Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23 May 2016 – Middle East Stone and Middle East Covering, the MENA region’s most dedicated events for the stone, interior surface materials, marble and ceramic industries was inaugurated by that H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance today at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The shows were also officially endorsed by Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, which has also confirmed their participation in the event.
“The SME community in Dubai has remarkable strengths in terms of enterprise diversity as well as innovation, and for Dubai SME, a major focus is on providing the right avenues for our SMEs to showcase their capabilities to wider regional and international audiences. Our support to the Middle East Stone and Middle East Covering exhibitions will support a critical and fast-growing industry sector, while opening another front for our SMEs to demonstrate their resources in this sector,” said Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME.
The Middle East Covering and the Middle East Stone Shows are running from May 23-26 at Sheikh Saeed Halls in DWTC. The shows include two free to attend educational events (taking place inside the halls during the shows) namely: The Designers’ Forum and CPD Workshops.
These features, which run from 11:00am to 4:00pm daily, present a dynamic platform to share information and inspiration among interior designers, architects, manufacturers, contractors and the wider design community.
The educational features will be hosted by more than 40 international speakers and explore new trends in wall and floor covering surface designs, sustainability, the latest in stone interior and exterior surfaces as well as provide insights into the stone and covering needs of healthcare, hospitality and real estate facilities.
Last year, the events were highly successful and welcomed more than 15,000 visitors from over 100 countries for 4 days of networking, product research and knowledge sharing.
“Having Dubai SME endorse Middle East Stone and Middle East Covering provides an important testament to the standing of the shows,” said Yan Wang the Event Director of both shows at dmg events.
“We are part of a progressive industry within the MENA region where architects, designers, wholesalers and contractors converge to source the most innovative materials available in the market. I am pleased to have the Dubai Government on board to support our platform for participants’ to showcase their incredible work, innovative products and ideas.”
Middle East Stone and Middle East Covering are co-located with 7 other industry leading shows including INDEX, the MENA region’s longest established interior design trade fair that has been running for 26 years and The Outdoor Design & Build Show.