Dubai Woodshow 2006 opens
Abdul Rahman Al Mutaiwee, Director General, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), opened today (Monday, 10 April, 2006) the inaugural edition of Dubai Woodshow, the dedicated wood and wood machinery exhibition in the Middle East, at the Dubai World Trade Center. The highly specialized exhibition showcases a wide range of products and services from across the wood industry spectrum.
Speaking at the inauguration, Al Mutaiwee said, “The Dubai Woodshow has been organized at an apt time when Dubai and the Middle East is in the middle of a construction boom. I am certainly optimistic about the continued boom in this industry and this show, featuring leading global and regional industry players, serves to further this. I wish the exhibitors and the organizers the very best.”
Dubai Woodshow 2006 features leading exhibitors from more than 40 countries and provides an ideal platform for the regional wood companies to interact with key professionals and decision-makers from the global wood and wood machinery industry. The exhibition is displaying products ranging from MDF, plywood, hardwood, softwood, veneers, timbers, parquet, laminates, finished wood merchandise and paper products, to molding machines, woodworking machinery and tools, accessories, components and auxiliary equipment for the worldwide wood and woodworking industry.
Dawood Al Shezawi, Managing Director, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions said, “The booming construction sector spurred by numerous infrastructure and building projects in Dubai has led to an unprecedented demand for wood-based industries and woodworking products in the UAE. Wood imports to the UAE stand at an all-time high and with other regional countries too witnessing a similar surge in wood consumption, a comprehensive trade fair like Dubai Woodshow will serve to add further momentum to the strong growth of the wood and wood machinery industry in the Middle East. I’m confident that this exhibition will grow to become the premier regional showcase for the wood industry.”
“The response we received to the Dubai Woodshow has been overwhelming, with exhibitors from different parts of the world vying to showcase their superior wood and wood machinery,” added Al Shezawi. “Numerous building projects are currently underway in the UAE and many more are planned over the coming years, boosting the demand for wood and wood products in the country. In 2005 alone, wood imports to the UAE grew 34 per cent to touch AED 5.2 billion, figures that are remarkable by any standards. By bringing together leading regional and international wood exhibitors on a common platform to showcase a broad range of products and services, Dubai Woodshow 2006 will boost the availability of wood-based products that are much in need today in the UAE and the rest of the Arab world.”
A major highlight of Dubai Woodshow 2006, which runs till April 12, 2006 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will be the interactive demonstrations and seminars that run alongside the exhibition, featuring leading names from the global wood industry. Every imaginable woodworking tool, from traditional to contemporary is being demonstrated. The wide-ranging seminars include ‘Quebec and Canadian Wood Products for the Dubai Market’ organized by Quebec Wood Export Bureau and to be addressed by the company’s Softwood Division Manager, Sven Gustavsson, and ‘Opportunities for growth & tools employed by AHEC to strengthen wood markets globally’ organized by American Hardwood Export Council and addressed by the company’s Europe Director, David Venables.
Participants at Dubai Woodshow 2006 include companies from Germany, Canada, UK, India, Singapore, China, Malaysia, South Africa, USA, Russia and Italy. Also present at the show are exhibitors from France, Turkey, Iran, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, New Zealand, Lebanon, Korea, Indonesia and the UAE.
The international line-up at Dubai Woodshow 2006 includes reputed names such as the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), UK-based firms Airpress Company and Timber Web, HOLZ-HER REICH Spezialmaschinen from Germany, Malaysia-based Golden Star Wood Jaya, and Pidilite Industries and Uniply from India. The strong international representation is complemented by an extensive local presence, and among the prominent UAE-based participants are Danube Building Materials, Simco, Al Rahmani General Trading Company, Mona Trading, Al Humoudi, Arab Technology Establishment, Black & Decker, Mohiudeen Woodworks, Cobra Machinery, Al Hattab and Hakeem Machinery.
About Dubai Woodshow 2006
Dubai Woodshow 2006 (April 10-12, 2006, Dubai World Trade Centre) is the premier trade event for the wood and wood machinery industry in the region. A highly specialized exhibition that assembles companies from the entire spectrum of the wood industry under one roof, Dubai Woodshow 2006 offers exhibitors an excellent networking platform, where they can build strategic relationships with buyers, traders and investors. The event displays a wide range of wood products, including MDF, plywood, hardwood, softwood, veneers, timbers, parquet, laminates, finished wood merchandise and paper products. Dubai Woodshow 2006 is organized by Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, a leading exhibition and conference organizer based in Dubai.
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