Breakbulk Middle East (BBME) 2020, the two-day GCC-based breakbulk and project cargo event, has officially kicked off. After a year-long process of laying down foundational groundwork, the comprehensive conference and exhibition is ready to help guide the regional industry to the next level.
BBME 2020 is being held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) for Land and Maritime. The event will occur on the 25th and 26th of February, at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE.
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) for Land and Maritime commented, “This year marks the beginning of an important decade for the UAE, with Expo 2020 positioned to be at the forefront of the many milestone achievements that the country expects to accomplish. With regional infrastructure investment rising, optimism is emitting itself from the GCC and Middle East. Accordingly, we will leverage Breakbulk Middle East’s robust representation of the industrial supply chain to build greater momentum into Expo 2020.”
AlNuaimi added, “The UAE has been diligently working to diversify and integrate our economy. The successful realization of this will set up the country to thrive for years to come. In turn, we will be able to better serve the best interests of the region to ultimately benefit the global economy. With a huge variety of projects rising in the region, the next two days should prove useful in making progress to fast-track the UAE’s ambitions.”
Eng. Ahmed Al Khouri, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport added, “The UAE’s firm commitment to fostering its shipping infrastructure and functionality involves addressing key points of focus which can be greater strengthened. The successful realisation of this concept involves all aspects of the shipping industry, including optimisation of cargo transport, implementing methods of lowering operational costs while still maintaining elite efficiency, and establishing programs, which will properly nurture the next set of maritime professionals that our Emirate will rely on for future decades. Though topical dialogues centered on these areas of focus are essential, attendees who are willing to listen contribute ideas, and advocate change are equally important. Through the years, Breakbulk Middle East has established a notoriety for creating engaging discussion between individuals who can formulate change, and this year’s event should only further demonstrate that.”
Ben Blamire, event director of Breakbulk Middle East said, “Kuwait is working on $3bn, 157km rail route to connect the UAE and KSA. Saudi Arabia has plans to invest $1.61bn in infrastructure enhancements, resulting in a wider construction spend of $2.43 trillion. The UAE is responsible for more than 50% of the GCC’s construction spending. All of this clearly indicates that infrastructure potential is currently enormous in the Middle East. With the fifth edition of BBME kicking off tomorrow, key players from these countries, and others in the region, will be able to connect and collaborate towards maximizing these prospects.”
Leslie Meredith, marketing director of Breakbulk Events & Media added, “It’s been a long road to ensure tomorrow’s event is as successful as the previous four editions. We are excited for the industry to finally experience the benefits of this preparation. With a thoroughly extensive and topical agenda, highly qualified speakers, a variation of new and innovative event additions, some of the most prominent companies in the world, and major decision makers slated to be in attendance – tomorrow will be a great step towards enriching the collective breakbulk industry. With that said, we look forward to seeing all industry leaders and experts present."