DUBAI: International Apparel and Textile Fair (IATF), UAE’s Exclusive Fashion Sourcing Fair, a platform dedicated to sourcing for fabrics, textiles, apparels, footwear, handbags, accessories and more, with exhibitors from 14 different countries, have expanded to offer new and rich varieties of collections than ever in its 11th edition. The exhibition was inaugurated by His Excellency, Butti Saeed Al Ghandhi, recently at Hall No. 4 at Dubai World Trade Center.
This edition, IATF came across more than 120+ exhibitors, many new and old ones, as they had set up their booths, showcasing the latest trends, colors, creations and designs. IATF creates a platform to bring together buyers and agents to exhibit their collections under one roof. Knowingly, UAE’s exclusive sourcing fair brings together exhibitors and industry professionals and buyers to interact and network with each other to gain knowledge about latest fashion trends. The event has proved to be a long and promising professional stand giving exhibitors an opportunity to expand their business opportunities within the Middle East. Our exhibitors travelled from Turkey, China, Japan, Pakistan, Italy, India, USA, France, Indonesia and so on to name a few.
As the 11th edition of the show had a significant increase of 44% in attendance of visitors and 27% increase in exhibitors, the show has again proved to remove all regional barriers by attracting around 3,000+ buyers who mainly visited the show from UAE & GCC countries. While a large number of visitors came from Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia many buyers visited from across Asia, Africa, Europe, USA, Italy and Australia. UAE ranks as the 3rd largest country in terms of textile exports, making IATF the definite show of the industry for the MENA region. IATF continues to prove itself as the one-stop platform to showcase the latest developments and emerging technologies for the apparel and textile industry. The exhibition organized by Nihalani Events Management (NEM) has been growing ever since its 1st show in 2014 by the founding team. Following the dream and legacy of our late show director and founder of IATF, Mr. Dilip Nihalani, the team has displayed hard work and dedication throughout the 6– month preparation period of the show. As they say, ‘The show must go on our 12th edition of IATF will take place on the 7th, 8th and 9th April. 2020.