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ADNEC Group acquires French tour and holiday operator Karavel Group

ADNEC Group, the international business and leisure tourism group, has acquired Karavel, the French tourism group, from Equistone Partners Europe, one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors.Karavel is one of the largest tourism groups in France, offering travel packages to Europe, the Middle East and Africa through its online and offline distribution network.This acquisition reflects the active deployment of ADNEC Group’s strategy to geographically diversify its core sectors. It will strengthen the group's international expansion while enhancing Karavel’s growth and expansion into new markets and provide access to ADNEC Group’s portfolio of assets and expertise in the tourism sector. This strategic move will also support the tourism vision of Abu Dhabi to promote the emirate as a global destination for cultural, leisure, and business tourism.Karavel will join ADNEC Group’s established tourism portfolio which includes Tourism365 and its subsidiaries Capital Experience, Capital Travel, Capital Holidays, Etihad Holidays and Capital Drive, as well as driving greater economic impact to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of ADNEC Group, said: “The acquisition of Karavel is an important strategic step for ADNEC Group as we deliver on our global expansion strategy and reaffirms our commitment to support the tourism objectives of Abu Dhabi. Karavel’s history of success in delivering tours and holidays to customers in France across destinations in Europe and the Caribbean complements ADNEC Group’s ambitions for growth in Europe where we already have a presence.“We see great synergies between our European and Middle Eastern tourism offerings, promoting cross-cultural holiday exchange, and will work closely with stakeholders including the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi to enhance our cluster and create a champion for tourism in Abu Dhabi.”Alain de Mendonca, CEO of Karavel said: “We are honoured to have been acquired by ADNEC Group at such an exciting stage in Abu Dhabi’s growth. The opportunities that come with joining ADNEC Group are significant, and we look forward to working together to bring our shared vision to life, delivering unforgettable holiday experiences and building a tourism brand which successfully bridges Europe and Abu Dhabi. We would like to thank Equistone Partners for their support and are very excited for the next stage in our journey.”Guillaume Jacqueau, Managing Partner and Country Head for France at Equistone Partners Europe, said: ”We are proud to have worked with Karavel to support its continued growth and maintain its strong identity as a leading European tourism platform. After providing the company with the necessary resources it needed during the COVID-19 pandemic to assure its developments, the group is now ready to take a decisive new step in its development. Thanks to our ongoing support, Karavel has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround, evolving into a dynamic group with promising international potential. We wish them all the best for the next stage of their journey with ADNEC Group.”Completion of the deal remains subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
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ADIFE 2023 set to showcase leading industry speakers

Abu Dhabi: – Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidential Court, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), next week’s Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (ADIFE) will host an outstanding array of globally renowned speakers.The second edition of the exhibition is being organized by Capital Events, part of ADNEC Group in strategic partnership with ADAFSA from 27-29 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Key themes covered by the speakers will include food sustainability, developing food resilience, and food business and investment.  Highlights of Day One of ADIFE will include a panel on ‘Building Sustainable Food Networks: UAE’s Blueprint for Resilient Ecosystems’, which will be opened by an address from Saleh Lootah, Chairman of the UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturing Group. This session will address critical issues such as building a sustainable and resilient food ecosystem, encouraging stakeholder collaboration and synergy, and the role of public-private partnerships in effective development of the food sector. The exhibition’s first day will also see the 'Food Loss Pledge Signing', an initiative through which invited stakeholders, industry leaders, government representatives, and attendees will sign a food loss reduction pledgeDay Two will include a panel on ‘Public-Private Partnership on Improve Competitiveness & Regulatory Affairs’ that will start with a discussion between H.E Dr. Farah Ali Al Zarooni, Assistant Under Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MOIAT), and Dr Suzanne Baaghil, Chairperson of Regulatory Affairs Group in the UAE. This will be followed by further in-depth analysis of the panel’s themes from Dr Nouf Khamis Al Ali, Director of the Health Promotion Department at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), UAE, Prapti Rai, Head of Quality and Strategic Initiatives at the Barakat Group of Companies, UAE, and Dr Suzanne Baaghil. On the same day, Dr Afra Al Dhaheri and Dr Ahmed Fawaz Atoom, both of ADAFSA, will explore ‘Agriculture Practices and Promotion of Local Consumption’.The final day will showcase a special session on ‘Funding and Investment Opportunities in the Agri-Food Sector’, which will include the results of a study on the food consumption rate in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by Dr Hanan Afifi, Lead Researcher at ADAFSA, and a presentation on 'Partnership & Investment Office: Promotion of the ADAFSA Investment Opportunities' by Amna Al Sabaa, also of ADAFSA.Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “This year’s Second Edition of the Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition provides a crucial platform for showcasing the best in thought leadership and offering a unique opportunity to explore future trends in the vitally important food industry sector. Drawing on the expertise of leading global speakers, the exhibition is advancing food sustainability in alignment with the National Food Security Strategy's objectives and our wise leadership's vision to maintain the UAE among the world's leading countries in the food security index.”“This exhibition demonstrates ADNEC Group’s ongoing commitment to deliver world-class facilities and services that consistently exceed the expectations of both exhibitors and visitors in line with Abu Dhabi's reputation as the region’s premier destination for business tourism, events and conferences.”Reflecting its status as a leading global forum in its sector, this year's ADIFE will also see the announcement and signing of many contracts and partnerships between government agencies and private sector entities, along with productive meetings between buyers and suppliers operating within the various supply chains. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the ninth Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition, co-organised by Capital Events, part of ADNEC Group and in partnership with the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation (KIADPAI), which connects buyers and suppliers to explore promising opportunities in this vital and growing sector.ADIFE will further feature a wide range of activities that will shed light on the most important and vital topics related to food production, as well as various hospitality and food services running alongside workshops and global competitions that will highlight innovation and new technology.
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Global Media Congress Day-1: Sessions on environment, new tech, content creation

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, the first day of the Global Media Congress concluded at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) after a lively series of presentations, panel discussions and keynote speeches that brought together renowned figures from the world of media, communication, and technology.The day began with a keynote speech from H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence, who welcomed the Congress participants to the event and emphasized the media’s power to foster international cooperation, the sharing of essential values and interests, and an appreciation of human achievements across national boundaries.Adding his welcome to that of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan in a further keynote speech, Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of Emirates News Agency (WAM) and Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for the Global Media Congress, observed that “our gathering today at this important global event gives us great scope to share ideas on contemporary challenges faced by the media sector along with investment opportunities that to help us advance best professional practices across multiple media sectors. We will also examine how we can build a future media industry that shares knowledge and information in ways that maximize the happiness of peoples and sustain the development of societies.”With the first day of the Congress taking in conjunction with COP28, there was a special focus on the role that the media can play in addressing environmental issues and climate change.Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “Today’s sessions affirmed the media’s potential to highlight key environmental and climate change issues and help drive real change to protect global ecosystems. The Global Media Congress is playing a decisive role as a forum for media leaders, creatives and activists to tackle one of the most critical issues faced by this generation and those to come. In keeping with the aspirations of our wise leadership, ADNEC Group remains dedicated to helping innovative ideas flourish and nurturing meaningful industry partnerships."This year’s Congress will also host 5 accompanying features – some being held for the first time – which include the innovation and startups platform with over 24 startups, the training and education feature with more than 30 workshops, the Future Media Labs with elite-level discussions in six closed sessions, the influencer innovation feature with dedicated dialogue sessions, and a new media sessions and round tables feature with experts, speakers, innovators and global media leaders.
