Middle East: Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre secures first major conference
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has announced it will welcome its first major conference in December 2016, a matter of months after the US$1 billion facility is scheduled to open its doors for the first time. The 27th Annual International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Mideast & Africa District Conference and Expo will host more than 1,000 of the world’s top food industry professionals and regional decision-makers in a show that centres on food supply and new investment opportunities.
“We are delighted that the Sultanate of Oman has been selected to host such a prestigious convention which will be the first important conference to be hosted by Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre upon its completion in 2016,” said HE Nasser Al Jashmi, Chairman of the Oman government’s tourist development body, Omran.
Newly appointed General Manager Trevor McCartney, who joined OCEC in January, was equally excited to be able to announce such a major conference almost three years ahead of both the facility’s completion and the event’s scheduled date. “This is one of many major international conventions the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre is targeting to secure in the lead up to its completion in 2016,” he said.
“Not only are we delighted to showcase Oman’s professionalism at organising prestigious events such as this, but we look forward to welcoming participants to experience the traditional Omani hospitality during the congress and encourage them to take the time to explore the country’s natural beauty and history.”
IAOM MEA Conference & Expo has been running for more than 25 years and has become one of the most anticipated events in the milling and food processing industries in the region. Across MENA and Africa, the value of major grain imports is in excess of US$29 billion every year, comprising 29 percent of the global grain trade.