Qatar Explores Key Dynamics of Building Smart Cities

Presentation in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2014

Presentation in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2014

Doha, Qatar, February 25, 2015 – A smart city, by its very definition, conjures up visions of developed urban spaces created with for the purpose of providing a high quality of life for its citizens. To achieve this end, the city focuses on excellence in key areas such as mobility, environment, infrastructure and systems. The drivers for these would be human capital, social capital and ICT. And ultimately, this movement has to be viewed against the overarching theme of sustainable economic development. Qatar, with its vision for 2030, is poised to be one of the key Gulf players in this global move towards smart cities.

A complete understanding of such key elements of smart city management can only be achieved when they are viewed against the context of an actual modern city. Doha can be taken as an example. Its newfound eminence as a major city based on its position in the global energy market has led to a boom in its expansion plans and its attendant resource requirements. With knowledge becoming the new buzzword in a post-oil scenario, Doha’s new urbanism becomes all the more relevant for Qatar and its 2030 vision. Backed by political commitment and with financial resources at its command, Qatar is constructing a new urban development brand. This creation of ‘Dohaization’ is a carefully crafted one. Understanding the dynamics of constructing such a brand can offer keen insights into the well-planned process for building Qatar’s new identity. Hear Prof. Ali A. Alraouf, Prof. of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development, QNMP Doha, Qatar speak on branding Qatar via Doha’s emerging knowledge-based smart urbanism at the Arab Future Cities Summit.

Coming down to brass tacks, any push for smart city development needs to include citizen participation and empowerment. With open innovation and ecosystems in the cities increasingly coming to the forefront, strategies must be developed with an eye on understanding newer and newer concepts of innovation and collaboration, global innovation chains, transformative and reactive governance models, and the crucial role of the citizen in shaping the direction of participatory urban development. Hear Katalin Gallyas, Policy Advisor, City Council of Amsterdam, speak at length on open innovation ecosystems in cities at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015.

But such strategies will be deemed incomplete unless ground-level realities are considered. Take parking, for instance. With modern cities acutely aware of the potential pitfalls of an improperly planned parking management system, they usually have a tailored policy in place, to deal with it. However, all plans can go awry unless this policy is integrated with the full scheme of the city transportation plan. With many cities in the Arab world instituting plans to improve public transport and sustainable modes of transportation, the challenge can often be to understand the subtle difference between adequate, inadequate and extra parking areas usually meant for private passenger vehicles. Hear Mohammad Nabil Ibrahim, Lead Transportation Engineer, Integrated Transportation Planning Division – Surface Transport Sector, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, talking about smart solutions for these very real challenges in his session on planning for parking at the Arab Future Cities Summit.

The Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015 will be held on 13-14 April, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar. The summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

Visit www.arabfuturecities.com for event details.

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

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Transforming E-commerce Using Predictive Analytics – Smart Data Implications on E-commerce, Retail, Telecom, BFSI and other sectors discussed at Smart Data Summit 2015

Presentation in progress at Smart Data Summit 2014

Presentation in progress at Smart Data Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 24, 2015 – Predicting the thoughts and purchases of customers in advance must be on the wish list of businesses across sectors and industries such as retail, telecom and BFSI. Nowhere is this more evident than in the e-commerce industry, where insights into the minds of customers would give every online retailer a fillip that could propel him ahead of competition. Next on the list are fixing the optimum price, zeroing in on purchase power limits and understanding consumer spending. However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. Drilling deeper would lead to honing customer service levels to a degree where resolution of an issue comes even before a query is raised. Though this sounds utopian, it can be turned into reality by simply using predictive analytics to benefit e-commerce portals. Harnessing the power of customer analytics and smart data to improve targeted marketing on e-commerce portals will be discussed by experts from IKEA, Flipkart and PayPal at the Smart Data Summit 2015. This two-day summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade and will be held on May 25-26, 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE.

