Dubai’s new trade show to focus on latest developments in transport and logistics sector

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Reed Exhibitions, recently announced that it is organizing SiTL Middle East, a brand-new trade show focused on providing the latest developments in the transport and logistics sector to be held at Dubai South from November 16 to 18, 2020.

The new event is the latest addition to Reed Exhibition’s regional portfolio of events in the UAE covering the major developments and transformations within the transport and logistics sector. The event is set to provide an effective platform for government and industry stakeholders from across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) to access leading technologies that increase efficiency and reduce costs in logistics operations.

In addition, the event will be an important venue for key officials from various countries to hold bilateral discussions, while the UAE Government and other leading commercial entities will highlight the country’s major efforts in building a global hub supported by world-class facilities and services.

Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) and Dubai South, remarked: “Dubai South is committed to make significant contributions towards expanding the capabilities and strengths of the Middle East as an important hub for global logistics and e-commerce. Our vision is in line with Dubai’s and the UAE’s strategy for sustainable growth and continued global leadership. Through SITL ME, we will be gaining new insights and opportunities to grow in terms of technology and innovation, which is essential in the drive towards efficiency and sustainability in business operations and management. We are confident the event will bring about these key focus areas which are highly important for both the government and private sectors.”

Nadia Abdul Aziz, President of Dubai-based National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL), said: “The UAE’s logistics sector has been an early adopter of modern technologies which positioned the Arab world’s second biggest economy as a world-class business hub. Dubai had taken a proactive role in planning its development in terms of logistics facilities, zones and investments. We have the best connectivity in the region to reach out to more than three billion population via our both air and sea/rail connectivity.”

Trade/e-commerce is part of the government’s strategy for the future.   Logistics passport has been launched, a first of its kind initiative, and also a reward scheme for logistics and freight companies by Dubai Customs World. “Under the Dubai Plan 2021, logistics-related targets are prominent. The strategy has an economic component that aims for the city to become one of the top five logistics centres in the world. Dubai has also launched a new ‘Silk Road Strategy’ aiming to establish the emirate as a global trade and logistics hub,” she said.

The rapid growth of e-commerce and new technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) have made the sector increasingly crucial to businesses where transport and logistics play an essential role. It is part of a supply chain management where planning, implementing and controlling of flow and storage of goods and services take place, from their points of origin to end consumer.