INDEX revealed figures from its show which showed over 27,870 people – 11.4% more than the previous edition – visited the 2011 show.
“The six product-specific shows – Furnishings, InRetail, Kitchen & Bathroom, Lighting, Outdoor Living and Textiles – that were introduced this year received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our visitors,” said Naomi Barton, event director, INDEX 2012.
“We have already started working on next year’s INDEX event and we will keep improving its format and add to the content to cater to the design market’s evolving needs.
“New product sectors that will be part of INDEX 2012 include four new show areas: Inspire, Couture, Furniture and Surfaces & Finishes, making the 22nd edition of the event larger and even more memorable than the previous shows,” she added.
Couture will be dedicated to high-end luxury furniture; Furniture will showcase contemporary and classic bedroom, living and dining furniture; Surfaces & Finishes will focus on surfaces, flooring and finishing products; and Inspire is a new high-end home fashion and lifestyle section of INDEX 2012.
Trade visitors were the largest attendees group in 2011 making up to two-thirds of show visitors (18,719 people) with some non-trade visitors, media and students also attending.
Over 11% of attendees flew into Dubai from other GCC countries as well as from Europe, the USA, African countries, India and Pakistan.
“INDEX 2011 was a great success both from the exhibitors’ and visitors’ perspectives; we hit the mark with INDEX’s innovative profile for 2011 that introduced a new structure and additional show features to the event,” said Paula Al Chami, event director, INDEX 2011.
“During the event, professionals and design-passionate people had the opportunity to immerse themselves in new trends and innovations from the international design industry. Visitors packed the halls and all the features – from Les Collections Exclusives to the Design Talks and the Student Challenge – got an incredible response. We couldn’t be more satisfied with this year’s result,” she added.
In addition, over 1,600 influential VIP buyers from ongoing projects with budgets totalling US$ 102,500 million were present at the event.
A total of 918 companies participated at INDEX 2011, showcasing products across 10 halls and occupying 18,213 m² of floor space. Exhibitors came from 45 countries, 20 of which had dedicated national pavilions including France, Italy, Indonesia, Spain, Korea, Portugal, Turkey, Thailand and Singapore.
INDEX 2012 will run from September 24-27, 2012 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. For the first time, INDEX will also take place in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from May 29-31, 2012.