'Sign and Graphic' show opens in Dubai
Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, officially inaugurated on Sunday ‘SGI Dubai 2015’, Middle East’s largest sign and graphic imaging show. The event has attracted over 400 exhibitors from 34 countries and expects over 12,000 trade visitors from 78 countries.
Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of International Expo-Consults and Sharif Rahman, CEO of International Expo-Consults, and several other industry officials and delegates were present during the inauguration of the 18th edition of the show.
Mona Al Marri toured the exhibition that showcases the world’s latest technologies in sign and graphic imaging and advertising, and she was acquainted on the products. Al Marri praised the continued success of the event and said Dubai will remain the hub for global companies that seek access to vast and promising markets.
SGI Dubai, an official ‘Dubai Shopping Festival’ event for the 4th consecutive year, showcases innovative printers and digital signage panels worth over Dh200 million.
Al Marri said: “Exhibitions and conferences industry constitutes a significant pillar of Dubai’s economy as the emirate provides welcoming environment, reliable infrastructure and distinguished logistic services. We are still looking forward for more development in this field as Dubai is an ideal platform for communication between exhibitors and potential customers”.
The show is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre – Sheikh Saeed Halls 1 & 3 SGI Dubai from January 11 to 13.
Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of IEC stated that, “Dubai has successfully affirmed its position as a preferred hub for exhibitions and conferences. This fact is confirmed as Dubai won the bid to host Expo 2020. We can see the development happening around us at a breakneck speed. The demand within the printing and signage industry has grown tremendously and I am sure the stakeholders in this industry have experienced this growth since the last few years. SGI Dubai is positioned to cater to the demands of the industry and is in sync with the exponential growth that the region is witnessing”.
“We are delighted to see the response from our valued exhibitors and trade visitors from all corners of the globe. Year 2015 will chart new heights for the industry as there are several new projects taking shape and will be delivered in the next 4-5 years. The signage and printing market will surely gain by this new wave of real-estate and other infrastructure projects. The industry is growing and this is a very positive sign,” added Falaknaz.
According to Smithers Pira report, printing industry revenues in the MENA region is forecast to grow at 7.2 per cent per annum and this would is expected to touch $26 billion by 2018.
"The participation that we are seeing from both the exhibitors and trade visitors signifies the growth potential of the industry. We are delighted to see a phenomenal first day at SGI Dubai 2015. We have hundreds of exhibitors and trade visitors visiting our show and it is growing each year. Our exhibitors have signed multi-million dollar deals even during recession at our show. The next few years will be on a fast growth trajectory as compared to 2014. Several new projects are being announced and all this will propel the market growth,” said Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.
“The event showcased an impressive array of the latest product innovations from across the globe that is set to hit the market this year and we are confident that the following two days will see a huge volume of business deals," added Mr. Rahman.
In addition to the Middle East, several brands from Germany, Turkey, Italy and Far East and US, were present at the show. Global brands such as HP, EPSON, Seiko, AGFA, Fujifilm, Flex Europa and regional giants such as Signtrade International, DIGIMatrix unveiled their latest products at the show. IEC is expecting people from the region and also globally from across the GCC, Africa, the Sub Continent, Europe, Asia, CIS States, USA among other geographies to attend the show.
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