Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Exhibit your roller shutters, doors/gates, windows and sun protection systems at R+T Middle East 2011

R+T Middle East, the only dedicated trade show in the Middle East for roller shutters, doors/gates, windows and sun protection systems, is to be held from the 12th to 14th September 2011 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Featuring the very best in cutting edge technology, innovations and trend setting designs for the entire Middle East region and beyond, the 2nd edition of R+T Middle East will take place at the same time, and in the same venue, as DOMOTEX Middle East - the only international trade show for carpets and floor coverings in the MENA region, now in its 6th year, bringing together two of the world's largest trade shows in their respective domains.

Angela Schaschen, Managing Director of Deutsche Messe Dubai branch, which is organising the two shows, explained that R+T Middle East is an ideal launch pad for exhibitors seeking to gain advantage in a region where the construction industry is re-gathering momentum following the global slowdown. “Last year, over 80% of visitors to the show had a confirmed order placing or buying agenda, while also using the show to source new products and innovations. Large projects currently ongoing in the region or in the final stages of planning, are setting global standards in design, aesthetics and the use of environmentally friendly products attracting worldwide attention from companies and professionals alike. Roller shutters, doors/gates, windows, sun-protection and access control systems are crucial components of any construction project,” she said.

R+T Middle East is the only vertical show of its kind in the region which provides fast track access and direct interaction with professionals from the entire region, facilitates new business with key industry segments and high profile individuals from a broad cross section of construction-related industries, provides business-to-business opportunities with visitors with high volume purchasing capacity, while also offering networking facilities for visitors and exhibitors.

In the show’s first edition, three in every five visitors were looking for new suppliers, while three in every ten were meeting current suppliers and looking out for the latest trends and developments.
As we see rising confidence coming to the market, current indicators point towards a recovering, positive and steady construction sector in the GCC, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar forecast to witness the most favorable growth patterns. The driving force behind this growth will be considerable funding towards infrastructure projects that include health, energy, housing, public transportation, railway systems, tourism and leisure projects.

In Saudi Arabia the value of projects planned or under way is US$ 578bn and the UAE’s projects are even higher, at US$ 916bn. For Abu Dhabi, the federal capital of the UAE, over US$ 275bn is already scheduled for the next five years whilst Qatar has over US$10bn of strategic infrastructural development planned for the near future. Projects in Oman and Kuwait, meanwhile, are projected at US$ 93bn and US$ 60bn respectively.

Schaschen pointed out that there are currently untapped revenue opportunities of US$30 billion in ancillary revenues for developers in the MENA region, of which an additional US$8-12 billion are in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which is substantially estimated to see its construction industry grow by 12 per cent over the next four years. In Saudi Arabia alone, plans include building 600 new factories and schools and some 600,000 new homes, with many more projects in the pipeline.

Additionally it is estimated that Qatar will invest around US$60 billion to US$70 billion in hotel, leisure, tourism, sports, recreational and infrastructure projects as it prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. $3 billion-worth of contracts on road and infrastructure contracts over the next 12 months is due to be announced shortly. The city is due for completion in 2019 and will include manmade islands, an entertainment area, an office park for energy companies, a golf course and five stadiums.

“Truly, with the remarkable range of business opportunities now available in the MENA region, there has never been a better time either to exhibit, or attend, R+T Middle East,” Angela Schaschen concluded.

R+T Middle East is organised by Messe Stuttgart in cooperation with Deutsche Messe Dubai Branch and under the technical and conceptual sponsorship of the Federal Association for Manufacturers of Roller shutters and Sun protection (Bundesverband Rollladen + Sonnenschutz e.V.) and the National Federation of Door and Gate Manufacturers (BVT - Verband Tore).

Further information on the show can be found at    

About R+T:
As the leading global trade fair of its kind, German-based R+T, organised by Messe Stuttgart, is the internationally renowned name in roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection exhibitions with shows in three prominent construction material markets: R+T Stuttgart in Germany, the leading global trade fair of its kind; R+T Asia in Shanghai, China, which focuses on Asian and Chinese markets; and R+T Middle East in Dubai, which caters to MENA markets.

R+T Asia: 22 - 24 March 2011
R+T Middle East: 12 – 14 September 2011
R+T Stuttgart:  28 February - 3 March 2012 

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