The future of dentistry looks very different than the practice of today, as seen at the Italian Trade Agency pavilion at the AEEDC Dubai 2021 (UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition). The conference was officially opened on 29 June 2021 by His Excellency Nicola Lener, ambassador of Italy to the UAE in the presence of Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Italian Consul-General in Dubai; Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner; Gianfranco Berrutti, vice-president of Italian Dental Industries Association (UNIDI) and president of European Dental Federation (FIDE); and Fabio Catellani, UNIDI foreign office representative.
From 29 June to 1 July 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates (UAE), a total of 54 Italian companies showcased some of the latest innovations in the field of dentistry, including high-calibre equipment, solutions and consumables that featured advanced technologies.
Inside Hall 4, the Italian Trade Agency pavilion, supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), housed 35 SMEs (small and mid-size enterprise) that were associated with the Italian Dental Industry Association (UNIDI).
His Excellency Nicola Lener, commented: “Despite the challenges faced last year during the pandemic, the Italian dental industry continued to innovate and develop new technologies, confirming its leadership in the UAE market. Indeed, with over 24 million euros worth of products supplied to the UAE in 2020, Italy was the number one supplier of dental equipment with over one third of the market share (34%).”
Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, said: “Like any other industry, technology is a core component and has transformed dentistry over the years. Italy has become a highly preferred country for medical and dental educational programmes, proving Italian excellence in this sector. On the other hand, our strong trade relations with the UAE continue as we supply the market needs to help build a modern infrastructure and broaden access to dental care, also in pandemic times, when safety precautions and costs put on the field a new challenge for bilateral win-win cooperation.”
He continued: “Italy remains to be the number one supplier of dental equipment to the UAE, increased 11% exports of dental hygiene products worth over 7.5 million euros in 2020, and exported another 7.5 million euros worth of special furniture for medicine, surgery and dentistry. At AEEDC Dubai 2021, Italy looked forward to presenting its excellence in dentistry with new breakthroughs and solutions that integrate workflow of dental treatments — in order to equip the UAE with latest technology and keep high quality standards in the dental sector.”
Gianfranco Berrutti, vice President of Italian Dental Industries Association (UNIDI) and president of European Dental Federation (FIDE), concluded: ‘’We are proud to start again from where we left off. Italy is a great country, one of the leading exporters in the dental field to the Gulf. We don’t have great expectations in terms of immediate return of the investment but we are sure that Dubai is the place to be today.’’