DUBAI: January 2019. According to the UAE minister of Infrastructure Development Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, supporting next month’s Breakbulk Middle East event is a “no brainer” as a precursor to Expo 2020.
The two-day event held under the patronage of Al Nuaimi, is set to take place February 11-12 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
“The timing and location of this year’s event are ideal as it presents an opportunity for discussions to take place which can potentially spot and improve any lingering issues revolving around the well-being and development of local and regional infrastructure,” he said. “Furthermore, we are optimistic of the post-event results carrying positive momentum moving into the remainder of the year and [beyond].”
Mohammed Al Muallem, DP World UAE Region CEO and managing director added: “Breakbulk is a vital part of Dubai’s economy, covering a large segment of non-containerised cargo such as steel rebar, bagged cement, and drummed cargo, which are used by key industries such as building and construction. DP World has already laid the groundwork to ensure Jebel Ali Port is capable of handling the increased throughput as we near Expo 2020.”
Agility COO Abu Dhabi Mohammad Jaber said project cargo plays an important role in supporting the growth of the logistics sector in the Gulf region and is often a major catalyst for the development of additional infrastructure: “We speak from experience, with a strong track record of providing logistics support that includes heavy-lift and out-of-gauge cargo moves for capital projects, oil and gas projects (pictured), and marine services,” he continued.