The countdown to Breakbulk Middle East is on

Not long to go until Breakbulk’s fastest growing event opens for business.

2020 promises to be a blockbuster year for Breakbulk Middle East. We’re anticipating a much greater number of visitors this year, representing thousands of cargo owners and regional leaders. 

Here’s a taster of what to expect at this year’s event, taking place between 25-26 February at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Your mini Breakbulk Middle East preview

Women in Breakbulk

Project cargo is a male dominated world. Breakbulk is working hard to change that.

We’ve once again teamed up with our official women empowerment partners WISTA Arabia, alongside new allies Arab Women in Maritime Association (AWIMA) for the Women in Breakbulk Session.

Gathering together women from different sectors, we’ll be inviting them to share their experiences and insights on building succesful careers within a predominantly male space.

Key female leadership figures will offer deep insights into how they’ve reached the top in their field. Advice for women from all corners of the industry will be shared, helping spur on progress in an industry already making the right moves.

Women in Breakbulk takes place on Wednesday 26 February. Click here to book your place or to learn more.

Education Day

A brand-new feature for Breakbulk Middle East.

Newly employed in the breakbulk or project cargo workforce? Fresh faces, be they shippers, carriers, forwarders, or other industry newcomers, are encouraged to come to the Education Day.

After all, education is essential for all career changers and students. Crucially, there exists an industry talent gap that needs plugging with the best and brightest.

If you fit the profile, come to the Education Day to get to grips with industry fundamentals, and learn from working executives. Participants will also learn what it takes to organise and execute large-scale projects, plus get advice from new industry entrants.

What’s more. Education Day attendees will also get to tour the exhibition floor and meet face-to-face with project cargo’s leading lights operating within the global supply chain.

Get more info on the Education Day and see the full agenda here.

A full event programme

All Breakbulk events go beyond the usual trade show experience.

We are purveyors of need-to-know market info, and work hard to present a series of talks, seminars, workshops and lectures, hosted by experts, to convey it.

From government gatekeepers to private pioneers, we have a host of inspirational keynotes and guest speakers at Breakbulk Middle East 2020.

Here’s a pick of just some of the events occurring across the event this year to look out for. Don’t forget to check out the full agenda for a run down on the sessions taking place.

Governmental Panel: Regional Outlook and Growth Opportunities for the Breakbulk Industry

Tuesday 25th February - 11:00 - 11:45 - Za'abeel Hall 5, Breakbulk Main Stage

This panel discussion is the first of its kind, bringing together senior government officials from the Middle East to address upcoming project opportunities and the region's capabilities to further enhance the breakbulk industry. Panellists will emphasise the impact of the Belt and Road initiative, as well as government strategy and priorities, and the effect this will have on upcoming projects that will continue to drive the breakbulk and project cargo industry forward throughout the next decade.

  • CAPT. GAMAL FEKRY - Managing Director & Owner, MC Ship Management

  • ENG. WALEED ALTAMIMI - General Manager, Tasneef Maritime
  • H.E. ENG. HESSA AHMED AL MALEK -Executive Director, Federal Transport Authority for Land & Maritime (UAE)    
  • H.E. KHAMIS BUAMIM -Chairman, Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries, and KBI Investment
  • MR. ALI SHEHAB AHMAD - CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Emerging Market Spotlight: Africa

Tuesday 25th February - 13:45 - 14:30 - Za'abeel Hall 5, Breakbulk Main Stage

Despite its challenging infrastructure, Africa is growing as a region of opportunity for project cargo specialists. With the largest ever LNG project currently underway in Mozambique, our panel of experts will explore the oil and gas projects in east Africa, as well as what’s next for the region and where to expect further opportunities to open up. Africa, with its strong trading links to the Middle East, is proving to be a hub for companies setting up offices to manage involvement in African projects, so our panel will discuss how to leverage this position and use it to their advantage.

  • LARS GREINER - Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) Senior Consultant

  • ATHOL EMERTON - Managing Director, LBH (South Africa & Mozambique)    
  • KOTA UEKI - Logistics Manager, JGC Corporation
  • MARCO POISLER - COO – Global Energy & Capital Projects, UTC Overseas

The World of Breakbulk

Wednesday 26 February - 09:45 - 10:15 - Dubai World Trade Centre, Meeting Room Dubai C

Breakbulk cargo movements constitute all of the pieces of freight used to build oil rigs or new power plants, wind farms, water treatment plants and mining operations throughout the world. But who is Breakbulk? Our expert speaker will discuss the world of Breakbulk and why it is so important to global development. 

  • PATRICK RICHARDSON - Global Head of EPS Business Development - EPC, Power & Infrastructure, DSV Panalpina

Words for the Future

Wednesday 26 February - 11:35 - 11:55 - Dubai World Trade Centre, Meeting Room Dubai C

Capt. Sahar Rasti, CEO of SJR Group, will be addressing the importance of being self-motivated and pursuing career growth in the maritime sector. She will share her immense knowledge, aspirations and experience as the First Emirati Female Captain.

She will also be delivering key points on her transitional period from working for a well-reputed government entity to establishing her privately-owned business “SJR Group”.

Capt. Sahar will tackle the major industry challenges that might face any entrepreneur, in addition to the opportunities from running a successful maritime business. Imperatively, she will announce her initiative for empowering and qualifying the next generation in the maritime sector. 

  • CAPT. SAHAR RASTI CEO, SJR General Group

Join us at project cargo’s fastest growing event: Breakbulk Middle East

There’s still time to get your Breakbulk Middle East visitor badge.

Register now and get ready for the biggest business event of the year in the GCC for our industry—we look forward to seeing you in Dubai.