Beautyworld Middle East 2023: Booming industry brings brands to Dubai

The 27th edition of Beautyworld Middle East – the region’s largest international trade fair for beauty, hair, fragrance and wellbeing will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 30th October – 1stNovember 2023. The exhibition is one of the most influential and visited trade shows in the world, playing a pivotal role in the growth and development of the industry. Bringing together a global beauty community of over 50,000 industry attendees for a dynamic exchange of ideas, innovation, and collaboration, the exhibition will champion the influence and opportunity for the business of beauty in the Middle East. With the MEA’s beauty and personal care market projected to reach $47 billion by McKinsey & Company, the region is attracting interest from key industry players around the world. Capitalising on the success of the previous year's edition, Beautyworld Middle East 2023 will be the industry’s chosen platform for connection, inspiration and global trade under this year’s theme “Uncover Beauty. Maximise Opportunity.”  With last year’s Beautyworld Middle East the most successful and best-attended edition in the event’s long 26-year history, spread across fifteen halls, this year’s event is bigger and bolder than ever, growing 20% in size and expected to welcome over 1,600 exhibitors from around 60 countries, across various sectors including Supply Chain & Services, Fragrance, Cosmetics & Skincare, Beauty Tech, Personal Care & Hygiene, Hair, Nails and Salon Supplies and Clean + Conscious.  Some highlights of what to expect at Beautyworld Middle East 2023 include:A diverse showcase of products and solutions from beauty tech, cosmetics and skincare, fragrance, personal care and hygiene, hair, nails and salon supplies, supply chain and brand new sectors, Prestige Pack; focusing on premium packaging innovation and the newly evolved Clean + Conscious sector.  Beautyworld Middle East recognises today’s consumer is more environmentally and socially aware than ever before with natural, sustainable, and ethical beauty products emerging as one of the primary growth drivers alongside the traditional beauty industry. Taking a more holistic approach to the shift in values of today’s consumers, Beautyworld Middle East has evolved its Natural & Organic segment of the show with the launch of Clean + Conscious, the new home for brands committed to making a difference to both people and the planet. Front Row by Nazih Group is a crowd favourite stage that captures the spirit of Beautyworld Middle East. Featuring educational talks, demonstrations, and expert panels across the three-day show, attendees can enjoy an engaging and entertaining avant-garde setup showcasing the latest in hair, make-up, nails, and more. 15 of the top international fragrance houses will create their interpretation of a signature scent that captures the essence of the region’s largest international trade show. Visitors will be able to test these blends in a blind sampling using the latest technology from AirParfum and vote for the one that best captures the essence of Beautyworld Middle East 2023.‘Quintessence – the art of perfume' is the exclusive platform at Beautyworld Middle East devoted to niche fragrance. Some of the world’s most unique brands and creators will showcase their creations in this bespoke and luxurious environment. The ‘Next in Beauty Conference’ offers an array of sessions that encompass market intelligence, emerging trends and revolutionary technologies reshaping the regional and global beauty sector. Listen to the many panel sessions that will discuss fresh viewpoints, new insights and advanced business strategies on a range of topics including innovation, market trends and the business landscape in the Middle East. The prestigious Beautyworld Middle East Awards 2023 celebrate the very best of the beauty industry, from innovative products and cutting-edge technologies to exceptional brands and talented individuals. Recognising and honouring the hard work, creativity, and dedication of beauty professionals and brands that have made a significant impact in the industry, this year’s edition features new categories including Hair Product of the Year, Luxury Packaging of the Year, Independent Retailer of the Year, Popular Retailer of the Year, and more. Winners will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges including industry experts, influencers, and beauty journalists.   Beautyworld Middle East 2023 promises an unparalleled opportunity to expand professional networks, discover new products and unlock the tremendous business potential in one of the world’s key trade hubs. Stay ahead of the curve in this dynamic and fast-evolving market and mark your calendars for 30 October – 1 November to unlock a world of possibilities at Beautyworld Middle East 2023.

