Air cargo conference to return for 2019 Dubai Airshow
Cargo Connect returns to DWC, Dubai Airshow Site during the Dubai Airshow in November to focus on technology innovations that are disrupting the cargo industry.
Taking place on the 18 November, Cargo Connect is bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry with opening keynotes delivered by top decision makers from Dubai Airports, Emirates SkyCargo, FedEx and Etihad.
The one day conference will look at future advancements including next generation freight, automation, e-commerce and digital cargo, while also addressing how Expo2020 will impact the UAE industry.
“There is no doubt that technological innovations can help the air cargo industry take the next big leap forward in terms of efficiency and service delivery” said Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice president, Cargo at Emirates. “Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and other disruptive technologies hold a vast potential to deliver a number of benefits.”
The Middle East is in a strategically advantageous position with trade and manufacturing moving eastward towards the growing middle classes of Asia and India. In addition, China is predicted to be a top three trade partner with the UAE between now and 2030.
In particular, e-commerce is a one of the sectors within air freight which is seeing substantial growth.
In the MENA region online transactions grew by 44% with the greatest growth coming from the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
There has been plenty of commercial investment in this space in the Middle East: in 2017, Amazon purchased local e-commerce platform, Souq.com, investing in a 26,000 square metre fulfilment centre in Dubai ahead of its rebranding to Amazon in the UAE.
The e-commerce panel at Cargo Connect will aim to understand where services might need to adapt, or where to invest, to continue driving the air cargo industry forward. Speakers on this panel include Dr. Khalfan Al-Shueili, CEO of Oman Aviation Services; Idriss Al Rifai, founder and CEO of Fetchr and co-founder and CEO of RSA National, Abhishek Shah.
The conference will also host a panel discussion on next generation freight, delving in to potential innovations and implications, including uberisation of cargo, AI, significant cost reductions and urban deliveries. Sharing their insight on this topic will be the likes of FedEx, Natilus and Fero.
“As one of the fastest growing air cargo hubs in the world, Dubai will be the leader in pushing the industry forward to adopt technologies and processes, which increase profitability and efficiency,” said Rachel Sturgess, portfolio director at show organisers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East. “Cargo Connect is the focal point for that leadership.”