Abuja International Conference Centre

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Updated On: 2/22/2010

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A magnificent edifice overlooking the Radio House, 'moulded' and lying in it's own lovely garden filled with historic shady pine trees and well paved driveway.

Once you step beyond the heavy metal and glass doors and walk into the foyer, outside of the very high ceiling and marble floor, you are lured to walk up either one of the well laid stair cases on both sides of you or to explore a hooded door way to your far right. Otherwise, walk straight across through the huge double doors in front of you into the main conference hall, the Africa Hall. All these doors and stairways open up to the endless options of International Conference Centre.

The interior has tastefully decorated Conference rooms; varied facilities and high standard of service all contribute to its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Luxurious, spacious and centrally located, the stylish cosmopolitan Conference Centre offers an extensive range of modern facilities and services.

Options that the interior of this architectural masterpiece maybe put to are endless, imagine it in a banquet setting, as an in-door exhibition hall or set for a concert.

Niger & Benue halls positioned on the ground floor have complete compliment of conferencing facilities to include presentation screen, projector and individual highly sensitive microphone. The chairs are quite comfortable and the floor is fully carpeted. When arranged in Committee setting, each can seat about 80 persons otherwise, in a conference formation, each hall can hold about 150 persons.

The new AICC (also known as the OAU ICC) was built in 1991 to host the extra - ordinary session of the Organization of African Unity Heads of Government meeting in Nigeria.

The new wing was designed by Albert Speer & Partner and built by Julius Berger Nig. Ltd. It is a fully air - conditioned centre with interlinked but separate halls; the Africa Hall and Gallery, Foyer, the Mezzanine floor and Banquet Hall.

The original building was constructed in the 1980s and is most famously remembered as the home of the President Ibrahim Babangida Government's Constituent Assembly that was responsible for reviewing and redrawing the Constitution of the Federal Republic. It is now a wing to the (newer) main building and is presently serving as an annex to the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja.

In the last decade and a half the Centre has played host to several International, Regional and National political, social, cultural, economic and religious conferences, summits, meetings, seminars, ceremonies and programmes.

The AICC is equipped with a wide range of facilities including;

• A Foyer with 2 Nos. offices (capable of hosting stands, fairs, displays, receptions).
• An outdoor Arcade (along the length of the South side of the Africa Hall).
• An Executive Session Room (200 person capacity executive meeting / conference).
• VIP Lounge (56 seat lounge off the Executive Session Room).
• Africa Hall (2000 seat main conference hall, occasionally converted to Banquet Hall) with attached kitchen facilities.
• Gallery (above Africa Hall - 900 seat capacity).
• Gallery Snack Bar (60-100 persons capacity, fully fitted F&B service bar)
• 2 Nos. Committee Rooms (40 - 60 seat capacity).
• Aso Hall (100 - 250 persons capacity) convertible to Press centre and communications studio.
• 12 Nos. Admin & Operations Offices.
• Basement facilities (for Admin & Operations).
• Facilities for the physically challenged, in line with international standards.
• Independent back-up power supply from three (3 Nos.) 950 KVA generators.
• Automatic fire detection and sprinkler systems throughout the building.
• Water Fountain in front of main entrance.

Location and Map

Architecturally designed to complement its surrounding environment, and enhanced by magnificent landscaping, the AICC occupies a land area of approximately 7 hectares and is centrally located on the South (Garki) end of Herbert Macaulay Way in the commercial heart of the FCC, about 40 KM (approx. 25 miles) from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and within a 5 KM radius of the major hotels in Abuja.

The facility serves as a dynamic venue for international trade discussions, business meetings, and social occasions and offers luxury, intimacy, refined dining, meeting and event space.

Adjacent to the AICC, on its South side, is the Abuja International Peace Park, which dates back to 1993 when the idea for a horticultural society was embraced by the then minister for the FCT, Major-General Jeremiah Useni, and the plot was proposed to develop a world standard park. The name of the park evolved and metamorphosed through "Abuja Horticultural Park".

"Abuja Commonwealth Park", and a host of others, into its current form, the "Abuja International Peace Park" - emphasizing the vision behind its founding.

The plot has in the interim been used as a Media Centre and extra parking for the AICC.

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