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RECon Sheds Light on New Opportunities for MENA Retail Real Estate

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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(Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 23 October, 2011) It’s time to talk retail real estate, and the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) could not be more thrilled to lead the conversation with its 2011 RECon MENA conference. Very similar to shopping centers, RECon MENA brings the industry together so that they can make connections, evaluate new products and services, and leave with some valuable goods in the form of networking, educational opportunities, and vital industry insights. As one of the Middle East’s largest retail real estate conventions, RECon MENA will be focused on perpetuating and promoting the success of the shopping centre industry in the Middle East and North Africa through the discussion of key topics including outlet retailing opportunities and the future of luxury. Taking place on November 28-29 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this year’s RECon MENA event is one of the industry’s most valuable assets.

“RECon Middle East & North Africa sets the stage year after year providing an exclusive opportunity for the industry to come together to network, share information, discuss ideas, evaluate opportunities and develop business partnerships,” said MECSC Chairman, Majid Saif Al Ghurair, president, Burjuman. “At this year’s RECon MENA, a majority of our discussions will be focused on ways in which we can strengthen retail real estate in the Middle East and North Africa, and in turn, our industry as a whole. We are looking forward to this year’s event, and can only foresee positive changes in the months to come.”

RECon MENA will kick off on Monday, November 28, 2011 with MECSC’s Chairman Majid Saif Al Ghurair’s welcome address, followed by a series of industry speakers. A variety of information will be provided including a global overview of retail projects and trends, as well as some examples of retail innovation and new thinking from around the world. In addition, useful insights will be given on how research and statistical resources can be used to make sound business decisions.

One of Monday’s most important discussions will regard outlet retailing’s untapped markets, and the opportunities it presents for brands in the Middle East. From the U.S. to Japan and China, to Western and Eastern Europe, outlet retailing has proven to be a precious commodity for the retail industry. It provides quite literally an outlet for brands to reach new customers, broaden their manufacturing, create operating efficiencies, regulate their image, and, of course, make additional profits. This discussion will primarily focus on the many benefits that outlet retailing has to offer the Middle East and how in today’s economy, nothing attracts consumers more than luxury goods at discounted prices. [Editor’s note: To see a video about the “Outlet Retailing’s Untapped Markets: Opportunities for Brands in the Middle East” session please click here]

The second day of the conference will begin on November 29, 2011. Topics of focus will include the current condition of the global retail landscape and the factors that may cause it to change in the years to come. Other sessions will discuss current trends in e-commerce and the opportunities it offers the retail industry, as well as the importance of retail brands connecting emotionally with their customers.

¬Tuesday’s final session will be dedicated to examining the future of luxury. Speaker Paola De Luca, forecaster & creative director for Trend Vision Jewelry & Forecasting Division-Vicenza Fair, Italy, will discuss how the evolution of societies throughout the world as well as socio-cultural changes are driving the demand for luxury goods. As she predicts Season 2013 and beyond, Paola will explore the identities of today’s luxury consumers, how they differ throughout various parts of the world, and the things that make them tick. [Editor’s note: To see a video on the “Future of Luxury: Season 2013 and Beyond” session and an interview with Paola De Luca click here]

RECon MENA is jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Sponsors include Matajer, Grand Optics, Neck & Neck and Red Sea Mall. Media and support sponsors include IOJ, Images RetailME, RLI, SCT, VRN and Euromonitor International. For more information please log onto the www.reconmiddleeast.com or call MECSC at: +971 4 359 7909.

-ENDS-

NOTES FOR THE EDITOR
For the full conference program please visit

http://www.reconmiddleeast.com/pdf/Conference-Program.pdf

Media who would like to attend the event please register with reconmena@mecsc.org with MEDIA REGISTRATION in the subject line.

About MECSC
The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres is the regional trade body representing the Shopping Centre Industry in the Middle East and North Africa. Established in 1994, MECSC has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 750 industry professionals from all over the Middle East & North Africa representing shopping mall owners, developers, marketing managers, leasing managers and specialists retailers, consultants, property managers, financiers, accountants, government officials, and industry suppliers. Affiliated to the New York based International Council Centers, MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and support through its network of international affiliates.

