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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.”
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.
$ 51 billion is the forecasted value of GCC commercial building construction projects due for completion in 2013
Last year saw unprecedented growth across all sectors of the GCC contract fit-out and interiors market, with the region still bucking the global trends with regard to economic recovery and growth.
This continuing growth and prosperity clearly illustrates the importance of establishing strong business foundations across the region; and what better way to do that than by exhibiting at the region’s largest and longest established contract and commercial interiors fit-out and design show … the Office Exhibition!
2012 Index International Design Exhibition, Dubai World Trade Centre, 24-27 Sept 2012
20,023 visitors from 93 countries, 777 exhibitors, 21 International pavilions, 46 exhibiting countries
Full details at Index Dubai 2012 Post Show Report
Independent is the exclusive North American representative for the Office Exhibition 2013, the Commercial, Healthcare, Educational and Retail sectors within Index 2013, the Middle East Region’s first Interiors Super Show.
Combined, the 2013 show will occupy more than 45,000 sq.m at the Dubai World Trade Centre and attract over 25,000 visitors from across the interiors and fit-out communities.
Contact us for more information on how you can take advantage of the growth in the Middle East Region and its continuing substantial investment in infrastructure.
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Index 2013 – Interiors Super Show, incorporating the Office Exhibition – Dubai May 20-23, 2013
The Office Exhibition joins the INDEX International Design Exhibition in 2013
|INDEX International Design Exhibition and The Office Exhibition will come together in 2013 to create an ‘Interiors Super Show’ for the Middle East & North Africa’s Architect and Design community.
The decision to bring these two established brands together was taken after several months of extensive research into the changing landscape of the global interiors market, and to further support the continuing evolution of the INDEX International Design Exhibition; an event that is already widely recognised as the region’s largest and most established interiors exhibition.
As the total spend on interior design in the GCC is expected to top US$56 billion in 2012, more and more manufacturers and suppliers are expanding and diversifying their range of products and services to target the entire spectrum of interiors fit-out and refurbishment projects.
Equally, more and more Architect and Design companies are expanding their consultancy capabilities to cross the boundaries between commercial, residential, hospitality and retail design in order to chase lucrative fit-out projects across the region, which last year were valued at an astounding US$8.6 billion.
INDEX Event Director Frederique Maurell commented, “I am delighted that The Office Exhibition will become part of the INDEX International Design Exhibition next year. The Office Exhibition has already cemented its place within the Middle East commercial design industry, but the synergy with INDEX makes perfect strategic sense, and we look forward to driving the show forward. By adding new profiles, developing the show and attaching the show to a larger regional design show, The Office Exhibition can only benefit and grow organically to become the region’s premier commercial design event”.
Maintaining its own brand identity, The Office Exhibition will however become an integral part of INDEX, and will remain fully focused on showcasing the most innovative and creative working environments for offices, sports venues, and education and healthcare facilities, as well as a range of other commercial environments.
INDEX will continue to focus on supporting the region’s demand for the latest residential, hospitality and retail-related interior products and services across its existing 9 show sectors (Furnishings, Furniture, Couture, Kitchen & Bathroom, Lighting, Outdoor Living, Textiles, Inspire and Surfaces & Finishes); whilst InRetail will move over to The Office Exhibition.
With an eleven-year history and an attendance of more than 4,200 architects, interior designers, specifiers and procurement managers at the 2012 event, The Office Exhibition will create an additional 9,800sqm of space at INDEX 2013. With 54% of the INDEX International Design Exhibition’s 27,000 visitors being involved in commercial interiors projects, The Office Exhibition will see its visitor numbers increase dramatically next year.
The INDEX International Design Exhibition 2013, incorporating The Office Exhibition, will take place from 20th-23rd May 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors spread across 45,000sqm, representing top international brands from more than 50 countries.
Organisers Report 24 % Increase in Visitor Numbers
The Office Exhibition 2012, the Middle East’s premier trade show in office fit-outs and commercial interior design concluded its 11th edition with a 24 per cent increase in the number of visitors from last year. The three-day show was held from 15 – 17 May, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Participants at The Office Exhibition 2012 were positive about the outlook for commercial fit-out projects in the Middle East, with many citing an increase in the number of business enquiries received and contracts secured during the event.
Stewart Brown, President at Independent Freight International, U.S.A said, “We are very pleased to host eight new companies from the Americas at The Office Exhibition this year. These companies exhibited for the first time in the Middle East and their feedback has been extremely positive. They were able to meet a very dedicated and focused audience from across the MENA region and build key relationships that we hope will help to generate a lot of business over the next few months.”
