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WestJet launches inaugural flights to Havana


WestJet Cargo is excited to announce its new cargo route to Havana, Cuba, commencing on September 23, 2023. This expansion marks WestJet Cargo’s first venture into the Cuban capital.

Operating one weekly flight on the YYZ – HAV route, WestJet Cargo offers 20-tonne cargo capacity per flight per week, addressing the growing demand for cargo transport in Canada.

WestJet Cargo is fully equipped to handle various cargo types, including General Cargo, Perishables, and select Dangerous Goods, ensuring secure and efficient cargo transportation to Havana.

This milestone underscores WestJet Cargo’s dedication to expanding its network and delivering top-tier cargo services to Havana, Cuba.

Route optimization assists SASAFCO


Additionally, it helps to optimize travel time while reducing fuel consumption

SASAFCO, the Saudi Arabian food manufacturer, seller and distributor with operations across the Middle East, has announced its new initiative, part of its ‘Game Changer Strategy’, that focuses on the creation of stronger distribution points.

With route planning and route optimization, SADAFCO is taking the next step in making distribution more future-ready, optimized, and efficient. Identifying the most cost-efficient route will add productivity and flexibility to these complex processes, according to a press communique.

“With optimization, we will be able to serve more consumers and manage our sales strategies more effectively. Streamlining our processes using technology. Tools like sales force automation, supplier management systems, and sales operational planners are all critical elements to improve the accuracy and efficiency of downstream distribution,” stated Patrick Stillhart, CEO, SADAFCO.

The most important promoter of routes optimization operations is the Information Management & Development Department. Route planning is one of the most essential elements of any effective sales strategy. It entails mapping out the routes taken in order to schedule their visits in the most efficient and effective way possible while also following achievable constraints and business demands.

Additionally, it helps to achieve customer satisfaction and optimize travel time while reducing fuel consumption, as well as targeting important customers. With route optimization and other sustainable initiatives, SADAFCO strives to ensure the future of future generations by achieving sustainable development and protecting the environment, the press statement concluded.

Kanoo to unfurl Next-Gen Energy


Focus on decarbonization and state-of-the-art technology

Kanoo Energy, Part of Kanoo Industrial & Energy, has announced its participation in the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2023.

As the UAE gears up for COP28, there is an abundance of palpable energy in the air. Kanoo Energy is committed to its vision for cleaner skies, a robust economy, fortified energy security towards the energy trilemma, and a cascade of socio-economic benefits. Kanoo Energy, with its storied legacy of championing renewables and sustainability, stands at the forefront of this transformative journey, according to a press statement.

Kanoo Energy’s bond with ADIPEC is nearly two decades strong, a testament to enduring partnerships and the creation of new alliances. “Our participation this year amplifies our alignment with the UAE’s ambitious vision, where technology and energy converge,” stated Ali Abdulla Kanoo, President, Kanoo Industrial and Energy.

Spearheading innovation

“Our vision at Kanoo Energy is clear and unwavering, to spearhead innovation and decarbonization. We’re not just participants; we’re leaders, syncing our strides with global and regional goals. Our quest is towards a greener planet, economic prosperity, and a sustainable energy blueprint,” remarked Fahad Fawzi Kanoo, CEO, The Kanoo Group UAE.

At ADIPEC, Kanoo Energy is pulling out all the stops by unveiling a spectrum of technological marvels, from carbon capture, 3D printing to robotics and state of the art emissions monitoring solutions, the press note continued.

“Innovation through collaboration is our mantra. Our allegiance is to bolster our national energy tech prowess, and ADIPEC is our anchor, especially with global milestones like COP 28 on the horizon,” commented Manoj Tripathy, CEO, Kanoo Industrial and Energy.

Dubai South signs MoU with Sinotrans


The company makes its debut in the region

Dubai South, the largest single-urban master development focusing on aviation, logistics, and real estate, recently signed an MoU with Sinotrans, a subsidiary and single logistics platform for China Merchants Group, to establish its first Middle East logistics and e-commerce hub at the Dubai South Logistics District as part of its global expansion endeavour.

