GulfHost 2018 update: new dates PLUS CESA negotiates extra grants for GB exhibitors

Show moves from September to October/November; nine grants of £2,500 up for grabs.

GulfHost, the Dubai-based foodservice equipment show for the Middle East region, has moved the dates for the 2018 show.  It will now run from October 30 to November 1 (the original dates were September 16 to 18).   Meanwhile CESA has managed to negotiate with the Department of International Trade (DIT) to secure extra funding for UK catering equipment companies planning to exhibit.  The Association now has access to nine TAP (Tradeshow Access Programme) grants, each worth £2,500.

Last year GulfHost attracted thousands of buyers and specifiers from the rapidly growing ME market.  “UK catering equipment exhibitors made great contacts and generated significant business from the 2017 show,” says Stephen Goodliff, chair of the CESA Export Group.  “For 2018 the organisers have given us an excellent location inside the Dubai World Trade Centre and, since the UK Pavilion covers 288 square metres, we have the opportunity to really push UK Plc.”

As well as organising the UK Pavilion, CESA will also offer its usual package of support for members who exhibit at GulfHost, including pre-show administration, technical back-up, marketing and networking.

CESA is a DIT Trade Challenge Partner and is happy to help potential exhibitors with their grant application.  For information about GulfHost and the TAP grants, contact Jocelyn Carr at the CESA secretariat on 020 7793 3029 or email

CESA also has TAP grants available for UK companies exhibiting at EquipHotel, in Paris in November 2018, and the NAFEM Show, in Orlando, Florida in February 2019.  TAP grants are subject to companies meeting eligibility conditions.