Sharjah's Expo Centre gears up for busy events schedule in H2
Expo Centre Sharjah saw a 25 percent rise in visitors for 2014 (File)
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After reporting an extraordinary growth in the first half of the year, Expo Centre Sharjah is gearing up for a busy second half, presenting some of the most sought-after consumer and trade exhibitions in the region.
Expo Centre had a phenomenal start to 2014, when the first show in its events calendar, SteelFab 2014, added 50 percent more exhibition space to accommodate a 25 percent rise in the number of exhibitors. The increase in visitor turnout too saw a significant surge of 25 percent, an unprecedented rise in the 10-year history of SteelFab.
“The impressive growth continued with the next event, the International Education Show, which recorded a 34 percent rise in the number of visitors, and the other shows that followed. Now, after the summer break, we are ready for the new season, when some of our flagship events will be held,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.
During the first half, Expo Centre hosted 12 trade and consumer events, attracting over 380,000 trade and general visitors. The key events were SteelFab, International Education Show, National Career Exhibition, Perfect Wedding Show, Middle East Motor Tuning Show, Arabia Mold, Plastivision Arabia, Print Pack Arabia and MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show.
With the UAE economy being propelled by rising GDP growth and accelerating activity in trade, tourism, property, manufacturing and logistics, Expo Centre is expecting better exhibitor and visitor interest in its upcoming events. “The new season will start with the biannual MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show, which broke all previous records in terms of total number of buyers as well as percentage rise in visitor turnout for its spring show earlier this year. Most of the remaining shows too are major events for their respective industries and consumer base and are expected to perform well,” said Midfa.
The show is set to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from October 14-18, featuring more than 450 exhibitors from across the world.
The show will be held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and will occupy 20,000sqm of exhibition space.
Taking place from November 26-29, the International Automobile Show is a must see event for everyone with a passion for cars. Alongside, the region’s most coveted awards for the automotive industry, the Middle East Motor Awards, will be held on November 27.
The events line-up, which also includes the Sharjah International Book Fair, Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah, Halal Middle East and Kitchen Equipment Middle East, has generated immense interest within the country and the region, prompting Expo Centre to look forward to phenomenal growth in existing and new shows in the coming season.
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