Smart Property Developer Alfardan Properties to Showcase Smart Living Solutions at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar

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Doha, Qatar, March 30, 2015 – The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar is proud to announce Alfardan Properties as the Smart Property Developer of this year’s event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on 13-14 April, 2015.

Smart cities of the future are not dependent on systems alone. Infrastructure and smart building solutions are also critically important elements of any plans for smart city development, as both residential and commercial properties must be developed in a sustainable, energy-efficient, durable manner. The challenge is to arrive at the optimum mix of combining traditional construction with the latest in advanced technology, creating the most complete citizen experience. Alfardan Properties, with its commitment to be Qatar’s premier provider of the best living and community solutions finds an ideal partner in the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar, which seeks to discuss the best in smart city solutions from across the world. Mohamed Sleiman, General Manager, Alfardan Properties will be speaking at the summit on ‘Smart Living Solutions.’

Sustainable development is on the rise in Qatar, with its National Vision 2030 that aims to transform Qatar in the near future. In such a scenario, the latest advanced technology has to be used to enhance the living experience for citizens in any smart city such as Doha. Alfardan Properties, with its reputation as one of Qatar’s leading real estate developers, delivers comprehensive, client specific solutions, ranging from design and development to leasing and professional management services, and incorporates the latest in cutting-edge technology in doing so.

The value inherent in an association between Alfardan Properties and the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar is emphasized by Mohamed Sleiman, General Manager, Alfardan Properties, who will be speaking at the summit. He says, “Alfardan Properties shares Arab Future Cities Summit’s vision of harnessing technology for tomorrow’s urban environments. We believe that the adoption of Smart Living Solutions is vital to ensuring safer, sustainable and more efficient living and working experiences. Alfardan Properties is investing heavily in terms of resources, expertise and partnerships to help develop next-generation ‘Smart Living Homes’. We foresee ‘Smart Living’ as the future in upcoming property developments in Qatar and across the region, which is why we aim to leverage the Summit’s role as a premier platform for discussing the future of smart cities.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “We are delighted to have Alfardan Properties as the Smart Property Developer of the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar this year. Alfardan Properties and the Arab Future Cities Summit are both committed to showcasing the latest technology in smart city development, and it is a logical partnership. The Arab Future Cities Summit is the ideal platform for Alfardan Properties to present their Smart Living Solutions to the audience. We look forward to our association with them.”

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

Alfardan

About Alfardan Properties

Alfardan Properties is one of Qatar’s premier leading companies that provide real estate solutions and services. Established in 1993, the company specializes in property development and management and offers a high performance portfolio of architecture projects coming from around the country—bearing its signature mark of excellence in the highest level and full customer satisfaction.

Alfardan Properties has a track record of achievements and premium property developments in the country–both residential and commercial, including major mixed use projects and the most luxurious facilities in the real estate community in terms of technical excellence, creation and innovation. The company seeks to highlight the originality of Arabic architecture and to use the concepts of new designs in line with the latest developments of related technologies.

Alfardan Properties is part of the Alfardan Group, one of the most important leading commercial conglomerates in Qatar. The Group is involved in several vital domains including money transfers, jewelry, automotive and marine sector and real estate development.

For more information, please visit www.alfardanproperties.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

Gold Sponsor Microsoft to showcase their CityNext approach to Doha at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar

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Doha, Qatar, March 29, 2015 – The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar welcomes on board Microsoft as Gold Sponsor of the event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on 13-14 April, 2015.

