Middle East's First Textile Fair Set for November in Dubai

The Middle East's $56 billion textile industry is set to get a further boost with the launch of International Textile Fair on Nov. 3-4, 2014, at the Dubai International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Companies from Italy, France, Spain, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Taiwan and Hong Kong will be participating.

"With Dubai joining more established cities hosting textile shows on regular basis, almost everyone connected with the textile industry and keen to consolidate their position in the Middle East is keen to be part of the International Textile Fair, Dubai," says show organizer Dilip Nihalani of Dubai’s Nihalani Brothers.

Delphine Wilz from Export Department of Malhia Kent, France, which will be participating in the show, said, "We are looking forward to our participation in ITF Dubai in November, since it will give us a strategic platform to find new customers in Dubai and across the region without a direct agent."

"We believe that a professionally conducted trade fair presents the best opportunity to explore new markets. By participating in the first-event International Textile Fair in Dubai, we look forward to boosting our market share in the Middle East region," said Ariunaa Batchuluun, director of overseas sales, Gobi Corporation, Mongolia.

The maiden International Textile Fair in Dubai also generated interest among Dubai's textile traders and the two-day event is supported by the Textile Merchants Group (TEXMAS), which represents 800 wholesale textile traders of Dubai.

"Traditionally, Dubai has been a strategic hub for the region's textile trade," said Ashok Savlani, a textile merchant and official with TEXMAS. "We believe that the International Textile Fair in Dubai will give a global exposure to UAE’s and the region’s potential for the growth of this industry."

The UAE is the largest consumer of textiles in the Middle East. In 2011, the total import value of textile products was $13 billion. Revenues from UAE textile industry reached $13.2 billion in 2011 and recorded an annual cumulative growth of 9.9 percent between 2006 and 2011.

According to Dubai Statistics Center's data, textile production in Dubai alone grew from $383.5 million in 2007 to $448.2 million in 2011, notching annual cumulative growth rate of 4 percent.

The Middle East's largest textile factory opened in Fujairah earlier this year.  Producing 10,000 tonnes of cotton yarn annually, the plant was built at a cost of $61.2 million by the Azerbaijan government, in partnership with Fujairah government. The 44,250-square-meter factory, with annual sales of Dh140m, has a capacity of 45,600 spindles. The yarn will be used as a raw material for industries such as clothing and garment-making, as well as knitting furniture fabrics. It will be exported to markets in Asia, the United States, North Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
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