The event, from 7-9 March, will be attended by representatives of 14 US hardwood lumber and veneer exporters under the banner of the American Hardwood Pavilion.

AHEC, a major international trade association for the American hardwood industry, is taking part in the event with the aim of educating visitors about the wide availability and variety of American hardwood species as well as their environmental credentials amid a mild regional slump in demand.

AHEC’s regional director, Roderick Wiles, said: “Since the very first Dubai WoodShow, AHEC has consistently participated with an

American Hardwood Pavilion, which plays host to a number of US hardwood exporting companies. Now in its 12th edition, the show has been very good for the region and is by far the most important wood trade event in the wider MENA region.

“Despite a slight downturn in demand for hardwood across the region in 2016, AHEC’s participation will help strategically reinforce the position of US hardwood as a favoured material, mainly for interior joinery, flooring and furniture, and more importantly as key projects near their completion dates and final materials, including hardwood, are specified.” Dubai WoodShow 2017 runs from 7-9 March at Dubai World Trade Centre.