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Congratulations to the people of Dubai on their win for the 2020 World’s Fair !
With effect from Midnight on 30th September, the US Federal Government has ‘shut down’ due to a lapse in federal funding. Essential services are being maintained, but those services considered non essential remain unfunded.
This will have an impact on the processing of government operations in support of international trade to and from the US, particularly where manual activities such as inspection may be requir
ed. Depending on how long the shutdown continues, we can also expect problems due to the lack of support for automated functions.
U.S Customs / CBP have advised on a recent teleconference that ports are open for business and that front line officers and agriculture officers are essential personnel and are in full force. Revenue collection areas such as import specialists, entry specialists, FP&F, Seizure are all in full force. All hours of service at all ports are normal at this time—which includes overtime. The areas that could be impacted would be post release functions and there will likely be challenges due to the absence of mission support and technical personnel.
In addition, we are expecting issues with APHIS, EPA (97% of staff on furlough), FDA (65% of staff on furlough), FMC, U.S.Census Bureau, US International Trade Commission.
Further general information on the effects of the federal shutdown can be found at the following websites :
General – www.usa.gov and www.whitehouse.gov
Customs – www.cbp.gov
Census Bureau – www.census.gov
We will of course keep everyone updated on the impact to specific shipments, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or queries.
The 13th edition of The Dubai Office Exhibition, which ran alongside its new co-located partner event the INDEX International Design Exhibition, was officially opened on Monday 20th May and continued until Thursday 23rd May 2013.
The Official Post Show Report is available for Download HERE
Office 2013 hosted over 140 companies from 24 countries and attracted more than 5,000 trade visitors from across the Architecture & Design, Facilities Management, Retail, and wider business communities; seeking to source new products and services for their commercial interior design, fit-out and upgrade projects.
• The value of the Middle East region’s commercial interior design and fit-out industry is expected to exceed US$4.9bn in 2013
• In 2013, the entire GCC interior contracting and fit-out market will increase in value by 28%, from US$7.2bn to US$9.2bn
• The GCC continues to spend, on average, more money on interior contracting and fit-out elements of a construction project than its more mature counterparts in the US, EU, and Japan.
Source : Ventures Middle East GCC Building Construction and Interiors Overview, March 2013
workspace at INDEX delivers the Middle East region’s number one commercial interiors exhibition, showcasing the best in commercial, educational, and healthcare interior design solutions from across the world. As the Middle East & North Africa region’s ultimate commercial interiors and fit-out event, the exhibition has a thirteen year history of bringing the world’s top commercial interiors product manufacturers and suppliers together with the region’s commercial interior designers, architects, buyers, specifiers, agents and project managers in a focused and profitable business environment.
“This exhibition continues to be an important venue for HNI Corporation to effectively access clients and key influencers in the region. It is professional, growing and well organised and attracts international attention and participation.”
Marco Molinari, Executive Vice President, HNI Corporation and President, HNI International.
“We launched two products this year, both of which won ‘Best in Category’ and ‘Honourable Mention’ in this year’s awards. This was our first year exhibiting at the show and we found the traffic to be very good, we have had a very positive response.”
Ryan Menke, Senior Vice President International Sales, OFS Brands.
The Office Exhibition, the premier trade show for the commercial fit out and commercial interior design industry in the Middle East, has a new name, workspace at INDEX.
For the past 13 years, the largest commercial interiors fit-out and design exhibition in the Middle East has attracted the region’s architects, interior designers and projects managers, buyers and specifiers of commercial interiors fit-out projects. For its most recent show in May 2013, Office was co-located with the INDEX International Design Exhibition.
As the largest and longest running interiors and design show in the Middle East, INDEX attracts the world’s leading interior designer brands and exhibitors as they compete for their share of the GCC’s US$9.2bn interiors and fit-out market across residential, hospitality, and retail sectors.
“This change in identity for Office is a very positive step and sharpens our focus on the expectations and demands of exhibitors and trade visitors,” said Frederique Maurell, Group Event Director – Design at dmg events. “The new workspace at INDEX brand confirms and strengthens the exhibition’s strong links to INDEX, and the natural synergy between the two concepts is evident.
The decision to run the two shows simultaneously, with commonality of branding, was taken in direct response to the feedback received at this year’s shows. In 2013, a quarter (24 per cent) of all INDEX visitors also attended The Office Exhibition and 27 per cent of our visitors were interested in commercial design products. Together, these two shows create the region’s number one destination for interiors; delivering the very best and the very latest in interior design solutions across all market segments. This realignment will help us to expand the commercial interiors event and its product offering and illustrate that the new workspace at INDEX show is about much more than just office furniture.”
An exhibitor at the recently concluded The Office Exhibition 2013, Marco Molinari, Executive Vice President, HNI Corporation and President, HNI International, said: “The Office Exhibition 2013 continues to be an important venue for HNI Corporation to effectively access clients and key influencers in the region. It is professional, growing and well organized and attracts international attention and participation.”
(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has announced it is switching its official weekend to Fridays and Saturdays, bringing the kingdom’s working week closer in line with other countries in a move long desired by many of the country’s businesses.
