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The office and contract furniture market in the United Arab Emirates



The Emirates have become a regional trading hub because of their strategic position in the Gulf area. Imports account for around 90% of consumption in the country, and exports absorb 50% of local production, but a significant part of UAE exports consist of re-exported products, mainly directed to other Middle East and South Asian countries. The contract furniture market is estimated to claim half of all furniture sales in the country. The office segment accounts for 27% of the Emirates contract furniture market. The market research The office and contract furniture market in the United Arab Emirates provides a comprehensive picture of the contract and the office furniture market in the Emirates. The analysis of the contract furniture market includes the names of the major local and foreign manufacturers, information on distribution channels (architects, interior designers and furniture retailers mainly) and contract segments (public and private offices, hotels and restaurants, retail, residential and high-end villas). The study provides also details on the potential market in the different contract sectors: hospitality, restaurant industry, educational, retail and office. The analysis of the office furniture sector includes basic data (production, import, export and apparent consumption) of this segment, information about local and foreign manufacturers, demand determinants and consumption broken down by segment (seating, operative desking, executive furniture, storage, wall to wall, furniture for communal areas) and material. Analysis of distribution channels: direct sales, architects, local distributors with showroom. The report is based on field studies involving direct interviews with roughly 60 sector producers, distributors and contractors. Profiles of furniture manufacturers, dealers and contractors are also provided.

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  • Sara Paoletti & Sara Maddaloni, 2009. "The office and contract furniture market in the United Arab Emirates," CSIL reports S47, CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:mst:csilre:s47

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    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L68 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Appliances; Furniture; Other Consumer Durables
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce

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