The 13th Arab Oil and Gas Show (OGS 2006) is looking to cater to a rapidly growing industrial gases sector in the region by hosting exhibitors with lateral and vertical product and process offerings for the sector.

The move comes as OGS seeks to explore the growth potential of a global industrial gas industry worth US$36bn in 2003, and expected to exceed over US$50bn by 2008.

"Industrial gases play a crucial role in global markets and are becoming increasingly relevant to the Middle East milieu due to rapid growth in manufacturing facilities in the region. This year, OGS will emphasize the industrial gas sector, with prominent exhibitors representing the industry and showcasing state of the art applications both vertically and laterally," commented Anselm Godinho, managing director of International Conferences and Exhibitions.

According to Godinho global markets for industrial gases account for more than $9 trillion of total global GDP, with estimates suggesting that over 50 per cent of the entire global economy is serviced by industrial gases and related systems and technologies

OGS 2006 will be held 10 -12 September at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre with support from the UAE Ministry of Energy.