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MENAFN Press - 22/05/2014
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(MENAFN Press) INDEX International Design Exhibition and workspace at INDEX were officially inaugurated today by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and by H.E. Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The two trade exhibitions together create the most comprehensive, largest and longest-running event for the residential and commercial interior design industry across the MENA region.

Taking place from 19-22 May and organised by dmg events, INDEX 2014 and workspace at INDEX will run simultaneously until the end of the week. Spread over a total of 48,400 square metres of floor space from Halls 1 to 8 and Sheikh Saeed Halls 2 and 3 of the DWTC, the list of exhibitors attending this year covers 700 companies from 44 different countries for INDEX and 120 exhibitors from 21 countries for workspace at INDEX.

Expressing her gratitude to the Dubai Government Frederique Maurell, Group Event Director for INDEX and workspace at INDEX, said: "We are honoured to have H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and by H.E. Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami inaugurating our exhibitions today, it's a symbol of the on-going support that the Dubai government has been giving to the shows. We also would like to congratulate Dubai on the win of the bid to host EXPO 2020 which we are confident will give an incredible boost to the construction industry ultimately creating opportunities for the fit out and interiors markets."

Celebrating their 24th and 13th editions, INDEX and workspace at INDEX “ formerly known as The Office Exhibition - have established themselves as the biggest gathering for architects, designers, product specifiers, retailers and a design innovation hungry public not only from the Middle East and Africa but also from India, Pakistan, Europe and the United States.

"The two shows have been growing over the editions and we are proud to announce that the event has 15 per cent more floor space compared to the 2013 edition" added Frederique Maurell. "We have seen an increase in interest from both visitors and exhibitors with new countries such as Algeria, Belarus, Hungary and Lithuania represented at the show for the first time".

The Design Talks, the free-to-attend seminars and workshop held by international industry experts, kicked off today with two distinct programmes; the programme taking place at INDEX Hall 1 covers architecture, interior design, project management, hospitality design and retailing whereas the workspace at INDEX programme in Sheikh Saeed Hall 2, focuses on commercial design, education design, healthcare design, project management, and general business management for architecture and design firms.

The programme of the INDEX Design Talks for tomorrow, Tuesday 20th May, features a line-up of inspiring sessions including "Trends for the Interiors 2015/2016" by trend researcher Milou Ket; "Creating a Sizzling Sales Success for Business" by Kate Hardcastle, Founding Partner of IWP and "In the Lap of Luxury" by Charles Leon, Director of Charles Leon Associates. At 12:45pm there will also be a panel discussion "The Creative Minds" organized by Association of Professional Interior Designer.

workspace at INDEX Design Talks will start at 11:30am with a session titled "The Dynamic Office" led by George Kahler, Design Director at DWP; other seminar topics tomorrow include "Ergonomics and Interior Design" by Dr. Era Podder, Consultant Ergonomist & Trainer Ergoera at Ergonomics Consultancy Services; and "Changes in the modern workplace driven by sustainability" by Pantelis Kouzis, General Manager - International Operations EKA Building Systems LLC.

INDEX 2014 and workspace at INDEX are open to industry professionals and trade visitors every day until Thursday 22nd May, from 11am to 7pm for trade with late night opening on Wednesday 21st until 9pm. Both shows are also open to general public upon purchasing a four-day entrance pass for AED 250 every day from 4pm to 7pm.

Further information on the shows is available at www.indexexhibition.com and at http://www.workspace-index.com/ or on the show's Facebook pages www.facebook.com/INDEXDubai .

The INDEX International Design Exhibition is the largest event for the architect and design industry in the Middle East. It attracts more than 700 exhibitors from 45 countries, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre. For 24 years INDEX has provided a business and networking opportunity for buyers and sellers of residential interiors products and services from around the world to source an astounding array of the very latest design innovations, trends and techniques. More than just an exhibition, the event provides attendees with unrivalled access to information, intelligence, contacts and hands on experience. Experts from around the world engage in the industry's most topical discussions, finding design solutions, facing challenges and seizing opportunities. The show is the gateway to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) providing both exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity to conduct serious business with like-minded professionals.About workspace at INDEX Formerly The Office Exhibition, workspace at INDEX is the largest commercial interiors fit-out and design exhibition in the Middle East. It is the premium showcase for high-end products and services which combine to create outstanding working environments. Organised by dmg events, the show attracts thousands of top tier architectural and interior design firms and end-users from the Middle East and beyond.The 13th annual edition of workspace at INDEX, taking place 19-22 May 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will include a wider range of products and services to reflect the ever expanding market and different working environments across the general office/commercial, healthcare, and educational design, fit out, and upgrade sectors. An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg events produces market-leading exhibitions and conferences for the global energy, construction, digital marketing, hospitality and interior industries, with events in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia.As a leading supplier of face-to-face business information, with a customer-centric focus that localizes operations and relationships, our objectives are to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant consumers to create vibrant marketplaces across multiple event platforms and communities.Founded in 1989, dmg events has operated in the Middle East since 1995 and owns many leading brands such as The Big 5 construction events, ADIPEC the oil & gas exhibition and conference, INDEX the interior design exhibition and the Hotel Show. For more information visit www.dmgeventsme.comdmg events is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT, www.dmgt.co.uk), one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.



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