UAE home to 36% of furniture factories in GCC, and controls significant imports in timber sector
Organisers of the Dubai WoodShow, the largest exhibition in the Middle East for timber, machineries and tools, have revealed that the UAE is home to nearly 36% of the furniture factories of the GCC, reflecting the growth in the domestic furniture sector and increase in demand for imported timber from global and regional markets.
Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, organisers of the Dubai WoodShow quoting Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), says the GCC furniture industry includes 1062 factories, which recorded a growth of 4.5 per cent over 5 years. Al Shezawi added that the number of home and office furniture factories in the Gulf region saw a dramatic increase, which positively reflected on the growth of timber sector.
Dubai WoodShow, the biggest wood and woodworking machinery industry trade show in the Middle East, is set to host a larger number of exhibitors in its next edition to be held from 4 – 6 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Following an impressive turnout of 10,544 trade professionals from 95 countries last year, the exhibition has attracted even wider variety of products from global brands.
“The 2015 edition recorded a 26% increase over the previous edition, and we have completely sold out the exhibition space. Dubai Woodshow 2016 will be more diverse in terms of exhibitors’ portfolio and products," said Al Shezawi.
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.
Dubai WoodShow brings together building materials suppliers & dealers, importers, exporters, furniture manufacturers, contractors, developers, machinery manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, dealers, flooring companies, architects, interior designers, as well as associations & institutions. The exhibition welcomes visitors from countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, and China plus many others.
“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,” added Al Shezawi.
“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.
Organised by Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, one of the leading exposition and conference organisers in the Middle East, the Dubai WoodShow 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.