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: 16 October, 2008  (Company News)
Logistics hub Dubai seen as ideal platform by Deutsche Messe
Deutsche Messe has confirmed its plans to organize CeMAT MIDDLE EAST at Dubai’s International Airport Expo Center from 19 to 21 January 2010, underscoring the Hannover-based company’s commitment to consistent expansion in the world’s key growth markets.

The Gulf region is developing into an international hub for logistics, offering outstanding opportunities for the intralogistics sector as a whole. Dubai especially is expanding its market position, but even smaller neighbors like Bahrain and Qatar exhibit considerable potential. The overall logistics market for the Golf Cooperation Council (consisting of Saudi-Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman) is estimated at an annual 12 billion U.S. dollars.

“The decision to stage CeMAT MIDDLE EAST in Dubai was in response to the wishes of our CeMAT exhibitors to be represented by a trade fair in the emerging markets of the Near and Middle East”, reports Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the Deutsche Messe managing board. “Many of our exhibitors are already active in this part of the world, while others are planning to enter the market soon. CeMAT MIDDLE EAST represents our effort to present all domestic and international exhibitors with an ideal tradeshow platform reflecting the entire spectrum of the industry,” explains Gruchow.

Dubai is the main logistics hub for the markets on the Arabian peninsula as well as for Iran, east Africa and even India. Up to now, Dubai Logistics City represents the Middle East’s most ambitious logistics project, with annual air cargo capacity of 12 million tons on an area measuring 25 square kilometers. The main seaport in the United Arab Emirates is Jebel Ali in Dubai, the world’s ninth largest container port, currently being expanded at a cost of 1.3 billion dollars to include 82 berths with 125 quay cranes with an annual transshipment capacity of 21.8 million containers. The scheduled completion date is 2020.

The display sectors at CeMAT MIDDLE EAST comprise all aspects of intralogistics, including forklifts and other industrial trucks, materials handling accessories, rack systems, warehouse systems, packaging, loading equipment, cranes, auto-ID systems and software.

CeMAT MIDDLE EAST will be staged at the International Airport Expo Center in Dubai, in operation since 1999 and the Emirate’s biggest, most modern exhibition facility. Simultaneously, Deutsche Messe Hannover will be staging Industrial Automation MIDDLE EAST (the International Trade Fair for Factory, Process and Industrial Building Automation) and MDA MIDDLE EAST (the International Trade Fair for Motion, Drive and Automation). The tried-and-tested, HANNOVER MESSE-style concept of offering several trade fairs under a single roof provides visitors with an opportunity to obtain cross-sector information at a single venue and learn about the entire range of automation products, services and solutions.
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