Dubai positioned as hub for regional trade for sector
Hardware+Tools Middle East, the region’s only dedicated trade and networking event for hardware, tools, materials and machinery, has been enjoying two days of considerable success at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The trade exhibition which will wind up today (Thursday, May 10th) has been attracting a large number of trade visitors and buyers seeking to source supplies of machinery and tools. Most of the exhibitors were busy answering queries and demonstrating their latest products and services to groups of interested buyers from across the region.
Being the sole dedicated trade platform for hardware, tools and machinery makes Hardware+Tools Middle East a significant player in the future of the industry in the region. The event’s stature as a key networking and business generating event was borne out by the fact that it was inaugurated by the Director General of the Dubai Economic Department, H.E. Sami Al-Qamzi.
The hustle and bustle of the show floor aside, there was much interest in the two-day Middle East Construction Forum which got underway alongside the main event on Tuesday. The second edition of the forum, jointly organised by the UAE Society of Engineers and Epoc Messe Frankfurt, concentrated on a range of topical local projects including a case study on safety and sustainability for Dubai Metro, the challenges involved with the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, and the expansion of Dubai International Airport.
Essa Al Maidoor, Assistant Director for Engineering and Planning at Dubai Municipality, and President of the Society of Engineers – UAE, provided an overall picture of Dubai Municipality’s Code for Green Buildings and Sustainability, outlining what lies ahead for the construction industry in the region and the measures taken in Dubai to reach this.
“We have worked hard at implementing sustainability regulations in Dubai over the years to minimize the negative effect on the environment,“ said Al Maidoor. “We began with waste water treatment and domestic waste disposal. We then worked at minimizing CFC emissions, especially in paint products. This was folllowed by regulating the cooling capacity and energy required to cool buildings. By 2008, we had developed a comprehensive Green Building Regulation whereby new buildings have to comply with all of the above regulations. And there is a lot more to come.“
“The Middle East Construction Forum presents an opportunity for regional construction industry professionals to interact with, and learn from, international experts. The growth and success of the event adds to the overall impact of Hardware+Tools Middle East to the industry,“ said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt. “The trade fair is designed to facilitate increased business within this specialised field – reinforcing Dubai’s significance as a transhipment hub for the region.”
Featuring a series of presentations on the latest trends in the industry including green building concepts, sustainable construction practices, standardization, new legislation and other developments that are shaping the industry in the region today, the Forum promotes best practices for the regional industry.
A networking platform for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and trade professionals within the field, Hardware+Tools Middle East provides an opportunity for key players within the industry to grow their business in the region. The annual trade fair will close its doors at 6pm today, Thursday, May 10th.
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