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Events on the rise in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Events Licensing System (ELS) has witnessed a 19.5% growth in total applications between Q1 and Q2.

Operated by TCA Abu Dhabi on behalf of Abu Dhabi Government, the ELS, is a mandatory register of all business, leisure and public events in Abu Dhabi. It also works as a one-stop platform for all venues and bodies responsible for staging, organising and managing events.

About 9,002 applications that covered all types of events have been submitted during first half of 2017. When compared with Q1, the licensing system has received a surge in applications in Q2 of 2017 with an increase from 4,015 to 4,987 events applications resulting in 19.5% growth, an increase from 603 to 880 training applications, a 33.3% in workshop applications, 2,955 meeting applications – representing growth of 625 or 26.8% – and 55 additional exhibition and conference applications, up 19.1% since implementation of the system.

Sultan Al Dhaheri, acting executive director of tourism sector, TCA Abu Dhabi said: “We have witnessed a significant boost for the business sector, which authenticates our International Congress Convention Association’s city ranking as one of the top 100 business global meetings destinations.”

The ELS was introduced to aid in the management, registration and licensing of all events held in the emirate. By streamlining, facilitating and collating event registration and licensing procedures.