Mega development projects are in the pipeline. Not only in Dubai, but in most other parts of the Middle East too. Investor confidence has rebounded in the region, as the Arab rulers stay focused on building their future.

Dubai has plans to build a new city within a city – the Mohammed bin Rashid City (MBR City) – scheduled for completion in 2019, in time for Dubai's hosting of the 2020 World Expo . This will encompass the world's largest mall, a Universal Studios theme park and more than 100 hotels. Qatar is gearing for massive preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Abu Dhabi's Vision 2030 Plan targets non-oil revenue to grow to 60% of its GDP, with tourism being a major component. The emirate will invest $90 billion over the next five years on education, housing, hospitals, arts and culture, and environmental projects.

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Here's what exhibitors at last year's InfoComm MEA said:

"The last 12-18 months have seen a definite upturn with many new projects now being released and some old projects being finished. Home building has started again and there is a generally upbeat mood. Investment by the hotel industry is once again picking up, and we are seeing increased sales of AV equipment to this sector."

Mitsubishi Electric Europe
Steve Simpson, Business Development Manager GCC

"We have been exhibiting at InfoComm MEA for the past three years and the quality of the visitors have always been good. We definitely have better leads this year compared to the last two years. Overall, we are very pleased with the event and will be participating again in future edition."

Audicom MEA
Hans J van den Berg, CEO

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Here's what visitors at last year's InfoComm MEA said:

"We came to visit the event specifically and have spent three days meeting up with potential suppliers. The entire InfoComm MEA set up within GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK is great as it brings together AV technology and equipment under one roof and this helps greatly in our annual sourcing process. This trip has been fruitful and we will be signing couple of M.O.U. with some of the exhibitors next week in Oman."

AGM Digital Service, Ministry Of Education, Oman
Abdulla Al Bahrani

"I visited InfoComm MEA because I had couple of projects at hand for next year and wanted to see which products and suppliers were suitable. It was great that the AV products and equipment were concentrated in one area as it makes gathering of information more efficient. On the whole, it was a fruitful trip and I had narrowed down a couple of suppliers that I would like to work closer with."

Hotel Intercontinental – Dubai Festival City,
Haitham Natour, Director of IT