IPM DUBAI 2018 to draw attention to sustainable urban planning

DUBAI, 16th September, 2018 (WAM) -- The 13th International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM DUBAI), the region’s leading horticultural event, will be held from 1st to 3rd October, 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports.

The three-day trade show, organised by Messe Essen GmbH and PlanetFair Dubai, will be held in conjunction with the World of Perishables (WOP) DUBAI 2018, the leading platform for fresh produce in the Middle East.

Considered the most important trade event that caters to the Arabian Gulf’s green economic sector, the 2018 exhibition will see participation from 18 countries, including China, Ethiopia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the UK and USA. Highlighting the growing interest in sustainable urban planning and development, the show will feature a diverse range of plant species, garden and landscaping accessories, logistics support services, plant maintenance, floristry and gardening techniques from local, regional, and international exhibitors. Free seminars, flower presentations and workshops will form part of the event this year.

Regarding the exhibition, Tarek Sibai, Show Director, Planet-Fair LLC, said, "We attribute the growing popularity of IPM DUBAI to the rising awareness of the need for natural greeneries around residential communities and other urban areas. Urban planners and built environment developers are increasingly recognising the value of these investments to create healthier, unpolluted, liveable spaces.

In a major push to promote holistic outdoor spaces in the emirate, which enhance the visual aspects, in addition to encouraging healthier lifestyles, there has been a significant increase in such initiatives across Dubai. Keeping pace with the developments in this sector, IPM DUBAI 2018 will draw attention to the latest trends in this sector, in addition to providing participants and visitors with plenty of business partnership opportunities."

The significant shift from lush landscapes toward more responsible and sustainable solutions was made apparent by the success of IPM DUBAI 2017, which attracted 4,178 visitors, recording a growth of nearly seven percent, compared to the previous expo.

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