International Apparel and Textile Fair (IATF), UAE’s Exclusive Fashion Sourcing Fair, a platform dedicated to sourcing for fabrics, textiles, apparels, footwear, handbags, accessories and more, with exhibitors from 14 different countries, have expanded to offer new and rich varieties of collections than ever in its 11th edition. The exhibition was inaugurated by His Excellency, Butti Saeed Al Ghandhi, from November 4-6, 2019 at Dubai World Trade Center.
This edition, IATF came across more than 120+ exhibitors, many new and old ones, as they had set up their booths, showcasing the latest trends, colours, creations and designs. IATF creates a platform to bring together buyers and agents to exhibit their collections under one roof. Knowingly, UAE’s exclusive sourcing fair brings together exhibitors and industry professionals and buyers to interact and network with each other to gain knowledge about latest fashion trends. The event has proved to be a long and promising professional stand giving exhibitors an opportunity to expand their business opportunities within the Middle East. The show exhibitors travelled from Turkey, China, Japan, Italy, India, US, France, Indonesia and so on to name a few.
As the 11th edition of the show had a significant increase of 44 percent in attendance of visitors and 27 percent increase in exhibitors, the show has again proved to remove all regional barriers by attracting around 3,000+ buyers who mainly visited the show from UAE & GCC countries. While a large number of visitors came from Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia many buyers visited from across Asia, Africa, Europe, the US, Italy and Australia. UAE ranks as the 3rd largest country in terms of textile exports, making IATF the definite show of the industry for the MENA region. IATF continues to prove itself as the one-stop platform to showcase the latest developments and emerging technologies for the apparel and textile industry.
The exhibition organised by Nihalani Events Management (NEM) has been growing ever since its 1st show in 2014 by the founding team. Following the dream and legacy of late show Director and Founder of IATF, Dilip Nihalani, the team has displayed hard work and dedication throughout the 6 – month preparation period of the show. As they say, “The show must go on…,” its 12th edition of IATF will take place on the 16th – 18th November 2020.”
With 11 successful editions, the International Apparel & Textile Fair has evolved as a leading brand in the MENA region to source and showcase the best in textiles, fabric, footwear accessories and print from renowned mills across the globe. Exhibitors are mainly from Europe, India, China, Indonesia, Japan, Turkey, and various highly renowned manufacturing countries across the globe. IATF will provide manufacturers and their respective agents with an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their products to the most influential buyers and designers on the UAE scene. Principally a “Trade-Only” event, IATF provides a professional and conductive atmosphere for business networking.