The total annual import of equine products and equipments crossed AED 1 billion in 2009. This was revealed at a press conference hosted by Al Fajer Information and Services, organizers of Al Fares, the International Equine Trade Fair which features 40 UAE companies and major national pavilions, including Germany.
Mr. Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services said: "International companies have recognised the significance of the equine industry in the GCC. UAE customers are distinguished by great purchasing power that is three times that of their European counterparts on equine products. Al Fares is growing year after year because more international companies, especially from Germany, UK, France, Italy, Australia and the USA are foraying into the UAE."
Al Fares is one of the oldest expos on the equestrian scene. The show will be open for three days and continue till 1st December 2010 from 11 AM to 7 PM with free entry. Al Fares will open its doors on 29 November 2010 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC) with 200 companies from over 20 countries participating in the event. The show comes at a time when races are increasing, including endurance, flat races and show jumping. Also, there are a variety of private and public clubs in the UAE.
Among international participants, Germany will have one of the largest contingents, which includes leading names like Dickenherr Trucks, Laake USG, Waldhausen, Tropmed, Boekmann etc.
Khanna added: "Al Fares remains the one and only exhibition recognized worldwide as a leading trade platform to do business and capitalize on the booming regional market for equestrian products. Among the major participants are global players in the equestrian trade market from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland the US and the UK."
Talking about the UAE participation, Mr. Khanna said that the UAE will have the single largest contingent with 40 companies taking part. Collectively, these companies represent over 100 brands from across the world according to Khanna who said that major Local exhibitors include Al Awani, Gulf Rider, Al Sakeb, Lilidale, Asaafinat, Lock Stock, Belhasa Projects, Bonjour, Gulf Drug Est and Al Atheer."
Speaking about the German participation, Khanna added: "The German horse industry is characterized by versatility. The range of products available covers the range of riding accessories like bits, spurs, saddles and stirrups, horse and vehicle transporters, veterinary diagnostic & pharmaceutical products, riding apparel, farrier supplies, equestrian sports equipment as well as tourney accessories. These equestrian products are manufactured on stringent "Made in Germany" standards and are of interest to the amateur as well as the professional rider."
Khanna added: "We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the German Pavilion in Hall 2. More than 12 companies from Germany are presenting their latest technically advanced products and innovations."
Khanna added: "Visiting the German Pavilion provides an excellent opportunity to experience these high-quality "Made in Germany" products. The Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry is one of the initiating associations for the German joint stand, and is accompanying the German delegation and providing professional advice."
Al Fares Dubai 2010 will highlight new products and services for horses and riders. The expo will see horse owners, trainers, chiefs of the equine industry, renowned jockeys, polo professionals and horse lovers from across the world converging on Dubai to participate in the fair.
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