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

PRESS CONTACT
Jacqueline Patrona
Middle East Council of Shopping Centres
Tel: +971 4 3597909 Email: reconmena@mecsc.org

Retail sector expected to exceed US$ 500 billion by 2010

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

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InRetail 2008 will bring together retail design and management experts under one roof

The Middle East is in the midst of an unprecedented economic boom, and leading this surge is the retail sector. No other industry in the Arabian Gulf is expected to grow faster than the retail sector, and according to regional industry forecasts the sector is projected to exceed US$ 500 billion by 2010. The region currently enjoys 6 million square metres of retail space, with another 5 million under development and many more plans in the pipeline.

According to the latest Middle East survey by Retail International, Dubai leads the way in terms of density of shopping œfootage, making up more than 50% of the UAE’s sum total. It makes perfect business sense that Dubai is the venue of choice for InRetail, the region’s leading trade show for the design, fit-out and operational management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf.

The 2008 edition of this world-class event will be held from 8 to 10 June 2008 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, and will once again showcase the latest and best retail innovations featuring world renowned manufacturers alongside the region’s largest agents and distributors.

According to Ms. Paula Al Chami, Exhibition Director of the InRetail 2008 trade show, this is just the beginning of a bright future for the retail industry. “Over the next 5 years, the GCC will have more than 200 retail developments that will occupy in excess of 11 million square feet of retail space and accommodate more than 27,000 retailers she said. These are mind-boggling figures, and those associated with the industry have to stay up to date with the rest of the world if they wish to stay competitive. The transition to custom-designed shopping complexes across the region, together with the proliferation of branded store networks, has created an acute need for professionals to stay in touch with the latest trends and best practices in the industry added Ms. Chami.

InRetail 2008 will be a one-of-a-kind platform for those involved in the design, fit-out and operational management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf. The event will primarily focus on three major product sectors – shopfitting & visual merchandising, retail design & consultancy and supply chain management & technology. The exhibition will also feature the ‘Innovations in Retail 2008’ seminars, bringing together the most prominent international experts in the industry to help Gulf professionals remain up to date with the latest and the best, and deliver world-class retail design and management to the region.

For more information please call:
Daniel Barkanian
Senior Account Executive PR
tamra-C2
Tel: 00971 4 295 1177 Fax: 00971 4 2951188
daniel@tamra-c2.com

About InRetail Exhibition

InRetail – For the design, fit-out and operational management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf. Showcasing shopfitting and visual merchandising, retail design and consultancy, supply chain management and technology from world renowned manufacturers alongside the region’s largest agents and distributors.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

InRetail is open to trade visitors only and will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, 8- 10 June 2008, from 11am – 7pm daily, and will run alongside the Hotel Show. For further information please visit www.inretailexhibition.com

About DMG world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. DMG world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

JEWELLERY TRADE DUBAI, THE PERFECT PLATFORM FOR DUBAI’S JEWELLERY RETAIL TRADE MARKET WHICH STANDS AT $1.5B

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

This year’s Dubai International Jewellery Week features an exclusive traders-only show, Jewellery Trade Dubai

The Dubai International Jewellery Week (formerly known as Watch & Jewellery Dubai) has unveiled a brand new format for 2007. Firmly established as the leading show of its kind in Dubai, the event has seen the number of visitors and exhibitors rapidly rising with each passing edition. This year, the organiser Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has repositioned the show to present Dubai International Jewellery Week featuring three specific shows dedicated to targeted sectors of the jewellery industry. Besides the ultra-luxurious Areeq Dubai and the retail-specific Jewellery Collections Dubai, the show will have a dedicated event devoted to the all-important trade professionals of the industry – Jewellery Trade Dubai.

Jewellery Trade Dubai is the sole trade only focused jewellery event in the Middle East, giving serious buyers, industry professionals and international traders a golden opportunity to meet, interact and share the latest information amongst their peers. Traders, manufacturers and suppliers from the Gulf, North Africa, India and beyond will be a part of the event. With Dubai’s jewellery retail trade standing at $1.5 billion, having an exclusive traders-only platform makes perfect business sense. The trade exhibition plays a crucial role in the success of the jewellery industry,â€? said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of DWTC the show’s organiser. The traders are in the best position to network with fellow industry players from across the globe, and their ability to reach out to a mass market cannot be underestimated. Jewellery Trade Dubai offers traders and serious buyers an exclusive platform to strengthen their reach and potential and underlines how crucial their contribution is he added.

A host of strategic initiatives lends a strong support system to the jewellery traders market in the UAE. Trade and retail bodies like the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) have exclusive international affiliations and have been established to promote the jewellery trade and maintain the highest quality standards possible. These focused organisations will be working in close conjunction with Dubai International Jewellery Week and DWTC to ensure that this booming trade market gets all the support and promotion it needs.

