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H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid opens the exhibitions of “INDEX" and "Middle East Stone" 23 May 2017
23rd May, 2017 – H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the UAE Minister of Finance, officially launched the 27th INDEX Design Series Interiors Festival and its co-located Middle East Stone show, now in its third year.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan launched the four-day event before being given a guided tour of the show floor, and liaised with firms taking part in Middle East covering, which focuses on interior and exterior surface solutions.
Tony Crinion, dmg events Design Portfolio Director, said: "All of us across the INDEX Design Series would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, for opening what promises to be an incredible four days of business and networking.
"The region’s recent history of infrastructure, hospitality, residential and retail development is once again pushing on. With ambitious national growth set for the Gulf across the next 10 to 15 years, being able to source the finest materials and products to help build and furnish these mega-projects is vital for the region’s construction and design leaders. The INDEX Design Series and Middle East Stone are here to meet that requirement", he added. 
It is worthy mentioned that more than 1,100 exhibitor stands in the shows are expected to attract well over 30,000 visitors. 
Attended the opening ceremony are Helal Saeed Almarri, the Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and the DWTC authority, Samantha Kane-Macdonald, INDEX Event Director, and Yan Wang, Event Director at Middle East Stone