29th International Autumn Trade Fair, Now Branded As Smart Living, Opens On 1st December At Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre
|A recent report by the A.T. Kearney Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) reveals that the UAE climbed to the 4thposition among the most attractive retail markets globally, helped byretail sales growing at 5 percent in 2013, with annual sales crossing $66 billion.
This was highlighted in connection with the 29thInternational Autumn Trade Fair (IATF), now branded as ‘Smart Living’, the Middle East’s most successful consumer goods Trade Fair that will open on 1stDecemberat Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
According to Satish Khanna, General Manager of Al Fajer Information & Services, organizer of IATF 2014, the UAE’srapidly growing GDP makes it a strong retail market supported by ambitious long-term plans. He said: “The UAE has a head-start of a quarter of a century in the region’s retail industry and Dubai has become the turning platform and the undisputedmust-be-present market for almost all international retailers.”
Against the scenario of over 700 shopping malls and thousands of marketplaces in the Middle East and GCC, Smart Living is stepping into its 29thyear providing a platform for international manufacturers, suppliers, traders, exporters,and brand owners to reach out to their incumbent and potential stakeholders.
“With plans to launch Mall of the World in place and the current expanding retail space across the Emirate, Dubai is raising the competition bar to a whole new level. The Smart Livingshow is putting on display a wide range of consumer goods that will not only boost the shopping movement in the Emirate but also initiative huge retail deals on the exhibition floor.”
According to Rupashree Singh, Exhibition Manager, International Autumn Trade Fair Smart Living has extended many a lucrative opportunities in the last 28 years to international manufacturers to make a strong foothold in these markets. She hastens to addthe tremendous and loyal support received from exhibitors from UAE, Iran, UK, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, Thailand, India and welcomes new entrants from Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC)-India, Japan, Russia, Armenia, Astrakhan, and Switzerland.
Smart Living covers sectors like Houseware, Cookware & Kitchenware, Bakeware, Tableware, Bed and Bath products, and Leather Goods. The exhibition also covers gifts, novelties, stationery, toys, games, watches, clocks, antiques & handicrafts, arts &crafts, carpets, rugs, curtains & lines, fashion, footwear, jewelry and accessories, cosmetics and beauty, fabrics, textiles and haberdashery, home textiles, pictures, frames, paintings, wall arts & hangings, planters, pots & fountains, decorative lights, lighting and lamps, artificial flowers and plants, curios and giveaways, as well as handles and clocks.
Khanna added: “Smart Living providesameeting point for consumers, retail houses, wholesalers, franchise owners, supermarket chains, traders and business owners in the entire GCC and MENA Region, to boost business collaborations.”