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of HE Li Xuhang, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Dubai; Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South; Miao Jianmin, Chairman, China Merchants Group; and Song Rong, Executive Director and President, Sinotrans Limited.

The agreement was signed by Mohsen Ahmad, CEO, Dubai South Logistics District, and Pan Sansheng, General Manager, Sinotrans Overseas Development, at the China Pavilion at Expo City.

Logistics services provider

Sinotrans was founded in 2002 and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company offers a full range of services across three primary business segments: agency and related business, supply chain logistics and e-business, which can provide end-to-end supply chain solutions and one-stop services, according to a press release.

Its solutions include integrating sea freight, air freight, road and rail transport, shipping agency, warehousing and distribution, and terminal services to forward clients’ shipments to destinations more quickly, efficiently and safely.

“The ecosystem at Dubai South is built to accommodate global players, and we will spare no effort in meeting the aspirations of Sinotrans to allow it to develop, thrive, and boost its growth plans,” stated Al Zaffin.

“We are confident that through our new expansion, the company provide direct and efficient logistics solutions to companies globally,” observed Song Rong.

QR Cargo: Two decades of excellence


Qatar Airways Cargo, a pioneering force in the global air cargo industry is celebrating 20 years of dedicated freighter operations.

Qatar Airways Cargo has evolved and grown into the world’s leading air cargo carrier, with an extensive fleet and a robust network. To commemorate this remarkable journey, the carrier reflects on its major achievements and innovations.

In 2003, Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of its very first freighter, an Airbus A300-600, which was a converted passenger aircraft. It began regular operations to Amsterdam and Chennai, and shortly thereafter, to New Delhi.  Today, the cargo airline operates to more than 160 belly-hold and over 70 freighter destinations with over 200 passenger aircraft and 31 dedicated cargo freighters.

Elisabeth Oudkerk, Senior Vice-President, Cargo Sales and Network Planning, expressed her joy and gratitude, stating: “As Qatar Airways Cargo celebrates 20 years of freighter operations, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our customers for their continuous trust in our services. We take immense pride in our history and anticipate contributing to the promising future of air freight.”

Over the past two decades, Qatar Airways Cargo has continuously expanded its fleet, network, and product portfolio, becoming the world’s number one cargo carrier. With the launch of its Next Generation strategy, Qatar Airways Cargo has defined its role in the air cargo industry by bringing a fresh and innovative approach to business across its network and operations: through enhanced products and services, cutting edge technology, a commitment to sustainability and diversity, investing in existing talent and attracting new ones.

Under the complete corporate mindset shift that is The Next Generation, Qatar Airways Cargo has achieved significant accomplishments including being the first airline globally to complete the suite of IATA CEIV certifications, the launch of the Kigali Africa hub in partnership with RwandAir, and the introduction of innovative products like Pharma, Fresh, Courier, and SecureLift.

Furthermore, Qatar Airways Cargo’s commitment to customer experience and innovation has made it a preferred partner for businesses worldwide. Having embraced digital transformation early, it has successfully launched its new website and a state-of-the-art ebooking portal Digital Lounge and partnered with marketplace platforms, bringing added-value to its customers. Additionally, Qatar Airways Cargo has committed to sustainability through its WeQare program, championing initiatives such as ‘Rewild the planet’ and launching a CO2 emission calculator.

As Qatar Airways Cargo enters its next decade, it remains dedicated to digitalization and sustainability and looks forward to continuing being at the forefront of air cargo’s innovation and customer-centric solutions.

Qatar Airways Cargo: Two decades of excellence in air freight

Qatar Airways Cargo, a pioneering force in the global air cargo industry is celebrating 20 years of dedicated freighter operations.

Qatar Airways Cargo has evolved and grown into the world’s leading air cargo carrier, with an extensive fleet and a robust network. To commemorate this remarkable journey, the carrier reflects on its major achievements and innovations.

In 2003, Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of its very first freighter, an Airbus A300-600, which was a converted passenger aircraft. It began regular operations to Amsterdam and Chennai, and shortly thereafter, to New Delhi.  Today, the cargo airline operates to more than 160 belly-hold and over 70 freighter destinations with over 200 passenger aircraft and 31 dedicated cargo freighters.

