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H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Inaugurates Middle East Design and Hospitality Week

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Inaugurates Middle East Design and Hospitality Week

Sharjah (Dubai) – September 20, 2019 ( – H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman & Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, and Chairman Dubai Airports inaugurated the first edition of Middle East Design and Hospitality Week (MEDHW) 2019 comprising eight prestigious design and hospitality events, taking place from 17th – 19th September 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Hotel Show Dubai, INDEX, The Leisure Show, Workspace, Surface Design Middle East, INDEX Home, and FM Expo presents over 1,200 exhibitors from 80 countries at MEDHW dedicated to the GCC’s design and hospitality industry. During the event, more than 100 leading experts from the region’s design and hospitality industries will be speaking at the Hospitality Leadership Forum, Hospitality Tech Efficiency Forum and The HTNG Tech Strategy Day, all taking place at The Hotel Show, and INDEX Design Talks at INDEX.

The theme for MEDHW is ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ which explores how companies in the hospitality, interiors and leisure sectors will be using asymmetry, typography, geometric shapes, and 3D patterns in the planning, sourcing and inspiration stages to create unique and stimulating environments leading up to landmark events in the region.

Tony Crinion, Portfolio Director, dmg events said, “Design is much more than an aesthetic element today. The GCC is at the threshold of embracing design for purpose and functionality more than ever before. Clients and interior design experts are coming together to create specific experiences trough holistic design approach at locations like hotels, restaurants, airports, retail spaces, offices, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, etc. I am delighted that MEDHW is a nexus for discussions and innovation that is leading the interior design industry in the GCC”.

According to analysts STR, the UAE continued to dominate the Middle East’s hotel construction pipeline in July. The UAE led with 54,438 rooms, which represented 31.8 percent of the market’s existing supply, followed by Saudi Arabia with 41,207 rooms. Lodging Econometrics forecasts that the Middle East will have 38,270 new hotel rooms in 2021.

Nathan Waugh, Portfolio Director, dmg events said, “In the Middle East, Dubai alone has a robust pipeline of new hotels and the existing ones are undergoing refurbishment as the Emirate gets ready to host 25 million visitors in six months starting October 2020. Hotel executives in the GCC, like their counterparts worldwide, realize that it is not enough to just sell access to rooms and beds but rather to offer a complete experience which caters to a variety of expectations. Over these three days, all hospitality industry professionals will have unique networking opportunities, get to share expertise and solutions, experience a variety of live events, explore current and future industry trends and source cutting edge new products”.

About dmg events
dmg event is a leading organizer of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.
We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings, and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events.

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.

About DMGT
DMGT manages a portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news, and entertainment.  The Group takes a long-term approach to investment and has market-leading positions in consumer media, insurance risk, property information, education technology, energy information, and events & exhibitions.  In total, DMGT generates revenues of around £1.4bn.