Archive for the ‘Toys’ Category


Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

DUBAI A growing percentage of toys imported into Dubai remains within the country for local consumption, as re-export of toys in the GCC dropped continuously during the last two years, according to Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organizers of the Middle East Toy Fair.

The latest figures available from the Dubai Port has shown that more imported toys remained in the country during the three-year period under review from 2005 to 2008, as the amount of re-exported toys declined during the period, said Ms. Elisabeth Brehl, Managing Director of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organizers of the Middle East Toy Fair.
The GCC toy market relies heavily on imports as there is hardly any regional production of toys. With most of the worldwide production facilities for toys in Asia, the majority of toys are shipped from that region. However, 7% are imported directly from Europe and 3% from the US and Canada.

Ms. Brehl added that the import of toys to Dubai has grown over 16% in 2007. Re-exported toys in 2007 equated to a value of over AED 334 million. This figure emphasizes the role of Dubai as a distribution hub in the region. In the past years, the city has established itself as the central logistic and trading hub for the Middle East region because of the relatively simple import and re-exports procedures at the Dubai Ports. Countries like Iraq or Libya, which are difficult to reach directly for manufacturers, are served from Dubai through various distributors, exporters and other trading companies.

The increased demand for toys and baby accessories are an indicator of the increased population and favorable demographics in the United Arab Emirates.

According to the latest available figures compiled by the Dubai Port, in 2006 and 2007, the toy imports were valued at AED 518 million and AED 603 million respectively, indicating an increase of 7%. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, the re-exports were valued at AED 348 million, AED 339 million, and AED 334 million respectively; or a decline in the value by 2.65% (2005) and1.3%(2006).

Dubai’s top 12 major re-export destinations in the GCC, CIS and African countries, in this order of importance are – Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Pakistan, Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, and Sudan. While the top countries exporting toys, and baby accessories to Dubai are China, European Countries, US and Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

In view of the increase in toy imports in this country, the international exhibitors wishing to tap the growing economy of this region stand to gain. Ms. Brehl said The GCC and the Gulf countries are slightly affected by the economic downturn, but its growing young population ensures that there will be continuing growth and demand for toys, baby accessories and school stationery.

These past few years there have been concerns about unsafe toys manufactured in Asia. The issue of toy safety and age appropriate toys was emphasized by members of the Toy Industry Association (U.S.) during the Middle East Toy Fair exhibition; as well as the continued presence of the Dubai Municipality.

The Middle East Toy Fair is the region’s biggest trade exhibition for toys, baby and infant products, stationery and back-to-school products, games, hobbies, gifts, apparel and licensing. The specific areas will give visitors and exhibitors a place to source products and build new business relationships.

It is a unique platform for exhibitors to network with one another and meet major buyers, key industry players, and educators involved in the shaping of the Middle East toy market.

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Show Profile:
The Middle East Toy Fair is a unique platform for exhibitors to network with one another and meet major buyers, industry influencers, and educators involved in the shaping of the Middle East toy market. The next Middle East Toy Fair is scheduled to take place from the 31st March – 2nd April 2008, in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates.

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Company Profile:
EPOC Messe Frankfurt GmbH is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt. Messe Frankfurt is Germany’s largest trade fair organiser, with 436 million euros in sales in 2008 and more than 1,400 employees worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a presence for its customers in more than 150 countries. In 2008, Messe Frankfurt organised more than 100 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

The successful portfolio of events of EPOC Messe Frankfurt GmbH in Dubai include: Intersec trade fair and conference, Materials Handling Middle East, Hardware+Tools Middle East, Garden+Landscaping Middle East, ISH kitchen+bath Middle East, Light Middle East, Beautyworld Middle East, Wellness & Spas Middle East, Automechanika Middle East, and the Middle East Toy Fair.

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MEGA SHOW will present a “Distinctly Asian” style for international buyers on their Southern China sourcing circuit this coming October

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Only at the downtown HongKong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-23 October and 28-30 October will the international buying community be able to see nearly 5000 exhibiting companies showing the most comprehensive selection of –

gifts & gadgets & premiums
toys & games
stationery & packaging solutions
festive and seasonal display and decorations
home decor & housewares
fashion jewellery, accessories and apparel
home fragrance, personal care and wellness products.