We are very excited to be a part of Dubai International Jewellery Week once again said Mr Youri Steverlynck, the CEO of Dubai Diamond Exchange. “Both our organisation and the Dubai International Jewellery Week have similar target markets, common goals and shared audiences. Joining hands will only result in assisting the market to develop and grow,� he added.

As a member of the World Trade Organisation, the UAE has extensive trade relations and strong foreign economic ties with more than 165 countries across the globe, further strengthening the potential for jewellery trade. With Dubai’s gold exports expected to double over the next five years, the stage is set for this one-of-a-kind, traders-only forum to add to the momentum.

Leading companies already exhibiting at Jewellery Trade Dubai include some of the biggest names in the market, such as AMC, DDE, Dhamani, Dhruvstar, DMCC, Renaissance Diamonds and Shrenuj. Mr. Deepak Lakhi, Managing Director of Sparklers International, said “We have participated in, and visited numerous shows with diverse target audiences, but a platform like Jewellery Trade Dubai is markedly different. Since it is a trade only show, it gives us the opportunity to meet a focused target audience. We are one of the largest producers of polished diamonds in the world, producing diamonds of all sizes from below one pointer to above 1.00 carat and in colors ranging from white to lower browns, in fine make, and a show like this opens up new avenues for us. We will be using the show as a platform to unveil a one-of-a-kind diamond called Pristine Hearts, which has a worldwide patent. Each of these unique diamonds has a heart carved in it and is created by master craftsmen. We look forward to interacting with numerous important industry players at the show.

An important aspect of Jewellery Trade Dubai will be a series of free trade seminars that will be held during the show. Featuring CEOs and Directors of renowned jewellery houses as well as senior industry analysts, the trade seminars will touch upon all areas including finance, new products, laboratory procedures and emerging markets. The distinguished panel of speakers will include Mr Moaz Barakat of the World Gold Council, who will share crucial insights about marketing gold jewellery as an everyday fashion item. Mr Russell Shor of Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will touch upon a variety of topics from thriving international markets like China and Africa to new products and even how new financial developments will affect the industry. The scientific side of things like the latest laboratory techniques and new marketing ideas will be discussed in detail by Mr Roland Loire of International Gemological Institute (IGI).

Jewellery Trade Dubai will be held in Hall 4 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre between 4pm and 10pm on the 11- 13 December 2007. Professionals wishing to take part in Jewellery Trade Dubai can register in advance online at www.jewelleryshow.com or onsite at the venue. A minimum age restriction of 16 years applies for entry into the show.

About Dubai International Jewellery Week
Website: www.jewelleryshow.com

Dubai International Jewellery Week presents:

LUXURY Areeq Dubai – 13 – 15 December, (Preview 12 December)
The luxury watch & jewellery boutique

RETAIL Jewellery Collections Dubai, 11 – 15 December
The ultimate jewellery retail event

TRADE Jewellery Trade Dubai, 11-13 December
The Middle East watch & jewellery trade event

These dedicated events for luxury, retail and trade provide the ideal opportunity for international suppliers to come face-to-face with high end buyers in this hugely lucrative region.


About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of Dubai International Jewellery Week, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

For more information, please contact:

Shimaa Elsayed
Account Manager
Tamra-C2
P.O. Box 2642
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 295 1177
Fax: +971 4 295 1188
Email: shimaa@tamra-c2.com

Amanda Slater
Marketing Manager
Dubai World Trade Centre
P.O. Box 9292
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 308 6661
Fax: +971 4 318 8607
Email: amanda.slater@dwtc.com

Third InRetail exhibition to display state-of-the-art solutions for retail design, merchandising and technology

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

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United Arab Emirates, November 12th 2007. - As the Emirate of Dubai gets ready for another annual Shopping Festival, and tens of thousands of visitors are booking their flights from all over the globe, industry statistics are telling an extraordinary tale.

Not only will Dubai have sixteen times more sales floor space in malls per capita than the European Union, retail spend in the Emirate is expected to exceed US$ 7.6 billion by 2009. By that time, Saudi Arabia is looking at US$ 6 billion, and Abu Dhabi at US$ 1.9 billion. Similar remarkable data apply to the other countries in GCC region.

As a result, global and local brands are queuing up to open outlets, franchises are multiplying, and architects and designers are hiring extra staff to cope with the demand for enticing retail interiors.

