DEWA chief inaugurates Light Middle East 2015
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), opened the three-day event at Dubai World Trade Centre
Light Middle East 2015 is now underway in Dubai, UAE.
The three-day event was inaugurated by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
Around 370 lighting companies from 33 countries will exhibit at the 10th edition of the trade show. At 4,500 sqm, Light Middle East 2015 is 14% larger than last year’s iteration, both in terms of exhibitor numbers and exhibition space.
Commenting on the inauguration of this year’s show, Ahmed Pauwels, chief executive officer of show event organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “The Gulf region’s lighting systems market is currently valued at $2.5bn, and estimated to grow annually by as much as 12% over the next five years, powered by high demand in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
“These countries are also actively encouraging the utilisation of environmentally conscious and sustainable lighting technologies, spurring demand for tailor-made solutions that are the focal point of Light Middle East 2015. This is the place to meet new contacts, expand business networks, discuss new trends and technological developments, and source new products.”
Messe Frankfurt has stated that Light Middle East’s double-digit growth is a reflection of “mounting international interest in the GCC’s lighting systems market”, which Frost & Sullivan predicts will grow to $3.5bn by 2020.
With 53-million sqm of LEED-certified and registered space, the UAE has the largest footprint of green buildings in the Middle East. The country is currently ranked eighth in the world by the US Green Building Council’s Top 10 Countries for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Buildings. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs), meanwhile, account for 25% of the GCC’s overall lighting market, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Light Middle East 2015 will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 6-8 October, 2015.
For further information, check out the Light Middle East 2015 website.