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Dubai Welcomes The Textile Industry

Textile Expo Dubai will offer machinery developments and educational opportunities.

TW Special Report

Exhibitors from more than 15 countries will travel tothe Airport Expo Dubai Dubai World Trade Centerfor the first Textile Expo Dubai.

T he inaugural International Textile Machinery Expo (Textile Expo Dubai) will take place Sunday, March 20, through Wednesday, March 23, at the Airport Expo Dubai Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The idea for the expo was born out of a desire to promote the current strength and growth potential of textile businesses in Dubai and the surrounding Middle Eastern region. Promotion for the event began early last year with an intensive marketing campaign directed at key decision-makers in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Organizers and supporters of the show include: XPO Group Ltd., England; Streamline Marketing, Dubai; the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Government of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; the Dubai World Trade Center; the Turkish Textile Machinery Association (TEMSAD); the Korea Textile Machinery Association (KOTMA); and the Textile Merchant Group (TEXMAS).

UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Deputy Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum serves as the official patron of the show.

Already considered by organizers to be on track to become the number-one exhibition and conference for the international textile machinery industry in the Middle East, Textile Expo Dubai is expected to attract more than 110 exhibitors from more than 15 countries from such textile machinery sectors as spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, dyestuffs and chemicals, garment making, testing and software, among other sectors. In addition to TEMSAD and KOTMA, the Chinese Textile Machinery Association and the Indian Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association will have exhibitor pavilions at the show. Organizers also expect Iraqi textile businesses to have a presence at the show.

More than 12,000 visitors are expected to journey from major markets in the area including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, India, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and North Africa.

International Conference

In addition to the exhibition, Textile Expo Dubai will offer an educational conference featuring international experts and regional specialists, and comprising an array of seminars covering such topics as:business opportunities in the Middle East and surrounding markets; the World Trade Organization and the abolition of quotas; how to develop skills and other training necessities; new technologies and how to benefit from them; and gateway to the Chinese market.

State-Of-The-Art Venue

The exhibition complex covers 23,308 square meters within two halls located on either side of a central plaza. The complex offers meeting rooms, hospitality areas, bars, cafes and international restaurants. It is just a two-minute drive from the airport and 15 minutes from the city center.

A Significant Textile Market

Thirty-one countries within the Middle East, Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Indian subcontinent boast a population of 1.8 billion and combined gross domestic product totaling $1.5 trillion numbers not to be ignored. Textile industries within these areas saw exports rise to $62 billion in 2002, while related raw material and machinery imports surpassed the $28 billion mark. That same year, 33 percent of Dubais $25 billion worth of imports were re-exported to the neighboring area. According to the Dubai Ministry of Finance and National Economy, there are 150 ready-made garment factories within the UAE, located primarily in Dubai and neighboring emirate Sharjah. The Middle East currently ranks fourth as a fashion and clothing accessories exporter, accounting for nearly 5.5 percent of world trade. The areas clothing and accessories imports are valued at $4.1 billion, and exports at $11 billion.
Dubai is considered the center of commerce andtrade among the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Other ventures such as the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Palm Islands, Dubailand theme park and the recent investment of $30 billion in Dubai's aviation infrastructure also have strengthened the city's promotability as an area on the commercial fast track.

These statistics indicate this area of the world, and Dubai in particular, has considerable potential as far as the textile industry is concerned in terms of growth and innovation. Considered the center of commerce and trade among the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Dubai has the most open foreign trade policies in the region with few trade restrictions, a free and fair business environment and tax exemptions, according to show organizers.

Recognizing this potential and the value of its global trade environment, the UAE has begun a campaign to become the regional textile hub of the Middle East. It is purportedly ready to lift an eight-year ban on the establishment of ready-made garment and textile factories, a move sure to invigorate manufacturing production and growth if realized. Dubai's government has backed a $54 million project to create Dubai Textile City - a joint venture between the Textile Merchants Association and Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. Phase One of the city project, already underway, will locate more than 250 textile manufacturers within an area totaling 185,000 square meters. Goods moving through the new city will be exempt from import duties.

Visiting Dubai

A city rooted steeply in Islamic tradition, Dubai promotes itself as a contemporary city that caters to the lifestyles of its more liberal visitors with modern-day amenities, entertainments and cultural offerings. The second-largest of seven emirate states in the UAE, Dubai spans almost 4,000 square kilometers. The 5,000-year-old city began its modern development in 1833 when the ancestors of the current ruling family of the UAE first settled there. At the time, Dubai's 800 inhabitants made their living trading in pearls and fish, tending date groves, and raising goats and camels. In the 1970s, after almost 150 years of colonization, the British ended their occupation and the rulers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai formed the federation of the UAE.

According to show organizers, Dubai recently was ranked as one of the least expensive cities in the world when comparing hotels, restaurants and local transportation, among other factors. The area offers affordable accommodations from two- to five-star hotels and fully serviced apartments, as well as an array of modern-day shopping malls, boutiques and traditional souks. The major shopping districts of the city are Beniyas Square, Al Dhiyafah Road, Al Satwas, Al Karama, Al Rigga Road and Al Faheidi Road. Merchant hours are generally from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Dont' hesitate to bargain when shopping, and especially when paying with cash - it is still considered the norm not only in souks, but also in modern-day shops.

February 2005