Cabsat moves to January
UAE: Cabsat has announced a major shift in its dates for the 2018 edition of the broadcast show. The event will now take place two months earlier than previous iterations, running from January 14 to 16 at the Dubai World Trade Centre’s new Za’abeel Halls 1 to 6.
According to a statement from the organiser, the move is due to ‘timing conflicts with other international shows and the Holy Month of Ramadan moving forward in the calendar in the coming years’.
The positive side of the date shift is it will move Cabsat away from NAB. And as the organiser recognised, shifting the dates to after the US show would clash directly with Ramadan. However, this move does take it into direct competition with other international audio shows, such as NAMM which takes place a week later in California, British broadcast event BVE at the start of February, and ISE which is attracting a greater number of broadcast manufacturers and their customer base and opens its doors in Amsterdam just over a fortnight after Cabsat’s close.
Of course, the show does have a history of clashing with international events. It is regularly the case that exhibitors ship their stands straight from BVE to Cabsat and perhaps most tellingly, in 2014 there was a direct clash with Pro Light + Sound in Frankfurt. On that occasion the audience was different enough that there was only a minimal impact on the show floor in Dubai as many people chose to split their time between the two events.
Perhaps more concerning though is its proximity to other local events. Security show Intersec, which attracts manufacturers and integrators active in the broadcast sector, takes place in Dubai five days after Cabsat closes. While InfoComm MEA, which draws a large number of the same local distributors to exhibit, closes its doors five weeks before Cabsat opens.
As the close proximity of Pro Light + Sound Middle East and InfoComm MEA last year proved, Dubai’s audio industry does not respond well to similar events taking place within weeks of each other. As the longest standing broadcast tradeshow in the Middle East, Cabsat can proudly boast a larger show floor and a bigger audience than the other regional audio-related events and is in a strong position. How this date change will affect it and the other events around it will be a source of interest.