For an e-commerce retailer, customer engagement with the portal is of crucial importance. Channels of communication, such as newsletters, clicks, order forms and ratings are examples that immediately come to mind. Analytics can help understand the combinations to include in the marketing mix to generate the best outcome.

In terms of promotions, which form the basis for a successful e-commerce initiative, predictive analytics can help match data from different sources to arrive at personalized promotions. Targeted emails or style surveys, for example, can reap rich rewards. For the all-important pricing plan, predictive analytics can take into account information such as historical prices, inventory, past orders and inventory to arrive at the optimum price.

E-commerce businesses also need to keep tabs on inventory, so that it does not spiral out of control, leading to needless inventory carrying cost. One of the toughest decisions for an e-commerce retailer is what to stock and how much of it to stock. An intelligent sourcing model can analyze and predict the ideal inventory levels of a product. This can work for products where low sales are predicted, as well as products where high sales are predicted. Allied with this is the optimized fund allocation, leading directly to higher profits.

Analytics can also help an e-commerce retailer detect and prevent fraud by studying payments and browsing behavior and employing rules to raise an alarm if a suspicious transaction is detected. Ensuring this without an analytics tools is virtually impossible.

Arguably, the most obvious use of smart data and analytics is in customer service. Arriving at the most potent combination of emails, helplines, live interaction using predictive analytics is a trend that has been adopted by almost every online retailer of note. The next step is to iron out more details such as hold times, prioritization of services etc. Lastly, this must all be viewed against the backdrop of real time analysis and decision-making, which can only be achieved using data analytics to analyze customer behavior on the move.

Understand the power of smart data and predictive analytics in boosting the e-commerce industry from the experts in the field at the Smart Data Summit 2015.

Visit www.smartdatadubai.com for event details.

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Zeoplant returns to Smart Landscape Summit Dubai as Silver Sponsor

Zeoplant

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 23, 2015 – The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit proudly announces Zeoplant’s participation as Silver Sponsor at the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on April 28-29, 2015, at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the two-day summit will focus on the major initiatives undertaken towards urban landscape development, viewed against the context of the Dubai Municipality’s aim of converting Dubai into a green paradise in time for the World Expo 2020. Zeoplant’s position as the world’s leading natural moisture retaining soil additive makes it ideally suited to be associated with the event, with its focus on sustainable landscaping including innovative irrigation techniques.

The Dubai Municipality’s ‘Dubai 2020’ vision that projects a total of 12,200 hectares of green space through landscaping and horticulture projects has spawned a number of major greening initiatives, leading to significant growth opportunities for the landscape sector in the Middle East. A robust irrigation network will form the bedrock on which the success of such initiatives rest. Evidence of this abounds across the UAE, with the surge in building of new parks and landscaped zones. Urban green spaces are well and truly on the rise in Dubai. And what is important is that all of it is sustainable. Sustainability, in terms of landscape architecture and environmental design are some of the core issues to be discussed at the Smart Landscape Summit, later this year.

Existing public areas can often face critical irrigation water shortages during the peak summer months, while newer developments can experience difficulties getting connected to the TSE or potable water network. Reducing irrigation water requirements by half using a proven and reliable additive can save not just on infrastructure investment, but also reduce operational and maintenance cost. The importance of such a solution is stressed on by Ralf Stahl, Managing Partner, Zeoplant LLC, who will be speaking at the event on ‘Sustainable solution for the increased irrigation water shortage in our booming environment’.  He feels the summit is ideal, saying, “Zeoplant once again partnered with Smart Landscape Summit because we see the event as the outstanding platform for the landscaping industry in the region to address and meet the experts and decision makers from the public and private sector.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying “The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, with its theme of sustainable urban landscape development in general and topics revolving round innovative irrigation in particular, is the perfect platform for Zeoplant to showcase their offerings to the right audience. Zeoplant’s return as Silver Sponsor is indicative of the confidence and trust they have reposed in us. I look forward to an even more meaningful association with Zeoplant.”

