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GBP 165 million Extension of ExCeL in London

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ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) has officially inaugurated the second phase expansion of ExCeL London, signalling a new chapter in ADNECs emergence as a rising star of the global events industry.

ExCeL Londons AED 900 million (GBP 165 million) expansion creates a world class ICC (International Convention Centre) for the UK capital with facilities including a 5,000-seater auditorium, a breakout area for 2,500 delegates and Londons largest banqueting hall with a 3,000-seat capacity.

Additionally, exhibition space at ExCeL London, the venue for exhibitions such as World Travel Market and DSEi, has grown by 50%, to 97,500 sqm to become one of Europes largest exhibition centres.

Our ongoing investments in ExCeL reiterate our commitment to the global events industry. They are also in line with Abu Dhabis strong and ongoing relationship with the UK a relationship that is decades long and born out of mutual respect, said His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, ADNEC Chairman.

The UAE and UK governments aim to boost trade by more than 60% by 2015, said H.E. Sheikh Sultan, stating that successful partnerships such as ADNEC and ExCeL, will have a significant role in realising this ambition.

Additional areas of mutual growth for ADNEC and ExCeL are being identified, added Sheikh Sultan citing ADNECs building of a 252-room Aloft Hotel at ExCeL London, in time for the London 2012 Olympics. ExCeL is host venue for seven Olympic and six Paralympics disciplines for the London games.

Key features of ExCeLs expanded facilities include:

Additional 32,500 sqm of flat-floor event space - equivalent to 14 football pitches.
9,500 sqm of the 32,500 sqm will be dropped floor space with 15m high ceilings
4,500 sqm semi-permanent auditorium with retractable seating for up to 5,000 delegates (equal to the largest ICC in Europe Berlin)
Further conference, banqueting & meeting space accommodating up to 2,000 delegates
20 conference/meeting rooms bringing total to 65 break out/meeting rooms
Additional F&B and retail area
An extra 625 underground car parking spaces bringing the total to 2,225
One of the largest production kitchens in the UK
25000 m3 of concrete has been used on the new phase enough to fill 10 Olympic sized swimming pools
7,500 tons of structural steelwork
70,000 m3 of excavated soil reused on site
75-85% recycling rate for materials removed from site

With a waterside setting near Canary Wharf, the UK capitals new financial centre, ExCeL London has staged more than 3,000 events welcoming 5 million visitors from more than 200 countries in the ten years since it opened.

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