First electronics show opens in Dubai
1993 - Shaikh Hasher Maktoum, Dubai Director of Information, inaugurated the first Middle East Consumer Electronics Show at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The show in halls two and three of the Trade Centre features a wide array of consumer electronics goods. It will run for five days and it will be open in the morning session for trade visitors and general public in the evening. The show kicked off successfully with some stands reporting serious inquiries within the first hour. Most of the exhibitors are introducing new lines of products. Oman National, distributors for National Panasonic, is using the show as a launch pad for its latest in video, Technics midi-systems and a portable TV/video with hi-fi stereo. The computerised drawing robot is becoming a big hit.
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