10th Decofair opens doors in Riyadh today

The event, which is being held for the first time in the Saudi capital, is expected to attract a huge number of exhibitors.
Updated 04 February 2019

10th Decofair opens doors in Riyadh today

The 10th edition of Decofair, an exclusive furniture and design exhibition, kicks off today at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, under the patronage of Prince Sattam bin Khalid bin Nasser. The event, which is being held for the first time in the Saudi capital, is expected to attract a huge number of exhibitors.
Director of Decofair Sherine Kerkadan said that she hoped the ideas and experiences at the event are translated into practice through the establishment of branches for the participating companies in Saudi Arabia, in light of the availability of manpower, the Kingdom’s location and access to raw materials at a competitive cost.
“The opportunity to meet these unique international companies of lighting, furniture, design materials and services and home décor under one roof provides a unique business platform to create an investment atmosphere that contributes to supporting and enhancing several areas based on this fair and its mission,” she added.
Decofair attracts national, regional and global attention of many Saudi and international manufacturers of furniture and furnishings. The fair will be held from Feb. 4-6, with the participation of 10 countries and more than 125 brands.
The previous nine editions of the exhibition were held in Jeddah.
Decofair represents an effective business platform for trade cooperation and exchange of experiences, which comes within the framework of boosting the aspirations of the Saudi market and in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
Studies reveal that the Saudi furniture market will see considerable competition as the number of housing units increase, which in turn will increase the demand for furniture, decoration, lighting and accessories.
The Kingdom is expected to account for 12 percent of the total furniture trade in the Middle East region with a value amounting to $100 billion by 2020.
According to the General Authority for Statistics, the number of Saudi families increased to 3.6 million by mid 2018, increasing the number of housing units — whether owned or leased — at a rate of 3.43 percent compared to mid 2017. The rate of housing units, whether owned or leased by Saudi families was 60.49 percent, a figure that will increase the demand for furniture, furnishings and decoration. Decofair is attended by international companies from several countries including Portugal, Italy, India, Poland, Slovenia, Ghana, Hong Kong, China, Jordan and Bahrain as well as Saudi companies. In addition to industrial opportunities, the event will also promote cultural diversity.


Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.