RMJM were commissioned as lead consultants to design the 13 storey office tower and multi-use exhibition hall located within the Dubai World Trade Centre complex.

The Convention Centre is comprised of 9 exhibition halls, 10 conference halls and 19 meeting rooms. It can accommodate more than 6,500 delegates in just one of its multipurpose halls.

As testament to its functional design, over 1.1 million visitors attended exhibitions, conventions and conferences at the venues in 2008. This was a 10 percent increase from the previous year.

The project had to open in time to host the world bank IMF annual meeting in 2003, where the eyes of the world turned to Dubai.

In order to achieve this deadline, RMJM worked very closely with both client and contractors from an early stage to ensure that the deadline would be achievable.

The development now houses 1 million sq. feet of exhibition space (RMJM designed the first 3 major Phases, not the last 2 extensions) A key part of the design was creating a series of venues that were flexible enough to accommodate almost any type of event.

Location: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Commercial, Retail

Size: Convention Hall: 45,000m² | Parking: 67,300m² | Office Building and Podium: 47,700m²

Status: Completed in 2004