DXB LIVE Marks 20% Business Growth in H1 2023

DXB LIVE, the experiential agency of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), announced a 20% business growth in the first half of 2023, compared to the corresponding period in 2022. The agency successfully served 100 distinguished events, including 35 exhibitions, three conferences, 21 diverse public and entertainment events, and a range of concerts and graduation ceremonies. The number of events organised outside the UAE reached 15, and the agency designed and constructed 120 exhibition stands, covering a total area of over 250,000 square feet.Overseas ExpansionThe first half of 2023 saw DXB LIVE expanding its operations into international markets, constructing exhibition stands at various international events in cities such as St. Petersburg (Russia), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Marrakech (Morocco), Istanbul (Turkey), Düsseldorf (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The agency also participated in several international exhibitions to boost its brand awareness, including events in Germany, the United States, and Greece.Building Extensive ExperienceKhalid Al Hammadi, Senior Vice President of DXB LIVE, said: "We aim to increase our operations in foreign markets, including European and American countries, and in the Middle East and Gulf region, particularly Saudi Arabia, which is experiencing promising growth in the commercial, entertainment, sports, and festivals sector.We are also forging alliances with international companies to organise and manage events and construct exhibition stands worldwide. We are steadily moving towards becoming one of the largest integrated event service providers globally, leveraging our three-decade-long experience and innovative services for global exhibitions, conferences, entertainment events, national events, and festivals."GITEX AfricaAmong the most notable events DXB LIVE served outside the UAE was GITEX Africa's inaugural edition in Marrakech, Morocco. Additionally, it designed and constructed five exhibition stands for HPE, Oracle, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Rubrik IT Solutions, and Schneider Electric. The exhibition drew the attention of global technology leaders to Africa's vast potential.World of Coffee Attracts 10,000 VisitorsIn January, the second edition of the World of Coffee exhibition, organised by DXB LIVE, attracted over 10,000 specialised visitors, and showcased 1,500 companies and brands from 44 countries, reinforcing Dubai's status as a regional hub for the coffee industry.Three Prominent Conferences"DXB LIVE organised three important conferences, including the 'ICOPLAST Congress', which attracted about 1,500 doctors specialising in plastic medicine and surgery from 112 countries, with the participation of over 60 international associations. It entered the Guinness World Records by organising a session that included the largest number of plastic surgeons (480) and the greatest number of participating nationalities (89).Main Contractor for 20 Major EventsDXB LIVE served as the main contractor for 20 major events and was responsible for constructing all 100 event areas, spanning a total area of over 200,000 sq. ft. These included major events like Gulfood, GISEC, CABSAT, Dubai International Boat Show, Intersec, Jewellery Show, Middle East Lighting Expo, and many more.Modesh World Attracts 200,000 Visitors AnnuallyModesh World, one of the most remarkable events crafted and managed by DXB LIVE, in association with the Dubai Festivals and Retail Corporation, has been consistently drawing around 200,000 visitors each year. The festival spans an impressive area of more than 300,000 square feet and is renowned for its array of offerings. Visitors can experience over 90 exciting games and rides, alongside a diverse set of activities in dedicated areas. The event also features theatres, live performances, and a selection of restaurants, catering to a wide range of tastes.In addition to Modesh World, DXB LIVE organises several long-standing events throughout the year. These include the DWTC’s Ramadan Majlis, and Dubai Sports World.Success at Middle East Events Awards 2023DXB LIVE received the "Best Stand Design & Build" award at the Middle East Events Awards 2023 for Sharjah Digital Office stand at GITEX. This prestigious award further underscores DXB LIVE's leadership in providing integrated event services.50% Growth in the Weddings BusinessThe first half of 2023 saw a 50% increase in revenues from wedding parties held at DWTC. The creative efforts of the weddings team in organising spectacular events have reinforces DWTC’s position as a preferred destination for hosting large wedding parties.

Generative AI and sustainability are driving investment in the tourism tech

Dubai: Generative artificial intelligence (AI) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities are attracting the highest levels of investment in travel technology at present, according to innovation specialist, Plug and Play. Experts from the Silicon Valley-headquartered firm shared a range of insights into the latest investment trends on the Travel Tech Stage at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023, which will conclude today at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).Speaking on the third day of the show, innovation specialists explored how travel startups are being affected by macroeconomic headwinds and fears of a global recession as part of the ‘Investment Trends Leading Travel Tech’ session.Kristie Choi, Early Stage Tech Investor at Plug and Play, noted that venture capital (VC) investment witnessed a “dramatic pullback” in the second half of 2022, a trend that continued into Q1 2023. “While this looks pretty scary, there are still billions of dollars of dry powder out there to be gained,” she told attendees. “Travel tech round dynamics tend to follow similar patterns as the wider tech market, and we are seeing an increased focus on profitability and cash efficiency in this segment.”Choi said that the travel sector was leading the curve in terms of generative AI investment and adoption. This technology is being leveraged to enhance the customer experience by facilitating trip planning, automating refunds and back-office processes, and supporting content creation. ESG is also a major focus for the travel technology sector, she explained, with sustained investments in transparent data reporting and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) serving to bolster the growth of responsible tourism. The influencer economy, meanwhile, is “driving business away” from online travel agencies (OTAs), according to Choi, as companies look to attract the Gen Z market by integrating direct booking into the channels of content creators.Following Choi’s presentation, Mike Sung, Director, Partner Success – Travel & Hospitality at Plug and Play, joined Natalie Seatter, Chief Product Officer at OAG on the ATM Travel Tech Stage for a conversation about travel technology investment trends.Speaking on the growing importance of artificial intelligence to the tourism industry, Sung noted: “It’s going to be very interesting to see how generative AI is leveraged, especially among travel suppliers in the metaverse. There’s a lot of experimentation happening in the metaverse, and for generative AI, it’s not just about text. It’s also about audio, video and graphics. I think this technology is going to ramp up the velocity of [Web3] solutions, especially for travel and hospitality.”Commenting on the need for investment in data transparency, Seatter said: “The big elephant in the room is the large cloud-based data warehouses [the industry] is using to power platforms. It’s either really hard to understand the carbon-emission cost of these platforms or no one wants to tell you how big it is – or maybe it’s a bit of both. I think that’s certainly one of our challenges.”The day-three session followed the ‘Plug and Play: Sustainable Tech – Startups Pitch Battle’ on day two of ATM 2023, which saw six new ventures compete for a range of industry support and data. Sustainable commercial food waste solutions company, Winnow, beat off stiff competition from CarbonClick, Eilago, Hotelverse, OACIS Middle East Limited LLC and Thrust Carbon to be crowned this year’s winner.The 30th edition of ATM is taking place as part of Arabian Travel Week (1-10 May 2023), a festival of events dedicated to enabling industry professionals from all over the world to collaborate and capitalise on market opportunities through exhibitions, conferences, breakfast briefings, awards, product launches and networking events.Those attending ATM 2023 in person can get involved in the conversation online by using the hashtag #ATMDubai when posting on social media channels.ATM 2023 is being held in conjunction with Dubai World Trade Centre, and its strategic partners include Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) as the Destination Partner, Emirates as the Official Airline Partner, IHG Hotels & Resorts as the Official Hotel Partner, and Al Rais Travel as the Official DMC Partner.

