March 2017

Welcome to our Dubai WoodShow edition. As the official publication of the only exhibition for the wood and woodworking industry in the MENA region, our cover features the ‘Bostanlı Sunset Lounge’, designed by Studio Evren Basbug Architects, who have used thermally-modified American ash to create a new integrated coastal attraction in Izmir, Turkey. We take a closer look at both the sunset lounge as well as the ‘Bostanlı Footbridge’ in the American Hardwood Export Council’s annual supplement with the magazine. Also included in this issue is a supplement on behalf of Canadian Wood and we throw the spotlight on the ten Canadian companies, who are participating at the show.

Earlier this month, the exhibitor line up for Dubai Design Days was announced and timber is once again the material of choice for many of the pieces set to go on display next month. Particularly interesting is ‘Seed to Seat’, a collaboration the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and seven of the most prominent and exciting designers in the UAE. The designers have been given an open brief and asked to design ‘something to sit on’. The pieces, which will be made from a selection of four American hardwood species, will be unveiled at Design Days Dubai 2017, which will run from March 14 – 17, at Dubai Design District. With Seed to Seat, AHEC aims to identify the true environmental impact of design and build on its extensive work with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and we look forward to profiling the designers and their pieces in the coming issue.

Testament to the emergence of the region as a wood trading and processing hub, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa have announced plans to host ‘Wood Tech & Design Expo’, the first trade show for the timber industry in Saudi Arabia. Set to take place in Jeddah from January 22 – 24, 2018, the event will focus on the growing potential of the wood sector, the demand for timber products and the supporting tools and machinery that can speed production and improve e ciency. In addition, the organizers of WoodTech Forum have also announced their intention to host the event once again in Damietta, Egypt later this year. Building on the success of the inaugural event, which took place last November and attracted over 50 companies and more than 3,000 professional visitors, the forum highlighted the strength of the wood and furniture industry in Egypt and also the potential for further growth.

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