Elisabeth Oudkerk, Senior Vice-President, Cargo Sales and Network Planning, expressed her joy and gratitude, stating: “As Qatar Airways Cargo celebrates 20 years of freighter operations, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our customers for their continuous trust in our services. We take immense pride in our history and anticipate contributing to the promising future of air freight.”

Over the past two decades, Qatar Airways Cargo has continuously expanded its fleet, network, and product portfolio, becoming the world’s number one cargo carrier. With the launch of its Next Generation strategy, Qatar Airways Cargo has defined its role in the air cargo industry by bringing a fresh and innovative approach to business across its network and operations: through enhanced products and services, cutting edge technology, a commitment to sustainability and diversity, investing in existing talent and attracting new ones.

Under the complete corporate mindset shift that is The Next Generation, Qatar Airways Cargo has achieved significant accomplishments including being the first airline globally to complete the suite of IATA CEIV certifications, the launch of the Kigali Africa hub in partnership with RwandAir, and the introduction of innovative products like Pharma, Fresh, Courier, and SecureLift.

Furthermore, Qatar Airways Cargo’s commitment to customer experience and innovation has made it a preferred partner for businesses worldwide. Having embraced digital transformation early, it has successfully launched its new website and a state-of-the-art ebooking portal Digital Lounge and partnered with marketplace platforms, bringing added-value to its customers. Additionally, Qatar Airways Cargo has committed to sustainability through its WeQare program, championing initiatives such as ‘Rewild the planet’ and launching a CO2 emission calculator.

As Qatar Airways Cargo enters its next decade, it remains dedicated to digitalization and sustainability and looks forward to continuing being at the forefront of air cargo’s innovation and customer-centric solutions.

Emerson to show automation solutions


Emerson to showcase innovative automation solutions at ADIPEC 2023

Company experts to discuss how automation can help transit to a net-zero economy

Global software and engineering leader Emerson will exhibit its range of automation technologies, approaches and solutions that enable companies to achieve operational excellence while contributing to a sustainable future at the 2023 ADIPEC 2023 energy conference to be held in the UAE capital from 2 to 5 October.

In alignment with the event’s theme ‘Decarbonizing. Faster. Together.,’ the company will showcase its host of automation technologies and software that can help the energy sector achieve net-zero carbon emissions and a sustainable future, the company announced via a press communique.


Emerson will showcase solutions designed to enhance safety and reliability, improve production and throughput, optimize energy consumption, and reduce emissions. Emerson will also feature technologies that can help accelerate new energy industries like hydrogen, EV batteries, biofuels and carbon capture.

“Our presence at ADIPEC underscores our dedication to empowering the region and the world with transformative technologies that drive sustainability, safety and efficiency,” stressed Mathias Schinzel, President, Middle East and Africa, Emerson.

The company will also participate in a number of ADIPEC technical conferences and workshops. Widad Haddad, VP and GM, UAE, Oman, Yemen and Lebanon, will chair a session on best practices to maintain operational excellence and improve maintenance and HSE performance. Ganesh Pattabhiraman, VP, Digital Transformation, will co-chair a session on smart sustainable manufacturing.

SIJIMIX repeats 20 Renault Trucks order


SIJIMIX, part of FNCT Group (Fujairah National Construction &Transport) leading ready-mix company specialized in supplying quality concrete throughout the eastern United Arab Emirates, has received a new fleet order of 20 Renault Trucks K380 P6x4 concrete mixers.

Sijimix’s new additions equipped with 9 CBM transit mixers, supplied by United Diesel, the Renault Trucks official importer in Dubai & Northern Emirates, will grow their existing Renault Trucks fleet of over 50 units, and are already operational to transport concrete across the United Arab Emirates.

Robustness, working comfort, payload, pulling power, easy body mounting for all purposes the Renault Trucks K range is designed to respond to all customers’ needs, with a full steel bumper, exceptional obstacle clearance and the best approach angle on the market. The K Range’s variety of chassis reinforcements allow it to adapt to even the toughest conditions.

