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Dubai International Print Awards in their eighth year hosted a glittering (and somewhat hurried) award night at Madinat Jumeirah.  All eyes are now on the new team elected for a period of two years.

Jointly organised by Expo Centre Sharjah and the Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), the first edition of Print Pack Arabia held in Sharjah got off  with a tentative start though participants expressed satsifaction with the ‘quality’ of visitors at their booth.  

The President of IPAMA expressed the need for a dedicated printing free-zone in the emirate, where joint ventures with manufacturers from the Western world could be established to gain technologically.  Every emirate and industry has its own distinct need and requirement, which if fulfilled can lead to a win-win situation, benefitting industry and the local government.  

The one segment that seems to unveil latent potential is 3D printing and many printshops are investing in enhancing their 3D printing capabilities, sensing new revenue streams.

This issue of PrintWeek MEA, carries special coverage of Dubai International Print Awards and Print Pack Arabia 2014.

Hope you enjoy reading our special issue just as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.