The next edition of the Office Exhibition is set to capitalise on Dubai being one of the world’s top 10 business destinations (CBRE, 2011).
“I would say that approximately 20% of our projects (in the region) come directly from the Office Exhibition,” said Scott Savage, regional director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, HNI Corp, USA.
An event held at the Mojo Gallery in Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, on September 21, 2011 was the first of many to bring together members of the interior design community with an interest in the trade show.
A spokesperson said there will be at least five more events from this point till the show in May 2012. “The market has been relatively tough but we will do everything we can to give you a show you will be proud of,” he added.
The Office Exhibition will be held in the Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2, 3, between May 15-17, 2012 and the floor plan of the halls showed a few confirmed exhibitors already. This includes Messara, Gemaco Interiors, Burotime, Koleksiyon, InterMetal, Arabian Company, Safri Pro among others.
In addition to this, there will be regional-specific stands, including the US Campus, Italy, Germany, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Turkey, Taiwan.
The show will also feature a range of new sub-events. This includes: Chair racing, where participants can claim the prize of the fastest chair in the Middle East; Design your dream working environment, where four top designers will design their dream working environment in 4 hours on-site; Dubai Design Summit with IIDA; Training & workshops; Working Environments Party; The Middle East Office Awards; Design Executive Roundtable; Museum of Office Design/Space, which will show how office environments and office furniture have evolved over time; Celebrity Designer Competition; and, the Office Exhibition Design Competition with IIDA.