DUBAI: February 2019. This year’s Breakbulk Middle East exhibition on February 11-12 at the Dubai World Trade Centre Is taking a step towards gender equality in the industry by featuring more women in leadership roles.
“By incorporating a strong presence of maritime women with leadership roles in this year’s event, Breakbulk Middle East is demonstrating great advocacy for the concept of gender equality within the industry,” commented Hessa Al Malek, executive director, Maritime Sector, UAE Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime. “Through this inclusion, they are not only empowering the current generation to continue striving for greatness, but they are also inspiring our future leaders.”
Leslie Meredith, marketing director, Breakbulk Events and Media added: “Reducing the discrepancy between male and female employees, as it pertains to international maritime, is essential for the development of the sector as the experience and expertise that women can provide, whether it be legal, technical, operational or otherwise, will only help in enhancing the industry as a whole.”
King Abdullah Port CEO Rayan Qutub highlighted the strategic importance of the event saying: “The maritime and shipping industries account for 90 percent of the entire global trade market, which makes Breakbulk Middle East crucial to our region’s continued development.”
“The port has proved particularly successful in attracting a larger portion of the breakbulk sector of the industry, which provides us with further opportunity to grow and solidifies our global maritime competitiveness.”
He said the port’s efficiency has also helped stimulate export rates in Saudi Arabia. “This is already making a positive impact on our national economy and will continue to do so for many decades ahead.”