GCC's construction is the biggest consumer of wood
70% of GCC wood consumption comes from the construction sector, while 30% is attributed to furniture factories and carpentries.
Wood and timber products remain vital to the GCC construction industry, with 70% of all timber imported into the region used in the sectore according to findings published in a new report.
The report, Future Outlook of the Wood Industry in the GCC, says that the remaining 30% is used by furniture factories and carpenters. The report also identified Dubai as a major trading hub that serves the GCC, Iran and East Africa.
The topic of wood consumption is expected to be an important topic at Dubai WoodShow 2015, which is set to run from 14-16 April 2015. Josine Heijmans, exhibition director of Dubai Woodshow, shared that the UAE is highly competitive in construction activity with demand outpacing production. As a result there is a greater emphasis on trade.
According to figures produced by the Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), wood imports in the UAE have reached $629m.
The exhibition director also speculated that the high consumption rate of wood by the construction sector could be attributed to softwood products. These would be typically utilised in scaffolding and concrete forming applications.
Commenting on the upcoming event, Heijmans shares: “On display at Dubai WoodShow this year will be a wide variety of products, including major timber types like softwood, hardwood, wood panels and joinery. Moreover, furniture factories and carpentries will showcase wooden products, including pallets, crating materials, and wooden furniture.”