Smart city development across the world is becoming more the norm than the exception. Governments worldwide are including smart initiatives in their development plans, with the focus set firmly on sustainability. At the same time, they do not lose sight of the fact that an improved way of life and better citizen services are to be the end result of all efforts in this regard. Among the topics discussed at the Arab Future Cities Summit will be citizen empowerment in the context of smart cities. This ties in perfectly with Microsoft’s corporate commitment to citizenship in terms of serving the needs of communities, and their mission to help people and businesses realize their full potential. The summit, therefore, is the ideal platform for Microsoft to showcase their CityNext Solution, that brings their technology and partner solutions together to meet the needs of local and regional governments across today’s four major technology trends—big data, cloud, mobile, and social—in all four public sector industries (education, government, health, and public safety and national security). Ali Nimer, Regional Government Solutions Director, Microsoft Gulf will be speaking at the summit on ‘Doha Next: Enabling Real Impact for Better Tomorrow.’

A smart city can be termed intelligent only when it is citizen-focused. A citizen- focused city involves harnessing the ideas, energy and expertise of a city’s people as they create a healthier, safer and sustainable place to live. The Microsoft CityNext approach to innovation puts people first, empowering governments, businesses and citizens to use collaborative technology to shape the future of their cities. Doha, with its growing prominence as a major Gulf city, is the ideal location to implement such an approach. Such an approach for the new and emerging Doha involves empowering leaders to do newer things using fewer resources by enabling them to leverage existing investments and incorporate new innovations at their own pace, thereby creating a workable innovation model.

The importance of helping cities in the region become more evolved and using a platform such as the Arab Future Cities Summit to bring forward these ideas is emphasized by Ali Nimer, Regional Government Solutions Director, Microsoft Gulf, who will be speaking at the summit. He says, “We are fully committed to supporting governments in this region with their transition from resource-based to a knowledge-based economy. Our participation in the Arab Future Cities Summit last year facilitated valuable connections with key stakeholders from the Public and Commercial Sectors, and provided us with the proper platform to discuss Microsoft’s CityNext Initiative which offers cutting-edge technologies as well as innovative and holistic solutions that can make this transition happen. This year, we hope to take the conversation a step further by sharing success stories implemented by Microsoft and its valued partners which enabled the development and creation of Smart Cities of the future in various parts of the world.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “Microsoft, with its commitment towards fostering healthier and more vibrant communities, is an ideal partner for the Arab Future Cities Summit, which seeks to bring forth the most innovative advancements in smart city technology and solutions globally. It gives us great pleasure to offer the best platform to Microsoft to showcase their solutions. We look forward to a meaningful relationship with them.”

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

Microsoft

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:’MSFT’) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft Qatar was founded in 2003 as part of the Dubai-based Microsoft Gulf. There are approximately 50 employees at Microsoft Qatar who serve the Qatar market’s technological needs with productivity solutions, cloud offerings, devices, services and much more spanning across all verticals and segments.

For more information, please visit www.microsoft.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

Bringing Energy Efficiency in Sustainable High-Rise Development into Focus at Smart Skyscrapers Summit Dubai

Presentation in progress at Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Presentation in progress at Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 25, 2015 – The global march towards sustainable urban development is virtually all-pervasive. With more and more governments climbing on the sustainability bandwagon, energy efficiency has become the buzzword like never before, especially when viewed against the context of urban skyscraper development. Energy efficient high-rises and green buildings have become the principal requirement of urban planners, architects, builders and government regulators the world over, more so in the Middle East countries, with their plans for large-scale sustainable development. The critical importance of energy efficiency will be highlighted during sessions at the 2015 edition of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, to be held on May 11-12, 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. The summit is held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

Energy use in the Middle East is high, with the climate being a major factor. Ventilation, cooling and heating, vertical transportation and lighting are the major contributors towards energy consumption in tall buildings. No wonder it is then, that energy consumption in buildings accounts for a major percentage in global energy consumption and energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions. Compounding matters further are increasing energy costs and stringent energy emission regulations. Thus, the Middle East and Dubai in particular, with their large number of tall buildings, are prime locations for smart skyscraper solutions aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and promoting green buildings. These solutions and the technology that powers them will be discussed during the session on ‘Building Energy Efficient Skyscrapers for the Middle East Region’ at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit in May this year.

