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DWTC on pace for record-breaking year

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has commenced another busy exhibition season and is on track to mark 2013 as one of its most successful years yet. The 37 high-caliber events on the calendar for the remainder of 2013 are expected to greatly increase footfall to DWTC. Following on the heels of a successful first half of the year, with shows such as Gulfood and Arab Health generating positive feedback, DWTC continues to be an economic catalyst for growth, promoting Dubai’s position as the region’s leading business hub and event destination.

“The exhibition season is a key pillar of the UAE’s thriving economy and a major contributor to the UAE’s tourism industry generating an influx of visitors to the country”, said Ahmad Al Khaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre. “The events scheduled for the remainder of 2013 are expected to greatly increase footfall to DWTC. This will bring a positive outcome for the economy of Dubai, as its role as the economic hub of the region is further solidified.”

Concluding this weekend is the hugely successful GITEX Shopper, the largest consumer IT and electronics show in the region. With the UAE consumer electronics market currently valued at US$ 3.9 billion, GITEX Shopper has presented a strong platform for businesses to grow their footprint in the region.

Running alongside the latter half of GITEX Shopper was Cityscape Global 2013, the region’s largest and most esteemed real estate event, which took place from October 8 – 10. For more than a decade, Cityscape Global has provided a platform for real estate investors, architects and designers to share ideas and promote growth in real estate markets worldwide. The event welcomed over 25,000 participants this year.

GITEX Technology Week returns for the 33rd year to “create, disrupt, and re-imagine” the technology industry from October 20 – 24. With IT spend in the Middle East set to hit USD 192.9 billion in 2013, this year’s GITEX promises to be the largest edition yet, confirming its spot as one of the world’s top three information and communications technology (ICT) exhibitions. It will also feature new segments in order to better confer a return on investment for the exhibitors and visitors alike. The event will connect more than 138,000 industry professionals and over 3,500 suppliers from 144 countries across five continents.

Running concurrently with GITEX will be the third annual InfoComm, a leading exhibition covering the crucial integration between audio visual (AV) technologies and businesses. As such, its relevance spans several sectors, including hospitality, retail, architectural design and building, entertainment, broadcast and corporate IT. More than 80 companies from the sectors will be exhibiting their products and offerings during InfoComm.

DWTC’s impressive calendar of events will continue through November with mega-shows, Dubai International Motor Show and The Big 5. As the anchor event in the newly announced Dubai Motor Festival created under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai International Motor Show is gearing up for its biggest edition yet. Held every two years, this year’s event is more than 35 percent bigger than the 2011 edition and is expected to showcase over 600 vehicles during the five day show. Two additional events will be launched during the Dubai Motor Festival, complementing the Dubai International Motor Show:  the Red Bull Middle East Car Park Drift Championships, which will test the nerves and skill of some of the region’s top drivers, and the Dubai Car Parade which will see the streets of Dubai come alive with hundreds of luxury, sports and classic cars led by the Dubai Police fleet of high performance cars. The Dubai International Motor Show will take place from November 5 – 9.

The Big 5 is the largest construction exhibition ever held in the Middle East, reflecting the Dubai’s central role in the $1.5 trillion GCC construction industry. The Big 5 this year is expected to welcome more than 2,500 exhibitors from 65 countries and more than 60,000 construction professionals. For more than thirty years, The Big 5 has provided exhibitors and visitors alike with the opportunity to conduct business with like-minded professionals and access the most current information on all aspects of the construction industry. The event will run from November 25 – 28.

Concluding the year with glitz and glamour, DWTC will be hosting the Dubai International Jewellery Week, running from December 4 – 7. With almost 20 years at the forefront of jewelry trends, Dubai International Jewelry Week reflects one of the world's most dynamic markets for luxury goods. The event delivers focused forums for traders, consumers and exhibitors from across the globe, with more than 400 exhibitors from over 20 countries expected to attend.

In December, DWTC will also be organising and hosting the Entrepreneurial Ventures of Arabia (EVA) from December 8 – 9. Held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, EVA is the UAE’s flagship platform to foster the country’s future entrepreneurs.

The events scheduled to take place in the final months of 2013 will set the tone for the region’s largest industries for the coming year.

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