Lucky 7th sailing for Gulf Maritime

The Middle East is committed to a series of ambitious port developments worth in excess of $33bn.

Gulf Maritime sails into its seventh edition on the success of previous shows that have established its reputation as the region’ s most comprehensive maritime event.

Taking place at the Expocentre in Sharjah on 14-16 December, Gulf Maritime is now known as the best regional platform for meeting the sourcing requirements of the commercial, leisure and government maritime markets in the Middle East. Established in 2003, it is now the longest running event of its kind in the region, with six successful editions to its credit. Previously held annually as the market entry vehicle for international suppliers, it will now go biennial and be held every two years in the final quarter of odd numbered years.

Strong economic growth has been driving a major overhaul of Middle East container ports, with capacity set to increase dramatically next year. Soaring cargo volumes are fuelling some 50 port developments, with budgets ranging from a modest $10m to a staggering $5.5bn for Qatar’s New Mesaieed Port project.

The Middle East plays a pivotal role as a trading hub between Europe and the Far East, ensuring substantial European exhibitor representation at Gulf Maritime. The region is home to the fourth largest terminal operator worldwide, DP World, which has 49 marine terminals and 12 new developments across 31 countries.

Running alongside Gulf Maritime, Port-Tech 2009 will provide an ideal platform for port equipment and service providers to showcase their capabilities to the region’s port owners, port operators, terminal operators and port operation contractors.

Visiting the show in large numbers will be government bodies and regional consultants, who will be looking to invest in new ports in the region. Decision makers from port authorities are expected from the UAE, Iran, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

The exhibition will showcase advanced technologies for port and terminal operation and construction and will be augmented by a dedicated seminar session on port equipment.

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