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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pakistan trader hails holding Chinese building material fair in UAE‎

BEIJING: A Pakistani trader welcomed holding of Guangdong Build United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2012, the first fair and exhibition on building materials by companies from China's Guangdong province in the Gulf state, started on Monday in Dubai's neighbouring sheikhdom Sharjah, reports local media here.

The visiting Mohamed Sharif, a Pakistani businessman who runs his own General Trading company in Sharjah, was impressed by the assortment at the fair.

"China and Pakistan have always been close trading partners and my company has distribution agreements with a number of Chinese producers of building materials. This is why my company welcomes the growing influx of Chinese products to the UAE, "the English language China Daily quoted Sharif as saying.

"I think we should have such fairs on a regular basis, with exhibiting firms from different provinces in China." he asserted.

The three-day fair, which hosts some 30 companies from Guangdong province specialized on building materials, was officially opened by Sheikh Faisal Bin Khalid Mohamed Al Qassimi, Chairman of Faisal Aviation and nephew of Sharjah's ruler Dr Sheikh Sultan Al-Qassimi, in the presence of Chinese officials from Guangdong province in Southeast China, the Chinese General Consulate in Dubai and businessmen from both sides.

Zhang Yi, Economic and Commercial Counselor at China's General Consulate in Dubai, who advises Chinese firms how to enter the market of the Gulf state, said that bilateral trade between the UAE and China hit a whopping 35.1 billion US dollars in 2011, representing an annual growth of 35 percent in the last decade.

Sharif will not be disappointed. According to Ms Zhang Yi, "every year, there are a dozen of China-UAE trade fairs like the Guangdong Build United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2012, and we constantly hear of new initiatives coming up in the future."

Organised by the China Town Building Material Center, "the objective of the fair is to promote companies from Guangdong Province, which is China's leading region in relation to ceramics and building material products," said Zhang Qinwei, President of the Guangdong Business Council in the UAE.


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