TOC Middle East returns to Dubai in 2020, taking place for the first time as part of
UAE Maritime Week at the new Dubai Exhibition Centre, co-located with
Expo 2020 Dubai - promoted as "the world's greatest show".
The 5th TOC Middle East, to be held
between December 7-9, will bring together cargo owners, ocean and land
carriers, port operators and other stakeholder groups to discuss
challenges and opportunities for the Middle East nations and their
international trade partners, including the India Sub-continent and
Africa. The exhibition will host the world's leading suppliers of
hardware, software, digital, automation and autonomous smart solutions
for modern port, terminal and trade logistics operations.
TOC Middle East is one of several flagship events being staged during
UAE Maritime Week, which is hosted by Dubai Maritime City Authority,
reports Seatrade Maritime News, Colchester, UK.
The Middle East has witnessed significant investment in new and upgraded
port and terminal facilities over recent years, including adoption of
some of the world's most advanced automation and digitalisation
technologies. Port volumes across the region are tipped to be among the
fastest growing in the world over the coming few years according to
market analyst Drewry, which forecasts growth of 5.1 per cent from 69
million TEU in 2018 to 89 million TEU by 2023.
Exploring the regional outlook for port operations, shipping networks
and maritime clusters, including the evolving role of ports and
terminals as supply chain and trade logistics hubs, will be a central
theme at the 2020 conference. As part of the programme, there will be a
special focus on One Belt One Road (OBOR) and other government-level
investments in new corridors and clusters that are set to change the
face of global trade.
As with all TOC events in 2020, TOC Middle East 2020 will also provide a
platform to explore accelerating technology innovation, including the
new ecosystem of start-ups, scale-ups, incubators and accelerators as
the industry seeks new solutions for eco-efficiency, clean energy,
supply chain visibility and business process efficiency, regulatory
compliance, safety, security and more.
"It's an honour to bring the TOC brand back to the Middle East and join
the UAE Maritime Week," said Paul Holloway, TOC Event Director. "We are
looking forward to staging cutting edge business, technical and
technology debates in a region we have not visited for four years. The
decision to return was driven by demand, particularly from the
exhibitors who have welcomed the news that we are back in the region.
This occasion is particularly exciting as it is co-located with Expo
2020, a showcase of global innovation and creativity."