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H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer officially opens Light + Intelligent Building Middle East

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James Lakie
Light + Intelligent Building Middle East

The 17th edition of the show will be held under the theme of “Enlightened Futures: How responsibility will guide the future of Light and Buildings.

Over 400 global exhibitors in lighting, electrical engineering, and smart building technologies are to be showcased during the three-day event.

The 2024 edition takes place from 16-18 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Light + Intelligent Building Middle East, the region’s largest exhibition for lighting and building technology, was officially opened by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).  Now in its 17th year, the show will be held under the theme Enlightened Future: How responsibility will guide the future of the Light and Buildings.

Spanning three halls and denoting a 75% growth in event space and a 128% growth in exhibitor numbers from last year, over 400 international exhibitors will showcase the latest trends, innovations and technologies in the lighting, electrical engineering and smart building sectors.

During the prestigious opening tour of Light + Intelligent Building Middle East, His Excellency visited several exhibition stands, including Zumtobel, Signify, Ledvance, Vimar and TE Connectivity. Furthermore, he visited pavilions from Germany and Türkiye.

Abdul Muhsin, Show Director of Light + Intelligent Building Middle East, said: “For the next three days, Light + Intelligent Building Middle East will be the epicentre of the lighting and building technology industries, with a host of insightful sessions, workshops and show features which will highlight and draw attention to how responsibility is critical in guiding the future of light and buildings.

“With over 400 exhibitors and 30 countries represented, and a range of global experts speaking at multiple conferences and forums, we will have a truly international outlook on how we can ensure energy efficiency, promote wellbeing and safeguard the environment.”

The opening day will see global thought leaders in lighting converge at the THINKLIGHT Conference. US-based Lauren Dandridge, Principal, Chromatic, delivered the inaugural keynote speech, which was followed by a session focused on master planning of lighting in cities. Emilio Hernandez, Founding Member of Green Lighting, provided a keynote session on circularity, creating products designed to last several lifecycles.

The Smart Building Summit opened with a session on ‘Learnings from COP 28 and the Path to Sustainable Smart Buildings’ by H.E. Dr. Ali Al Jassim, Chairperson, Emirates Green Building Council. The summit also featured exclusive sessions discussing key aspects of energy efficiency, AI in buildings and adaptation to climate change led by renowned experts, including Dr. Yianni Spanos, Vice President – Sustainability, Expo City Dubai; Dr. Ahmad Altarawneh, Senior Digital Transformation Consultant, Dubai Police and Tekha Selim, Vice President & Head of MENA Region, International WELL Building Institute.

The tech-talks at the InSpotLight stage begin tomorrow, Wednesday, 17 January, and will feature speakers from around the world, with the opening session from Jelena Lazarevic, Associate, Foundry London. Today, the audience at the InSpotLight stage witnessed the live judging and presentation of the shortlists for the Product of the Year Awards.

Rounding out the three-day light and intelligent building showcase will be the Light Middle East Awards, now in their tenth year. Over 159 entries have been received in categories including the ‘Project of the Year’, ‘Product of the Year’ and ‘Partner of the Year’, and the winning entries will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Palazzo Versace Dubai on 18 January 2024.

Over 1,000 brands will be featured at Light + Intelligent Building Middle East across six product categories, which include: 'Technical Lighting', 'Electric Lamps and Components', 'Decorative Lighting', 'Architectural Lighting', 'Electrical Engineering', and 'Smart Home and Building Automation'.

Light + Intelligent Building Middle East takes place from Tuesday, January 16, to Thursday, January 18, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

About Light + Intelligent Building Middle East

Light + Intelligent Building Middle East brings together world-renowned brands, regional players, and promising innovators for an exciting three-day showcase featuring lighting, electrical engineering, home, and building automation products. The exhibition has played a vital role in the growth and development of the industry since its launch in 2006, with a solid representation of global products and brands, several educational conferences, certified workshops, and leading awards programme to recognise the very best the industry has to offer.

About Messe Frankfurt

The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of some 2,160 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. Group sales in financial year 2022 were around €454 million. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of Messe Frankfurt’s key strengths is its powerful and closely knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Sustainability is a central pillar of our corporate strategy. Here, we strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity.

For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com/sustainability

With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

Further information: www.messefrankfurt.com

About Messe Frankfurt Middle East

Messe Frankfurt Middle East’s portfolio of exhibitions includes: Automechanika Dubai, Automechanika Riyadh, Beautyworld Middle East, Beautyworld Saudi Arabia, Intersec, Intersec Saudi Arabia, Gifts & Lifestyle Middle East, Light + Intelligent Building Middle East and Paperworld Middle East. In the 2022/23 event season, Messe Frankfurt Middle East exhibitions combined featured 3,939 exhibitors from 66 countries and attracted 151,990 visitors from 116 countries.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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