Breakbulk Middle East (BBME), the region’s first and only event dedicated to the breakbulk and project cargo industry is all set to take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 13-14 February 2023. Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the much-awaited event has opened registration, marking the first step in its countdown to the opening day.

In line with its aim of driving the growth of the Middle East as a leading breakbulk and project cargo hub, BBME 2023 will bring together some of the leading organisations across the industry under one roof to reconnect with one another, and build an ecosystem that catalyses the sector’s progress. In addition to introducing ground-breaking initiatives that empower the industry, such as the “Education Day” and the “Women in Breakbulk Breakfast”, the event will provide participants with opportunities to meet thought-leaders, secure long-term partnerships, and exchange ideas that solve significant issues.

Driving growth through innovation

The 2023 edition of the event is expected to be the largest one ever held in the region. With over 4,000 attendees, more than 125 exhibitors, and 2,100+ companies expected to take part in the event, attendees can be assured of an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the region’s breakbulk and project cargo sector. Additionally, panel discussions at BBME 2023 will witness the participation of over 50 industry experts, who will provide their insightful perspectives on how the sector could further enhance its progress.

Ben Blamire

Speaking on the significance of the event, Ben Blamire, Event Director of Breakbulk Middle East said: “Considering the value BBME has added to the sector over the years, it is not unusual that the event has grown year after year in terms of size and exhibitors. We are catering to an industry that contributes over AED 90 billion annually to the UAE’s economy. In fact, we have expanded the exhibition floor plan three times to keep pace with demand, so the 2023 event will set new records and offer more business networking opportunities than ever before.”

Leslie Meredith, Marketing Director of Breakbulk Events & Media said: “BBME has always been at the forefront of encouraging the industry to adapt to the ever-changing market trends and grow despite unprecedented challenges. The recently released event agenda features an impressive line-up of topics determined by our Advisory Board that includes members from ADNOC L&S, DSV, Petrofac, DHL Global Forwarding, BBC Chartering, DB Schenker, Fluor, Air Products, and Myrcator Marine & Cargo Solutions. The strategically planned agenda will focus on the status of MENA’s most significant project opportunities, including giga-projects in Saudi Arabia, tech innovation in ports, opportunities in Africa, renewable energy, and more.”

New to 2023 are a VIP reception at 25hour Hotel Dubai and a Women in Breakbulk Breakfast to provide more networking activities for attendees. The women’s breakfast is limited to 100 attendees, so I suggest that those interested in attending register as soon as possible, it’s sure to fill up quickly,” Meredith added.


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