The 18th edition of the annual three-day event, which was scheduled to run from 7-9 June 2020, will now take place from 19-21 October 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.The postponement comes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as containment measures restrict movement across international borders, and impact the global economy.
“We stand united with the entire automotive aftermarket industry as we navigate these challenging times,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Show Director for Automechanika Dubai.“Automechanika Dubai is truly a global event, and the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 meant potentially thousands of stakeholders are limited in their ability to plan ahead and attend the show at its original dates in June.
“Confirming the new dates proved particularly challenging on account of the show’s size coupled with a very busy events’ schedule at the venue toward the end of the year, however we’re confident we’ve settled on a date that is most suitable for all stakeholders.”Mr Bilikozen added: “Now, more than ever, it’s important for the automotive aftermarket to come together and ensure business continuity. As passionate advocates for the social and economic benefits of meeting face to face at events, we’re committed to staging another successful show in October.”
“Our first priority is also to the health and well-being of our exhibitors and visitors. We’re therefore taking the sensible precautionary response, while carefully watching and taking the advice of the relevant local and global authorities. We’re working hard to ensure that all the appropriate health and safety measures will be in place for the show later this year.”
This year’s event will showcase a number of exciting elements such as the Automechanika Academy, the Modern Workshop, and the Innovation Zone, which will keep the many thousands of trade buyers and industry professionals in tune with new market developments.The Innovation Zone is a dedicated area at the centre of the show floor featuring presentations and product showcases from exhibitors that are steering the course for the regional and global automotive aftermarket.
Other features include the Truck Competence initiative, dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.The Automechanika Academy meanwhile will feature key presentations such as Dubai’s auto parts and accessories trade in 2019 by the Dubai Customs, as well as AfriConnections, which explores rising opportunities in the African aftermarket.
Automechanika Dubai is one of 15 instalments in 14 countries of Automechanika – the most successful automotive aftermarket trade fair brand in the world.