Specifiers and industry buyers alike are already looking forward to the third InRetail trade fair, which will take place from 8-10 June 2008, at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre. This is the main annual event for the industry in the region, introducing the latest display systems and furniture, the most up-to-date technology and tantalising merchandising, while bringing together global experts and industry players from all levels of the retail industry. Visitor attendance at InRetail 2007 grew by a phenomenal 66%, a trend which is bound to continue in 2008.

Well aware of the requirements of retail professionals in the Arabian Gulf region, InRetail 2008 will focus on the three major product sectors which are of immediate concern to them. They are: Shopfitting & Visual merchandising, Retail Design & Consultancy, and Supply Chain Management & Technology.

Among the products and services covered in the Shopfitting & Visual Merchandising sector are: display systems, furniture, signage, mannequins, trolleys, lighting, flooring, joinery, turnkey systems and more.
Retail design & Consultancy features architectural and interior design services, project management, staff training, brand development, themed environments, concept retailing.

The Supply chain management & Technology sector includes IT solutions, security systems, stock control and logistics, CRM, ePoS, freight systems, audio-visual techniques, etc.

The importance of good retail design cannot be overstated, and is directly linked to product sales and success,� said Exhibition Director Paula Al Chami. The InRetail exhibition will welcome architects and designers, retailers, supermarket and shopping mall developers to meet with global exhibitors from the key sectors of the retail industry. It is the most important forum for the industry professionals, where exhibitors provide valuable knowledge and expertise, ensuring that the region continues to be at the forefront of the consumer shopping experience.

About InRetail Exhibition

InRetail – For the design, fit-out and operational management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf. Showcasing shopfitting and visual merchandising, retail design and consultancy, supply chain management and technology from world renowned manufacturers alongside the region’s largest agents and distributors.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

InRetail is open to trade visitors only and will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, 8- 10 June 2008, from 11am – 7pm daily, and will run alongside the Hotel Show. For further information please visit www.inretailexhibition.com

About dmg world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

For further information, please contact:
Khalil Majdalawi, Account Manager PR Tamra C2.
t: +971 4 2951177, f: +971 4 2951188, Khalil@tamra-c2.com

GCC’s retail industry growing from strength to strength

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

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dmg world media Dubai Ltd, the organisers of the highly successful InRetail exhibition, sums up the booming GCC retail market.

United Arab Emirates 22nd October 2007 – It was a seemingly endless reserve of oil and path-breaking trade routes that first put the GCC on the global economic map. But of late, the main chapter in the GCC success story has been the phenomenally successful retail industry. Worth approximately $100 billion, the retail sector is today a major driving force behind the economies of the six-nation strong GCC and has become the second largest industry after oil production.

The region’s reputation as a shopper’s paradise continues to grow with every passing year, and thousands of retail outlets are queuing up to add their neon names to the region’s glittering streets, malls and skylines. According to RetailME magazine, by 2009, retail spend in Dubai’s shopping malls alone is expected to exceed US$7.6 billion and Abu Dhabi’s by US$1.9 billion. Its neighbors are close on its heels, with Saudi Arabia crossing US$6 billion.

Dubai alone will have 16 times more sales floor space in malls per capita than the average for the EU25. The IMP puts the 2006 growth rate of the UAE at 10.5%, which is one of the fastest rates worldwide, and the Dubai Strategic Plan announced by the ruler of Dubai in February 2007 projects an 11% annual growth up to 2015, thereby tripling the current level of GDP. Bahrain and Qatar, fuelled by internationally recognized events like the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Asian Games respectively, are also making massive inroads into the retail market. Even Oman, which is a relatively quiet retail market, has joined the fray. A study conducted by Global Investment House on Oman’s real estate sector show that hotels are at nearly 100% occupancy, indicating a large upswing in tourism.

Some of the most unique retail projects in the world have sprung out of the desert sand. Dubai Mall, for instance, will be the largest mall in the world. Again, Dubai’s neighbors are not to be outdone, and have responded with the USD$266 million Al Shobily Grand Mall in Saudi Arabia, the US$400 million City Centre in Bahrain and the US$52 million Dar Al Awadi Centre in Kuwait. A stable political environment, an extremely high per capita income and top-of-the-line infrastructure makes this region all the more attractive for retail investors. The retail market is tailor-made to suit every economic strata of society, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

The region is therefore the ideal location for path-breaking exhibitions like InRetail, which brings together players from all levels of the retail industry under one roof. In its third year, InRetail will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from 8th to 10th June 2008, and will focus on attracting architects and designers, retailers, supermarket and shopping mall developers to meet with global exhibitors from the three key sectors of the retail industry shopfitting and visual merchandising, retail design and consultancy, supply chain management and technology said Paula Al Chami, the exhibition organizer. “This is an important forum for the retail industry as the exhibitors provide valuable knowledge, expertise and insight that will ensure the region continues to be at the forefront of the consumer shopping experience she added.

