It provides the ideal meeting place for professionals in the furniture, interior design and shopfitting industries and attracts contractors, developers, importers, agents, distributors, manufacturers and retailers plus public and commercial buyers from around the globe.
However, it is not only today’s professionals that are catered for at Index. The exhibition also gets back to grass roots and showcases the work of up and coming talent via its Student Pavilion. “Investing in the future is an integral part of today,” says Kim Willis, Index Project Manager for dmg World Media, “not only does it help to sustain and encourage the high quality and professionalism of the industry in general but being locally focused, it helps build knowledge and techniques here in the Emirates, thus putting something back into the community.”
This will be the third Student Pavilion at Index – an initiative sponsored by Al Habtoor Interiors, it is designed to allow universities to participate in the show at no cost to themselves. This year however, the Student Pavilion takes on a new dimension. As well as providing separate booths for three key universities to offer advice on courses and showcase local projects, there will also be a competition running amongst the participating institutions. Students have been given the challenge of designing a hotel room and having their concept turned into reality, as the winning design will be constructed as part of the show pavilion. Al Habtoor have undertaken to build the mock-up room, covering all costs. The winning team will also receive job placements with the Al Habtoor Group as well as Dhs. 10,000 for their University.
Lina Sadek, Corporate Affairs Manager for Al Habtoor, said “At Al Habtoor, we believe in corporate social responsibility and one element of our initiative in fulfilling this responsibility is to provide a showcase for students to expose themselves and their work to the real world. Index provides us with the ideal opportunity for interior professionals from around the world to view future talent here in the UAE and for our local universities to make useful industry contacts.”
In an additional bid to raise the profile of local talent and provide future employment for students in the region, a recruitment form will be available for all visitors and exhibitors at the show, allowing them to register their future manpower requirements.
Index is the leading event for architects, specifiers and designers from the Gulf region’s ever expanding market. Imports into the region are currently worth in excess of US$4.1 billion – the incredible pace of residential and commercial property development throughout the region, which is set to increase yet further, means that there will continue to be significant growth in imports of furniture and interiors.
The event will run for 5 days, from 28 November to 2 December and fills all eight halls plus the Sheikh Rashid Hall, Al Multaqua Hall, The Pavilion and The Marquee, using every available square metre at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. The Student Pavilion will be located in the main concourse, between Halls 7 and 8.
More than 1,500 exhibitors from 46 countries will be featured, providing an overwhelming choice when it comes to sourcing products for any kind of interiors project or locating business prospects for representation and agencies. Over 30,000 square feet of floor space, now completely sold out, will be crammed with opportunities at every turn. Internationally acknowledged as one of the most important interiors events anywhere in the world, this is one exhibition that anyone involved in the industry cannot afford to miss.
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