Dubai, UAE – UAE-based lighting suppliers and international manufacturers alike have survived, and in some cases thrived, in a pandemic-affected 2020, and now have their sights set on the Middle East’s premier exhibition for lighting, design and technology in Dubai.
When the 15th edition of Light Middle East opens doors from 28-30 September 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, exhibitors from 23 countries will shine the spotlight on how they’ve pivoted toward growing market opportunities over the last 12 to 18 months.
Local stalwarts including Abensal, Cinmar, Creation Gulf, and Scientechnic, will rub shoulders with the likes of global brands such as Centrsvet, Ledvance, Perdix, Lumenova and Intiled, with all eager to reconnect and re-establish business links in one of the world’s most exciting architectural lighting design and building technology markets.
Scientechnic, a flagship company of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, and a major player in the Middle East lighting industry for more than four decades, is among those that adapted quickly to the drastically altered business environment that covid-19 presented.
Samer Moukalled, Vice President of Lighting Solutions at Scientechnic, said the retrofit lighting market, in particular in the residential sector, presented their business with a regular stream of new projects. “Adaptation is the keyword here (in response to the pandemic), and we actually took this opportunity to expand, both our office space and our team,” said Moukalled.
“One of the major life changes brought about by the ‘new normal’ has been the rise in the ‘work from home’ culture. This has caused an exponential increase in demand for redesigning residential spaces with ‘home offices’ that require a re-evaluation of lighting requirements.”
Moukalled said Covid-19 accelerated the adoption and testing of new lighting innovations that go beyond illumination: “The eminent slowdown brought forth by the pandemic has given innovators much needed time to come up with creative new uses of light,” he added.
And when Light Middle East 2021 finally rolls around in September 2021 at DWTC, there will be plenty to look forward to, with the 8th edition of the always popular Light Middle East Awards returning, along with the three-day THINKLIGHT conference addressing the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities in architectural lighting design in a post-pandemic world.
Light Middle East 2021 will take place with thorough health and safety measures in accordance with official government, local authority guidelines, and the Dubai World Trade Centre venue.
Dishan Isaac, Senior Show Manager, for Light Middle East, said: “We’re close to being fully booked and view this as a sign of strong confidence in our show and in Dubai being viewed as one of the safest places to travel to and meet people currently, and of course as a testament of the industry’s growing desire to come together and connect in-person after months of being apart.
For more information on Light Middle East 2021, visit the website www.lightme.net