Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority inaugurated the Dubai International Character and Licensing Fair – Character Dubai and Dubai World Game Expo 2009 on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.
He had a tour around the stands to explore the latest products of exhibitors. 210 international, regional and local exhibitors have their pavilions in the show with more than 300 cartoon characters. Local participation has reached 40% and visitors are expected to reach 10,000 during the three days event.
Character Dubai and DWGE feature prominent dedicated activities including Dubai International Character and Licensing Conference, Dubai World Game Summit presented by twofour54 and World Game Championship all of which aim to promote the industry in the region. 45 industry pioneer speakers will participate in the Conference and Summit to present and discuss major industry related issues aiming at developing the industry and attract more investment opportunities to the region.
Dubai Character & Licensing Fair is the only dedicated licensing trade fair in the Middle East, it is a venue that brings together leading animation producers, content creators, comics, media, advertisers, graphic designers, manufacturers, retailers, licensees, licensing agents, licensors and other related industries.
Retailers and public visitors will have the chance to meet their favorite characters at the exhibition including “JumJum”, “Mudhesh”, “Freej”, “Shabyiat Al Cartoon”, “Khosa Bousa” among other local characters that have become famous in the Middle East Region.
“The second edition of Dubai International Character and Licensing Fair and Dubai World Game Expo 2009 is an added success to its first edition. The participation has increased by 20% from last year and we expect the exhibition to attract more than 10,000 visitors during its three days. We extend our gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Majid Bin Mohamemd Al Maktoum for the continuous support to the exhibition and all the governmental entities that have contributed in achieving this success,” said Abdul Salam Al Madani, President of Index Holding.
Laila Suhail, CEO of Dubai Shopping Festival Office said, “We are very pleased to be supporting the second edition of Dubai Character 2009 that is organized by Index and is the first of its kind initiative in the Middle East taking place in Dubai, the city that is renowned as being the leader in launching and nurturing creative and innovative initiatives in the region.”
The event presents new investment opportunities for investors and global brand companies and allows them to enter into the UAE and the regions markets that are considered among the largest importers for this industry services estimated by ten billion dollars.
On the other hand, Dubai World Game Expo is devoted to introducing a wide variety of computer games, including entertaining video games, online gaming, mobile games, edutainment & infotainment software, game related hardware, and next-generation platforms.
Dubai World Games Expo is the biggest and the only event dedicated to interactive games in the Middle East. DWGE 2009 will again highlight interactive platforms for all participants to enjoy the fusion of cutting-edge games, interactive entertainment, edutainment, infotainment, and business opportunities. DWGE is sponsored by Crytek, One Card and Epic Games.
The Dubai Character and Licensing Fair and the Dubai World Game Expo is endorsed by Emirates Science Club, The Cultural & Scientific Association, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Summer Surprises, Modesh World, the Arab Asian Entertainment content and Licensing Alliance, International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association, Naturalization & Residency Administration- Dubai, Tokyo International Anime Fair, Total Licensing, Total Contents Licensing & Merchandising Magazine, Weyak from Etisalat, Magic Planet, MTV Arabia, Samsung, Virgin Radio, Suoq.com, World Cyber Games, Emirates Network, Nordic Game, China Joy, Taipei Game Show, Italian Video Game Developers Conference
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