Pop culture fans can get ready to enjoy awesome, out-of-this-world thrills next year, as the region’s most popular film and comic convention is set to take place in Abu Dhabi for the very first time.

The Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) will bring its tenth edition to the UAE capital in March 2022, with the event organised by Informa and held with the support of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

“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,” said HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi. “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 run across three days in March 2022 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), where a host of 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.

“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,” said Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Chief Commercial Officer at ADNEC. “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.”

Over the last decade, MEFCC has become a wildly popular event in the region, offering an exciting festival experience for everyone, from families to millennials, from Gen Zs to collectors and everyone in-between. Convention-goers will be able to enjoy meeting their favourite pop culture icons, local and international artists, cosplay parades and entertainment acts from Anime bands to alternative rock groups.

“We are absolutely delighted to be teaming up with Abu Dhabi and bringing MEFCC to the emirate for the very first time,” said Michael Lamprecht,  Convention Director from organisers Informa. “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 the likes of 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. As the world’s leading event’s organiser, 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. Over the course of the pandemic, Abu Dhabi has proven to be at the forefront of world-class safety procedures, with a succession of high profile events held safely and securely.

Tickets for the event will go on sale later this year. For more information, please visit: www.mefcc.com.