- OVER 220,000 VISITORS EXPECTED AT KEY INDUSTRY EVENTS WITH OVER 6500 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) nears the end of H1 2017 with a bustling May events calendar, expecting to welcome over 220,000 visitors this month across 26 industry-leading events across the IT, real estate, energy and retail industries among others. Key mega events scheduled for May include: Automechanika, Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), Internet of Things Expo (IoTx), INDEX International Design Exhibition, The Mobile Show, Middle East Coverings, Offshore Arabia and Beauty World Middle East. DWTC continues to spearhead growth in the region’s MICE sector as popular exhibitions return to the venue, positively impacting the nation’s key-growth sectors.
“Having recently concluded a busy first quarter, DWTC is experiencing an equally eventful Q2 with a robust May schedule that seeds and continues to nurture our very diverse calendar while continuing to impact the nation’s budding MICE industry. DWTC remains a key facilitator of economic growth year round, enabling businesses from around the world to discover new markets and expand their portfolios and prospects. We are off to a great start with the first half of 2017 as we further serve as a catalyst for robust economic development in our region and far beyond,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC.
In May, delegates and over 6,500 exhibitors from international markets will be attending and partaking in leading exhibitions and conferences where they will be showcasing latest solutions, exchanging ideas, and interacting with industry leaders.
Mega-event The Mobile Show, is the largest mobile technology expo in the region and co-located with Seamless Cards and Payments Middle East, the E-Commerce Show, and Retail Show Middle East. The Mobile Show runs from May 1 to 2, 2017. With over 10,000 attendees, 200+ speakers across 150 sessions and more than 300 exhibitors, the show brings together the brightest minds and latest technologies in enterprise mobility and managed services
For those involved in the automotive aftermarket and service industry, Automechanika Middle East is set to take place at DWTC from May 7 to 9. This highly anticipated event aims to raise the bar in products, equipment and services available to the industry by bringing in international manufacturers and suppliers together with regional distributors and buyers. Last year, the event welcomed more than 30,000 trade visitors from 138 countries and 25 International country pavilions.
Within the energy and environment industry at DWTC this month is Offshore Arabia Exhibition & Conference running its ninth edition from May 9 to 10 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The event brings together over 7000 industry professionals from all over the world to discuss the strategic, operational and technological developments in the MENA region for energy and sea environment.
Another mega event running for the 22nd year is Beauty World Middle East, the largest international trade fair for beauty products, hair, fragrances and wellbeing in the Middle East. From May 14 to 16, the show is expected welcome over 35,000 visitors and over 1,500 exhibitors from 60 countries with thousands of influential trade buyers coming to see the latest beauty trends and exciting new opportunities for their businesses.
With the region’s $170+ billion airport expansion and modernisation plans, the Airport Show & Global Airport Leaders Forum taking place from May 15 to 17, is the ideal platform to gain first-hand industry knowledge and learn about emerging trends. In 2016, the event gathered 7,166 aviation professionals to showcase and discuss airport and aviation-related products and services.
Also set to take place at DWTC this month is the Middle East’s largest cyber security event, the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) from May 21 to 23. GISEC is expected to welcome over 6000 visitors as well as more than 500 international delegates and 75-plus high-profile speakers from world-leading cyber security entities and organizations. Running concurrently with GISEC is the Internet of Things Expo (IoTx), which will highlight how IoT is poised to play a transformative role in enhancing living standards and improving services for the general public.
With the interiors and design space continuing to grow and draw the interest of hundreds of thousands regionally, Index International Design Exhibition hosted at DWTC from May 22 to 25 remains the biggest sourcing platform for the interiors and design industry across the GCC having drawn a solid footfall of over 34,000 visitors in its last edition in 2016. Hosting over 720 global brands and suppliers from more than 50 countries, Index is the perfect event for architects, interior designers, retail and wholesale buyers, procurement specialists, general managers, developers and project managers.
Also relevant to the regional architecture and design community is Middle East Coverings running concurrently with Index International Design Exhibition from May 22 to 25. Middle East Coverings is the only covering and surface materials event in the Middle East and North Africa. Its goal is to support the architecture and design community to source, learn and discuss the latest covering products and services. Expected to draw over 13,000 visitors, Middle East Coverings includes an Exhibition with more than 250 exhibitors, The Designers’ Forum with over 41 international speakers, CPD Certified Workshops and Seminars with up to 21 industry credit points as well as the Wholesale Buyer Meeting Lounge.
As the month of May draws to an end welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan, DWTC will host this year’s much-awaited edition of Ramadan Majlis from May 26 until June 25. Having welcomed over 35,000 visitors in 2016, this annual event during Ramadan continues to capture the true essence of Arabian hospitality with a warm ambiance, luxurious setting and a vast array of traditional dishes created by DWTC’s world-class chefs.