Transport Middle East 2024 continues to be the biggest and longest established annual Container Ports and Terminal Operations Exhibition and Conference in the Middle East. Hosted by AD Ports Group, the 20th Trans Middle East 2024 took place at the luxurious five-star InterContinental in Abu Dhabi, from 23 to 25 January 2024.

The two days Conference Program featured 30 world-class speakers addressing topical issues and challenges in global transportation and logistics, 50 exhibitors and brands with the opportunity to network with delegates from the maritime transport and logistics industry.

Trans Middle East Conference
The first day of Trans Middle East started with a technical site visit to Khalifa Port, where participants toured the port facilities. 

Going through the sessions of the second day, Trans Middle East speakers discussed various current pivotal topics in an energetic atmosphere, starting with GCC 2024 Economic Outlook, new economic initiatives and directions that benefit regional economy and improve trade for the ports and logistics supply chain sector.

The second session addressed port developments and expansions, with a view of port financing, global expansion of services, infrastructure developments and returns of investments in a fast-growing global logistics supply chain network.


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The third session discussed the developments of intermodal transportation network, investment opportunities, along with a look over the cruise business in the UAE, followed by the fourth session which addressed investment opportunities in Aqaba, with Insights from The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC).

The final two sessions debated over green ports and digital transformation respectively, discussing the ability to attain energy efficiency in forming green ports of the future, and embedding artificial intelligence, automation and smart port technologies in creating sustainable port operations.

Ports & Terminal Optimization 
The talk about digital transformation resumed on the third day, mainly discussing how IT technologies can improve the sustainability and efficiency of handling ro-ro and general cargo at the sea and railway terminals, the use of composite & steel materials and precast technology in marine structures, and modern material handling solutions.

The conference wrapped up its sessions with a focus on enhancing efficiency, enhancing port safety, and cutting operational costs for container, bulk, and break bulk terminals. Key discussions centered around brake technology and monitoring to boost safety and productivity, the development of integrated and resilient logistics in Saudi Arabia, and the importance of contractual safety measures for port and terminal operators.


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Issue 89 of Robban Assafina

(Jan./ Feb. 2024)


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