Cabsat 2006 to be bigger and better

The 12th Middle East International Cable, Satellite and Broadcasting show, Cabsat 2006, will take place from March 7 -9, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  January 30, 2006

The 12th Middle East International Cable, Satellite and Broadcasting show, Cabsat 2006, will take place from March 7 -9, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event has received the formal backing of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) and Global Satellite Forum (GVF). “The endorsement from leading industry associations underlines the exhibition’s growing importance as a must-attend event on the industry calendar for electronic media professionals,” says Helal Saeed Khalfan Al Marri, director general for DWTC. According to the Arab Advisors Group, the regional electronic media industry has grown tremendously over the last few years. The number of TV channels in the Middle East is growing at an average rate of two channels per month. As many as 45 new free-to-air channels have started broadcasting in the past four months alone raising the total number of channels to 200. “As this region continues to develop, there will be a huge demand for the latest products and services by broadcasters. Cabsat provides the ideal platform to tap this vast emerging economy in the region and will offer both exhibitors and visitors an opportunity to meet and explore business opportunities,” says Al Marri. The event has three distinct segments: Cable & Satellite, Broadcast & Production, and Communications. However, there will be other highlights including a Radio and Audio pavilion that caters to the specific needs of the audio industry for video, radio and studio, as well as a broadcasting conference, and the Digital Studio Industry Leadership Awards. Cabsat 2005 covered a gross floor space measuring 12,000 m2 and attracted 7,384 visitors. As many as 402 people from 50 countries participated in the event including five country pavilions from the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Taiwan and Korea. More visitors are expected this year.

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