MIDDLE EAST - Exhibition organiser dmg events has announced the launch of two new trade shows to capitalise on Saudi Arabia’s booming construction industry.
The inaugural shows, the Stone and Surface Expo and HVACR Expo Saudi, will be staged in Jeddah in 2016 to serve the country’s US$732bn construction sector.
Organisers said the HVACR Expo, scheduled for January 2016, will focus on Saudi Arabia’s growing demand for heating, ventilation, airconditioning and refrigeration equipment.
Meanwhile, Stone and Surface Saudi Expo – slated for October 2016 – will take advantage of the country’s second-highest use of stone products per capita in the region, according to organisers.
Andy White, dmg events vice-president construction for the Middle East and Asia said the company launched the events after carefully analysing the market.
“Jeddah is a booming region for the construction sector and is in need of dedicated events such as HVACR Expo Saudi and Stone and Surface Saudi Expo that can throw the spotlight on specialised solutions," White said.
“There is currently a market gap due to lack of any dedicated events that can connect buyers from this huge and growing market with global suppliers."
Research shows Saudi Arabia has the second-highest use of stone products per capita in the region and used 45 million sqm of stone in 2014.
“We are upbeat that both events will garner overwhelming response from visitors and exhibitors alike, and that we can make a positive difference to both sectors,” White added.
HVACR Expo, to be held in January 2016, will feature free training and education programmes for visitors, delivered in partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
The Stone and Surface Expo, part of The Big 5 portfolio of events, will bring together manufacturers, architects, interior designers and real estate developers. The event will feature a conference, training sessions and showcase stone products as well as stone cutting, quarrying and polishing equipment.
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