nature reserve, which is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi river valley, also form part of The Precinct.
Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (OMRAN) drives the investment, growth and development of the rapidly growing tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman. The company is the master developer of major tourism, heritage, urban and mixed-use projects, delivering some of nation’s most visionary and iconic destinations – including Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. OMRAN has a proven track record of delivering tourism and related projects to a world-class standard due to their core philosophy of sustainability, transparency and partnering with renowned regional and international investors.