After reporting extraordinary growth in first half of the year, the region’s premier exhibition organiser & events venue 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 and the world. Expo Centre had a phenomenal start to 2014, when the first show in its events calendar, SteelFab 2014, added 50 per cent more exhibition space to accommodate a 25 per cent rise in the number of exhibitors.
The increase in visitor turnout too saw a significant surge of 25 per cent, 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 per cent 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 Mr. 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 Mr. Midfa.
The 37th MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show is set to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from October 14 to 18, featuring more than 450 exhibitors from across the world. The show will be held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and occupy 20,000 sq metres of exhibition space.
Major attractions at the event include stunning gold & diamond jewellery creations from around the world with national pavilions of Hong Kong-China, Thailand, India, Italy, Malaysia & Singapore and attractive prizes in daily raffle draws.
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 (MEMA), will be held on November 27.
The events line-up, which also includes 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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