Sustainable development and clean energy solutions taking off across the GCC
Energy-efficient lighting systems and the role of emerging technology in fashioning sustainable solutions, were among the main points of interest at the recently held Light+Building 2012 the worlds largest trade event for lighting and building services technology held in Frankfurt, Germany.
Organiser Messe Frankfurt GmbH reported that continued strong interest internationally in sustainability and energy efficiency, were responsible for the robust growth at the bi-annual trade show that attracted 196,000 buyers and trade visitors to the Frankfurt trade grounds.
In the advent of recent investment announcements in sustainable development and clean energy across the Gulf countries, Light Middle East 2012 will also reflect these latest trends. The growing global preference for more efficient lighting solutions, better design and environmentally friendlier technology will drive interest in the upcoming edition taking place from October 1st to 3rd at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Since its inception seven years ago, Light Middle East has attracted trade professionals, architects, designers, project managers and developers from around the region. Being the only dedicated trade platform for the regions architectural lighting design and surrounding industries, Light Middle East capitalises on the synergies created by its close association with Light+Building, bringing to the region the benefits of a top line Messe Frankfurt trade exhibition.
Light Middle East reflects the needs of the regional marketplace and presents exhibitors
with the opportunity to expose their products and services to this sector, said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of organiser, Epoc Messe Frankfurt. The trade fair and conference is also a facilitator for creating increased awareness about the benefits of the latest technologies and innovations that are available in the global marketplace.
This year we expect strong interest in products that harness sustainable technology and promote energy-efficient illumination. These ongoing developments continue to change the very shape of the industry, he added.
The increase in local energy demands means Gulf countries are looking at alternative sources of energies with renewable initiatives such as solar power taking centre stage. The 100 mega-watt capacity Shams 1 on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi is set for completion this year while in Dubai plans are underway for a 1,000 megawatt solar power plant. Following on this trend, manufacturers with solar powered lighting solutions will be amongst the prominent players at this years Light Middle East.
The trade exhibition will also feature a comprehensive programme of conferences and workshops Light Insight Arabia. The interactive forums and instructional workshops and seminars have proved extremely popular during past editions, with lighting industry professionals, designers and consultants from the region keen to hear from leading experts about the latest trends shaping todays industry.
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