Saudi Arabia, the biggest Arab economy, had been the only member of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council to have a Thursday-Friday weekend after Oman shifted to a Friday-Saturday weekend last month.
The surprise move, which will be applied from this week, was immediately welcomed by Saudi economists and businessmen as giving the private sector an extra day of alignment with international businesses.
“It will increase interface with the rest of the world, now things will move faster,” said Ali al-Ajmi, a former vice president at state oil company Saudi Aramco who now runs a project management business.
Abdulrahman al-Ubaid, a former vice president at Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) (2010.SE), the world’s biggest petrochemcial company, and now managing director of Saudi Development and Innovation Group, also welcomed the change.
“We expect the impact to be positive on the Saudi economy, we think our business will be easier,” he said.
Saudi Arabia is considering opening its stock market to more direct foreign investment in the future. At present, stocks move considerably on shifts in global equities and commodities markets.
Although the world’s top oil exporter had discussed looking at the change in its weekend in the future, few people had expected it to make the switch so soon.
However, some Saudi companies, including food producer Savola 2050.SE had already announced they would change their own weekend to Friday and Saturday to improve their coordination with regional partners.
The fact the change is happening in June, after schools have closed and while many Saudis are on holiday before the Ramadan fast which starts on July 9, means it will be less jarring, economists said.
“Instead of having just three working days aligned with the rest of the world, now you will have a full team for most of the working week that the rest of the world applies. One extra day does play a considerable role in increasing output,” said John Sfakianakis of chief investment officer at Masic investment in Riyadh.
Traditionally Saudis had a six-day working week, taking off Fridays when Muslims are enjoined to attend mosque for communal prayers, but the government added Thursday to the official weekend.
Some religious conservatives had argued against moving to a Friday-Saturday weekend because they feared it smacked of westernisation. However, that argument did not enjoy serious support, said Saudi sociologist Khalid al-Dakhil.
“In terms of religious opposition, yes there might be some, but there’s absolutely no unanimity in opposing this course among religious people,” he said.
A statement on Sunday on national Saudi news agency SPA said the change, decreed by King Abdullah, will take effect as of this weekend, “for the sake of putting an end to the negative effects and the lost economic opportunities consistently associated with variation based on work days between local departments, ministries and institutions and the regional and international counterparts.”
King Abdullah issued the decree following a recommendation in April by the Kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the government on new laws, to investigate changing the country’s official weekend from the current Thursday and Friday.
Campus members OFS, DAS, Allsteel win big!
|Best of Competition:||Product: In_Motion
Designer: Rita Cruz
|Best of Category: CASE GOODS & FREESTANDING OFFICE FURNITURE||Product: Eleven
Manufacturer: OFS Brands
Designer: Daniel Korb
|Honorable Mention: CASE GOODS & FREESTANDING OFFICE FURNITURE||Product: unicatum
Manufacturer: ANB art & design
Designer: Nadia Zaoui & Bernd Muller
|Honorable Mention: CASE GOODS & FREESTANDING OFFICE FURNITURE||Product: cWave
Manufacturer: Dieffebi S.p.A.
Designer: Michael Burford
|Honorable Mention: FLOORING||Product: Kahrs Oak Trollaborg
Manufacturer: Nordic Homeworx
|Honorable Mention: FLOORING||Product: Avant Signature Flooring
Manufacturer: Avant Enterprises
Designer: Avant Enterprises
|Best of Category: SEATING||Product: In_Motion
Designer: Rita Cruz
|Honorable Mention: SEATING||Product: Clarity
Manufacturer: HNI International
Designer: BMW Group DesignworkUSA
|Honorable Mention: SEATING||Product: Madrid
Manufacturer: OFS Brand
Designer: Daniel Korb
|Honorable Mention: TABLES||Product: Optima Air
Manufacturer: DAS Business Furniture
Designer: Rob Jones
Mohammed tours Index Design Show 2013
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited Index International Design Exhibition and The Office Exhibition trade shows opened today at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) today.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Khalifa Saeed Suleiman and Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Hilal Saeed Al Marri.
Sheikh Mohammed began his tour with a visit to Hall 8 where local and foreign companies exhibit their latest products in interior design and furniture and other related accessories. Touring the various pavilions, Sheikh Mohammed welcomed exhibitors and expressed pleasure at the huge presence and participation of local and world leading companies in the field.
At the Office Exhibitions at Sheikh Saeed Hall, Sheikh Mohammed familiarised himself with the latest office equipment showcased by 120 exhibitors.
The Office Exhibition 2013 inaugurated by H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Minister of Education
Dubai, May 20th, 2013 – INDEX International Design Exhibition and The Office Exhibition trade shows were inaugurated today by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and by H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Taking place for the first time simultaneously, the two exhibitions bring the latest international innovations and trends for the residential and commercial interior design sector to Dubai catering to the increasing demand from the entire MENA Region. Organized by dmg events, INDEX 2013 and The Office Exhibition will run until Thursday 23rd May.