Dhaka International Trade Fair 2018 on Friday, the third weekend of the fair, drew a huge flock of crowd in its venue at Sher-e Bangla Nagar in the capital.
Though the day started a little dull for the fair, in the evening it saw a huge influx of eager visitors making it difficult for even for the pavilions to accommodate them properly.
Mahmud, a student who came to attend the fair with his friends said, they came to the fair in the morning as the crowd is bearable during that time and it’s easy to move around.
But after the Jummah prayer, the crowd grew larger and larger, he added.
Tanjilur Rahman, manager of the Nabisco Biscuits pavilion told UNB that, as they have good quality products with decent price, they always face the pressure of crowd as well as customers.
But this Friday, it became tough to handle as the crowd became overloaded in the pavilion, he said, adding that they had to manage the crowd by forming queues.
Other pavilions specially the ones of food and household items had more or less same scenario throughout the day.
Nusrat, a housewife, who came along with her husband to do some shopping from the fair told UNB that, usually every year the pavilions of household items of daily need and the ones with special discount remain busy.
But this year, the crowd seemed to be more than previous years, she noted.
Meanwhile, foreign pavilions, especially stalls of Turkey and Thailand, attracted huge numbers of curious visitors with their unique and colorful products.
Lutfunnahar, from Malibagh, said she visits the trade fair each year and the foreign stalls are the main attractions for her.
“We get to see and buy some unique products all in one place which we don’t usually get in the market,”she said, by way of explaining her enthusiasm for the event.
According to the sources at Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), the 23rd edition of the fair has been arranged over a 1.25 million square foot-area, where around 589 pavilions, mini pavilions and stalls, including Bangabandhu Pavilion, have been set up.
Apart from the business stalls, an amusement park for children, a mother and child center, separate booths and security service rooms for male and female, fire service station, blood donation center, and a complaint center for the Consumer Rights Protection, have been set up inside the fair compound..