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Officials at the inaugural event

ArabPlast 2017 opens in Dubai

DUBAI, January 8, 2017

ArabPlast 2017, the biggest plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry exhibition in the Middle East and North africa (Mena) region, opened today (January 8) in Dubai, UAE.

The event is being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will conclude on January 10.

Majid Saif Al Ghurair, chairman of Dubai Chamber, inaugurated the show along with many other government representative, business executives and industry experts, said a statement from the organisers.

Al Ghurair said: “The UAE and Dubai are a global trade hub where manufacturers are looking to Dubai for the distribution of their products and the formulation of strategic partnerships not to mention gaining access to many vital markets thanks to its advanced infrastructure in transportation, distribution, logistics and warehousing.”

“The manufacturing sector has achieved positive growth in 2016 in Dubai. World-class techniques in petrochemicals, plastics and rubber are being practised in the UAE and the wider Gulf. This comes at a time Dubai is always opening up new markets, such as in Africa and Latin America as well as it enhances the potential of existing markets such as India,” he added.

Al Ghurair said that many international petrochemicals companies have been headquartered in the UAE, due to the innovative visions of our leaders, our business-friendly policies and regulations and the several advantages provided to foreign investors.

Satish Khanna, general manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, co-organiser of the show along with Germany’s Messe Dusseldorf said the participation of exhibitors from more than 39 countries reflects the magnitude of the event regionally and on the global front.

He added: “The strategic position of the UAE make it an ideal place to invest in the petrochemicals and related sectors.”

“Our show presents a platform to tap new opportunities and support the petrochemicals, plastics and rubber industries,” Khanna added.

At the opening of the event, Al Ghurair was welcomed by senior officials from Al Fajer Information and Services and Messe Dusseldorf, joint organisers of the show.

“We are proud to launch the show, knowing that petrochemicals sector is expected to witness a potential growth.  According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), oil demand for petrochemicals is likely to grow by about 3 per cent a year between 2015 and 2021, with petrochemicals taking a more significant proportion of the oil barrel. Also, new capacities being brought on the track by leading companies in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries,”  added Khanna.

On its first day, the event registered a strong participation, bringing together 972 companies from 39 countries, and 12 national pavilions, an increase of 12 per cent in terms of overall display area and 18 per cent in the UAE’s presence compared with 2015 edition, said a statement.

“We expect higher attendance compared to the previous edition. The show is getting bigger exposure and influence in a very organic pattern. Being held in the UAE, that is a regional hub that connects India and Asia to the rest of the world, ArabPlast is setting strong basis as one of the leading events of its kind globally,” Khanna concluded. – TradeArabia News Service




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