Dubai gears up for garden, lighting show
Dubai, October 23, 2010
Epoc Messe Frankfurt, the regional arm of Germany’s top exhibition organiser Messe Frankfurt, will open two fairs, Garden+Landscaping Middle East and Light Middle East, in Dubai next week.
Both trade fairs will run concurrently from October 31 to November 2 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, will inaugurate both exhibitions.
“I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to His Excellency bin Fahad and the UAE government’s support of our endeavours. This support has further strengthened our credibility with our international exhibitors and visitors,” said Ahmed Pauwels, chief executive officer of Epoc Messe Frankfurt.
Garden+Landscaping Middle East is the region’s only dedicated trade event for the garden, landscaping and outdoor living industries, while Light Middle East is the sole trade event for urban, architectural, theatrical and retail lighting in the wider region.
Light Middle East provides a much needed platform for property developers, major clients and municipalities from around the region to source lighting solutions. This year’s theme for both exhibitions “innovation and sustainability in design” focuses on many environmental topics, a statement said.
It is estimated that the UAE construction industry is worth approximately Dh2.63 trillion ($714.8 billion) and trade fair organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt estimates the garden and landscaping needs within this figure to be about 10 per cent of the construction cost.
This drives the demand for garden and landscaping products which witnessed Dh371 million in imports to UAE alone in 2009.
The global emerging lighting technologies market is expected to be worth Dh400.7 billion ($109.2 billion) by 2014, growing at an estimated CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 8.1 per cent from 2009 to 2014, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets.
Fluorescent lighting which forms the largest market segment within this is expected to reach Dh303 billion ($82.6 billion) by 2014 at a CAGR of 7.9 per cent for the same period, according to the research firm. – TradeArabia News Service