Al Fares 2012, the international equine trade fair, concluded on Friday with more than 5,123 trade visitors from the equine industry visiting the show. This figure does not include the general public who visited the show over three days. More than 85 per cent of the exhibitors have already booked space for the next edition which will be held in October 2014. A section of international exhibitors expressed the wish that the show be held every year in view of the high demand for equine products from local and GCC markets.
Satish Khanna, general manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, said: “European companies captured the lion’s share of the local market, because of quality standards and reliable after sale service. Al Fares has maintained its lead position as one and only exhibition recognised worldwide as a key trade platform to do business and capitalise on the booming regional market for equestrian products.”
Talking about the UAE participation in the show, Khanna said that the UAE had the single largest contingent, with 50 companies taking part. Collectively, these companies represented over 125-150 brands from across the world.
Among the local companies was Al Awani General Enterprises, which supplies a host of equestrian products, including horse feed, supplements, medical products, fodder and bedding etc. Gulf Rider, which is part of Al Awani Group represented 20-25 global brands in veterinary and equestrian products.
Other local exhibitors included Al Sakeb, Al Khail Equestrian, Bonjour, Lock Stock, Gulf Drug, Horse & Carriage, Karaman Veterinary and Gulf Equine.