Building projects worth over USD 57.8 billion were awarded to contractors in 2011 across all building sectors (residential, commercial, hospitality and retail), with the sector likely to increase by 13% to USD 65.5billion by the end of 2012, according to new research by Ventures ME commissioned by dmg: events, the organising team behind the INDEX International Design Exhibition. The Middle East and North Africa’s largest and longest established Interiors and Design Exhibition, the 22nd annual edition of INDEX will run from 24th to 27th September  at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE.

In 2011, construction projects to the value of USD 46.52 billion were completed in the GCC, a figure expected to increase dramatically, up 71% to USD 79.75 billion in 2012. The research revealed that the United Arab Emirates continues to garner the largest share of the total GCC building construction market – accounting for almost half (48%), with Saudi Arabia taking a further third (33%) followed by Kuwait (8%), Qatar (6%), Oman (3%) and Bahrain (2%).

INDEX exhibition held in Dubai

The value of commercial real estate projects is set to almost double in 2012 to USD 15.3 billion from USD 7.7 billion in 2011 as the GCC continues to be a leading luxury destination for retailers, with four of the six GCC countries ranking among the top 20 global retail destinations, according to the Global Retail Development Index (GRDI).

The hotel and hospitality sector will also witness enormous growth throughout 2012 withproject values set to treble to USD 7.3 billion, up from USD 2.7 billion in 2011. This growth is a direct result of the increased demand for hotel space in the GCC where room revenues are set to reach USD 22 billion in 2012 and expected to increase to USD 27 billion by 2015.

“One of the findings from the report is that GCC countries spend more money on average on interior contracting and fit-outs elements of a construction project than their counterparts in the US, Europe and Japan,” said Naomi Barton, INDEX Event Director. “The hotel and hospitality sector is the biggest segment spender, with over 22.5% of total project cost allocated to interior contracting and fit-out projects – more than any other sector within the GCC’s building construction industry. INDEX International Design Exhibition 2012 will respond to this huge market growth and cater to the demand of all construction projects.”

INDEX 2012, themed Where Inspiration Thrives, will cover 34,000 sqm gross space of the Dubai World Trade Centre exhibition centre, occupying halls from one to 8 and Zabeel Hall. Over 900 exhibitors from 45 countries– including Brazil, Canada, Greece,Germany, Italy, Malaysia,Spain, and UK – have booked floor space to showcase their products.

INDEX 2012 will replicate the successful and easy-to-walk-around product specific show structure that was introduced for last year’s edition; plus five completely new sectors – Inspire, Surface & Finishes, Couture, Fixture & Fittings and Furniture – have been added to the six already existing – Furnishings, Kitchen & Bathroom, Lighting, Outdoor Living, InRetail and Textiles- giving visitors an even more comprehensive and extensive offer.
INDEX is proud to announce the support of RAME Designer Solutions ME, the exclusive distributor of multinational brands of furnishing fabrics, leathers, lighting, curtain hardware and wall coverings to the interior design market, as INDEX Silver Sponsor.

During the four days of the exhibition, INDEX will also host a number of events and features, providing the design community with incredible networking and educational opportunities.  The calendar of events includes:

Design Talks: Free to attend seminars where interiors designers and architects will share their knowledge and experience across four main topics: Trends, Innovation, Sustainability and Business.

The 4th Annual Contemporary Majlis Design Competition: INDEX 2012 will feature six shortlisted Majlisdesigns, selected among 45 projects submitted this year. This edition will see two winners, one selected by the jury of professionals and one by the visitors.

Les Collections Exclusives: A daily fashion show featuring couture collectionsrealised by award winning Emirati designers DAS collection, the official creative partner and using some of the most exclusive interiors textile brands.  The feature is sponsored by Beacon Hill, Bruno Triplet, Houlès Paris.

The Artist Avenue: A dedicated section of the show where artists and galleries display their own creations.

Lighting Visione designed by SVEN|M: A special section of INDEX Lighting featuring iconic lighting products and innovations from the past, present and future. The feature will also be designed and curated by award winning design firm, SVEN | M.

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