If the last decade of retail growth in the GCC and the last two editions of InRetail are a parameter for judging the success of the retail industry in the region, then the future looks brighter than ever!

About InRetail Exhibition

InRetail – For the design, fit-out and operational management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf. Showcasing shopfitting and visual merchandising, retail design and consultancy, supply chain management and technology from world renowned manufacturers alongside the region’s largest agents and distributors.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

InRetail is open to trade visitors only and will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, 8- 10 June 2008, from 11am – 7pm daily, and will run alongside the Hotel Show. For further information please visit www.inretailexhibition.com

About dmg world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

For further information, please contact:
Khalil Majdalawi, Account Manager PR Tamra C2.
t: +971 4 2951177, f: +971 4 2951188, Khalil@tamra-c2.com

Retail Interior Design of the Year to be honoured at the Commercial Designer Awards 2007

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

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United Arab Emirates, 2nd of October 2007- dmg world media, the organizers of the popular InRetail exhibition, have upped the stakes at this year’s event by proudly sponsoring the Interior Design of the Year – Retail at the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2007.

The dmg world media sponsored award will be given to the best interior design within, but not limited to, a retail outlet, or stand alone unit in the Middle East. Speaking about the award sponsorship, Ms. Paula Al Chami, Exhibition Director of InRetail, said, “The retail industry is intrinsically linked with the region’s reputation for being a fabulous place to shop. The importance of good retail cannot be overestimated, and is directly linked to product sales and success. That’s why we at dmg world media we are proud to sponsor this award, as it will encourage healthy competition and raise the standard of the industry as a whole.�

InRetail 2008 will be held from 8th to 10th of June 2008 at Dubai International Exhibition Centre

About InRetail Exhibition
InRetail – For the design, fit-out and management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf showcasing retail interiors & shopfitting, retail technology & visual merchandising, retail design & interior architecture, in-store marketing & logistics handling.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

InRetail is open to trade visitors only and will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, 8- 10 June 2008, from 11am – 7pm daily, and will run alongside the Hotel Show. For further information please visit www.inretailexhibition.com

About dmg world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

For further information, please contact:
Khalil Majdalawi, Account Manager PR Tamra C2.
t: +971 4 2951177, f: +971 4 2951188, Khalil@tamra-c2.com

PRE RAMADAN SPECIALS PUSH SALES AT GITEX SHOPPER 2007

Friday, September 14th, 2007

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GITEX Shopper 2007 a resounding success

United Arab Emirates, 12th September 2007 - GITEX Shopper and Consumer Electronics 2007 came to a grand finish today, In an energetic and promotion-packed 17th edition of the Gulf’s leading consumer retail IT platform, exhibitors registered a substantial boost in sales from an increasingly broad mix of consumers.

The fantastic success of GITEX Shopper is proof that the show offers truly special deals, promotions and packages only seen at the GITEX Shopper. We are delighted that the event once again reaffirmed its position as the Gulf’s leading retail consumer technology platform, said Mr. Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre.

Mr. Abdul Hadhy Al Aghbar, said, ” I come every year to the exhibition because the price of the products and bundled offers available are like none other in Dubai. I saved a lot of money and wouldn’t dream of missing the show. Mr.Llewellyn Couto Manager Marketing and Communications at Sharaf DG, said, ‘The show has reflected the development and growth of the Gulf’s consumer electronics sector. We have found this show’s consumers to be enthusiastic and knowledgeable and we have seen a 85% increase in sales from last year’s show.

