Monday 14, December 2015

Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: Capital Gate, the iconic tower that dominates the skyline at Abu Dhabi’s premier event venue Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), has scooped a prestigious win at the Grand Final of the International Property Awards 2015. The landmark building was named the Best Commercial High-rise Development in the Arab Region at a glittering ceremony held recently at Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London.

Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the farthest leaning manmade building in the world, the Capital Gate project was honoured for its innovative architecture and sustainable and eco-friendly design. At an incline of 18 degrees, Capital Gate leans four times more than the celebrated Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and embodies the level of development and progress achieved by the UAE capital.

Open to residential and commercial properties and professionals from around the world, the International Property Awards acknowledge the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO at ADNEC, said: “ADNEC won the industry’s highest accolade after competing against the best architectural marvels from across the region. The recognition validates our longstanding commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities that exceed the expectations of our clientele. It will inspire us to raise the levels of innovation and service excellence throughout our venues, ensuring the continued success of events and elevating the emirate’s stature as the most preferred event venue in the region.”

The International Property Awards is the largest and most prestigious property competition in the world. This year’s high-calibre event witnessed the submission of more than 2,000 entries from over 100 different countries across the entire gamut of property-specific disciplines – including 490 entries in architecture category from 75 countries.

Judging was carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 70 experts focusing on design, innovation, and originality.

Since its inception, ADNEC has won more than 75 awards and recognitions across diverse industry sectors in its ongoing efforts to achieve excellence in the events industry. Some of these distinctions include the Sustainability Award at the AEO Excellence Awards, Venue of the Year for ExCeL London at the AEO Excellence Awards, Exhibition Venue of the Year at Event Awards, Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre at World Travel Awards, Best Middle East Exhibition for IDEX at Middle East Events Awards, Best Meetings & Conference Centre in the Middle East for Al Ain Convention Centre at Business Destinations Travel Awards, and Best Commercial High Rise Development – Capital Gate at Arabian Property Awards.

ADNEC offers 133,000 sq m of inter-connected floor space to match the expectations of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with modern facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.6 million people across 327 events in 2014.