Total customer satisfaction

Mr. Mahmoud Attourah, CEO of FNCT Group, specified: “Renault Trucks, having been our choice of supplier for years, is brought upon by their solid quality of products. They earned our trust with their rationalized financial costs and sustained rapport in client care.”

FNCT is committed to achieve the most practical, highest professional standard and best engineering quality to all engineering works; which require reliable and efficient trucks such as the Renault Trucks K Range.

Mr. David Sawiras, General Manager of United Diesel, part of Al Rostamani Group added: “We are honored to once again be chosen by our esteemed customer FNCT as their preferred partner and to supply Renault Trucks. This repetitive order is a testament to the trust they have in United Diesel and the Renault Trucks brand. We remain committed to delivering excellence in every vehicle, ensuring our partnership drives success for years to come”.

Renault Trucks your long-term partner

Sales Manager of Renault Trucks Middle East, Mr. Mohamed Adly commented: “Renault Trucks is proud and grateful of this additional order and our partnership with FNCT Group. Our Renault Trucks K range is proven to be the most efficient and robust trucks in the toughest conditions. We are committed to our customers’ success by providing complete tailor-made transport solutions.”

iSTYLE to open 2 more Apple stores


iSTYLE to open two more Apple Premium Partner stores in UAE: Deira City Center, Dubai, and City Centre Al Zahia, Sharjah

Following the resounding success of iSTYLE’s first Apple premium Partner store in Dubai Marina Mall, iSTYLE will open two more Apple Premium Partner (APP) stores – one at Deira City Center in Dubai and the other at City Centre Al Zahia in Sharjah this weekend.

The new outlets follow the global concept of Premium Partner stores, making them the perfect destination to shop the entire ecosystem of Apple products and accessories in a spacious and welcoming environment. The stores’ professional teams speak multiple languages to give customers the best personalized service. Established in 2005, iSTYLE has 13 Apple Premium Reseller stores and will now have 3 new Apple Premium Partner stores, two in Dubai and one in Sharjah, taking the total count to 16 stores across the UAE. The store in Deira City Center is located on level 2, and the City Centre Al Zahia store is on level 1.

“Our Apple Premium Partner stores will take the customer experience to the next level for all visitors across the two Emirates. We cater to the needs of all types of customers, including business enterprises and invite everyone to visit our new stores to enjoy the complete Apple product ecosystem and the full range of accessories and services. iSTYLE is a highly experienced retailer with over 60 dedicated Apple points of sale in 13 countries (Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). It is part of the Midis Group with over 50 years of experience representing the leading global technology vendors in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.” said Nicolas Daher, General Manager, iSTYLE- Middle East and North Africa.

“Look for our new stores with the distinct new design where you can feel excellence in every detail and finish. Opening of the two stores gives residents and visitors easy access to experience the latest Apple products, exclusive workshops, group demo sessions and an Authorised Apple Service Center . Our professional iSTYLE team will be delighted to introduce all the features and benefits of the Apple products and services and help you to integrate Apple into your lifestyle.” says Julia Manzyuk, Retail Manager, iSTYLE UAE.

More information about the new Apple Premium Partner stores in Dubai and Sharjah can be found at the official website: https://istyle.ae/.

GWC unveils phase-2 of Al Wukair Logistics Park


Unlocking Growth: GWC Unveils Phase-2 of Al Wukair Logistics Park Enabling Micro, Small and Medium Businesses GWC (Q.P.S.C.), the leading logistics provider in the State of Qatar, announced the successful launch of Phase-2 of GWC Al Wukair Logistics Park, the landmark 1.5 million-square-meter integrated logistics hub. Phase-2 comprises more than 500+ units, designed and optimized for warehousing, retail and light industrial workshops operations.

These units feature highly competitive leasing rates, making them accessible to businesses of all sizes. “Since its inauguration in early 2022, the GWC Al Wukair Logistics Park has been making waves of success for a multitude of MSMEs. The launch of phase-2 further affirms our continuing quest for growth and contributing to the realization of Qatar National Vision 2030.” stated GWC Chairman Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Al Thani Each unit within the park spans 250sqm, with a generous 220sqm dedicated to operational activities and a 30sqm office and utilities space.