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Abu Dhabi welcomes Global Media Congress second edition

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, the second edition of the Global Media Congress 2023 is slated to commence next week in the capital, Abu Dhabi, with record-breaking international participation from major global companies in the media industry, as well as decision-makers, experts, and specialists from around the world.This announcement was made during the press conference held today to disclose the latest preparations for the launch of the second edition of the Congress, organized by ADNEC Group in partnership with the Emirates News Agency (WAM) from November 14 to 16 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of the Emirates News Agency (WAM) and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Global Media Congress, declared: "In anticipation of the Global Media Congress's second edition, we've strengthened our global media network through strategic partnerships following our first session. These collaborations are poised to enhance this year's congress, offering participants unparalleled value. In conjunction with COP28, our Congress's opening day will spotlight the pivotal role of environmental media in sustainability and climate advocacy. Day two shifts focus to media education, with a special emphasis on youth engagement. We're excited to welcome students from 100 universities, equipping them to shape the media landscape. We're also launching the Education Stage and Co- Production Majlis, alongside the Innovation Stage, NexTech, and Future Media Lab, to explore the nexus of media, education, and Al as we navigate the industry's evolution."Al Rayssi expressed his pride in the record-breaking interest shown by companies, decision-makers, and experts from all over the world in participating in the second edition of the Congress, noting that such interest reflects the trust and professional credibility that the event enjoys despite its recent inception. He also highlighted the significant contribution of the Congress in creating a supportive and innovative environment for building new partnerships between companies and entrepreneurs worldwide.Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of ADNEC Group, stated, "Organizing the Global Media Congress aligns with ADNEC Group's strategy to support a wide range of economic and knowledge sectors in the country in line with the aspirations of our wise leadership for the next fifty years, with the media industry being one of its main pillars."He added: "The exhibition's mission aligns with our vision to enhance the direct and indirect economic contributions of these vital sectors to the country's economy and confirm the position of Abu Dhabi as the capital of exhibitions and specialized conferences industry in the region."Al Dhaheri stated that the record-breaking interest in the second edition of the Global Media Congress is a testimony to the success of this policy and an effective translation of the aspirations of the wise leadership into reality; noting that the second edition of the Congress is witnessing high interest form the part of prominent worldwide specialized media companies.The current edition of the Congress witnesses a significant increase in the number of exhibiting companies and brands, with a 33% rise reaching 257 brands compared to last year’s first edition. The number of participating countries also increased by 22% to reach 172 countries, with 31 countries participating for the first time. The total exhibition area has expanded by 78%, exceeding 32,000 square meters compared to 18,000 square meters in the previous edition.The Congress will also feature a dedicated event for top players in the sector, attracting over 400 top industry players from around the world. This will be facilitated through the launch of a Council – “Majlis” that provides an exclusive space for industry leaders, production companies, and content technology innovators to communicate, share knowledge, and explore opportunities for collaborative production and partnerships in the media sector.Additionally, the second edition of the Congress will host a specialized conference over three days, featuring 77 speakers representing key players in the media industry from 18 countries. The conference, held under the theme of "Shaping the Future of the Media Industry. “includes 36 main sessions covering discussion topics namely, sustainability, innovation, cutting-edge technologies in the media sector, sports media, and youth engagement, as well as the role of training and development in enhancing the future of the media industry.The Congress will also include five associated events, some of which are being held for the first time, most importantly, the Innovative and Startups Stage will feature more than 24 startups, with national companies accounting for 36% of the startups. This Stage offers companies the opportunity to showcase new technologies and ideas in the sector to a wide range of relevant institutions and decision-makers.The second platform will focus on training and education, organizing more than 30 training workshops for participants from around the world, with 40 trainees in each workshop, supervised by 25 international experts and institutions specialized in the sector. This platform aims to enhance the skills of participants in sustainability, sports broadcasting, and artificial intelligence.The third event will attract top executives in the sector, policymakers, and entrepreneurs from around the world under the Future of Media Labs platform. This platform will include six closed sessions aimed at exchanging and developing ideas that will drive the media sector forward.The fourth platform, dedicated to innovation in the influencers’ sector, will provide a creative space for content developers to interact, collaborate, and share their insights and experiences with emerging influencers through 21 dialogue sessions featuring 19 speakers.The fifth platform will host four new media sessions and roundtable discussions with the participation of 32 experts and speakers to study the challenges and opportunities in the sector in the presence of a group of creative talents and decision-makers from various media sectors worldwide.Furthermore, the Global Media Congress is receiving significant media coverage compared to the previous edition last year, with nearly 800 journalists from 58 countries, marking an 8% increase, emphasizing the growing importance of the Congress regionally and internationally and its significant role in advancing the media sector.
