ADNEC picks up AIPC Innovation Award for its new meeting space, the Hive

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), organiser of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, has won an AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres) Innovation Award for its new meeting space, the Hive.

The award was presented at a gala dinner held during AIPC’s 2019 Annual Conference and 61st General Assembly that concluded in Antwerp, Belgium. ADNEC beat off stiff competition from seven leading international venues across seven countries, including Australia, Finland, South Africa, Canada, Germany, Singapore and Russia.

“We are honoured to receive this important industry endorsement that validates ADNEC’s significant contributions towards developing business industry through offering innovative solutions and best-in-class services,” says ADNEC chair Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi. “The accolade will enhance ADNEC’s competitiveness, while recognising its crucial role in achieving sustainable development.”

The Hive is a new kind of venue experience for conducting meetings, and is said to be the first of its kind facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The space is designed to transform delegates into participants with the objective of enhancing the event experience.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, said: “This latest accolade brings the total number international awards won by ADNEC to 98, reiterating the success of our strategy in developing innovative programmes that enhance the competitiveness of our venue infrastructure and services. We are confident that this recognition will enable us to attract more specialised international events to our venues in the years to come.”