Dubai Global Connect Opens Visitor Centre

—Team from Dallas Market Center participates in ceremony for first building inside 10 million square foot masterplan—

DALLAS – January 28, 2021 – Dallas Market Center, the most complete lifestyle marketplace in North America, via its parent company, Market Center Management Company, participated in the inauguration of the Visitor Centre for Dubai Global Connect (DGC), the first permanent B2B marketplace for consumer goods in the Middle East. Dubai Global Connect will be open year-round to qualified retail buyers and designers, manufacturers and industry professionals from around the world, including the U.S. The purpose-built “City of Trade” will feature permanent showrooms, exhibition space, an innovation hub, auditorium, meeting rooms, offices, and private warehousing for tenants. The wholesale consumer goods showcased by Dubai Global Connect will include home furnishings, fashion, and food.

Dallas Market Center previously announced a strategic alliance with Dubai Global Connect supporting the development and management of the 10 million square foot wholesale marketplace in Dubai opening in 2023.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place following an initial soft-launch period, and was performed by HE Mohammed Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, in the presence of HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of the Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Majid Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber. Cindy Morris, CEO of Dallas Market Center, and Bill Winsor, chairman emeritus, travelled to Dubai from Dallas to attend the ceremony.

H.E. Mohammed I. Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) explained: “Throughout history, Dubai's strategic location forged a rich legacy of commerce for the city, continued global ambition and a decisive role in international trade. DGC was initiated by ICD to build on this history of trade and we look forward to welcoming traders from around to the world to our Visitor Centre from today onwards.”

Dubai Global Connect will welcome visitors to the purpose-built, 40,000 square foot Visitor Centre where it will showcase the Dubai Global Connect ecosystem of services and products as a catalyst of growth for their business. Dubai Global Connect has created small-scale markets as part of this unique Visitor Centre experience where an initial selection of traders in Furniture & Living, Food, and Fashion will display their product ranges.

“We have always planned for the DGC Visitor Centre to be operational throughout EXPO2020, and we are proud to announce its completion as scheduled. Our vision for this space goes beyond promoting DGC and extends to providing a platform for trade to thrive while we work towards completing the remainder of the DGC wholesale market and surrounding ecosystem,” commented Douraid Zaghouani, COO of ICD and Chairman of DGC.

Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center, added:We are pleased to participate in this important first step toward creating a global destination for wholesale trade in Dubai. This is a state-of-the-art facility that will quickly become a critical center of commerce for companies seeking a highly efficient platform for serving customers and expanding their business. We look forward to supporting the project with our experience in design, development, operations, events, and marketing.”

Designed by Rome-based Studio Fuksas, the iconic building is an architectural masterpiece located in Dubai South, between Al Maktoum Airport and Jebel Ali Port. The rest of the wholesale market is expected to be delivered in phases, with the first phase consisting of 4 million square feet of dedicated trade facilities including on-site storage, boutique offices, an innovation hub and a smart service centre housing third party service providers.

Dallas Market Center and Market Center Management Company have for six decades developed, owned and/or managed wholesale trade centers around the world. Its executive team has deep experience across multiple consumer products industries and trade shows including home furnishings and fashion. In addition, MCMC is the only management team with multinational experience involving both ownership and management including Brussels International Trade Mart and ShanghaiMart as well as consulting experience on trade center development projects in Colombia, Vietnam, and Portugal.

Dubai Global Connect, located at the crossroads of Dubai’s logistics corridor in the Dubai South district and adjacent to Al Maktoum Airport and Jebel Ali Port, will be supported by best-in-class services for on-site meetings and events as well as a state-of-the-art digital wholesale trading platform connecting buyers and sellers online and facilitating hassle-free trade through Dubai Global Connect.

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Dallas Market Center recently concluded a series of January trade events supporting wholesale and retail that were by all measures the most successful in North America. The number of exhibitors participating was the largest of any B2B show in the Unites States. Attendance was far above any other competitive trade event and included record-breaking numbers of new buyers. Orders were consistent and larger than average for many exhibitors. Finally, strict health measures supported the comfort/safety of all guests.

Upcoming trade events in Dallas include The Men’s Show (January 31-February 2), Lightovation (March 23-26), Apparel & Accessories Market and Total Home & Gift Market (March 23-26), KidsWorld (March 23-26), and AETA International Trade Show (March 23-26). To make plans for an upcoming visit, check the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app.

About Market Center Management Company and Dallas Market Center

Market Center Management Company (MCMC), based in Dallas, Texas, and its owner, Crow Holdings, own or manage market centers in North America (Dallas Market Center) and Europe (Brussels International Trade Mart). In North America, Dallas Market Center is the leading global business-to-business trade center and connects retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in gourmet and housewares, home décor, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting and apparel. Inside its five million square foot campus, buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.