Furthermore, the inclusion of parking facilities at each unit ensures convenient access for clients. All services at the logistics park are powered by GWC, allowing clients access to the company’s end-to-end logistics services and solutions, including customs clearance, transport, racking, supply chain consulting, freight, distribution and more. These services are immediately operational, with all utilities (water, electricity and fiber-internet), as well as IT infrastructure governed by an on-site data centre that will allow clients to be ready for business the moment they choose GWC as a service provider.

Group CEO Mr. Ranjeev Menon affirms GWC’s commitment to serving the logistics needs of MSMEs, stating, “with 20 years of experience, our problem-solving team is focused on high-quality performance and responsiveness, something every client at Al Wukair will experience for themselves as they enter their reserved spaces.” “As GWC Group continues to expand and evolve, we are proud to have made significant strides in achieving our strategic growth plan, solidifying our position as prominent leaders in the logistics industry. Our strategic approach, driven by innovative technology and employee development, reinforces our conviction to deliver exceptional solutions and progress with utmost determination.” added Menon.

GWC was awarded the development of Al Wukair Logistics Park by Manateq in December 2019. Under the agreement, GWC is tasked with the construction, operation, and transfer (BOT) of the 1.5 million-square-meter logistics park. This public-private-partnership entails a 30-year lease tenure and a significant investment value exceeding QAR 1.5 billion.

Etihad appoints AGM Girish Srinivasan


· Etihad Cargo has appointed Giridharan Srinivasan to the role of Area General Manager – Indian Subcontinent, reinforcing the carrier’s commitment to this key region.

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has appointed Giridharan Srinivasan to the role of Area General Manager – Indian Subcontinent. Based in Bangalore, Srinivasan will report directly to Latha Narayan, Etihad Cargo’s Director East Cargo Commercial – APAC, Australasia and Indian Subcontinent. He will be responsible for establishing new and further developing existing relationships with Etihad Cargo’s customers based in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and the surrounding region.

Giridharan Srinivasan joins Etihad Cargo with over 17 years of logistics experience, five of which have been within the aviation sector. During his career, he has held leadership positions spanning sales, business development, client relationship management and operations. Srinivasan has also demonstrated leadership skills that have nurtured and retained talent within growing teams, enabling organisations to deliver service excellence through a customer-centric approach.

Narayan said: “Etihad Cargo is delighted to welcome Giridharan to the team. His appointment further reinforces the carrier’s commitment to the Indian Subcontinent, strengthens Etihad Cargo’s commercial team in the region and positions the airline for further growth in this key market. I am confident Giridharan’s knowledge, expertise and passion for delivering world-class solutions will contribute to Etihad Cargo’s ambitious long-term growth plans for the Indian Subcontinent, further cementing the carrier’s position as the air cargo partner of choice for Etihad Cargo’s customers in this region.”

Commenting on his new role, Srinivasan said: “I’m thrilled to join Etihad Cargo and be a part of the carrier’s exciting expansion plans in this region. Over the last few years, Etihad Cargo has added depth to its Indian Subcontinent network and has continued to enhance its products. I truly believe the carrier is well-positioned to seize new opportunities in this dynamic region, and I am fully aligned with Etihad Cargo’s commitment to continuously investing in and enhancing the customer experience. I look forward to working closely with the regional team to find innovative, tailored solutions that fully meet the capacity requirements of Etihad Cargo’s customers and partners.”

Etihad Cargo recently announced the carrier’s winter schedule, which will see the introduction of two new routes in the Indian Subcontinent region and additional frequencies to existing destinations. The carrier will offer more belly hold cargo capacity across new passenger routes to Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, operating seven flights per week to each destination. Etihad Cargo will also provide additional belly hold capacity via new passenger flights to Chennai, Kochi, the Maldives, Columbo and Islamabad.

FedEx introduces FedEx® Sustainability Insights


FedEx introduces FedEx® Sustainability Insights to support Customer Emissions reporting

New tool allows customers in MENA to measure the carbon footprint of their shipments

FedEx has launched a new tool, FedEx® Sustainability Insights (FSI), giving customers across Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) markets* access to emissions information on their shipments within the FedEx network.