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 since 2007. For participating exhibitors the UAE remained a top target market, citing the forthcoming office supply as a key demand driver. According to a Jones Lang LaSalle 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.
Increased attendance at The Office Exhibition 2012 also reaffirmed the show’s regional and international appeal, attracting visitors from as far afield as USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Malaysia, and Ireland.
The exhibition floor proved a source of education, innovation and inspiration for the region’s architecture and design community. Recognising the importance of market intelligence for show visitors and participants, organisers of The Office Exhibition ran, for the first time, an extensive series of daily workshops and seminars. Topics ranged from ‘local perspectives in sustainable design’ to ‘how cultural diversities in the region are driving commercial interior design’.
Also returning to the show as knowledge partner for the second consecutive year was The International Interior Design Association (IIDA). In addition to chairing the invite-only Design Executive Roundtable event for local design professionals, IIDA presided over the show’s two design competitions.
Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA, commented: “Design in the workplace should essentially respond to the needs of the people within that space. We were truly impressed by the high level of precision, innovation and quality of the products on showcase at The Office Exhibition this year. They are fitting solutions to the requirements of modern workplaces and reflect a true understanding of the significance of design in commercial environments.”
Visitors to The Office Exhibition echoed Durst’s comments. Rebecca Davids, an Abu Dhabi based architect visited the show and 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.”
Office Expo Dubai – Day Two
Wednesday May 16, 2012
by Rob Kirkbride
Everyone has seen the towering skyscrapers for which Dubai is rightly known. The city has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world with the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab perhaps the most iconic structures ever built.
And yet little is known about what happens inside. Meet Rahul Soman, one of the interior designers who fills the buildings with office furniture. Soman is an interior designer with Bafco, one of Dubai’s largest office furniture dealers. Soman, along with a growing number of interior designers in Dubai help set the trends and fill the office spaces in one of the most dynamic real estate markets in the world.
So what do office dwellers in Dubai demand? Because of where Dubai is situated and the people that are attracted to this place, the city has one of the most unique blends of offices in the world. There are high end North American-style offices that look like they could be swapped out with any skyscraper in Chicago. There are stripped down European-style offices that would fit perfectly in London or Berlin. And, yes, there are a lot of offices filled with cheap Asian-made junk.
Soman said his job is about more than selling office furniture. Much of his job revolves around educating his customers about ergonomics, green building principles and the value of quality furniture. “Educating our clients is so important,” he said. “The right mix of furniture is critical to create an office that is attractive, healthy and safe.”
In many ways, Dubai is still trying to find its office style, but it is happening. The visual language is being shaped by the region’s cultural diversity and a young, internationally educated and technologically inclined workforce.
That was also the broad consensus of industry leaders at the Design Executive Roundtable, held at the Office Exhibition 2012. The session, represented by the heads of leading architectural and design firms, was chaired by Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The panellists debated how workplace design is helping to elevate standards of architecture in the region.
According to the group, the days of building iconic buildings for the sake of being iconic are a thing of the past. “A younger, internationally educated workforce is making more informed and considered decisions when it comes to workplace design. They understand more the importance of efficient, fit for purpose buildings,” said Steven Charlton, managing director of interior design firm Pringle Brandon.
Shams Naga, principal of Naga Architects, agreed. “The global recession has had a positive impact in the region in terms of helping people place a higher importance on ‘the real value of things.’ We are now collaborating with clients on the design process. This is better for us as an industry as design should be a two-way process. Now is the time to produce ‘good’ architecture,” he said.
Cultural diversity, coupled with pressure from international firms in the region to conform to global standards of design, is leading designers to create a new, unique style for the region. The group agreed technology has profoundly influenced this shift towards a more mature design market, not only because it improves clients’ access to information but also by necessitating a fundamental change in how people interact in the workplace.
According to Durst, the design profession worldwide now has a mandate to create spaces where people can think. “Our attachment to technology means reacting and responding to situations has replaced true work,” she said. “Human beings need interaction and they need time to think. The question now becomes what kinds of spaces do knowledge workers need?”
The panelists agreed that while employee mobility and connectedness requires office spaces and products that are also flexible and simple in their configuration, people will always gravitate towards a physical location in which to interact and collaborate. The workplace will remain an important part of the built environment, but there is now greater demand for creating spaces that are designed to last.
