Though Gulf Print and Pack 2013 witnessed a lot of deals and announcements,  and received its due share of publicity and brand visibility,  however, organisers will need to walk an extra mile to ensure enhanced benefits from regional shows, especially viewed in the backdrop of global events. Non-participants and fence sitters need to be wooed back to the negotiating table to ensure a more inclusive and widespread representation.
Feedback from exhibitors also included comments that the show should have been hosted on weekends to ensure enhanced visitor numbers, and also spaced away from other regional events like the Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI) exhibition, since both these shows come with a  higher end price tag.
PrintWeek MEA were media partners with Gulf Print, publishing our popular showdailies at the 4-day event. View our showdailies online on our website We have also included our Gulf Print & Pack show review on pages 6-7 and the list of winners at the Dubai International Print Awards on pages 9-11.
The not-to-miss article in this edition are our Better Business feature on the often overlooked potential of mobile phone techonologies by printers.