Big News for Oman

Omani Exhibitions Industry

Ahmed Baabood has made a name for Oman.  At the 78th UFI Congress which took place in Spain (hosted by Feria Valencia) last month, he was elected board member of the Union Foire Internationale (UFI) – the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry.  This will give him decision-making power and influence over the Trade Fair Industry and for sure be good for the country of Oman. 

On this achievement, Baabood said, “when I first entered the Exhibitions Industry my ambition was to elevate the Omani Exhibitions Industry to world standards. I have worked hard to make this a reality and am very pleased to have now been appointed a Board member for UFI which is the global authority of our Industry, based out of Paris. I dedicate this achievement to all my hardworking colleagues in the Exhibitions Industry here and I look forward to serving them by strengthening relations between various regional organizers and suppliers. With the announcement of the new Convention Centre recently, Oman is now poised to become a prominent place on the map of the Trade Fair business.”

At the Congress, approximately 400 delegates were in attendance (from 52 countries) – a record for such a European UFI Congress.  Eric Everard, the UFI 2011 President, pointed out that the industry had to carry on developing ways to promote exhibitions to global marketers.  He said, “if we can do our bit to convince businesses and governments that, when times are tough, exhibitions and events are the place to focus their marketing dollars, then there will have been a silver lining in those storm clouds for our Industry.”

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