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The “most talented and innovative” printers across the GCC were recognised at this year’s Dubai Print Awards.
Calling it an award that “raises the bar for the printing industry”, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s second vice chairman, Hisham Al Shirawi, said the growth in the number of award categories was a reflection on the growth of the industry itself.
“It shows that (the region) is working towards improving products to international standards.
“The printing industry here is being developed in a big way.”
 The Printing and Publishing Group’s chairman, Ahmad Al Shaikh, said since the award’s inception in 2006, they had received an increasing interest from international countries.
He said this year, they had received some 800 entries compared to the inaugural event where 350 entries were received.
Al Shaikh said he was also surprised to find that 30% of the winners were from surrounding GCC countries.  “This is an indication that the awards are not only improving the quality on the local market, but also throughout the region.” 
He said judges were also positive about the quality of this year’s entrants.
Head judge Joachim Englisch said, however, that printers needed to give more attention to the “colour management process” as well as “finishing”.