Ahead of the Dubai trade show, the organizers of Vision-X have disclosed some figures about the local market. Quoting research by GfK, the optical market in the Middle East is estimated at €2.4 billion, but its growth has slowed down since the start of the year. However, the market for contact lenses is seen growing at annual rate of 4 percent. On the retail side, a recent census of opticians in the United Arab Emirates found that 22 percent more opticians are now located in shopping malls, representing a third of all opticians in the region. The Vision-X show will take place in Dubaï from Oct. 17 to 19, and will host a series of contact lens workshops. According to the organizers, the last edition of the show attracted about 4,000 visitors from more than 70 countries.