Oman: the new major player

In the Middle East scenario, exhibitions and events dedicated to local and especially international design are rapidly increasing. Echoing a constant and consistent opening to the new trends of interior design, as well as a massive demand of furniture due to the boom in the market. These are the premises that drive IDF Oman, now in its third edition. From February 15 to 17, the Oman International Exhibition Centre will host the Interior Design, Décor & Furniture Exhibition, organized by Al Nimr Expo; an event that presents itself as an "exclusive bazaar" with a vast offer of commodities-related solutions: accessories, bathroom elements, construction materials, carpets, decorative objects, flooring, furniture, kitchens, lighting, luxury life style, outdoor, surfaces, finishes and much more. More than 100 brands from all over the world, including a partnership of Italian companies with more than 30 brands (coordinated by Médinit).

The outstanding assortment of the exhibition aims to meet the demand of the market, becoming a platform capable of providing products and services, a meeting point between companies and major players in the market. The rapid growth of Oman’s construction sector and real estate has entailed the launch of several commercial, residential and tourism-dedicated projects. Investments in this direction are substantial. Lets consider some data provided directly by the fair:

– The growth of the hospitality industry allowed (2012-2016) the opening of 17 properties.

– Within the next five years, a request for furnishing concerning 4,100 additional hotel rooms is expected.

– The government annually spends US$ 208 million to implement housing projects.

– Among the protagonists of this renewal the area of Salalah (city of the Governorate of Dhofar, southern Oman) where 15 billion dollars are planned to be invested by 2025.

– Last year started the Omagine project, stipulated between Omagine LLC company and the Government of Oman, which involves an investment of 2,5 billion dollars for the creation of real estate and projects dedicated to tourists, for a total of 245 acres bordering the Gulf of Oman. Oman reveals its own potential of new strategic investment in the sector of construction and interior design. A new destination where design thrives.