Not only from Hong Kong, Macau & China , but Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Holland , Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, U.A.E., UK, and USA plus
India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam – Truly Asian!

Visit for full details on the two shows and online registration is still available until end September for trade professionals.

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, HK
Dates: 20-23 October and 28-30 October 2008.
Organiser: Kenfair International Ltd.

Further information, please contact Linda Chan, Tel: (852) 2311 8216, Email:

MEGA SHOW, Hong Kong’s most comprehensive gift, home, premium and toy trade fairs presents two-of-the-best All Asian Sourcing Shows this October

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008


Now in its 17th year, MEGA SHOW PART 1 is established as the major annual sourcing fixture for over 60,000 international buyers, who visit Hong Kong every October, to source, compare and select from over 3,400 exhibiting companies, showing a comprehensive range of competitively-priced products from the gift, housewares, premiums and toy industries.

MEGA SHOW PART 1, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Monday October 20 to Thursday October 23, 2008, timed conveniently between the first two phases of the southern china trade fairs in nearby Canton, China.

This coming October, a new look will be unveiled to MEGA SHOW PART 2 which will run from Tuesday 28 October to Thursday 30 October 2008 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, again timed to fall between the second and third phase of the southern china trade fairs in Canton.

In addition to the diverse mix of gifts and premiums, over 800 Asia suppliers of essential and everyday items, will be presented, with a selection of inspiring new ideas and innovations for home interiors, garden and outdoor, house improvement, and designs for good living joining the show this season.

Two Trade Shows, nearly 5,000 Suppliers, over 74,000 Buyers only in Hong Kong, every October.

Registration is now open for two trade exhibitions for trade professionals only and can be done online at

Venue : Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Organiser : Kenfair International Limited.

For further information please contact Linda Chan, Tel : (852) 2311 8216, Email :

Buyers prepare for mid-year sourcing opportunity at timely Hong Kong trade fair

Monday, June 23rd, 2008


The timing of the HKTDC Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, House-ware and Toys – 2 to 5 July 2008 – presents international buyers with a last-minute chance to expand their festive season inventory.

Encompassing the three pillars of festive season retailing success – gift-ware, house-ware and toys – the trade show, now in its fifth edition, is a valuable sourcing point for the international industry. Last year’s buyers, over 20,000 of them, came from 96 countries & regions.

A first-time attendee in 2007 was Jamal Awad, Deputy Managing Director, Grand Stores, in the United Arab Emirates. Grand Stores stock many different products in photography, cosmetics, travel accessories, linen and household, gifts and novelties as well as tableware and houseware. At last year’s fair Mr Awad commented, There is a wide range of products and I’ve found many items of interest. The fair is well organized with good facilities. This is a good place to do business with suppliers and I am already thinking about coming again next year.”

Richard Morgan, Managing Director, Morganware, Australia, first visited the fair in 2006. “I enjoyed it so much I had to come back this year,â€? he said when interviewed in 2007. I have already picked up three new suppliers.

Mr Morgan was one of many buyers who appreciated the more intimate nature of the Summer Sourcing Show, which presented 825 exhibitors in 2007. The fact is, at this fair you have more time to sit and talk with the suppliers. The more in-depth nature of the interaction between buyers and exhibitors is a characteristic of the fair.

The organisation of the event, which Mr Awad highlighted, is another of its strengths. With its diversity of products, zoning is essential and the fair is streamlined into product categories such as the Gift Ideas, Dining & Cooking, Home Living, Style & Décor, Fun & Play, Costume Jewellery and Ladies World. Another zone, Treasure Island, is dedicated to high-end, design-driven products.

Always evolving, the fair has announced two new zones for 2008. One is the Advertising Premium Zone, which caters to buyers of promotional gifts, novelties, posters and other items. The other is Home Tech, which offers healthcare electronics, home security devices, intelligent home appliances, home automation and small electrical appliances.

Besides being a trading platform, the Summer Sourcing Show will have a series of seminars. Topics like Latest Trends, Updates on Product Safety Directives and Prospects of Toys Market and Latest Trends of Lifestyle Products and Gifts Market will be covered. There will be new product launching sessions for participants to get the latest industry and product information.

For further information about the show, please visit

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