April 24, 2016
It’s just 24 hours until one of Dubai’s biggest trade shows opens their doors for the 2016 edition of the Arabian Travel Market. Here are my seven tips to help make your ATM experience even better.
- Register in advance. Beat the queues and register online at www.arabiantravelmarket.com
- Take the metro. For a stress-free arrival, take the metro. I have tried driving to the ATM and other exhibitions at DWTC on many occasions and always get stuck in the same traffic with no parking. I don’t live near a metro station so I drive to the one closest to my house and leave my car there for the day
- Plan your exhibition route. You can’t possibly get around all the stands in one day which is why it’s important to plan your route to make sure you visit every booth you’re interested in. The ATM website has details of all the companies that are exhibiting and their stand location: http://www.arabiantravelmarket.com/exhibitor-directory/
- Beat the queues. There are some great food and beverage outlets at the Dubai World Trade Centre, all of which you will find yourself queuing at during peak periods. Consider having your lunch prior to 12pm or after 2pm to minimise queuing time
- Wear flat, comfortable shoes. Trade shows involve a lot of walking – look after your feet!
- Take plenty of business cards. If I receive a business card from someone and I want to remind myself to send them a document or ask them a question after the exhibition, I usually just make a note on their business card. This really helps later on when sorting through the hundreds of business cards received
- Avoid approaching booths when they are busy. Trying to get the attention of someone on a really busy booth can be quite frustrating. If I’m visiting a trade show and find a booth really busy, I usually make a note to go back to that booth towards the end of the day or early the next morning when it should be much quieter.
Good luck to all of those participating and visiting the ATM 2016!
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