Construction workers are busy constructing the stalls and pavilions for the upcoming month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF).
The work is behind schedule with the deadline for the completion set by the organisers expiring on December 27. The organisers, however, say the stalls will be ready soon.
Jointly organised by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and Ministry of Commerce, the fair will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 1.
During a visit to the venue, on the west side of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), this correspondent found that this year, the situation is better than last year since most of the stalls have already been constructed with the exception of a few which are receiving finishing touches.
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“We are building the tallest ever pavilion this year. We have used steel to make the structure strong. We have also installed lifts, made by our own company, to facilitate visitors,” said Mohammad Julhas Uddin, construction in-charge of Walton’s stall, adding that they will complete the work by December 29.
Olympic Industries Limited, the largest biscuit and confectionery manufacturer in Bangladesh, is also constructing a pavilion designed to look like a pyramid.
“Every year, we try to build stalls in the form of traditional structures, and this year we selected the design of pyramid for our two-storey stall,” said the stall's project engineer Kamrul Hasan. This stall will also be completed by December 29.
Abul Khair Consumer Goods is also building a stall for showcasing its milk products sold under the brand name “Marks.”
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Construction workers are rushing to finish the stalls and pavilions inside the upcoming Dhaka International Trade Fair Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune
“We have seven small stalls to sell our products. There will also be an exclusive zone to provide free basic medical check-ups to visitors on the second floor, where visitors can go via a round shaped duplex stair,” said Mohammad Masud Rana, product and promotion officer (activation) of the company.
This year, there will be 587 stalls and pavilions at the fair. The entrance will replicate the Dhaka Gate and Padma Bridge. The fair will have pavilions, general stalls, food stalls and restaurants.
A total of approximately 42 foreign stalls from 17 countries will be at the fair.
There will be 20 stalls reserved for women, 65 premier pavilions, 35 premier mini pavilions, 15 general pavilions, 26 general mini pavilions, 72 premier stall, four reserved pavilions, four reserved mini pavilions, three restaurants, 236 general stalls, and 29 food stalls, according to the EPB plan.
“The numbers can change as the exact number will be finalised in January when the fair begins,” said Mohammad Abdur Rouf, deputy director (finance) at EPB.
We are expecting that all the stalls and pavilions will be finished before January 1 when the prime minister will inaugurate the fair, he added.
The annual fair has gained huge popularity because of the big discounts, deals, offers and promotions offered by various companies who sell their products there.
The fair will be open from 10am to 10pm every day. The entry fees have been set at Tk30 for adults and Tk20 for children.