DUBAI: This year's instalment of the PALME Middle East professional sound, lighting, music, AV and systems integration exhibition came to an end recently having attracted more than 7,000 visitors across its three-day duration. Held at Dubai International Exhibition Centre from May 20th to 22nd, the show featured a total of 272 exhibitors representing 800 companies, reports PSN-e.
"PALME has grown from strength to strength and, as expected, this year's event was the biggest ever - not only in terms of the number of exhibitors but also in footfall," commented Darren Brechin, group exhibitions director, Entertainment & Installation Technology Group of event organisers IIR Worldwide. "A veritable 'Who's Who?' of industry professionals visited PALME to keep abreast of the latest trends in products, innovation and creativity."
Pro-audio exhibitors at the show included Tannoy, which showcased two speakers originally developed for the local market - the CMS401 'Eyeball' directional ceiling speaker and the small in-wall IW 4DC - in the event's Install area. "Without PALME we would have to spend a lot more time travelling around the region to gain access to the consultants," observed the company's director of business development, Graham Hendry. "Now we can simply meet at the show."
Among other exhibiting manufacturers and distributors were L-Acoustics, D.A.S. Audio, Sennheiser, QSC, beyerdynamic, Reference Audio, Renkus-Heinz and Biamp Systems.
The dates for next year's PALME Middle East have already been set for 27th to 29th April. Prior to that, IIR is preparing for a substantial expansion of its PALME Asia show - to be held from July 12th to 14th at the new Singapore Expo - and is working on preparations for PALME India, scheduled for October 4th to 6th at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (NSE Complex) in Mumbai.
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