January 2011 promises to be one of the busiest starts on record for Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the region’s leading venue operator and event’s organiser, with approximately 4,500 exhibiting companies and 110,000 trade visitors from over 100 countries expected in January alone - highlighting the renewed boost of confidence in commercial activity across the region and Dubai’s long-standing role as the region’s leading business hub and events destination.
DWTC will start the New Year on solid footing by hosting six of the Middle East’s most prolific events in sectors that include Petrochemicals, Security, Education, Human Resources, Production Services and Healthcare & Biotechnology. January’s programme will set the pace for what promises to be a fruitful and energized year for trade and business development in the UAE, with a focus on an increase in business opportunities and deals through continued growth of exhibitors and quality visitors.
Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), said: “With an impressive line-up of events, DWTC is ideally positioned for another signature year, and remains committed to providing the ideal networking platform by hosting a global calendar of world-class events. The commencement of 2011 showcases the growth of a number of the region’s most significant sector-specific shows, highlighting the positive market outlook of the events industry, as it continues to drive business tourism and economic growth to the region. “
The impressive programme of events scheduled for January includes the world’s second largest healthcare exhibition, Arab Health. To set the scene, the 2010 edition of Arab Health saw a record 66,000 participating professional visitors and delegates, and over 2,700 exhibitors from 58 countries, delivering a 20 per cent increase in exhibitor and visitor volumes from the previous year. Taking place between the 24th and 27th of January, Arab Health 2011 looks to be another blockbuster year and will see it stage the world’s most prolific sector related congress, with 18 CME-accredited conferences and over 500 internationally acclaimed speakers. With the launch of new country pavilions that include Japan, Hong Kong, Argentina and Singapore, exhibitor numbers are expected to increase over last year, and the event promises to present the global healthcare industry with yet another unrivalled medical congress programme.
The scheduled calendar-of-events kick starts on the 8th of January with the Arab International Plastic and Rubber Industry Trade Show. This four day exhibition will be closely followed by other regional and international leading shows including the Intersec Exhibition, the Education UK Exhibition (EDUKEX 2011); the International Human Resources Conference & Exhibition, the Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East Exhibition and the Arab Health Exhibition and Conference. Representing some of the region’s high-priority industries, the exhibitions play a critical role in the forging of strategic and lucrative business deals as well as acting as centres of expert knowledge exchange. With over 1,000,000 square feet of covered exhibition space, a selection of world class hospitality facilities, end-to-end services and direct public transport options, DWTC continues to offer both exhibitors and visitors the best in global standard premises.
The Arab International Plastic and Rubber Industry Trade Show, now in its 10th year, is the most important meeting place for the region’s plastics and rubber industry and has increased its exhibition space by 25% this year, with exhibitor numbers more than doubled over last year, emphasizing the growing importance of the petrochemical plastic and rubber sectors.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Intersec Trade and Conference, acknowledged as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition for security and safety in the Middle East, will be held from the 16th – 18th January. The three day event will play host to over 22,000 visitors from 96 countries and over 800 exhibitors, combining a strong international profile with a significant regional impact.
Running during the same period from the 17th to the 18th of January, the Education UK Exhibition, organized by the British Council, brings together over 50 UK further and higher education institutions to the UAE to raise awareness about the quality of education, extensive array of courses and institutions on offer.
Held for the first time, the International Human Resources Conference & Exhibition (IHRC), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is a two day meeting focusing on innovative policies, strategies and solutions that help lead human resources in the Middle East through challenges of the future. Running between the 19th and 20th of January, IHRC is being organised by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, UAE.
Now in its 14th year, the Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East Exhibition is a specialised event dedicated to the Middle East’s signage, outdoor media, screen and digital printing industries. Held at the Dubai Airport Expo from the 24th through to the 26th of January, the exhibition attracts tremendous support from the regional and international market place, with industry players predicting a significant increase in business for 2011.
January’s theme of groundbreaking shows will be continued through to February with the world’s largest food and beverage trade exhibition, Gulfood, set to host an unprecedented 3,800 exhibitors and 80 national pavilions covering over 1 million square feet of exhibition space. 2011’s calendar of events also introduces a number of new world class congresses including the Human Genome Conference, the International Public Transport Congress (UITP) and the International Bar Association Congress amongst others, further highlighting the success of DWTC’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and world-class services, confirming the venue’s unabated position as the region’s number one networking centre.