The Office Exhibition 2012 will see a return of some of the world’s top designers of office furniture, including Japanese manufacturer Okamura, known for its Contessa Chair, ergonomically mesh designed.
It will be Okamura’s first time exhibiting in the Middle East since 2007 with organisers, dmg :: events confirming this year will see 30% more floor space than the previous year and that 60% of the show has already been sold.
“Historically, Okamura has only displayed our seating ranges at such shows, but in 2012 we will be launching our new and exciting ranges for commercial and education environments. 2012 is going to be an interesting time for us,” said Patrick Taylor, regional brand manager, Okamura.
Distributors from the GCC, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt are among the confirmed participants, including first-time exhibitors Noa Offices – representative of Interstuhl, Quinti and Dellarovere – and Humanspace – representative of flagship Dauphin among others.
Other designers include Moving SRL and Quadrifoglio from Italy; Guialmi from Portugal; CP from Germany; and Burotime from Turkey.
“We’re definitely seeing renewed confidence in the UAE market among exhibitors. Even though the local real estate sector has slowed, The Office Exhibition is very much viewed as the gateway through which to tap commercial fit-out projects across the region, particularly in the GCC,” said David Wilson, event director.
Following the success of the 2011 show, which attracted the largest contingent of North American manufacturers on record, the US Campus will this year double in size. Over 30 brands are expected to be represented at the country pavilion.
The Office Exhibition 2012 will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre from May 15-17 2012.