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Materials Handling Middle East to open in May

Thursday, May 7, 2009

UAE. Thousands of regional experts are expected to conduct business at this year’s edition of Materials Handling Middle East Exhibition scheduled to take place from 31 May to 2 June 2009, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Steady growth in passenger and cargo traffic in 2008, and the successful opening of terminal 3 in Dubai has boosted the materials handling and logistics industry.

“It is encouraging to note that despite the worldwide economic downturn, Dubai International Airport registered a year-on-year increase of 9.0% in passenger traffic and 9.38 % in freight. The airport handled a total of 37,441,440 passengers and 1,824,991 tons of cargo in 2008, as against 34,348,110 passengers and 1,668,505 tons of freight in 2007,” said Elisabeth Brehl, Managing Director of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Materials Handling Middle East.

Materials Handling Middle East, now on its fifth year, will have over 250 exhibitors from 35 countries participating. The exhibitors will be from the Logistics, Supply Chain, Freight/Cargo, Automation, and Information & Communication Technology fields.

Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Senior Show Manager of Materials Handling Middle East said: “Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade with the rest of the world grew 38% in 2008 to AED 934.7 billion, compared to AED 678.5 billion in 2007 according to figures released by Dubai World’s Statistics Department. The growth in trade was AED 256.2 billion.”

“This growth is promising for the materials handling business,” Bilikozen noted “as the material handling equipment, an integral part of any plant, warehouse or distribution system, is dependent on the general state of a nation's economy; and the UAE as a regional hub is set to play a significant role in production and consumption of machinery.”

Materials Handling Middle East is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

HH Sheikh Ahmed, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: “Materials Handling Middle East is an example of providing innovative solutions to the evolving advancement in transportation and logistics industries, along with several other large scale developments that are being built to mark UAE’s leadership in these sectors. The transportation and logistics market in the UAE is one of the most dynamic in the global business scene today.”

Materials Handling Middle East 2009 will provide the exhibitors with the ideal business setting that encourages and initiates business transactions while maximising and pushing the potential of trade limits.

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