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workspace at INDEX looks ahead to an international-scale 2014 edition

The upcoming workspace at INDEX, the Middle East’s premier trade show for the commercial fit out and interior design industries, is drawing attention from international markets and is set for a larger and more successful edition. With 85 per cent of exhibiting companies coming from outside the GCC and new emerging countries participating, including Turkey and Poland, the 13th edition is lining up to be an incredible show. workspace at INDEX will take place in Dubai at the World Trade Centre from 19-22 May, 2014.

Formerly known as The Office Exhibition, workspace at INDEX showcases products and services covering three different areas: commercial interiors, educational interiors, and healthcare interiors. Recognised as the largest regional trade fair of the sector, the event attracts architects, interior designers and project managers, buyers and specifiers of commercial interiors fit-out projects. Early booking trends indicate that workspace at INDEX will be at least 9 percent larger than the previous edition, which featured 146 exhibitors from across the international spectrum.

“With still four months to go before workspace at INDEX kicks off, things are looking really promising and we have been receiving incredible support from key industry players,” said Frederique Maurell, Group Event Director – Design at dmg events. “We are delighted to officially have on board our Platinum Sponsor Al Maktaba, our Information Services Partner Yellow Pages, and partners the Middle East Council for Offices (MECO), the European Association for office furniture manufacturers (FEMB), and CID magazine. This is evidence that the show is providing exactly what the industry needs in this region.”

Commenting on the tie-up with the fair, Mr. Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Suleiman Al Mukairi, Al Maktaba Chairman, workspace at INDEX Platinum Sponsor, said: “Al Maktaba’s vision is to lead in office furniture and design with exclusive partnerships with world renowned brands. At workspace at INDEX 2014 we will showcase modern office design and furniture concepts from the brands that we represent, including Indiana, the American brand that we recently added to our portfolio. We believe in the great business opportunities that the show provides to all its exhibitors and we are proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of workspace at INDEX”.

workspace at INDEX is an inspirational platform for the industry’s professional community in the region not only because it presents the latest trends and innovation on its show floor but also because it brings to the podium industry leaders as guest speakers. Taking place at the fair is the free to attend programme of seminars - The workspace at INDEX Design Talks - focusing on five main topics: commercial design, education design, healthcare design, project management, and general business management for architecture and design firms.

“The sessions organized by FEMB will bring to workspace a stimulating perspective from the most recent research in how the office furniture industry in Europe is leading the way in making the workspace more effective, environmentally sound and economic. The experts leading the sessions will present the latest trends in the working environment including new materials and technologies,” said Colin Watson. Secretary General for the FEMB.

“workspace at INDEX provides a national platform for the most recent and innovative thinking in the office environment and so it is with great pleasure that we have been given the opportunity to sponsor the Design Talks providing the Middle East Council for Offices the opportunity to bring to a wider audience our insights and best practice initiatives in office design. This year we will be including presentations from Nick Nunnington, well known author and lecturer, on modern thinking in office behaviours together with a post launch debate on our best practice paper on office design – we are expecting both to be very popular sessions,” said Christopher Seymour, Partner and Head of Property at EC Harris and co- Chair Middle East Council for Offices.

workspace at INDEX is organised by dmg events. The show will run alongside INDEX International Design Exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre, its partner trade show which covers the residential, hospitality, and retail interior design and fit-out sectors.

Further information on the shows is available at www.workspace-index.com

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