World’s leading interior design and furnishing exhibition, INDEX, returns in May

INDEX, the MENA region’s largest and most important global interior and fit-out trade show, returns to Dubai for a massive line-up of conferences, seminars and activations from May 24-26. The world-renowned show brings the biggest names in the industry, as well as showcasing local talent from the region.

The event has been held in Dubai since 1991 and welcomes thousands of professional visitors each year, providing the largest trade and networking event on the entire Middle Eastern A&D industry calendar. This year promises to be no exception. Taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, visitors can hear from world-renowned interior designers, experience large-scale entrance facilities and source key products from a wide range of sectors, including distributors and manufacturers local and international.

A wide range of speakers from all walks of interior design will take center stage at various conferences and seminars, including INDEX Design Talks. Expert speakers will discuss a range of key topics from across the industry, including integrating design with NFTs, luxury hospitality experiences, how to cultivate timeless designs in the metaverse, telling stories with design, developing the skills of the future and never before seen friendly fire of on-stage debates around free work, paper pen drawing and more.

“Dialogue helps us find one connection and one meaning. It invites discovery, just like design,” says Esra Lemmens, Chair of INDEX Design Talks 2022.

Furniture retail professionals will be able to engage in critical industry discussions at the new Retail Leadership Forum, a forum developed in response to the growing number of retailers attending the show. Visitors will learn about the latest trends in consumer behavior, e-commerce success strategies, leadership, how to create a retail space that elicits emotion in the customer, and in-depth sourcing techniques.

Workspace has been a central feature of the event for over 20 years, connecting businesses to the latest and most cutting-edge business design solutions. A dedicated space at the show, Workspace at INDEX plays a vital role in connecting buyers and suppliers with smart office technology, design and layout ideas, and wellness solutions.

A unique summit that shines a light on the future of office interiors, is the Workspace Design Summit, bringing together architects, interior designers, purchasing managers and CEOs, managing directors and managing directors from regional markets and to discuss the latest trends in hybrid work models. , biophilic designs, art in commercial spaces, employee experience and wellness. Plus, exciting case studies from FedEx Express, PwC and L’Oréal with a special, never-before-seen masterclass from Saudi Aramco on wellness and design.

Finally, in collaboration with the Academy of Creative Arts of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education, INDEX Dubai invited aspiring Emirati interior design students to put some of the region’s most successful designers in the spotlight. during a round table of questions and answers. This session will focus on enriching young minds ready to learn the basics of interior design as well as some of the most important considerations when preparing for their next career step.

This year speakers will represent a wide range of companies including Saudi Aramco, THE One, Home Center, JYSK, Bishop Design, Roar, LW Design, Broadway Interiors, Gensler, DWP, FedEx Express, Chalhoub Group, Summertown Interiors, l American University of Sharjah and DZ Design.

INDEX will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center and will showcase innovative products, features and inspiration, and provide the definitive channel for industry professionals looking to access the growing MEA market. With exciting entrance facilities designed and built by some of the leading design houses and fit-out contractors, INDEX promises to showcase the best of local and international talent at the show.

“Not only is this event a great opportunity to network with key industry people, but for professionals, the knowledge and insights shared are invaluable in a rapidly changing industry. Whether someone specializes in commercial interiors or is a facilities manager, the show has tremendous value for those who attend,” said Elaine O’Connell – Vice President of Design and reception at dmg Events.

Betty K. Park