Exhibitors and visitors alike spoke of excitement heading into day two of the 2016 Hotel and Leisure Shows after a busy opening day flush with international dignitaries and leading hospitality industry experts and professionals.
His Excellency Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, officially opened the 2016 editions. Local and international dignitaries from as far as Germany and the Philippines also explored the 600 exhibitor stands on display from more than 50 countries.
Her Excellency Sheikha Dr Hind bint Abdulaziz Al Qassimi opened the DA International Interior Design LLC stand in support of the arts and interiors company, as well as its local and international artists on display.
The key industry events – also co-located with Piscine Middle East for the first time this year – are set to run until 19th September 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Today the shows welcomed both Ambassador of Ireland, Patrick Hennessy, and His Excellency Christian Watts, Consul General of Switzerland.
Mr. Hennessy visited to celebrate the global launch of two new products by Irish firm Capital ISS Group including SafeBox Auto, the first fully automated safety deposit box system, and Safe Place Live, a ground-breaking safety and security management system that can account for thousands of people in the event of an evacuation within minutes. He commented: “I’m here today to provide my full support to Capital ISS Group, who are representative of the top class technological innovations coming out of Ireland these days. Dubai is an important shop window not just for the UAE but for the rest of the world, and it makes me hugely proud to see an Irish firm showcasing on such a global scale at an event like this.”
Poly Products L.L.C, one of the oldest and largest bedding manufacturers in the region – responsible for furnishing more than 500,000 hotel rooms – has been exhibiting with The Hotel Show for 17 years. Syed Anwar Ahsan, its General Manager, commented: “We had a busy first day. We saw clients from Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries extend EID holidays in Dubai to be at The Hotel Show.”
As well as hundreds of stands, the shows incorporate a busy schedule of expert led discussions and hands-on workshops. On the 2nd day of the Vision Conference, experts from Deloitte, TOPHOTELPROJECTS and TNS took to the stage, alongside hoteliers from the brand new W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai.
For the first time this year, The Hotel Show also plays host to a number of fascinating interactive features, including the live painting of two incredible art installations – a collaboration between 17A Art Consultants and BAGNODESIGN, focused on the future of hospitality and bathroom design – and the on-site manufacturing of hospitality uniforms by industry-leading A. Ronai. Two huge food trucks also help visitors discover and explore the current influence of street art and culture on hotel and restaurant design.