They can use the data to help make informed decisions on their future shipping strategy to reduce their impact on the planet, according to a press release.

Created by FedEx Dataworks, the innovative cloud-based data engine uses near-real-time FedEx network data to estimate CO2e emissions. Customers can view emissions data for individual tracking numbers as well as aggregate historical data for their accounts. Data displayed in the tool includes mode of transport, service type, and country or territory for all eligible FedEx Express® shipments.

Transparent sustainability

“Environmental stewardship and transparent sustainability reporting are now a universal business imperative. At the same time, consumers also consider sustainability in their decision-making for e-commerce purchases,” observed Kawal Preet, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa region, FedEx Express.

“With FedEx® Sustainability Insights, we empower our customers with valuable data to help them make informed decisions to reduce their carbon footprint for a more sustainable future,” noted Kami Viswanathan, SVP, FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa Operations.

Silk Way jets into the future with cargo.one


Silk Way West Airlines, the leading cargo airline in the Caspian and Central Asian region, has taken a significant step forward in improving its customers’ experience with the launch of services bookable via the cargo.one platform. This initiative will facilitate a seamless booking experience and underscores Silk Way West Airlines’ commitment to innovation and customer centric services.

Silk Way West Airlines operates an extensive transcontinental network, connecting businesses across the globe with efficient airfreight solutions. By adding cargo.one to its operations, the airline offers a user-friendly interface that simplifies booking processes and optimizes capacity utilization, ultimately reducing costs and improving overall efficiency. The platform includes benefits such as an intuitive booking experience, enhanced efficiency, expanded global reach, and a strong focus on delivering exceptional customer service to businesses.

Mr. Wolfgang Meier, CEO of Silk Way West Airlines, expressed his enthusiasm about this new partnership, saying: “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with cargo.one. This endeavor is an exciting milestone that perfectly aligns with our commitment to providing innovative solutions and superior customer experiences. We believe that the integration of cargo.one’s digital platform will set a new standard for airfreight booking.”

By combining Silk Way West Airlines’ global reach and cargo.one’s cutting-edge technology, the air cargo industry is poised for a new era of convenience and efficiency. Silk Way West Airlines and cargo.one look forward to welcoming new and existing clients to the platform.
Founded in 2012 in Baku, at the heart of the Silk Road, Silk Way West Airlines operates hundreds of flights every month across the globe via its fleet of 12 dedicated Boeing 747-8F and 747-400F aircraft based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

On April 28, 2021, Silk Way West Airlines signed a strategic fleet expansion agreement with Boeing for the purchase of five new 777 Freighters, followed by a further agreement signed on November 10, 2022 for the purchase of two state-of-the-art 777-8 Freighters. Silk Way West Airlines also agreed the purchase of two A350 Freighters with Airbus on June 28, 2022.

Tetra Pak furthers progress on sustainability


Invests US$ 32.1mn to accelerate collection and recycling of beverage cartons

Tetra Pak recently published its Sustainability Report FY22, highlighting the company’s progress across various aspects of sustainability.

During the year 2022, Tetra Pak achieved significant milestones globally, reducing operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 39%, with 84% of the energy coming from renewable sources. This puts the company on track to achieve net zero within its own operations by 2030.

Additionally, the sale of 8.8 billion plant-based packages and 11.9 billion plant-based caps translated into 131 kilo tonnes of carbon dioxide savings.


Tetra Pak also invested nearly €30mn (US$ 32.1mn) to accelerate collection and recycling of beverage cartons, while working with food technology incubators and start-ups to explore the future of sustainable food.

Regionally, Tetra Pak continues to invest in the infrastructure required to boost sustainability across Arabia Area. Working in partnership with local governments, the private sector and NGOs, the company is leading the way towards a circular economy in the region.

Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, significant partnerships have been signed with local recycling partners and school programs are being implemented to raise awareness among children around recycling habits. In addition, Tetra Pak has signed several MoUs with the Saudi Government and has entered discussions and engagements with waste management companies and collectors to increase collection of carton packages across the Kingdom.

