Barcelona, the modern, dynamic capital city of the State of Catalonia in Spain, is an important business and financial center in Europe. It is no wonder that this key Spanish city has been named Mobile World Capital for a period of 7 years from 2012 to 2018. This world’s premier mobile capital describes itself as a living lab, a smart city, a technological development hub, a city of innovations, and a meeting point for global entrepreneurial community.
For the past several years since Barcelona has achieved the status of Mobile World Capital, it has seen at least 75,000 mobile enthusiasts descending from different parts of the world for the annual Mobile World Congress. The city has been providing unprecedented opportunity to the innovators and local startups for showcasing and promoting their innovative, fascinating products.
With its pleasant Mediterranean climate, entertainment hotspots, culture, excellent communications network and first-class infrastructure, Barcelona has now become one the most preferred destinations for a large number of business visitors from across the world. Moreover, the city has emerged as the most frequented business destination because of the innumerable international conferences, symposiums, congresses and trade fairs being hosted every year.
Barcelona is home to some of the famous trade fair and convention centers in the world. The most prominent among them being is Fira de Barcelona, situated next to the hill at Montjuïc. It is the largest trade fair venue in the city. Another important place is the Barcelona Convention Center, where many conventions, congresses and conferences take place throughout the year.
Barcelona has hosted some major events in the past centuries. The city first hosted the Universal Exhibition in 1888. Among other important events organized in the city include, the International Exhibition in 1929, the Olympic Games in 1992, the Forum of Cultures in 2004, and now the Mobile World Congress being held annually since 2012 till 2018.
Recent studies have said that Barcelona is currently ranked fifth in the world after London, Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels for doing business. The city’s quality of life is also highly rated in the world. Barcelona has already established its identity as a city of innovation, and digital, scientific and technological development, while preserving its monumental, architectural, cultural and historical legacy.