The panel agreed the region has a better appetite for sustainable design since the economic crisis, but criticized the level of commitment to such goals. This can be attributed, in part, to the transient work culture that exists in the UAE. If a CEO or manager is on a limited contract with the company and knows they are living in Dubai for the short-term, it is likely they are going to care less about being committed to meeting longer term sustainable goals.
The office furniture industry in Dubai continues to evolve. One panelist said client briefs have changed today from what they used to be before the financial slowdown. They are more about adding value than “all things nice to have.”
“Design is meant to improve the way we do things and in turn improve the human condition,” Durst said. “This is, and will be, the basic and the most important contribution of design, in any age and era. And that should be the focus of every designer.”
Courtesy of Monday Morning Quarterback www.mmqb.com
Office Expo Dubai – Day One
Tuesday May 15, 2012
by Rob Kirkbride
The first day of the Office Exhibition in Dubai started off with a bang, literally. As the show at the Dubai World Trade Centre kicked off this morning, one of the windows in a glass office built on the show floor by Officeland, a local dealer, blew out with a bang and a rain of glass. Luckily, no one was hurt and only a handful of attendees were trickling in at the time.
The opening of the show was also marked by royalty — the literal kind with flowing robes and pomp and the figurative kind, projects that won awards as part of the Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition.
Unfortunately, few people were around when H.E. Humaid Mohamed Obaid Al Qutami, the UAE’s Minister of Education cut the ribbon at the show. He arrived early, cut the ribbon, made a lap of the exhibition hall and left just as quickly. He shook hands along the way but avoided delving too deep into the office furniture industry before making his way out of the hall.
Despite the minor glitches, the show gained steam through out the day. More than 130 companies were showing from about 25 countries. Exhibitors at the 11th annual event ranged from large dealers to manufacturers. Whether they they all attend remains to be seen, but the show has seen a 15 percent increase in visitor pre-registrations from last year. About 5,500 trade and business delegates are expected to attend.
But in Dubai, it is about quality of attendee, not quantity, said Nathan Meyer, vice president of international sales at Global. Meyer experienced the power of the show with another office furniture maker in previous years. In his new position at Global, he feels it is critical that the company exhibit to build its brand in the region.
“To me, it is all about recycling some of that oil money,” Meyer joked. “It costs a lot of money to fill you car in North America. This is our way of getting a little bit of that back.”
In all seriousness, Meyer believes Global has great opportunities in the Middle East. In fact, its work there is already paying off. The company won a $2 million job to outfit Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Muscat. But Global — and all North American and European companies hoping to compete in the Middle East — need to do a better job of building their brand and supporting the dealer community. It is also important to meet the design community and introduce them to our brands, Meyer said.
“This show is not about a high volume of people coming through,” said Meyer, who exhibited here for eight or nine years. “If you compare this show to a show like NeoCon based on number of people attending, the Office Exhibition would be a total failure. It is when you see the attendees coming into the show with blueprints tucked under their arms that you see the value of this show. These are projects and they want to sit down with you and figure out what kind of furniture will work for them.”
With the area seeing a recovery trend in the real estate segment, international manufacturers are eyeing growing business opportunities in the region’s commercial office market. The show has seen an increase in exhibitor interest from many countries including Italy, Germany, Portugal, the U.S. and the wider Middle East, said Event Director David Wilson.
“We are pleased to welcome a host of first-time participants at the show this year. Newcomers at ‘The Campus’ — our contingent of companies from The Americas — include Canadian heavyweights Global and Allseating as well as Trendway from the U.S. The return of our long-standing participants Guialmi, Diemme, Sedus and many others reinforces the significance of the show to international manufacturers,” he said.
The Office Exhibition opened with an awards ceremony to honor the winners of The Middle East Office and Hospitality Product Design Awards. Organized and judged by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the competition acknowledged exhibitors with the most innovative products in the office interiors and hospitality sectors. The results of The Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition – recognizing the best interior design projects across the Middle East followed in the afternoon.
The Office Exhibition this year launched a series of complimentary educational seminars and workshops. Taking place on each day of the show, the seminars address pressing issues in commercial interior design ranging from sustainability to best practices in healthcare designs and reinventing the classroom.
Commenting on the significance of The Office Exhibition, Woody Lennard, Managing Partner, Oceana Gulf said: “The Office Exhibition is the only dedicated show in the Middle East where we can exhibit our extensive product range, meet with a focused audience seeking suppliers for active projects and identify distributors. The Middle East is seeing an uptick in infrastructure developments and this is the perfect gateway for us to target new growth markets across the region.”