Published on : Monday, January 18, 2016
The growth of UAE’s domestic furniture sector and rising demand for imported timber from global and regional markets is reflected in the fact that UAE is home to nearly 36% of the furniture factories of the GCC.
Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO of Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, organisers of the Dubai WoodShow, says the GCC furniture industry includes 1062 factories, which have steadily seen a growth of 4.5 per cent over five years. An increase in the number of home and office furniture factories in the Gulf region has been positive for the growth of timber sector.
Dubai WoodShow is the biggest wood and woodworking machinery industry trade show in the Middle East. Its next edition is set to host a larger number of exhibitors from 4-6 April 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. After an impressive turnout of 10,544 trade professionals from 95 countries last year, the 2016 edition has completely sold out the exhibition space.
The Dubai WoodShow 2016 is set to expand its range of products to include Hardwood & Softwood, wood machineries & tools, flooring, plywood, veneer, MDF, laminates & boards, finishings & fittings, paints, adhesives & glues, and others. It will also be open for retail shoppers, making available a wide range of local and global brands targeting end users.
Al Shezawi said, “The timber industry is booming with the ongoing construction activity in the region. Moreover, there is a growing demand from local furniture manufacturers who find in the annual Dubai Woodshow a platform for clinching mega deals onsite.”
Dubai WoodShow welcomes visitors from countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, and China plus many others. The exhibition is considered one-of-its-kind because it is not only dedicated to companies and large firms, but also to retail and end-users. The exhibition brings huge machinery as well as other retail products under one roof.
“Every year we witness the launch of new technologies introduced to this region for the first time through Dubai WoodShow. We could not be more delighted with the demand from the exhibitors for the 2016 edition, most of whom are looking to expand presence in the UAE through local investors,” concluded Al Shezawi.