The universe of technology and solutions aimed at specifically improving energy efficiency levels is vast, and can be broken down into solutions for specific areas. For example, solutions revolving around glass facades are among the major drivers of energy efficiency in terms of high rise development. High performance glass facades, rainscreen systems and solar thermal array systems are some elements that can enhance energy efficiency of facades. Dynamic glass solutions incorporating dynamic glazing are other options being developed by solutions providers, with many more interesting technologies being researched to form the mainstay of future energy efficient solutions. Find out all there is to know about this exciting new area of development during the session on ‘Energy Efficiency with Glass Facades,’ to be presented by Gabor Andrasi, Sales and Marketing Director – Africa & Middle East, Guardian, at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015.

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

EMC Enlists as Gold Sponsor at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar to Showcase Middle East Smart City Technology Applications

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Doha, Qatar, March 19, 2015 – Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar is happy to announce EMC as Gold Sponsor of the fourth edition of the annual event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on 13-14 April, 2015.

The rapid pace of urbanization globally has led to a worldwide demand for sustainable development of smart cities, with each having their own unique elements including cultural, social and intellectual factors. However, at the core of this movement is the aim to deliver the best of services to its citizens. Qatar, with its meteoric rise as a hub of development in the GCC region, is at the forefront of smart city development in the region. One of the engines powering this growth is ICT innovation, viewed against the overarching backdrop of sustainability. EMC’s commitment to sustainability through using technology for the betterment of the planet finds the ideal platform in the Arab Future Cities Summit, with its main premise of sustainable economic development. Sa’di Awienat, Chief Technology Officer, Middle East & Africa, EMC will be speaking at the summit on ‘Determining the Significant Role of ICT Innovation in Building Smart Cities.’

Any innovation brings along with it an association of speed and dynamism. In a constantly evolving market, businesses need to be intuitive and dynamic, on the one hand, and agile and responsive on the other. Redefining IT systems and focusing on emerging technologies will empower growth. There is a strong need to move from siloed infrastructure models to enterprise hybrid cloud solutions that empower IT organizations to adopt agile, elastic, on-demand, end-to-end IaaS within their data center.  This brings benefits not only to IT but to other organizations such as developers, end users, and line-of-business owners. EMC’s session will focus on their efforts to help customers in the region build an agile digital and service universe that is software-defined, dynamic and empowers the business.

The choice of Qatar as the host and the Arab Future Cities Summit as the ideal vehicle is put into perspective by Samer Diya, EMC Country Manager in Qatar, who says, “Qatar continues to be one of the leading innovators in the space of smart services as the government continues its journey towards establishing a smart city infrastructure across the country,” adding that, “ The Arab Future Cities Summit is the perfect platform to highlight how the pillars of EMC technology – Cloud, Big Data, Converged Infrastructure and Flash are the foundation of the creation and operation of Smart Cities. Through this event, we look forward to exchanging insights and best practices with both new and existing customers from Qatar to help them effectively leverage the enormous treasure of Big Data into actionable insights and make this information shareable with various enterprises and government departments to create a proactive service environment.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “EMC’s belief in creating value for the society and planet will be ideally showcased at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar, with its goals of presenting the most innovative advancements in technology from a sustainable development perspective. We are very happy to partner with EMC in their journey and look forward to a successful partnership with them.”

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

EMC

About EMC

EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.  We work with organizations around the world, in every industry, in the public and private sectors, and of every size, from startups to the Fortune Global 500. Our customers include global money center banks and other leading financial services firms, manufacturers, healthcare and life sciences organizations, Internet service and telecommunications providers, airlines and transportation companies, educational institutions, and public-sector agencies. EMC also provides technology, products, and services to consumers in more than 100 countries.