For more details on the summit, visit www.landscapesummit.com

Zeoplant

About Zeoplant

Zeoplant is the world’s leading natural moisture retaining soil additive, which guarantees a minimum irrigation water reduction of 50%. Zeoplant is added in a 3% ratio to the soil and is able to hold and retain irrigation water to be available for the plant roots.

Due to its purely mineral origin, Zeoplant is a one-time application.

Zeoplant established a convincing international track record where it had been applied to landmark projects since its inception in 2003. Due to the increasing demand for natural moisture retaining soil additives, Zeoplant has been successfully introduced in Australia, USA, South Africa and Europe.

The Zeoplant team is in regular communication with landscape architects, irrigation designers and the executing contractors to ensure an effective quality control from design to execution and operation to achieve the highest grade of sustainability and feasibility for the client.

For more information, please visit www.zeoplant.com

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Dubai’s Premier Skyscrapers Summit Announces Schindler as Diamond Sponsor

Schindler

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 19, 2015 – Smart Skyscrapers Summit takes great pride in announcing Schindler as Diamond Sponsor of the 2015 edition of the event, to be held at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE, on May 11-12, 2015. This association is especially relevant as Schindler’s focus on corporate sustainability as embodied through the three pillars of people, planet and performance, allies perfectly with the summit’s underlying theme of sustainable development. Produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade, the two-day summit will focus on the challenges in sustainable skyscraper development and the best practices employed, in terms of passenger safety and convenience, robust engineering, energy efficiency and more.

Efficient energy management is one of the core issues faced by enterprises associated with sustainable economic development globally. With more skyscrapers completed globally than ever before in recent times, balancing the twin challenges of spiraling energy consumption rates and passenger safety, with the complexities of building a stable high-rise structure and the immense costs involved, is a topic that brings forth a variety of interesting and innovative solutions. It is these solutions that will be debated and discussed by the best names in the business at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit.

The critical element of transportation and transit management in this scenario is undeniable. Vertical and horizontal transportation that facilitates efficient tall building design and planning, and enhances accessibility and ease of use, is of the essence. Its importance is highlighted by Wassim Aboushaar, Executive Managing Director – Schindler Middle East, who will be speaking at the summit on ‘Intelligent Transit in Modern High Rise Buildings’. He says, “Schindler is deeply committed to the Middle East market for partnering in the success of high rise development by pioneering entities in the field of high rise design & construction.

As the leading global high rise expert, Schindler offers to the customer – a unique combination of: People, Product, Technology & Project Management.

Clearly the next wave of high rise development shall be led by players who not only offer technically compliant solutions, but those that push the envelope in terms of ‘smart’ innovation, intuitive building design & development and radically new ways to execute plans from drawing boards to reality.

Schindler is fully geared up to be a class-leading, innovative urban mobility solutions provider that not only sets new industry benchmarks but also brings tangible value back to all those involved in the decision-making process for tall buildings especially the investor-developer community.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “The Smart Skyscrapers Summit, featuring the world’s most innovative building technologies, designs and solutions, viewed against the backdrop of sustainability, is an ideal platform for Schindler to present their solutions to the audience. We welcome the partnership with Schindler and look forward to a long and meaningful association with them.”

For more details on the summit, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com 

Schindler

About Schindler

Founded in Switzerland in 1874, the Schindler Group is a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services. Schindler mobility solutions move one billion people every day all over the world. Behind the company’s success are over 50,000 employees in more than 100 countries. Schindler Middle East acts has a hub for Schindler’s operations in the region and the team strongly believes that only motivated, qualified and certified engineers in the field can deliver the quality of service required to fulfill its customers’ needs. Schindler is renowned as a global provider of smart, sustainable mobility solutions. Quality and safety are the hallmarks of our business: every day, one billion people across five continents place their trust in our products and services.