“Tetra Pak’s commitment to Arabia Area as well as recognition of its significance and potential, are reflected through the high efforts that are being put in to build a strong infrastructure that will support achieving Net Zero and enhance recycling capabilities throughout the Arabian region,” affirmed Hougaard, Managing Director, Tetra Pak Arabia Area.

DHL opens future-ready office in Oman


New office reinforces company’s commitment to its customers

DHL Global Forwarding has expanded its business operations in Oman with the opening of a new corporate office in the Qurum district of the capital, Muscat.

This is DHL’s fifth office in the Sultanate. The new office opening is part of the company’s wider strategy to strengthen its footprint in the region.

The new office was inaugurated by Sheikha Amal Suhail Bahwan, Vice Chairperso, Suhail Bahwan Group (Oman JV partner), together with Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Middle East, and Africa (MEA) and other guests.


“DHL Global Forwarding is focused on developing in-country value by expanding the scope of our services in various parts of the MEA. We are excited for our employees and customers to enjoy a refreshed ambience and world-class service,” stated Diallo addressing employees in the new complex.

“The Oman office is one of the most state-of-the-art in the region. Spanning 1,050sqm. It is in the heart of Muscat and is designed as per DHL’s global standards,” he continued.


“This office reinforces our commitment to our customers. Being the biggest logistics company in the sultanate, our new office also showcases our initiatives on green coordination, digitalization, women in logistics, among others. It underlines DHL’s commitment to connecting people and improving lives,” remarked Roy Scaria, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding.

As part of DHL’s commitment to its in-country value initiative, the new office also has training facilities designed for trainees from various colleges across Oman. Through its motto, “Connecting People, Improving lives,” DHL Global Forwarding aims to deliver reliable, flexible and efficient operations across the region, a press communique concluded.

UAEs Zajel Logistics makes top appointment


Appoints Nabeel Al Kharabsheh as the new General Manager

UAE-based Zajel Courier Services has appointed Nabeel Al Kharabsheh as the company’s new General Manager. The move comes as the company seeks to solidify their market position regionally and globally.

Launched in 2008, Zajel Courier Services is one of the fastest growing logistics and courier service companies in the UAE. With over a decade of experience, to date the company has delivered over 42mn shipments covering over 200 countries. In addition to domestic courier services and e-commerce, the company also provides air, sea and GCC road freight.

The newly appointed Al Kharabsheh comes with over a decade of experience, working with the world’s logistical giants in the UAE and abroad. Al Kharabsheh has comprehensive knowledge within the logistics and supply chain space, working closely with various courier businesses, in freight forwarding, project logistics and even warehouse solutions, according to a press communique.

“I believe that Zajel is one of the region’s most promising logistical providers and I only see upward growth for the company and its scope of operations which have worldwide outreach,” observed Al Kharabsheh.

Al Kharabsheh holds a degree in industrial engineering from the Hashemite University, one of Jordan’s top educational institutions. Upon graduating he moved from Jordan to Egypt in 2008, working as logistics manager, then headed to Dubai in 2010 to 2012 to continue his professional career as logistics lead, the press statement concluded.

Sharjah Airport serves over 2.8 million during summer


Sharjah Airport serves over 2.8 million passengers during July and August of 2023

September 20, 2023 –Sharjah Airport has welcomed more than 2.8 million passengers from over 30 countries on 17,700 flight movements, during the months of July and August this year, according to Sharjah Airport Authority. This reflects the trust and confidence that the passengers have placed in the Airport’s services, as well as in providing a distinctive and convenient travel experience.

The highest percentage of passengers traveling to and from the Sharjah Airport was from Doha, the Capital of Qatar, with around 124,000 passengers, followed by Dhaka, Cairo, Trivandrum, and Amman. These positive figures demonstrate the SAA’s efforts to position Sharjah Airport as one of the top five regional airports in terms of offering passengers a safe and seamless travel experience backed by industry-leading services.

