Office Exhibition 2012 confirms 24% visitor increase

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The Office Exhibition 2012 ended its 11th edition with a 24% increase in the number of visitors from last year, according to the organisers.

Participants at The Office Exhibition 2012 were positive about the outlook for commercial fit-out projects in the Middle East, with many reporting an increase in the number of business enquiries received and contracts secured during the event.

With more than $300 billion worth of major projects expected to be awarded across the Middle East in 2012, this year’s Office Exhibition was the busiest the show has been since 2007.

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According to a Jones Lang LaSalle report, approximately 75 million m² of office space in Dubai is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012, while in Abu Dhabi, an additional 1.2 million m² of office space is expected to come online in 2013.

“We have been participating at The Office Exhibition for the last 12 years and can confidently say that it is the only platform for office suppliers worldwide to target a large number of buyers across the Middle East.

“Visitors to our stand increased by 35% from last year and at least 40% of these visitors hailed from the GCC with the others coming from other countries in and outside of the Middle East. What is particularly encouraging is the fact that most of these visitors were senior decision makers,” said Gilbert Griño, marketing manager, BAFCO.

Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO, IIDA, added: “We were truly impressed by the high level of precision, innovation and quality of the products on showcase at The Office Exhibition this year.”

Rebecca Davids, an Abu Dhabi based architect, who visited the show, said: “I have been attending The Office Exhibition for the last four years and am happy to see it improving every year. There was an excellent range of products on display, not only from the big global players but also from regional enterprises. The education seminars and workshops were a real value added offering of the show and helped me to gain important insights into current issues impacting office design in the Middle East.”

Next year sees the co-location of The Office Exhibition with the INDEX International Design Exhibition, from May 20-23, 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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