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The third edition of the annual Intermat Middle East, the region's largest exhibition for construction equipment, machinery and materials, was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from January 14-16. The UAE Ministry of Public Works (MOPW) led exhibitors at the event as it showcased its latest projects under execution and in the pipeline.
Dr. Abdullah Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works and patron of the event, inaugurated the exhibition.
Intermat Middle East welcomed more than 200 brands represented by 130 exhibitors. The exhibition provided attendees with the best and most effective products available to build strong, cost-effective and highly efficient projects. In response to the insight and feedback received from attendees last year, this year's edition increasingly focused on concrete, roads and transport, scaffolding and formwork.
''Since Intermat Middle East is the region's biggest construction exhibition, we are very happy to extend our support to the event and be a patron once again,'' said Dr. Al Nuaimi. ''With Dubai winning the World Expo 2020 and the construction industry expected to boom again, Intermat Middle East is an excellent platform to expand our network and meet some of the biggest, most well-known and reputable organisations in the construction industry.
''Having accumulated a wealth of experience over the years, Intermat Middle East brings together companies providing construction equipment, machinery and materials from across the world that are not only cost effective, but also technologically enhanced.''
Professionals and organizations across the industry had the opportunity to meet high-level executives and experts from the MOPW to highlight the importance and requirements of investing in public works and the opportunities involved in further enriching the country.
Maryvonne Lanoe, lntermat Exhibition Director, said: ''The announcement of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai has already fuelled the market with orders for road building, sewerage works, transport and tourism infrastructure. The market for equipment and machinery will naturally benefit from this upward trend.
''With this year's show taking place at the start of the year, it is an essential place to be for anyone who wants to go shopping on the equipment market and plan ahead for all the new construction projects.''
Intermat also conducted a hosted buyers programme, which targeted around 100 decision makers from across the GCC. Hosted buyers from the region were invited to the UAE by the organizers to discover the best machinery, materials and equipment from around the world.
''As per the figures, 88 per cent of exhibitors met or exceeded expectations during the 2012 edition of Intermat and 62 per cent had already met or exceeded their return on investment [ROI] targets for participation by the close of the event in 2012,'' said Lanoe.
Source: Property Weekly, gulfnews.com