The event will feature workshops, a theatre experience, an Artists' Alley and the cosplay competition.
The tenth edition of Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) is set to return to the UAE in March 2022, and will take place in Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai.
The event, organised by Informa and held with the support of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), will run across three days in March 2022 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Speaking about the event, Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing MEFCC to Abu Dhabi for the very first time, as it gives us the opportunity to bring the fans up close and personal to all their favourite pop culture properties. The event will no doubt provide awesome excitement to the well-established and loyal fanbase, and will prove to be a great addition to Abu Dhabi’s ever-expanding line-up of exciting events for 2022. We regard it as a real honour for the emirate to become part of the Comic Con global family, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming Comic Con’s crowd to explore Abu Dhabi for the very first time.”
Middle East Film & Comic Con will host international A-listers from the silver screen, and streaming services will gather for VIP meet-and-greets, insightful talks, interviews, and other thrilling event activations.
Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Chief Commercial Officer at ADNEC, added: “Hosting this distinguished event at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre supports our strategic mission to attract exhibitions and specialised events in Abu Dhabi to demonstrate its position as the leader of business and leisure tourism sectors in the region. Holding this event is the result of cooperation with DCT Abu Dhabi and Informa, the organiser of the event. We are ready to host the event at the centre benefiting from our advanced infrastructure and the work teams’ competencies and expertise, to deliver a safe and confident business environment.”
Michael Lamprecht, Convention Director from organisers Informa, stated: “We are absolutely delighted to be teaming up with Abu Dhabi and bringing MEFCC to the emirate for the very first time. We are sure that the UAE capital will prove to be the perfect host and fans will be thrilled with the 2022 edition. MEFCC has proven to be popular with a wide range of audiences; those who love film and comics and those who enjoy the social side of events like this, and we promise that next year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before.”
Previous editions have seen Jason Momoa, Zachary Levi, Benedict Wong, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ezra Miller, Iwan Rheon, Tara Strong, Seth Green, Gillian Anderson and William Shatner flown in for the event, and 2022 is set to be the best yet with superstar appearances soon to be announced.
MEFCC will be organised in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard, which will run in parallel with the emirate’s own stringent safety protocols. Informa has developed a detailed set of precautionary measures to provide the highest levels of hygiene and safety. These measures include the guidelines approved by Abu Dhabi Executive Office such as mandatory face masks and social distancing.