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EVENT: King of Forklifts crowned at Dubai trade show

The winner beat 76 other contestants, successfully navigating three tonnes of electric forklift machinery through narrow spaces, replicating a tight warehouse environment.
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George Kumi of Diesel Technic has been crowned 2015 Forklift Operator of The Year at Materials Handling Middle East 2015, a three-day event taking place in Dubai this week.

On Tuesday, Kumi came out on top of 77 contestants from throughout the UAE after successfully navigating three tonnes of electric forklift machinery through narrow spaces, replicating a tight warehouse environment.

Mohammed Aaga from Aramex came in second and Imran Khan Jay from Baqer Mohibi Enterprises was third.

Kumi, who has been driving forklifts since 2010, said: “It feels tremendous. I didn’t think it would end like this. I was a little surprised that I won. I knew I had done well, but I thought my friend had taken the lead from me early. From where I come from, we had a lot of training, which played its part in the final result but it was really a lot of fun and I’m really happy.”

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, organiser of Materials Handling Middle East, said: “We congratulate all our winners today, and would also like to show our appreciation to all the participants, jury members, and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), for all their support of this inaugural event, which started as small idea, but turned into something much greater.”

Materials Handling Middle East concludes on Wednsay 16 September.

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