Published on : Monday, July 17, 2017
Oman’s biggest interior, design and furnishing exhibition, the 4th IDF Oman opened its doors from 13 to 15 February, 2017 at the New Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre and was officially inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Rasheed Al Safi Khamis Al Huraibi, Chairman of the Tender Board and accompanied by Ministry officials, members of the diplomatic forces, media and top business people. The show was organised by Al Nimr Expo in co-operation with the Ministry of Housing and Public Authority for Craft Industries.
Oman’s rapid progress in the construction and the real estate sector, has witnessed the launch of numerous commercial, residential and tourism projects, thus creating a demand for interior and outdoor design, décor and furnishings. The key objective of the exhibition was to display the latest in technology, usage of materials and innovative approaches to interior design, décor and furniture. IDF has helped meet the growing demand, by bringing together all the leading companies in the industry under one roof, thus making it as an ‘exclusive emporium’.
A wide assortment of product categories were present at the 4th IDF Oman, mainly accessories and art, bathroom, building material, carpets, commercial interiors and fit out, décor, flooring, furniture and furnishings, interior design, kitchen, lightings, luxury life style, outdoor design and build, renovation, property developers and real estate, retail fit-out and eco building, surfaces & finishes and textiles.
The exhibition featured more than 150 companies, with over 80 international design companies across the globe, surpassing the past three editions.
At the visitor level, the show witnessed a record in drawing more than 7,000 professionals and end-users from Oman, GCC, Middle East and other countries. Professionals from the private and public sectors, government officials, VIP’s, interior designers, architects and key decision makers were all available to network, learn about new products, and conduct business deals during IDF Oman.
For the fourth year running, MEDINIT SRL managed the Italian Pavilion comprising of over 40 design companies showcasing some unique and new products for the Omani market. Once again, Alfardan Motors LLC supported the event by displaying two latest models of Maserati cars, justifying the Italian work which is usually of rare and expensive materials, fine workmanship, and graceful form.
Another main attraction of the fair was the Portugal Pavilion managed by Association of Madeira Industries and Furniture of Portugal – AIMMP, which was a first of its kind in any exhibition in Oman and comprises of high end design, furnishing, lighting and home automation companies, already established in the market as exporters, with some clients and contacts.
The response to the 4th IDF Oman 2017 has been overwhelming, and plans for 2018 are already underway and it certainly promises to be bigger and better!