China Homelife Dubai kicks off
Dubai, December 3, 2013
More than 1,000 Chinese manufacturers are participating at China Homelife Dubai, the Middle East region’s largest exhibition of Chinese home products, that opened today (December 3) at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.
The event, running until December 5, was inaugurated by Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE’s Minister of Development and International Cooperation.
Sheikha Lubna was joined by Tang Weibin, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, as well as Zhang Yi, commercial counselor of the Economic and Commerce Department, and Zhang Xijin, chief representative of the CCPIT in the Gulf region, as they toured the exhibition halls to meet scores of manufacturers in Dubai to sign new contracts and deals.
Visitors to China Homelife Dubai will see more than 50,000 products, all of which are available for Middle East buyers to purchase for commercial trade.
Weibin said: “It is an honour for us to see such an impressive turn out of trade representatives from China here in the UAE. Dubai is a vibrant, exciting city which is enjoying the great benefits of its recent Expo 2020 bid win and exhibitions such as China Home Life provide us with an excellent platform upon which to conduct business.”
The GCC is the second-largest trade partner to China and the Middle East is the world’s largest market for Chinese-made product exports; the exhibition has seen a 60 per cent increase in exhibitor numbers and a 150 per cent increase in exhibition space year on year.
Leading the charge at the event are suppliers from China’s biggest names in the garments and textiles industry. The largest presentation of Chinese textiles to date anywhere in the world, the display will span two pavilions and is set to attract investment from regional distributors.
Gavil Fang, chief executive officer at MEOrient International, the organisers of the exhibition, said: “Now in its fourth year, China Homelife has become the most significant event of its kind to allow Chinese exporters in the textile industry reach key volume buyers in the Middle East.
“Industry analysts have projected the global fabrics and textile market to near $2billion by 2015 and all signs indicate China will play an integral role in growing the sector. This is an important time to address how we can better engage with potential partners and customers in the Middle East. There is a great deal of expectation and optimism among our exhibitors who are providing products not currently available here.”
In 2012, the value of trade between China and the UAE surpassed $35billion for the first time, while 60 per cent of China’s total trade passes through the UAE, before it is re-exported West to Africa and Europe.
Potential buyers can expect a wide choice of offerings as floor space has grown to accommodate more than 1,000 exhibitors across a range of home products. Highlight pieces include unique furniture, home appliances, kitchens and bathrooms, garden and leisure products and lights and lamps. – TradeArabia News Service