Dubai 2003 expecting 16,000-visitor influx
The organizers of Dubai 2003 have announced that the city will have over 1,500 new five-Star hotel rooms to serve the 16,000 visitors expected to arrive in September 2003 for the 58th Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The logistics for accommodating so many guests from around the world is being coordinated by a specially created Accommodation Committee, one of ten specialist committees set up by Dubai 2003 to handle the organization of the event.
“An event as prestigious as the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF needs to have a range of world-class hotel accommodation available for the high level political and financial leaders of the world who will be attending the 58th Annual Meetings,” Dubai 2003 General Coordinator Ibrahim Belselah said.
Major new hotel developments include the Grand Hyatt in Garhoud that will have 674 new rooms, the Shangri-La on Sheikh Zayed Road with 301 rooms and the Novotel and Ibis hotels that are being developed next to the new Convention Center that will host the meetings. These two hotels will create 412 and 210 new rooms respectively.
The additional rooms from these hotels will mean that Dubai will have sufficient hotel rooms to handle the representatives and visitors from 184 countries who will be coming to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the event.
The Accommodation Committee has already ensured that block bookings have been undertaken at every major hotel in Dubai to ensure availability for the delegations. Final arrangements to decide on which delegation will be allocated to which hotel will be made in coordination with representatives of the Joint Secretariat of the World Bank and IMF.
Work is also in progress to organize and manage the requirements of the private sector for arranging functions, meetings and receptions that will be undertaken by private institutions during the Annual Meetings.
Dubai 2003 is the body responsible for hosting the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Dubai in September 2003. Part of its mandate is to coordinate the construction of the Dubai International Convention Center, which will have a seating capacity of 6,000 people, 25 meetings rooms and a total floor area of 8,100 square meters. — (menareport.com)
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