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The 40th edition of Middle East Electricity (MEE), taking place on 2-4 March at Dubai World Trade Centre, will see a 14 per cent growth in exhibitor numbers, taking the total number to 1,400 this year
According to organiser Informa Exhibitions, Solar Middle East has also witnessed exponential growth as the exhibitor numbers have grown from 59 to 86, a 45 per cent year-on-year increase. Last year, the show had received 5,800 visitors compared to 4,700 at its inaugural edition in 2013.
Informa Energy Group director Anita Mathews said, “As well as this significant growth in exhibitor numbers, all of the country pavilions have returned with a bigger presence this year — Saudi Arabia and Turkey being the largest. With support from the Saudi Export Development Authority, the Saudi Arabian pavilion has grown from 252 sq m in 2014 to 780 sq m this year, an astonishing 210 percent year-on-year growth. Turkey has witnessed an increase of 78 per cent, going from 987 sq m in 2014 to 1,761 sq m.
“Three new national pavilions have also been introduced — Egypt, Morocco and Czech Republic, increasing the total country pavilion count to 24,”
Lighting has been one of MEE’s fastest growing sectors for a number of years. To meet demand, the 2015 event will feature, for the first time ever, an area solely dedicated to the lighting industry, thereby increasing the total floor space for 2015 by 15 per cent.
The Green Energy Conference would highlight the urgency and vision in creating sustainable energy solutions, with a focus on combining traditional and alternative energy sources (creating hybrid systems) and incorporate sustainable energy means.
The Solar Middle East Conference, which takes place on Day Two of the show, is expected to provide a holistic view of the regional solar industry with a country focus on Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, the organisers added.
On Day Three, first ever conference agenda dedicated to commercial lighting would be featured at MEE. The conference would highlight issues such as transitioning to and supporting the LED market in the Middle East, as well as a session on how new sustainability guidelines would be the driving force behind Abu Dhabi's and Dubai's aggressive goals to become smart, sustainable cities.
Platinum sponsors Saudi Exports and Al Fanar have increased their presence at the show both in terms of the stand size as well as sponsorship.
Other exhibitors include MarelliMotori, Caterpillar, Perkins, MTU, FAMCO, Qatar Development Bank and Volvo Penta who have also increased their presence this year, in terms of either stand growth or sponsorship.