For more information, please visit www.emc.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

Using Green Walls to Build Sustainability discussed at Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015

Presentation in progress at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014

Presentation in progress at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 18, 2015 – The global shift towards sustainability is manifest everywhere, especially in terms of building urban spaces. Sustainable economic development is also the focus of government plans everywhere, especially in the UAE. As a result, finding ways to ensure urban landscaping development is carried out using the newest technology in smart landscaping globally is becoming an area of major focus for developers, architects and planners in the region. This forms the crux of discussions at the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015, scheduled to be held on 28 – 29 April, 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the event is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

One of the most interesting technologies that have developed with this aim in mind is the concept of green walls or living walls. Living walls or vertical surfaces covered with vegetation fulfill the twin aims of any landscaper, namely beautification and environment-friendliness. Green facades can be developed in any urban habitat, with a variety of uses ranging from demarcation and beautification, to fencing and screening. But what is arguably the most important function of green walls is its role as an effective element of sustainable landscaping.

The importance of green walls in this regard cannot be ignored. Apart from their aesthetic appeal, their benefits include improving energy efficiency through enhancing insulation and reducing carbon emission; along with acting as powerful noise and pollution filters as well as potent climate control agents.

The universal importance of green walls is evidenced by the fact that living walls are now being seen in major cities around the world, such as Berlin, Paris, Istanbul and Dubai. Examples of verdant walls include the striking living wall of plants at the Musée du Quai Branly, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

The concept of green walls seems to be catching on in Dubai as well. Mixed media arts and cultural centre, The Pavilion has a 10 metre long vertical interior garden that is a marvel of design, featuring around 2500 plants. Leisure properties such as hotels are also an obvious choice. Dubai’s Novotel Hotel’s green wall, taking up 1200 square metres and containing approximately 27,000 plants is a prime example, as is the 30 metre long green wall at the Hakkasan Terrace restaurant at the Emirates Towers in Dubai.

Learn more about this exciting new emerging technology that integrates vegetation with building facades during the session titled ‘Green Living Walls – Turning Dense Urban Areas from Grey to Green’ at the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015, to be held during 28 – 29 April, 2015.

Visit www.landscapesummit.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

Improving Airline Passenger Experience Using Predictive Analytics – Smart Data Summit 2015 to Focus on the Impact of Predictive Analytics on Sectors such as Services, BFSI, Retail, Telecom and E-commerce

Presentation in progress at Smart Data Summit 2014

Presentation in progress at Smart Data Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 16, 2015 – Flying is not merely going from one place to another anymore. With more and more factors being added to the equation, the dynamics of flying and the airline experience are evolving at a pace faster than ever before. The connected customer of today now demands more and is presented with choices that allow him to compare and make informed decisions. The better tailored the airline product offering, the greater chance to generate a good response. For airlines, therefore, it is not just the actual journey itself; it is the complete customer experience, starting from the purchase of the ticket to the services after landing that has now become the deciding factor in customer choice. Add to that special offers, upgrades and entertainment options and the possibilities are virtually limitless. It is here that predictive analytics can play a very critical role. Gauging minds and potential behavior of customers to introduce the right offer at the right time can help in acquiring new customers as well as retaining existing ones, who are vulnerable to the competition’s overtures.

The move towards a customer-centric business model powered by predictive analytics is inevitable for airlines and other services. How well an airline decodes the reams of customer information it possesses is now one of the most important differentiators between the leaders and the laggards in the intensely competitive industry. With industry estimates predicting growth in the industry, it is a far cry from the days when airlines around the world were struggling to stay afloat.

The secret weapon in their arsenal is big data analytics. Apart from using analytics for the more conventional uses such as maintenance, airlines now need to invest in sophisticated big data tools to gain a rounded view of the customer that incorporates intangible elements such as loyalty and sentiment with hard facts such as buying patterns and purchasing power. Structuring immense amounts of data relating to everything ranging from route preferences and flight timings to entertainment choices and customer touch points, all with a view to arriving at the best possible offer for the customer that ensures revenue as well as customer delight, is where the power of big data analytics lies. Big data analytics also allow an airline to be proactive, helping them go beyond the confines of their loyalty programs to attract newer customers who are barely connected to them in any way. This is of special importance, given the growing focus on revenue obtained from the digital medium.

