UAE: INDEX celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and is introducing six shows; Furnishings, InRetail, Kitchen & Bathroom, Lighting, Outdoor Living and Textiles.
“Based on feedback from the market and our visitors, 68% of the people wanted the show to be product-specific while the remainder wanted to see products split by the manufacturing nation, so we now offer both,” said Paula Al Chami, event director, INDEX.
“This will allow exhibitors to present their products and services to the right audience and make it easier for visitors to navigate their way through our large exhibition.”
There will be interactive features next to each show with conferences, competitions, panel discussions and CES seminars.
Highlights include; K&B Essentials – part of the Kitchen & Bathroom show, bringing together brands that work towards reducing the environmental impact, by limiting the consumption of non-renewable resources and improving water management.
LIGHTING | Visione – A celebration of products and innovations in lighting from the past, the present and the future.
A fashion show launched as part of INDEX Textiles, called ‘Les Collections Exclusives’, featuring textiles through couture creations designed by sponsors, such as Italian fabrics manufacturer Rubelli. InRetail Summit 2011 is a conference grouping retail giants from the Middle East and abroad to discuss opportunities for the sector.
INDEX Artist’s Avenue is an art gallery on the show floor created for interior designers, art procurement professionals and enthusiasts, to meet up-and-coming artists and view their latest works.
Design Talks Seminars is a series of free themed seminars covering topics such as business and finance, trends, innovation, technology and sustainability.
The theme for this year’s INDEX ISG Student Challenge is “Reuse”, sponsored by UK-based fit out company ISG and locally based not-for-profit organisation Tasmena, focusing on design students from 12 universities across the UAE.
Running for the third consecutive year is the Contemporary Majlis Design Competition where six Middle East interior designers have been asked to design a majlis space, creating a traditional Arabic space with a contemporary twist.
Ischia International Architecture Award – INDEX 2011 will host the PIDA Awards, a competition focusing on Italian architects and designers who have completed projects for the hotel and spa sectors.
APID Festival of Interior Design Congress is a one day conference on October 22, on interior design. The event is part of the Festival of Interior Design (FoID), held for the first time from October 22- 24 across Dubai organised by the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID).
INDEX is held from October 22-25 at Dubai World Trade Centre. It has over 800 exhibitors from 49 countries and 20 national pavilions.