For more information, please visit www.schindler.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Smart Data Summit 2015 welcomes Wipro’s premier association as Gold Sponsor

Wipro

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 17, 2015 – Smart Data Summit is proud to announce Wipro Ltd. as a Gold Sponsor for the 2015 edition of the event, to be held at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, on May 25-26, 2015. Produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade, the two day summit will be a platform where heads of marketing, IT, analytics, technology and more will gather to network, learn and participate in stimulating discussions regarding smart data and its potential to improve decision making within businesses. Wipro’s innovative approach towards delivering business value ties in well with the theme of the summit, which is unlocking big data value.

With smart data playing a pivotal role in ensuring customer delight, organizations can no longer ignore the immense potential this treasure-trove of information holds. It is only when brand equity is turned into value that it truly becomes worthwhile. And marketers across the world have appreciated the contribution of customer experience to the overall worth of a brand. Things become even more interesting when it comes to customer experience in a digital world. Trends in buyer behaviour, preferences and purchase patterns, tracked and analyzed using sophisticated smart data tools come to the forefront. How this can transform marketing strategies worldwide will be discussed at the Smart Data Summit later this year.

The importance of gains from big data analytics, and driving insights to benefit business and drive value to customers is emphasized by A R Ramesh, General Manager and Business Leader – Advanced Technologies & Solutions: India and Middle East, Wipro Limited, who will be speaking at the event on ‘Redesigning Business Digitally’. He says, “The Smart Data Summit will give us a chance to discover innovation, best practices and solutions for better insights, and explore new partnership opportunities with institutional decision makers and influencers. It also gives us an opportunity to prove Wipro’s in depth expertise around the apps space to customers, advisors and analysts. In addition to expanding our peer network, we are looking to open up discussions on how Wipro can assist in achieving cutting edge technology solutions to create more engaging conversations for/ with customers.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “Wipro’s commitment towards customer centricity and delivering better customer experience is remarkable. This drive to provide value at every stage of the customer lifecycle can only be achieved when the potential of smart data analytics is fully harnessed. The Smart Data Summit, with its key sessions on influencing product decisions with analytics, featuring speakers from Facebook and Paypal, is an ideal platform for Wipro to take its offerings to the audience. We look forward to an impactful partnership with Wipro.”

For more details on the summit, visit www.smartdatadubai.com

Wipro

About Wipro

Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology” – helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner’s approach to delivering innovation, and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro has a workforce of over 150,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents.

For more information, please visit www.wipro.com

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Smart Landscape Summit, Dubai discusses Artificial Turf, Landscape Lighting and Water Feature Innovations

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Panel discussion in progress at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014

Smart Landscape Summit, Dubai discusses Artificial Turf, Landscape Lighting and Water Feature Innovations

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 12, 2015 – The conventional modes of landscaping are evolving and at a singularly rapid pace. Spanning the range from schools and community centres to sporting facilities and recreational parks, sustainable landscaping is fast becoming a major factor in improving quality, design and safety standards. Exploring these developing trends with particular focus on artificial turf, landscape lighting and water installations, is one of the main themes at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the summit will take place on April 28-29, 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai.

Examples of schools and sports clubs trading in grass fields in favour of artificial playing surfaces can be found across the world. This trend of moving from homegrown surfaces to durable and synthetic ones is more than a passing fancy and can be traced to genuine reasons such as increased use, upgrade to modern styles of play, low maintenance and lesser cost per use. Artificial turf can be used for multiple sports as well, with the weather a minor or non-issue, thereby expanding scope of usage. The UAE’s keen interest and focus on promoting sporting activities such as cricket – the recent IPL matches being an example – make it an ideal destination for innovative solutions in turf design.

