Strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, Dubai is the main business and trade hub for the entire Middle East region and beyond.

Its first-class logistics facilities, tourist amenities and relatively liberal policies make it one of the world’s most successful and vibrant cities.

Easily accessible from Europe and Asia, Dubai makes the perfect city, thanks to its modern infrastructure, including over 20 free zones, four seaports and two international airports, from which the new cargo airport is directly linked to the major Jebel Ali Free Zone and Port.

The orgainsers are looking to attract leather and leather product makers as well as finished leather goods wishing to tap into the Middle East markets and neighbouring African countries. Further information about the fair can be found at

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. Its events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 113 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Table 1. Value of UAE leather imports in US$ million (2013)

Finished leather: 41.2

Leather footwear: 705

Footwear components: 38

Leather garments: 61

Leather goods: 534

Saddles & harness: 13

Total: 1392.2