The general shift in visitors interest from computers to a wider range of consumer electronics goods that was clearly apparent at last year’s show was intensified at this year’s event. Comparing this year’s show to last year’s edition, – Ganesh Iyer- CMO at Cellucom, said Our sales are up by around 25% compared to last year. We found that there was a special interest in laptops and flat-panel televisions during GITEX Shopper 2007.

p align=”justify”>Shivam Goyal- General Manager, E Max, echoed the same opinion. The crowds that visited our stand were interested in electronic consumer goods as part of a modern lifestyle rather than because they have a particular affinity for technology.

p align=”justify”>Visitors to the show also reported that they were delighted with the show’s extensive range of products and competitive pricing. I came here to upgrade my laptop and found a bundled offer that enabled me to get my son a new mobile phone at a bargain price, said Mr John Smith, an engineer.

p align=”justify”>Other visitors appreciated the show’s exciting atmosphere as much as its pricing. Thousands of consumers who visited the show came away with spectacular prizes. “We were absolutely thrilled to win a home theatre in the Mega Draw. We definitely got more than we bargained for said an elated David Jones, who visited the show with his family to buy a laptop for his two children.

GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics 2007 was a roaring success for both visitors and exhibitors and returns in 2008, 18-24 October.


About GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo
Website: www.shopper.gitex.com

p align=”justify”>GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo has firmly established itself as the single largest and most successful retail platform for technology in the Middle East. Last year this high-energy event attracted thousands of visitors and reported sales in excess of AED 84 million. The exhibition attracted a participation of 157 exhibitors showcasing over 15,000 products.

p align=”justify”>GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007 will be held in association with GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK which is made up of the following components:
GITEX Business Solutions The Leading IT Trade Event for Enterprise and SMBs for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
GULFCOMMS The Largest International Telecommunications Trade Event for Mobile, Fixed, IP and Satellite for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
Consumer Electronics The Premier International Trade Event for Consumer Electronics, IT Systems, Components and Peripherals for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK Global Conference

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

p align=”justify”>As the organiser of GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in the Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

p align=”justify”>Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

For more information, contact:

Khalil Majdalawi
Tamra C2
Tel: +9714 2951177
Fax: +9714 2951188
Email: khalil@tamra-c2.com

Sherine Retna
Dubai World Trade Centre
Tel: + 9714 3086085
Fax: + 9714 3188607
Email: sherine.retna@dwtc.com

Visitors Rush to GITEX Shopper 2007

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

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Dubai responds in large numbers to exciting offers, promotions and surprise prizes, and much more!

United Arab Emirates, 9th of September 2007 - GITEX Shopper 2007, the Gulf leading technology retail platform, is currently taking place in an excitement-charged atmosphere at Airport Expo Dubai. Thousands of people within the first three days from across the region, have already been through the GITEX Shopper experience. GITEX Shopper 2007 already promises more exciting than any of its predecessors with a lot more to come. The response to the show has already strong, and with over 170 vendors, distributors and resellers to outdo each other. A host of new offers, competitions and giveaways have been unveiled at this event with the consumer availing some of the best deals in the Middle East.

Helal Saeed Al Marri, the Director General of DWTC, said, we are delighted to see the response of the crowds over the first three days, which is a clear indication of the buying power of the community.

Every sector of consumer electronics, from laptops to PCs, cameras to gaming and mobiles to office automation, have registered highly impressive sales figures so far. ‘The first day was good, the second day was even betterâ€? said Mr. Ganesh Iyer, CFO of Cellucom. We are expecting the remaining days to be even better he added. New product launches have also added to the flavour of this year’s show. “This is our first year at GITEX Shopper, and we are very pleased with the quality of the crowd and with the overall experience. We launched Xbox 360 elite and we have had a tremendous responseâ€? said Mr. Aman Angar of Microsoft. Likewise, other first timers have also struck it rich at GITEX Shopper 2007. “This is our first year and the response has been tremendous said Mr. Salim MA of Lulu Hypermarket. We have some of the best offers in the show, and our stand has been tremendously active he said.

The response for the promotion we are running with Samsung is very positive. Visitors are having a fabulous time bidding for Samsung 32 inch LCD TVs, digital cameras, mobile phones and MP3s. we had an instance of a Mr. Aldrin bidding successfully for a Samsung 23 inch TV for just AED 260. The crowds seem very happy and we expect a lot more people to come in over the remaining days said Mr. Llewellyn Couto, Marketing Manager and Communications at Sharaf DG.

What has made GITEX Shopper 2007 all the more exciting is the fact that this year’s event has some never-before seen promotions, offers, prizes and lucky draws. Some of the prizes in GITEX Shopper’s draws and scratch-and-win competitions include digital cameras, mobile phones, X-boxes and home theatre systems. The grand prize of the GITEX Shopper Mega Draw is a Peugeot 207!

