Light Middle East opens doors for 7th annual fair

Bringing together 250 exhibitors from over 23 countries, annual trade fair Light Middle East is ready to welcome visitors for the seventh time from October 7- October 9.

As part of Messe Frankfurt’s global Light+Building brand, a leading trade fair for architecture and technology worldwide, Light ME is currently enjoying a 14% increase in exhibitors since 2012, as well as a notable expansion in physical space.

“Among Light Middle East’s many plus points is the fact that it is the only dedicated trade fair and conference catering to the region’s lighting industries. As such, the show has gained a
reputation through the years as the business enabler of choice for the representatives of the industry who gather over its three days,” explains Michael Dehn, group exhibitions director, Epoc Messe Frankfurt.

Those attending the lighting trade fair will range from different corners of the design industry. From architects to designers, distributers and wholesalers, Light ME will feature an array of the latest developments in urban, architectural, theatrical and retail lighting solutions.

Dehn notes: “Essentially our concept is the same each year whereby the show brings together some of the leading industry experts from around the world with local and regional suppliers and distributors. It is a platform for facilitating business development and it promotes dialogue and interaction on key topics.

He continues: “That being said, each year we do explore opportunities each year for accentuating the fair’s offerings. This year we are particularly excited about two new concepts – the Light Middle East Awards and the Future Zone.”

The Light Middle East Awards will cover a range of different categories, from innovative designs to various and unique applications. Winning projects are decided between a jury of 14 privately selected industry experts.

The winning projects and products will be announced during a gala dinner on the 8th of October.

The Future Zone also expresses Light ME’s development from previous years, as it provides a space within the actual fair that showcases futuristic products.

Companies that will be exhibiting in the Future Zone include GE Lighting, LG Electronics, iGuzzini Middle East, ACDC, and Osram Middle East.

Furthermore, During October 7th-8th, there will be a LED lighting conference, “Light Insight Arabia Conference,” which will present case studies and the best practices on lighting installation projects.

Those speaking at the conference include David McNeil of dpa lighting consultants, who will present the challenges of installing a complex lighting system, and Agostino Renna, CEO of GE Lighting in Europe, Middle East and Africa, who is set to provide an overview of the current rate of transition from traditional lighting sources to LEDs. Additionally, Chris Rimmer from ACDC will be answering questions concerning LEDs in retail design.

Dehn says: “Over the years Light Middle East has attracted a wide spectrum of regional trade visitors including lighting designers, architects, interior designers, design consultants, engineers, property developers, construction companies, government authorities, representatives from hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, retailers, MEP consultants and contractors.

“The exhibition is an ideal platform for visitors to engage with industry peers and meet face to face industry professionals from around the world that they don’t often get time to connect with in their day to day environment.”