Vice-Chairman The inaugural Brands of India trade show, organized by The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), witnessed its opening by Butti Saeed Al Ghandi, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre. Running from November 27 to 29, the event marked the growing presence of Indian businesses in the UAE market following the India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in 2022.
Strong Support and Collaboration
Supported by key entities such as the Embassy of India-UAE, The Dubai Textile Merchants Association (TEXMAS), Dubai International Chamber, and the Readymade Garments Merchants Group Dubai, the trade show showcased the collaborative efforts between Indian and UAE businesses.
Government Endorsement and Vision: Vice-Chairman
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Textiles, Government of India, lauded the event as an excellent platform for positioning Indian brands in the overseas market. He emphasized the government’s dedication to fostering a modern and dynamic textile sector.
Rajesh Masand’s Insights
Rajesh Masand, President of CMAI, highlighted the historical ties between India and the UAE, with Dubai serving as a gateway to Africa for Indian businesses. He expressed confidence in Brands of India strengthening ties and enabling Indian apparel brands to expand in the MENA region.
Fashion as a Unifying Force
Butti Saeed Al Ghandi emphasized the significance of Brands of India in fostering bilateral ties and transcending borders through the power of fashion. He acknowledged the event’s role in creating lasting connections.
Excitement and Business Prospects
Jayesh Shah, Chairman of Brands of India and Vice President of CMAI, expressed excitement about the platform creating business prospects for Indian brands in the region. With over 1,500 pre-registered buyers from 30 countries, the trade show promised to be a milestone for Indian apparel brands seeking international recognition.
Ambassador’s Perspective: Vice-Chairman
Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to the UAE, highlighted the global appeal of Indian brands and the potential for expanding their presence in the Gulf, Middle East, Africa, and Europe under CEPA.
The trade show featured participation from renowned brands such as Oxemberg, J. Hamstead, Dollar, Grammer, Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, Otto, Peter England, Texas Jeans, Mexico Jeans, Klix, Double Bull, Bonheur, 109 F, Cover Story, Biba, Dressline, Indifusion, Soch, Satya Fusion, Vastrado, Zola, Gini & Jony, Little Kangaroos, Blazo, Tiny Girl, Vitamins, Mustang, and many more.
Exceeding Expectations: Vice-Chairman
Brands of India surpassed expectations with over 350 brands showcasing collections across Western wear, Indian Ethnic wear, and Fusion wear, covering Men’s wear, Women’s wear, Kidswear, and Fusion categories.