Predictive analytics can also go beyond mere demand forecasting, it can zero in on the type of customer most likely to fill a seat. Offers can be customized for customer categories as detailed as business and leisure class or individuals and group travelers. For a seasoned marketer, the possibilities are endless. It is also of the essence for meeting the new-age demands of the empowered, aware customer. Service levels, product design, prices and fees must be attractive and of the highest standards. To achieve this end, predictive analytics can be used to understand whether customer expectations are being met or not. Instead of basing product marketing efforts on conventional modes of forecasting, existing customer data can be effectively leveraged by smart data analytics to generate the most value for airlines across the world.

Learn more about the impact of big data and analytics on the airline industry during the presentation titled ‘Exploring How Big Data has benefited the Airlines Industry to Enhance Flight Travel and Customer Experience’ made by Yousuf Alsawalhi, UAE Coalition Partnerships, Etihad Airways at the Smart Data Summit 2015, to be held on 25-26 May, 2015 in Dubai.

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

Decoding Data in Banking Using Predictive Analytics – Smart Data Implications on BFSI, Retail, Telecom, E-commerce 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, March 11, 2015 – They say the customer is king. In today’s highly fragmented and competitive markets across sectors, garnering mindshare, especially when it comes to customers who vary greatly according to gender, demographics and purchasing power, to name but a few parameters, is an uphill task. And the key to setting up shop in the customer mindspace is to enhance customer experience, improve products and discover needs of the customer even before they know it themselves. Predictive analytics can help here. Its effects are far-reaching, ranging across industries such as retail, telecom and e-commerce. But it is often at its effective best, when used in banking.

Banks have now gone beyond basic mining of data. Using predictive analytics and smart data, they can, on the one hand, gain valuable customer insights and maintain regulatory compliance on the other. All with the aim of personalizing the experience for the customer, and the long- term twin goals of customer loyalty and brand reputation.

With personalizing experience a priority, banks can now use smart data and analytics to create customized and relevant products for customer segments, thereby ensuring better response rates and greater customer delight. Past buying behavior can aid greatly in such a case, for example, historical data on credit card transactions can be used to tailor special offers on particular products using the credit card. Apart from the revenue impact, this also achieves the most important element of making the customer feel well taken care of.

Payment history, credit limits and other information are potential gold mines of information and can collectively be used to predict almost any transaction. However, a word of caution may be prudent as it is necessary to monitor the type of information being captured, the frequency of capture and most importantly, the security of the data captured. Cyber criminals and their sophisticated methods of perpetrating financial crimes are very often a pain area for banks, one that only the most robust and intelligent analytics software tool can ward off.

Using an analytics tool to structure seemingly disconnected data from a variety of channels is another promising area for banks. Picking up snippets of information from emails, chats or enquiries and predicting behavior is only the tip of the iceberg. Banks can use this to predict complaints, gauge market response on products and put steps in place accordingly. Fraud risk management is the logical next step. Unusual or erratic behavior can not only be spotted but decoded in very little time, giving banks valuable minutes to decide whether it is fraud being perpetrated or simply an impulse purchase. The key element is the ability of an analytics tool to make a decision and not just be a set of rules.

Data analytics can also be used to cross-sell and upsell products, offering the most relevant products to the customers most likely to purchase. This also has an impact on retaining customers who are potentially vulnerable in terms of defecting to competition. Offering the right product at the right time or responding in the right manner to a possible complaint can go a long way in retaining customer base. On another note, it can also help identify potential defaulters based on irregular behavior.

However, any analysis conducted by banks must be completed keeping data security and privacy in mind. Being aware of lines that cannot be crossed is also a top priority for banks across the world today. The balance between great customer experience and intrusion of privacy is one that has to be navigated by banks and their predictive analytics tools with utmost care.

Learn more about enhancing customer relationship management, determining customer risk and detecting fraud at the Smart Data Summit 2015, to be held on 25-26 May, 2015 in Dubai.

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