There are now just over two months left before the appointment with APLF 2022 which this year will exceptionally take place from 30 March to 1 April in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) instead of Hong Kong. The relocation of headquarters had been announced by the organisers last October and was made necessary after the decision of the Hong Kong government to further extend the restrictions due to the pandemic which entail severe travel restrictions and long quarantines for those arriving on the island, making it virtually impossible to hold an international fair. After careful evaluation, the choice of a different location fell on Dubai, whose position between Europe and Asia makes it an ideal place to organise an international event like APLF. The city boasts excellent international air connections to and from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and direct flights from the United States and South America.
For this special edition of the Dubai leather fair, at the time of writing, the participation of over 500 exhibitors has been confirmed, which are organised in collective groups and also individually from various countries, primarily Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Bangladesh and the United States.
As for Italy, the participation promises to be significant with the traditional pavilion group of tanneries led by the UNIC trade association housed in the hall dedicated to leather and the even larger one of ASSOMAC which, in an area of 400 square metres within the hall dedicated to technology, will bring together manufacturers of tannery machinery and suppliers of chemical auxiliaries who make use of the full contribution of ICE-Agency, thanks to the extraordinary measures implemented to counter the crisis due to the pandemic. In addition to the collective groups, another forty Italian companies will be present individually.
The venue chosen for the event is the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), a modern exhibition centre where pavilions 1 to 5 will be occupied. As always at APLF, in addition to the Leather Fair there will be a section dedicated to materials (Materials +) and one to finished products (Fashion Access). As for concerns related to the pandemic, the organisers reiterate that in the UAE 98.1% of the population is now vaccinated. The city reopened its doors to international visitors in July 2020 and several major international trade fairs have been held successfully since then. APLF Dubai will offer the opportunity to meet a new type of visitor. Organisers have been taken into account that the types of visitors will be different than usual. Chinese visitors will certainly be missing and in general there will be fewer Asians, but more operators from Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa are expected. The organisers have multiplied their efforts to promote the event around the world.
Finally, the conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai should be recalled, which sees the presence of 191 nations and will end on 31 March, 2022. Dubai is in the world’s spotlight and the special edition of APLF should further benefit from visitor traffic and tourist opportunities offered by the city.