Mr Efren, a Philipino national, who walked off with a brand new X-box at a scratch-and-win competition, said “I was planning on getting my son an X-box for his birthday next month, but looks like his birthday will be special this year thanks to this free gift! All these promotions really add a nice feeling to being at GITEX Shopper!� said the happy father.

Exhibitors at GITEX Shopper are known to save the best for last, so rest assured the remaining days until the 12th of September will be even more super-charged with excitement!

GITEX Shopper 2007 is open from 11am to 10pm daily at Airport Expo Dubai.

Tickets are available in advance from Time Out Tickets (www.timeouttickets.com/Tel: 800 4669) at a promotional rate of AED 20 per person, per entry right until the end of the show. Tickets will also be sold at the venue at AED 25 per person, per entry. For more information visit www.shopper.gitex.com

Additional free parking will be available for visitors in the Sheikh Hamdan parking area opposite Gulf Indian School with free shuttle bus service to and from the venue.

There will be shuttle buses running from Lulu Centre Karama, Qusais and Deira branches and Al Falah Plaza Sharjah to Airport Expo Dubai during the show from 10am – 11pm.


About GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo
Website: www.shopper.gitex.com

GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo has firmly established itself as the single largest and most successful retail platform for technology in the Middle East. Last year this high-energy event attracted thousands of visitors and reported sales in excess of AED 84 million. The exhibition attracted a participation of 157 exhibitors showcasing over 15,000 products.

GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007 will be held in association with GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK which is made up of the following components:
GITEX Business Solutions – The Leading IT Trade Event for Enterprise and SMBs for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
GULFCOMMS The Largest International Telecommunications Trade Event for Mobile, Fixed, IP and Satellite for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
Consumer Electronics The Premier International Trade Event for Consumer Electronics, IT Systems, Components and Peripherals for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK Global Conference

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in the Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

For more information, contact:

Khalil Majdalawi
Tamra C2
Tel: +9714 2951177
Fax: +9714 2951188
Email: khalil@tamra-c2.com

Sherine Retna
Dubai World Trade Centre
Tel: + 9714 3086085
Fax: + 9714 3188607
Email: sherine.retna@dwtc.com

Record Visitors Attend InRetail and Office Exhibition 2007

Monday, July 9th, 2007

United Arab Emirates, 4th July 2007- dmg world media, organisers of InRetail and the Office Exhibition, have announced significant increases in visitor numbers for the shows this year, both of which were held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from 3rd to 5th June.

The announcement may come as no surprise when both shows represent industries that are increasingly considered at the forefront of shaping today’s Middle Eastern economies.

At a time when the opening of a new state-of-the-art shopping mall seems the norm rather than the exception, InRetail Exhibition brings together the leading professionals from every segment of the retail industry, from retail design, shopfitting and visual merchandising, to the most recent state-of-the-art in-store technologies, and the latest developments in customer service, marketing and logistics.

And with the region’s current demand for quality new office space, the Office Exhibition also, offers a comprehensive range of office systems, including high-end furnishings, interior design, and storage systems.

The visitor figures also suggest that the level of international interest is increasing at a similar rate to both UAE and GCC markets. InRetail 2007 saw visitor increases of 79% for UAE residents, 69% for the GCC, and 68% for international visitors. With similar consistency, the Office Exhibition saw visitor growth of 23%, 20% and 21% respectively.

So too do the offerings of exhibitors significantly increase in sophistication from year to year, observes Paula Al Chami from dmg world media.

This is probably one of the most interesting aspects of the shows – how styles and technologies move on so drastically in the space of just one year, comments Paula. And this is also the ideal time for many exhibitors. More than ever before, companies in the region are really open to learning how they can use the latest innovations and technologies to improve their business.

Next year’s exhibitions are scheduled for 8th – 10th June 2008 for InRetail and 4th – 6th February 2008 for The Office Exhibition at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

About The Office Exhibition

The Office Exhibition is the Gulf region’s premier event for the design and management of the office environment. Featuring exclusive product launches, cutting edge developments and innovative design from world-renowned providers of office furniture, office interiors, office technology and services.

Be kept in the know at our Workplace Freedom Seminars, where leading global specialists will share their knowledge and expertise on workplace related developments. Hosted by Cityspace, the region’s leading workplace solutions provider.