The International Property Show 2023 announces its nineteenth edition at DWTC

The International Property Show, in partnership with Dubai Land Department, announced the launching of its nineteenth edition, which will take place from February 12 to 14 at the Dubai World Trade Center. The exhibition aims to provide an ideal platform for end-users, investors, and buyers, to assist them in finding the properties they are looking for while providing fresh opportunities for developers to display their projects at appealing prices.The International Property Show is the largest platform for selling real estate in the Middle East to local and international buyers and investors. It is a world-class exhibition that allows the sale and purchase of local and international real estate. It also offers exhibitors the opportunity to display and sell their commercial and residential projects within a rich investment environment; moreover, for visitors who are focused on investments, the show provides ideal opportunities to discover the best local and international investments in the real estate market. Visitors will also benefit from exclusive deals and discounts offered by the participating parties in the exhibition.Over the course of three days, the exhibition will allow participants ranging from government officials, major real estate developers, major real estate companies inside and outside the United Arab Emirates, financing institutions, banks, and investors, the opportunity to network, gain valuable knowledge and explore the investment opportunities offered by the real estate sector in Dubai.Dawood Al Shezawi, President of Strategic Exhibitions & Conferences, said “The exhibition represents an ideal opportunity for those looking to direct their capital towards a vital and stable sector, along with the rewarding returns it brings back to them, as the real estate market in the United Arab Emirates is one of the most prominent and active real estate markets in the region which establishes a major attraction for investors from all over the world.”Al Shezawi indicated that the real estate sector in the United Arab Emirates has witnessed an exceptional year during 2022. The results of reports and studies show an increase in real estate prices and rental values. The total real estate sales in Dubai amounted to 265.6 billion dirhams, distributed in more than 97.48 thousand deals, according to official reports, which is the highest annual value in the history of the real estate market in the United Arab Emirates. This is due to several main factors including the adoption of new residency laws, and the interest in attracting investors by granting them the Golden Residency Visa when purchasing one or more off-plan properties worth two million dirhams. Added to that, the upward momentum of growth in the national economy is supported by the rise in oil prices, the growth of the non-oil sector, and the positive results of Expo 2020 Dubai.The real estate sector in the Emirate of Dubai has maintained sustainable growth in terms of value and number within real estate sales. It has witnessed a growth of about 78.3% on an annual basis in terms of the value estimated at 149 billion dirhams, and 62% in terms of the number of deals compared to 60.2 thousand deals in the past year 2021, according to the data of Dubai Land Department.The month of December 2022 witnessed the second-highest monthly value of real estate sales deals in history, with a value that exceeded 26 billion dirhams, after the sector recorded sales of about 30.8 billion dirhams last November, as the highest rate for one month in the history of the real estate market in Dubai.The “International Property Show” provides three-day participants with a bundle of activities, most notably the main conference, which includes dialogue sessions where elite real estate professionals, decision-makers, real estate developers, and senior government officials participate with the aim of exchanging opinions, experiences, and knowledge on the latest developments and trends in the local, regional, and global markets, along with exchanging their new government regulations.Among the exceptional events is the organization of corporate meetings, as well as the meetings that bring participants together with customers. The aim of these meetings is to facilitate communication between them and increase the chances of concluding real estate deals and commercial exchanges in the future.The exhibition also organizes workshops and training seminars for those who work within the real estate sector and are interested. During these workshops and seminars, updates on the sector’s developments in terms of ideas, trends, and strategies will be reviewed, contributing to the development of professionals and ensuring they gain a better understanding of the real estate competitive environment.It is worth noting that the exhibition this year will witness participation from several countries in addition to the United Arab Emirates, most notably the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Pakistan, Spain, Africa, Mexico, India, and many countries that are characterized by granting incentives to interested investors.