The Middle East’s leading design trade show INDEX returns to Dubai on the 24th – 26th May. Bringing some of the industry’s biggest names to the world-renowned trade event, as well as showcasing the region’s home-grown talent, INDEX is set to welcome thousands of visitors for its 31st edition.

Taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the trade show will offer a range of expert talks, interactive activations and conferences with key industry players, making it the ultimate meeting place for regional professionals from across the design and fit-out industry.

The Middle East remains unlike any other interiors market in the world, it is estimated that the interior fit-out market in the UAE alone will grow by US$ 973 million by 2022, according to Ventures Onsite.
INDEX offers direct and comprehensive access to serious buyers in this extraordinary market; buyers who rely on INDEX to procure everything from contract furniture to accessories, décor and limited-edition pieces. The three-day experience serves the industry by showcasing innovative products, content, features and inspiration, while acting as the definitive link for those to access the lucrative MEA market.

Key speakers include Isabel Pintado, the Senior Vice President of Design and Innovation of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Paul Bishop, Owner & Founder of Bishop Design, Thomas Lundgren, the Founder and CEO, of THE One Total Home Experience LLC, Gilbert Boustany, General Manager of Projects Delivery at Chalhoub Group and Chris Barnes, Owner and Founder of Broadway Interiors.

New for 2022, will be the Retail Leadership Forum, a dedicated conference for senior retail buyers and leaders providing retailers insight and intelligence into the latest trends and topics. The forum will welcome “Big-Box” senior buyers & decision makers, as well as luxury, high-end, online retailers and of course a variety of analysts, experts and trend forecasters. Key topics will include the future of the industry post-pandemic, what key buying trends there are for 2023 and how to adapt a retail brand identity.

“It’s time to feed the demand for knowledge at a critical time for commerce,” said Elaine O’Connell, Vice President – Design and Hospitality Division at dmg events. “Retail leaders and buyers will find out the latest in consumer trends, the latest in logistics strategy and detailed procurement techniques.”

An essential part of INDEX is the Design Talks, in association with GEBERIT, bringing together many of the region’s experts and thought leaders, this is a unique opportunity to interact with a wide range of industry stakeholders and ensures that it captures a wide range of discussion about the technical, aesthetic market and strategic issues on which the industry revolves.

The Work Design Summit offers a fascinating insight into the future of office interiors, a cutting-edge event now a hub for regional and international architects, interior designers, purchasing and buying managers, as well as CEOs, GMs and MDs. Among the highlights of this year’s Work Design Summit are insights into post-pandemic workplace trends, adapting to current trends, and employees’ new expectations. Experts will discuss the future of workplace and office design, hybrid working, identifying trends, technology, and transformation, as well as art in commercial spaces.

Workspace, a core component of the event for the last 20 years, will also return for 2022, this area is dedicated to connecting businesses with the latest and most innovative commercial design solutions. For over 20 years, Workspace has served as the Middle East’s annual commercial interior design event that connects buyers to workplace product manufacturers, smart-office technology solutions, fit-out and design concepts, and corporate wellness solutions.

A range of big industry names will be on hand for free-to-attend conferences and live engagements sharing knowledge keeping the industry up-to-date with the latest trends and developments from the heart of the industry. Connecting designers, buyers and architects to interior design brands, products and services from across the region and the globe, INDEX is a key date in the design calendar with a history of over three decades.

“At a crucial time for the working environment, The Work Design Summit fuels conversation and debate around commercial interiors and attracts facilities managers, commercial interior designers and office fit-out professionals,” said Elaine O’Connell, Vice President – Design and Hospitality Division at dmg events.

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