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ADNEC partners with Kenes Group for MICE in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: ADNEC Services, a subsidiary of ADNEC Group, has partnered with events management company Kenes Group to launch new specialised conferences and exhibitions in Abu Dhabi across multiple sectors, enhancing the emirate’s position as a leading destination for MICE events.The agreement was signed by Ahmad Shaker, CEO of ADNEC Services, the event agency arm of ADNEC Group and Dan Rivlin, Executive Chair and Chief Vision Officer of Kenes Group, in the presence of senior officials from both sides.ADNEC Services, in cooperation with Kenes Group, will launch a number of specialised events in Abu Dhabi across several vital fields. The two parties will build partnerships with institutions to launch specialised conferences and exhibitions across a range of sectors.Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “Signing this agreement forms part of our commitment to enhancing cooperation with global institutions specialised in the business tourism sector. The agreement will launch new specialised international conferences and exhibitions to be held in our venues in the UAE. The partnership will help strengthen ADNEC’s direct and indirect economic contributions to the national business tourism sector. We will also improve the transfer and localisation of knowledge across a number of key sectors to solidify the position of Abu Dhabi as the business tourism capital in the region.”Dan Rivlin, Executive Chair and Chief Vision Officer (EC & CVO) at Kenes Group, said: “At Kenes we are always looking into building strong and meaningful partnerships that enable our mission of empowering knowledge in different fields through Kenes Original Events. Our collaboration with ADNEC Group is a step forward in the consolidation of an international gathering in Abu Dhabi that will bring together professionals working with guests across industries and showcase the latest technology to enhance the guest experience. Here, we as Kenes Group are also bringing expertise from almost 60 years in the events sector and our vision to integrate leading-edge technology into several aspects of our society.“Kenes considers ADNEC Services to be the perfect partner in terms of the value they bring and the support and expertise they can deliver. We are certain that this strategic partnership will be pivotal in helping us achieve our vision of creating the world’s largest guest tech event, which we believe will transform the guest experience across multiple industries.”ADNEC Group plays a crucial role in driving Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification, positively supporting the evolving interests of businesses in the emirate and the UAE, while exploring new and innovative ways to showcase Abu Dhabi as a fast-growing and dynamic business and tourist destination.
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Twofour54 unveils fully-fledged film production destination in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi : twofour54 Abu Dhabi, part of ADNEC Group, has unveiled their plans to build a major film studio – ‘twofour54 Studios’ – reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s standing as a global epicenter for filmmaking. Set to span over 100 acres, twofour54 Studios will be a future-proof, virtual production-ready, metaverse-enabled and fully-fledged production destination, addressing high demand in the regional and global production landscape.Spanning 400,000 sqm (4,400,000 sqft), twofour54 Studios will boast an impressive range of features including 11 best-in-class soundstages, a 3,000 sqm (32,000 sqft) exterior water tank and six versatile standing sets offering filmmakers ample opportunities for inventive storytelling. Complementing this lot will be 7,000 sqm (over 75,000 sqft) of office space and an array of other production facilities, encompassing post-production, permanent tenancies and screening rooms. At twofour54 Studios, every aspect has been carefully designed to foster an environment that nurtures creativity and ensures a seamless and efficient production process.twofour54 Studios’ commitment to community and collaborative spirit extends beyond its production facilities as they can also house permanent tenants and companies that cater to the production industry, providing a holistic destination for everyone involved - a true creative ecosystem for the Middle-East.  Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Board Member, Managing Director and CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “The creative industries have been identified as one of Abu Dhabi’s priority sectors given the important economic and social value they create. We are proud to drive Abu Dhabi’s vision of becoming a leading global destination for content creation through twofour54 Studios. It will take film and TV production to the next level, creating jobs and contributing to the local economy following its completion in 2025.”“twofour54 has facilitated thousands of productions over the last 15 years, establishing a compelling track record and building a deep expertise of the global film industry’s demands. Leveraging this invaluable experience, twofour54 identified an opportunity in the MENA region – the demand for an integrated, future-ready production destination. We remain steadfast in our mission to foster creativity, nurture talent and provide a world-class platform where visionaries can bring their cinematic dreams to life,” said Mark Whitehead, CEO of twofour54.Since its inception, twofour54 has been instrumental in bringing some of the most popular blockbusters to the big screen, including Hollywood franchises such as Mission: Impossible, Dune, Star Wars and Fast and Furious, as well as Bollywood hits such as Bharat and Tiger Zinda Hai, alongside many regional productions. By providing a grand destination year-round for film professionals and enthusiasts alike, twofour54 Studios seek to pave the way for groundbreaking projects that inspire audiences worldwidetwofour54’s latest destination for the creative industries complements the company’s flagship campus at Yas Creative Hub and its diverse set of production facilities across the emirate. Through its bespoke destinations, twofour54 makes any type of content production an unforgettable experience in Abu Dhabi.