ADNEC READY TO WELCOME VISITORS AND ATHLETES TO LONDON 2012 GAMES
ADNEC will promote Abu Dhabi with one of the biggest billboards in the city at ExCeL London
23 July 2012 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: ADNEC-owned ExCeL London is dressed and ready to host seven Olympic and six Paralympic Games during the London 2012 Games, starting 27 July. The venue is decked with signboards and billboards that welcome athletes and visitors, and promote Abu Dhabi as a destination, including one of the biggest billboards in London.
H.E. Ali Saeed Bin Harmel, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition commented: "We want to welcome the world as well as participants in the London 2012 Games to ExCeL London. With our warm welcome, we are also promoting Abu Dhabi and demonstrating the enormous development and growth the Emirate has achieved in the past four decades.”
ADNEC made a £165 million investment into ExCeL London in 2010, which included the expansion of the venue by 100,000sqm. ADNEC has also invested £48 million in building the Aloft London, which has been completely booked for more than three months by the London Local Organising Committee (LOCOG).
Standing 10.4 meters tall and 34.6 meters wide, one of the largest billboards in London is being used by ADNEC to welcome athletes and visitors; emblazoned with the words, "Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, proud owners of ExCeL London – Welcomes the world!” With 70,000 people expected each day of the Games at ExCeL London, and conveniently located close to the DLR Metro Station which provides the main link between the venue and the centre of London, the billboard will be seen by tens of thousands of people each day.
The main objective of the Abu Dhabi and ADNEC-branded billboards is to promote tourism and economic and trade to Abu Dhabi. Other signboards carried lines such as, “Welcome to the best seats on earth”, “The world’s greatest events at one of the world’s greatest venues” and “The whole world under our roof”.
ADNEC, in coordination with LOCOG, has booked 19 billboards in total: six electronic billboards to welcome the visitors of ExCeL London in Prince Regent Station, six billboards at ExCeL London’s western entrance, six billboards on the road leading from the DLR Station to ExCeL London’s entrance and one large billboard which reads ‘The Whole World Under our Sky’ placed by the taxi parking.
ExCeL London’s event halls will be fully occupied throughout the Olympic Games. It will host 7 Olympic games (26 per cent of Olympic events overall), in addition to 6 Paralympic games (30 per cent of Paralympic events overall). The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be covered live by 26 TV stations, bringing it to more than 1.5 billion people across the globe.
More than 14,700 athletes from around the world will be participating in the London 2012 Games, of which 2,736 will be competing at ExCeL London. ExCeL London is the second largest venue at the Games, after the Olympic Park.