Features at PALME include the striking Lobo Laser show in Hall 6 ; the New” Integrators Pavilion/ Seminars” sponsored by Christie Digital which will run in conjunction with the automated systems zone for both commercial and residential AV installations.

New to PALME and event360, the ‘in[e]vent forum’ will be presented and sponsored by mamemo productions. Held in hall 8, this new networking and seminar Area is dedicated to the Middle East event industry . There, visitors will be able to catch up on the latest developments, industry news and network with the key industry professionals in a trendy and relaxing environment.

The PALME VIP Lounge in Hall 7, is sponsored by IBS and open to exhibitors and VIP guests only.
In addition, PALME also plays host to numerous companies presenting live demos of the latest audio manufacturers, staging technologies and an impressive array of lighting displays and LED systems.

In its 6th year, we are also welcoming the PALME DJ Competition sponsored by Pioneer and Pacemaker ; the final will be held on April 28th.
Last but not least, PALME is also embracing the latest technology with interactive floor plans positioned through the exhibition centre . Exhibitors , visitors and VIP will be able to try this new LCD touch screen system to maximise their business schedules at the show!

Key conference highlights.

PALME 2009 presents a diversified programme of paid and free conferences, seminars and workshops .

The AV & SYSTEMS INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE, sponsored by Christie Digital ,will entail 2 sessions over 2 days .

The Conference will start with the Install Round Table Forum:

– A discussion forum for systems integration specialists across the Middle East.
– Examining the future of the AV and integration industry.
– The current economic constraints – looking beyond 2009
– New Technologies vs New Trends .
– Middle East Communications Industries Association (MECIA) update.

The afternoon session will then focus on cases studies from companies such as:

Omnix Media Networks, LOBO and Bond Communications. Key speakers include Jasper Whitaker, Business Development, Omnix Media Networks;Alex Hennig, Creative Director, LOBO amongst other industry key thinkers.

The second day of the Conference, is dedicated to the PALME Lighting Solutions Conference with our key note speaker Matthieu Larivee, Lighting Designer, Luz Lighting Design presenting and discussing the “Transforming One of the Seven Wonders of the World – Live at the Pyramids”.

A series of focused seminars will run in parallel to the Conference. The seminars will present diverse discussion panels on subjects such as ‘event safety and rigging’ and product seminars from Da-lite, Extron, BSS, SAE Institute, Taiden, TSL, Tannoy, PMK, Robert Juliet – Light Spot course among a total of 20 workshops.

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The event 360 conference runs over 5 days and will provide an interactive platform to discuss the challenges facing the events industry. Key note speakers include Ric Birch, Unrivalled Master of Ceremonies & Creative Consultant, Olympic Organising Committee, Beijing 2008 Olympics , Fatima Sadiqi Director General Fes Festival of Sacred Music, Morocco and an array of international industry experts .

New to 2009, PALME will play host to the Internationally acclaimed Syn-Aud-Con seminar running on April 26- 27th. The 2 day certified course is presented by Pat Brown , an industry insider who has been devoted to providing practical, in-depth training seminars on the principles of audio and acoustics for over 35 years. Sessions include Sound System Tuning, Loudspeaker Equalisation, Configuring a Loudspeaker Processors and much more.

Further information and delegates passes are available on www.palme-me.com


How many exhibitors compared to last year’s show?
The new challenges facing the global markets and current economic climate have impacted on PALME . This year, we welcome over 160 exhibitors representing 600 brands (200 exhibitors in 2008) . Those positive figures reinforce that the Event is not only pivotal to the industry but also a recognised source of business networks for regional and international key players . Indeed, the international aura of the show is confirmed with representation from over 25 countries worldwide from Europe, North America and Asia, all keen to tap into the lucrative regional market.

How many delegates have pre-registered for the exhibition? for the conference? How does this compare to last year?
In regards to pre-registration we are substantially up from this time last year! We are confident that this year will be a significant time for the industry as PALME looks forward to welcoming more regional and international buyers than ever before. Also, we have spared no efforts to present a diverse series of key features at the show, seminars and conferences which will provide an unmatched level of business opportunities.

How does floorspace at DICEC compare to last year?
Taking into accounts the new industry dynamics, we have had to alter the floor space from last years show from 17,000sqm to 15,000sqm. Today, the full exhibition has retained its professional presentation and covers 4 large halls, split between PALME, Install Systems Integration, event 360 and Musac Middle East. We have not made any compromise on delivering an international show case.

What sort of impact has the economic downturn had on the planning for this year’s show?
As organisers, we spare no efforts in delivering the high standards that the industry expects. It is with a clear understanding of the end result, that we have carried out a more extensive marketing campaign and further promoted the event and industry to a larger international audience ; indeed, recession is a time where communication prevails. The economic downturn has also been an opportunity to source new ideas, bring new features and respond to the industry needs and requests. From our exhibitors perspective, the impacts did not follow an generic pattern; Indeed, we did notice a clear retraction from China and Taiwan but yet an increase from traditional markets such as the UK and US.

While there might have been some downsizing in space from some exhibitors, some other companies have doubled their stand size! Ultimately, we are pleased to present this year’s edition with no major absentee .
PALME is the only major international Pro light & sound and staging trade show in the region. Our media exposure extends across more than 70 regional and international industry media; the Event attracts thousands of visitors from the GCC, MENA region as well as African and India Subcontinent.