About InRetail Exhibition

InRetail – For the design, fit-out and management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf showcasing retail interiors & shopfitting, retail technology & visual merchandising, retail design & interior architecture, in-store marketing & logistics handling.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

About DMG world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, DMG world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

DMG world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. DMG world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

For more information please call:
Khalil Majdalawi
Account Manager PR
Tamra-C2
Tel: 295 1177
Fax: 295 1188
Mob: 050-7322410
e-mail: khalil@tamra-c2.com
P.O.Box: 2642, Dubai, UAE

An Event to Explode your Techno Senses

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

GITEX Shopper 2007 – all set to redefine the IT, Digital Convergence and Consumer Electronics shopping experience

Get connected! Tune in! Log on! If technology matters to you, ensure that you do whatever it takes to be a part of GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007, the single largest retail event for IT consumer electronics and digital convergence in the region! This mega-event in its 17th edition will be held at Airport Expo Dubai from 6 – 12 September 2007, and is expected to attract over 135,000 potential consumers from across the Middle East. Visitors will range from IT professionals to end users, tech-savvy enthusiasts to trade buyers as well as students and discerning bargain-hunters.

One of the biggest draws during this year’s event promises to be the newly added “Leisure and Lifestyle Electronics� section. Automotive enhancements, cameras and lenses, clocks and watches, digital receivers, games, global positioning systems and a host of lifestyle electronics and gadgets will add a new dimension to the event, attracting a younger, trendier and more lucrative audience than before.

“GITEX Shopper has always been an event that has moved with the times. With the rapid ongoing expansion that Dubai is enjoying, the standard of living being offered to its residents has significantly improved. Lifestyle electronics is a sign of the times, and it makes perfect sense to accommodate this new segment in this year’s event�, said Mr Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre.

This year’s show will utilise all three halls at the Airport Expo Dubai and the timing will be extended by an hour on all the days of the show. In addition to the new section, gaming and entertainment, consumer electronics, information technology, digital mobility and office automation will be featured again.

GITEX Shopper 2007 will attract many trade visitors who can take the exhibitor’s business to a whole new level. Fayez Hakim, the Retail Manager of Emirates Computers commented on this fact when he said “We have been exhibiting here for a few years now, and the sales have exceeded expectations each time. The target audience is focussed, the facilities are ideal and the results are showing. We recorded a 15% increase in sales in 2006 compared to the previous year.�

Saleemuddin Khan, General Manager, RadioShack (Global Link Communications LLC) said “Participation at the GITEX Shopper 2006 was an opportunity not only to generate revenue but also further strengthen awareness within UAE and the region. It was a good platform for retailers to recognise their brand exposure in a multi national and multi cultural atmosphere. We experienced a substantial higher turnover during the Show�.

Make sure you are a part of this extraordinary shopping phenomenon. Join the week long fun and extravaganza of deals, launches, offers, promotions, competitions, contests and sales that will take your business to a whole new level!

GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007 – The single largest and most successful retail platform for technology in the Middle East – will run from 6 – 12 September 2007 at Airport Expo Dubai. It is held in association with GITEX Technology Week which is made up of three major trade shows: GITEX Business Solutions, GULFCOMMS and Consumer Electronics – taking place from 8 – 12 September 2007 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

About GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo

Website: www.dwtc.com

GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo has firmly established itself as the single largest and most successful retail platform for technology in the Middle East. Last year this high-energy event attracted a total of 132,327 visitors and reported sales in excess of AED 84 million. The exhibition attracted a participation of 157 exhibitors showcasing over 15,000 products.

GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007 will be held in association with GITEX Technology Week which is made up of the following components:

* GITEX Business Solutions – The Leading IT Trade Event for Enterprise and SMBs for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
* GULFCOMMS – The Largest International Telecommunications Trade Event for Mobile, Fixed, IP and Satellite for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
* Consumer Electronics – The Premier International Trade Event for Consumer Electronics, IT Systems, Components and Peripherals for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
* GITEX Technology Week Global Conference – in strategic partnership with Dubai Internet City

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)

As the organiser of GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo 2007, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in the Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

For more information, please contact:

Joumana Tannous, Danielle Hosri,, Khalil Majdalawi Sherine Retna
Tamra C2 Dubai World Trade Centre
Tel : +971 4294 1177 Tel: +971 4 308 6085
Fax : +971 4295 1188 Fax: +971 4 318 8607

Email: sherine.retna@dwtc.com
Email : joumana@tamra-c2.com
Khalil@tamra-c2.com
Danielle@tamra-c2.com