Two-day Event Offers a Platform for Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange
The 2022 edition of Breakbulk Middle East, or BBME, the region's largest event for project cargo and breakbulk industry, has piqued the interest of local and global industry stakeholders and attendees. Such support bolsters the event’s prominent reputation and reinforces its importance in driving the progress of the UAE’s and Gulf Cooperation Council’s thriving breakbulk sector.
Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the event is scheduled to take place on 1st & 2nd February 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. With a strategic vision to aid the UAE’s and the region’s diversified and sustainable economy, BBME will add immense value by facilitating key collaborations during the event. Additionally, the event also hopes to elevate the trade and logistics sectors in the UAE by underpinning the country’s pioneering efforts that have been instrumental in its recent re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in the Category B membership. It has the support of the region’s top transport and logistics leaders, the UAE government and its top educational institutions.
After a two-year break due to the global pandemic, the project cargo industry in the UAE, neighboring countries, and professionals worldwide looking for opportunities for new projects in the region agree that Breakbulk Middle East is a must-attend event, particularly as we head into a period of recovery.
Capt. Mohamad Al Ali, Senior Vice President, Ship Management for ADNOC Logistics and Services, said: “It's a very successful event. It’s gathered a lot of expertise from the industry. It's also a very good opportunity for us to network and meet each other and exchange a lot of information. So, I'm quite happy that this event is going to be back."
H.E. Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “As a major contributor to the UAE’s economy, the breakbulk sector is one of the most promising sectors in the country and will continue to hold its leading status, both locally and regionally. In the UAE, we owe our success to the top-notch infrastructure of our ports and the investments made by various organisations in adopting cutting-edge technologies. We have consistently worked to ensure that we provide the best ports and shipping infrastructure for the smooth functioning of the project cargo sector. Hence, our ports have the ability to handle huge volumes of cargo. In 2020, the UAE received 25,000 port calls and our ports handled over 19 million TEU’s. We are now looking to capitalise on these figures in the coming year despite the progressing Covid-19 crisis. We are confident that industry events like BBME will prompt an uptick in business and the post-Covid-19 era will be marked by a strong rebound.”
Offering valuable opportunities
As one of the leading GCC events for the project cargo and breakbulk sector, BBME has been committed to advancing the industry’s progress by providing visitors and exhibitors with an unparalleled experience. Attendees can expect face-to-face meetings with project owners, EPCs, industrial manufacturers and global project forwarders. Such interactions will act as a gateway to future collaboration.
Mohammed Jaber, Chief Operating Officer Abu Dhabi; Managing Director Air and Sea, DSV, said: “I've been attending Breakbulk Middle East since the beginning. Our company finds value during the event by conducting meetings and learning the views of market leaders. We are there to find solutions and to make sure that we are on the right track from an industry point of view, not only as freight forwarders, but as competitors and clients. It's about the code of our business and how we can develop it, address changes on the market, adapt to them, and ultimately, give our end users what they want.” Jaber is also a member of the Breakbulk Middle East Advisory Board and was instrumental in the development of this year’s program.
H.E. Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag, President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, said: “The last few years have revealed the opportunities and the shortcomings of the logistics sector. It has demonstrated the need for a highly skilled workforce, especially at a time when being tech-savvy is the need of the hour. At AASTS, we take pride in being able to bridge the talent gap in the industry by offering the required training and guidance to students and industry professionals. Our longstanding association with BBME has further helped us in the endeavour of spreading awareness about the logistics sector and the several opportunities in it. This year, in the capacity of sponsor and exhibitor, we hope to inspire and encourage students to be a part of this vital sector. We will also showcase the enhanced competencies of the academy that will, in the long run, contribute to the industry’s success.”
Ben Blamire, Event Director of Breakbulk Middle East, said: “Breakbulk Middle East is one of the first major industry events of 2022. It is indeed a great opportunity for stakeholders to boost the position of their company and showcase their capabilities in front of the region’s most influential project cargo decision-makers. Several major ports and terminals, project forwarders, maritime transport providers, equipment and road transporters from the region will be a part of the event that will highlight opportunities in the sector. Additionally, with over 4,000 industry professionals and key leaders in attendance, the event will provide a platform to drive change in the industry through collaboration and partnerships.”
Featuring panellists from across the board, the 2022 edition will host key discussions about the developments in the industry. BBME’s recognised initiatives Women in Breakbulk and Education Day are also part of the comprehensive agenda. Registrations are ongoing for the event that will provide participants with strategic industry updates, partnership opportunities and growth avenues.