UAE’s exclusive sourcing fair, International Apparel and Textile Fair (IATF) for fashion fabrics, clothing accessories took place from April 8 to 10, at Dubai World Trade Center. On display were the spring/summer 2018 collections. In its 6th edition IATF has evolved as a leading brand for buyers in the Middle East and North African region to source the best textile, fabric, accessories and prints from international manufacturers and mills. There were 100 exhibitors from several countries around the world at the fair. Exhibitors were mainly from Turkey, China, Italy, Spain, India, UK and more.
The 6th edition of International Apparel and Textile Fair attracted 2,980 buyers who were mainly from the UAE and GCC region. A number of visitors came all the way from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Qatar. The United Arab Emirates is now becoming the world’s leading center for textile industry automation with the presence of about 200 apparel manufacturing companies.
Dilip Nihalani IATF’s show director said the focus is on bringing in and introducing prominent manufacturers from all across the globe to clothing and textile buyers and retailers all over the MENA region. UAE is the 3rd largest country in terms of textile exports and is the largest sector of the Middle East. IATF is a bi-annual event being organized by Nihalani events management. The latest IATF edition has showcased spring/summer 2018 pre-collections and autumn/winter 2018 highlights.