PALME 2013: UAE hospitality sector showcase

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UAE's thriving hospitality sector opens up opportunities
The UAE hospitality sector thrives in 2013. Innovators from the world of sound and light will be looking to make the most of the resurgent hotel and leisure industry across the Gulf at PALME 2013

Professionals from the light and sound industry are eagerly looking forward to showcase their products and services in the thriving UAE hospitality sector. PALME Middle East, the region’s only trade event dedicated to professional lighting, audio, music, entertainment, audio visual and systems integration solutions, is being held this year from the 21st to the 23rd of May, at the Dubai International Convention Centre.

New hotel and leisure projects in the region have created a demand for innovative sound and light equipment, ranging from lights and speakers for lounges and clubs, to smaller screens for in-room solutions. The latest in lasers, DJ equipment and speaker systems is just some of the tech that will be poured over by the thousands of attendees from over 70 countries visiting the exhibition.

“During the boom years of development in this region there was obviously a great demand for professional sound and light equipment within the hotel and leisure industry and we could really see that buoyancy at PALME Middle East. With the global financial downturn these developments often slowed down or were put on hold. However, there can be no denying there is resurgence in the market and that is good news for the best in the world of sound and light who, at PALME Middle East, have the chance to showcase what they have to offer.” — PALME Middle East Director, Richard Brook

The UAE hospitality sector is expected to witness solid growth in the upcoming years according to recent announcements. Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide are opening 50 new hotels in the region, to finish with a total of 130, at the five year mark. In addition, recent announcements in Dubai, foreshadow the return of several mega projects, estimated at around USSD 20 billion, including the Bluewater Islands off the coast. Further, the Dubai-based SKAI Holdings has revealed it’s plans to build a USD 1 billion hotel with more than 200 serviced apartments at Palm Jumeirah.

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