Dubai, United Arab Emirates (PressExposure) May 17, 2009 -- Two exhibitions organized by Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH were open for business today and inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, the UAE Minister of Environment and Water.
HE Bin Fahad is the Patron of the Garden and Landscaping Middle East exhibition which takes place from May 17 to 19 at the Dubai In-ternational Convention and Exhibition Center.
He delivered an opening speech to visitors and exhibitors after the inauguration and a brief tour of the two exhibitions.
Also taking place at the same time and venue is the Hardware and Tools Middle East. Both the shows have attracted a total of 413 exhi-bitors from 33 countries.
Elisabeth Brehl, Managing Director of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH said, "Garden and Landscaping is the largest dedicated trade event for landscaping architecture, garden artwork and outdoor living in the Middle East."
"Property developers, builders, architects, landscape designers, agri-culturists, engineers specializing in irrigation, suppliers of agricultural and gardening products as well as sellers of garden accessories and outdoor furniture from all over the world will gather to see the latest trends in garden and landscaping as well as tap into the opportunities in the Gulf and Middle East markets boosted by its oil wealth and massive development projects," Ms. Brehl remarked.
Hardware and Tools Middle East is a must-attend show for all retail-ers, distributors and contractors who deal with the hardware and tools industry. Global sales of power tools and accessories is set to exceed AED 73 billion (US $19.87 billion) according to industry estimates. Ms. Brehl added, "Despite the economic slowdown the hand tools and hardware industry is one of the few in the world that remains un-affected."
She noted that when other industries are up against losses, the hand tool industry persists as customers chose to save money by doing the repair work themselves.
H.E. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin-Fahad was born in Dubai, United Arab Emi-rates in 1964. In February 2008 He was appointed Minister of Envi-ronment & Water; United Arab Emirates.
He holds the following qualifications: â¢ Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (En-vironmental Health), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 2001 â¢ M.Sc. Environmental Science, University of the United Arab Emirates, 1994 â¢ B. Sc., Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass, USA, 1989.