Paper Arabia 2013 hosted 130 exhibitors from 22 countries and 7500 visitors at its Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre venue between 24th-26th September this year. Exhibitors from UAE, Italy, Jordan, France, China, Netherlands USA and UK exhibited their wares.  The exhibition was inaugurated by Sami Daen Al Qamzi, director general, Department of Economic Development.
Satish Khanna, general manager of Al Fajer Information and Services, organizers of the show, said: “Dubai is committed to support businesses and investors in the paper industry and promote sector performance as many specialised companies in the paper industry have chosen the Emirate as their headquarters for various reasons, including the excellent infrastructure, ease of doing business and convenient access to neighbourhood markets.”
   He added: “We are witnessing very promising growth figures in the industry as the UAE is not only importing but also re-exporting to various destinations worldwide. Growth was seen in packaging containers (15%), paper boards (10%), carbon paper (6%), cigarette paper (23%) and a whopping 36% in wallpaper. Paper industry could be an ideal investment for GCC public and private sectors to invest in, to create a non-oil economy in the Gulf as well as provide employment opportunities to GCC nationals.”