The furniture industry slid into panic as its most important exhibition of the year was cancelled less than a week before its commencement date.
According to Al Masry Al Youm, a press-release was published on several media outlets, appealing to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to intervene in favour of lifting the cancellation imposed on the Le Marche Furniture exhibition, for unspecified "security reasons."
The organisers of the iconic exhibition, furniture manufacturers, and more than 200 participants have expressed their outrage regarding the cancellation, which they deem to be a fierce blow to the furniture industry in Egypt.
The annual exhibition brings together manufacturers and retailers from the furniture and interior design industries to display their products, becoming a pillar of the furniture industry, which many stakeholders rely on.
According to the release, the exhibition's stakeholders propose that a cancellation could possibly lead to Egypt bearing a false global reputation of danger and instability. They also point out the fact that this exhibition is the single, most important outlet for furniture businesses throughout the whole year.
Right now Tarek Nour Advertising Agency, the main organiser of the event, is leading the negotiations with the Interior Ministry. The agency is trying to reach an agreement to have the event carried out on its specified date – the 22nd of December. The participating businesses did not halt their advertising campaigns for the exhibition, in hopes of succeeding in the negotiations.
According to Al Borsa News, the negotiations are still ongoing, as the Interior Ministry's civil security department are currently reluctant to allow the event to take place. The Interior Ministry says that it opposes the event being held, due to the short and sensitive time-span from the recent Cathedral bombing incident.