However, simply installing artificial turf or a water feature may not be enough. Using innovative lighting techniques to improve the aesthetics of an installation, park or facility is one of the hallmarks of Dubai, which is renowned globally for world-class water installations such as the Dubai Fountain, which is not just spectacular but also impresses with its sense of balance and design. Juxtaposed against is the Burj Khalifa, the epitome of lighting design. Its stunning LED display during the 2015 New Year Gala event featured 70,000 LED bulbs placed in position using over 100,000 brackets linked seamlessly using 55,000 metres of cabling for a record-breaking, perfect visual spectacle. The Dubai Canal Project, a 14-million square feet initiative extending the Dubai creek water way into the Arabian Gulf is one of the major upcoming attractions in Dubai that is set to revolutionize waterfront leisure activities.

And that’s not all. The 150 hectare Dubai Expo 2020 project site that incorporates urban design, landscaping, signage, facilities management, security and transportation, as part of the plan to transform Dubai in time for the event is, quite possibly, the most high-profile project in the works and is further evidence of the grand vision of the Dubai government.

Dubai’s vision of being a world-class city of the future is also manifest in the Dubai Municipality’s commitment to developing recreational facilities to provide the best services to its citizens. The standards of recreational facilities are high, to say the least, and are evidence of the government’s understanding of recreational needs of its citizens. The recent refurbishment of the JBR Walk in Dubai or its remarkable revamp of the Jumeirah Beach Corniche area, with jogging tracks, play areas, fitness equipment forming part of an impressive hard landscaping solution, come to mind as interesting examples.

The possibilities a tourist hub such as Dubai presents can be understood in detail at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015, to be held during April 28-29, 2015.

For more details on the summit, visit www.landscapesummit.com

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Arab Future Cities Summit proudly announces Huawei as Diamond Sponsor

Huawei

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 10, 2015 – Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar welcomes Huawei as the Diamond Sponsor at the 4th annual edition of the event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on April 13-14, 2015. The summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The 2015 edition will showcase city development best practice strategies and innovative solutions that will integrate citizens, systems and services. There will be opportunities for networking along with knowledge sharing on the various sustainable technologies promoting smart city development. Huawei’s return to the summit’s fold, this time as the Diamond Sponsor, reflects its core motto of striving to build a better connected world and commitment to sustainable socio-economic development.

One of the top drivers in smart city development is improvement in city infrastructure. In today’s technologically advanced society, apart from the traditional power, energy, water, utilities and transportation systems, what comes to the forefront is connectivity. The critical importance of connectivity in terms of telecommunications, networks and broadband services stems not just from the perspective of technical advancement, but also from the prime need to provide the best in terms of services to citizens. This, in turn, links back to the need for a smart city to evolve into an intelligent, people-focused city. Challenges can span the range from growing populations and increased expectations to balancing modern systems with outdated existing infrastructure. And of course, at the heart of it all, lies sustainability. These challenges and the ways to tackle them will be discussed at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015, to be held on April 13-14, 2015.

For cities embarking on a smart city initiative, improving the quality of life of their citizens can be achieved through improvement initiatives which can be measured only by enabling connectivity across functions. The impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on enabling future cities to become smarter is emphasized by Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President, Smart Cities & IoT, Huawei, who will be speaking at the summit on ‘Smarter Cities enabled through IoT’.

As a past participant, he feels, “Huawei participated in the 2014 event and its impact was above our expectations, hence our decision to participate in this year’s event. We expect to see an exceptional turnout of visionaries from government, industry and thought leaders in the domain or urban innovation and future city development. At Huawei we see it as fundamentally important to take a long term view whilst also keeping focused on actionable steps towards achieving that vision in collaboration with our customers and partners.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “Huawei’s dedication towards bridging the digital divide, albeit in a harmonious, sustainable manner finds the right expression at an event such as the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar, an ideal platform for building smart cities of the future in the Middle East. We are proud to partner with Huawei again and look forward to an even more successful partnership with them.”

For more details on the summit, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

Huawei

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.

For more information, please visit www.huawei.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com