Cargo Connect returns to the Dubai Airshow in November to focus on technology innovations that are disrupting the cargo industry.
Taking place on 18 November, Cargo Connect is bringing the industry together 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, eCommerce 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 of Emirates.
“Artificial intelligence, blockchain and other disruptive technologies hold a vast potential to deliver a number of benefits.”
The Middle East is in an 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, ecommerce 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 ecommerce 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.
Shah said: “Ecommerce business within the GCC region is expected to grow to US$ 24 billion by 2022, mainly driven by service optimization of last mile delivery, fulfilment, returns and supply centres, as well as business blocks.”
“Dubai is already supporting the e-commerce sector on a big scale. Cargo Connect is a crucial industry event and gathering of the Middle East Region to learn about and get inspired by latest regional and international industry developments.”
Meanwhile, Aura Group of Companies (AGC) will be joining the conference to talk how UAVs can support the cargo sector, specifically their product AURA 100.
“While the UAE will continue leading drone technology developments in the region, the private sector will become more open towards integrating drones into their operations,” said Alexander Ostrovoy, managing partner of Aura Group of Companies (AGC).
Rachel Sturgess, portfolio director at show organisers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, said: “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. Cargo Connect is the focal point for that leadership.”