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After a gap of three years since its last edition in Hong Kong in 2019, the world’s leading and most international trade fair for the leather industry, APLF, is set to return as a Special Edition in Dubai, UAE, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) from 30 March – 1 April 2022.

Halls 1 – 5 of the DWTC will house the event and all three APLF fairs – Leather, Materials+ and Fashion Access – will take place concurrently covering the global supply chain of the leather, tanning and manufacturing industry.

Exhibitor and Visitor Configuration

The Organisers estimate approximately 500 exhibiting companies occupying some 20,000 square meters of exhibition space with 15 national pavilions from Brazil, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.

Buyer Promotions

In conjunction with our six Informa regional offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Organisers are working to attract some 8,000 attendees including buyers from India, Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Romania, and Middle East. Thus, the mix of buyers will be different from a regular Hong Kong event but open up new opportunities from nearby African and Middle Eastern countries for participating companies looking to expand their base of international buyers.

With a view to strengthening our visitor promotion campaign, the APLF team is working closely with national leather, footwear and retail associations from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Romania, Russia as well as those from Europe and Africa to organise buying groups to APLF Dubai.

Additionally, APLF will work with the Dubai Chamber to promote Dubai Expo 2020 and APLF Dubai. Their VIP programme will give APLF’s buyers and exhibitors incentive to visit World Expo and attend business matching meetings during the fair.

Onsite Events

To maintain APLF’s character as an integral event – that is a combination of conferences, seminars, and trade fair – the following events will be held during APLF Dubai:

Future Trends in a Post-Covid Leather Industry – 29 March (PM)

Co-organised with International Leather Maker, topics include tanning with bio-based chemicals, deforestation, biodegradability of leather, image of leather and the consumer, animal welfare and reducing the carbon footprint of leather.

Leather Naturally Breakfast meeting – 31 March (AM)

Leather Naturally will give an update about LN and Metcha Campaign

Global Footwear Executive Summit – 31 March (PM)

With the support from, topics will include how digital technology will impact design, manufacturing, logistics and sales of footwear. Why prices of footwear have risen during the pandemic and finally the hot topic of the moment – sustainability – an issue that concerns all major brands, marketing and consumers in the 21 century.

More detailed information will be updated on​

Materials and Fashion Trends Space

Display of the most updated Spring-Summer 2023 materials and colour trends

Graphic of the most updated Fall-winter 2022-23 fashion trends

Official Hotel and Airline

As Dubai is a new venue for APLF events, we are including information on hotels and airlines for exhibitors and visitors.

Exhibitors and visitors are recommended to check travel schedule in advance and note the following about COVID-19 regulations:

COVID safety measures:

Click to familiarise yourself before Travelling to Dubai during COVID-19

In addition, APLF has also implemented its own safety measures for exhibitors and visitors while on site which you can consult by clicking on: Informa Markets – All Secure

For more information about this landmark event contact APLF at


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