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BLOG 5: Ahmad Lala: Cargo bookings & ascending tankers

DAILY BLOG By: Ahmad Lala, Editor of Logistics Middle East Magazine.
Ahmad Lala, Editor of Logistics Middle East Magazine.
Ahmad Lala, Editor of Logistics Middle East Magazine.

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The Dubai Trade Portal is one of those modern day amenities that once you’ve experienced - you wonder just how you’ve survived or, in this case, conducted business without it. So today, I visited the Dubai Trade offices to interview its CEO Mahmood Bastaki and find out all about the service.

Bastaki is extremely passionate about the Dubai Trade Portal and he gave me an enlightening explanation of the process; from its inception right through to what he plans for it in the future.

While I’ve kept most of his ‘secrets’ and will only reveal them in the July issue of Logistics Middle East magazine, there is one I have released on this website today. There is a plan for the Portal to soon become a one-stop hub for all shipping vessels and air cargo providers, I’ve been told. You can you read about that here: https://www.logisticsmiddleeast.com/article-7671-book-a-seat-for-your-cargo

Meanwhile, it was certainly good news to hear that the White Whale tanker – with its cargo of 450 tonnes of diesel - had finally been brought to surface after an eight month hiatus at the bottom of the ocean this weekend. And, with no apparent leakage!


The ship had sunk off the coast of Umm Al Quwain on October 22, 2011 and the rescue operation cost an estimated Dh3 million.

If you’ve missed that story you can find it here:https://www.logisticsmiddleeast.com/article-7667-oil-tanker-rescued-after-8-months-at-bottom-of-ocean

And, last but not least, on the website this month we asked the question: ‘Does the logistics industry in the Middle East need to attract more women?’ And more than 60 per cent of you have answered “No; this is an industry for men?” Really? Well the poll is still open if anyone hasn’t voted yet. It can be found on the home page and will close at the end of this week. The results will be posted in the July issue of Logistics Middle East magazine.


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