His Excellency Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “The Sharjah Airport has recorded over 2.8 million passengers in July and August this year, which reflects our commitment to strengthen the Airport’s position as a trusted travel destination. We constantly strive to exceed expectations and provide a safe and reliable travel experience to passengers with an emphasis on sustainability and innovation. Sharjah Airport Authority remains dedicated to boosting the Airport’s facilities, infrastructure, and services. We also hope to implement several expansion plans to raise the Airport’s capacity to 20 million passengers by 2026, in line with our vision to position Sharjah Airport as one of the top five airports in the region.”

With the goal of improving travel experiences for all passengers, Sharjah Airport Authority launched several innovative campaigns during this summer season, including the ‘Summer at Sharjah Airport’ and ‘Back to School’ campaigns. As part of these initiatives, the SAA staff and personnel participated in fun and engaging activities with the arriving and departing passengers, while also distributing presents to the passengers to showcase the airport’s high standards of hospitality. Passengers, for their part, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the airport’s prompt services and convenience.

GPCA signs MoU with GCC Accreditation Centre (GAC)


The partnership, the first of its kind, will contribute to establishing a robust quality infrastructure within the GCC region

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the GCC Accreditation Centre (GAC) to collaborate in the area of conformity assessment and accreditation and develop sustainable solutions for the petrochemical and chemical industry in the GCC region.

The MoU will establish a framework that aims to improve the efficiency of conformity assessment processes in the region and ensure that chemical and petrochemical products and processes meet specified standards and regulations.

Additionally, it is aimed at streamlining accreditation procedures, fostering conformity across various certification activities, and establishing a robust quality infrastructure within the GCC region.

Environmental preservation

Recognizing the critical importance of environmental preservation, the MoU highlights a shared commitment by both GPCA and GAC to combatting plastic waste. The agreement will involve the adoption of an efficient plastic pellets, flakes and powder management scheme to address plastic material leakage and safeguard marine environments and marine wealth regionally and globally.

“Together we will collaborate closely on raising the bar and welcoming a new era in conformity assessment and accreditation across the industry in the region,” commented Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA.

“Together, we will pave the way for a future marked by accountability, transparency, and compliance, ensuring that our industry meets the highest standards and contributes to a cleaner, more environmentally responsible world,” remarked Eng. Moteb Al-Mezani, Director General, GAC.

Fugro advances navigational in Saudi Arabia

Illustration of the RAMMS technology acquiring bathymetry data

Company to deploy cutting-edge hydrographic technology

The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information (known as GEOSA) has awarded Fugro a contract to conduct a comprehensive survey of the Kingdom’s eastern coastline with the primary objective of improving the safety and efficiency of shipping navigation, according to a press communique.

Covering an area of over 11,000sqm, Fugro will deploy its High-Speed Hydrography solution, a combination of Airborne Lidar Bathymetry (ALB), vessel-based acoustic methods and advanced processing techniques to acquire and analyse Geo-data in compliance with International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) standards.

These technologies will be deployed by a team of international hydrographic experts, including those with prior experience working on GEOSA contracts, the press statement continued.

Fugro will partner with IIC Technologies, a specialist in nautical chart creation, to develop the final project deliverables. Fugro and IIC Technologies have a successful track record of delivering similar hydrographic projects for GEOSA (previously GASGI) since 2010.

“By utilizing our cutting-edge hydrographic technologies, we’re committed to delivering rapid and reliable data in compliance with international standards. This project is a testament to our long-standing relationship with GEOSA and global track record in delivering high-speed hydrographic surveys,” affirmed Marco Filippone, Solution Director, Hydrography, Fugro.

CMA-CGM and Maersk join to decarbonize


CMA CGM and Maersk join forces to accelerate the decarbonization of the shipping industry

Both companies have set ambitious Net Zero target and invest extensively in the energy transition in shipping

Shipping giants AP Moller-Maersk and CMA CGM have decided to join forces on several areas relating to decarbonization, in full compliance with all laws and regulations, it was announced in a joint press release.

As frontrunners of the energy transition in shipping, both companies are convinced that joint action will help accelerate the green transition in shipping, learning from each other to go further and faster.

CMA CGM and Maersk have set a net-zero target for their shipping business, have identified scalable solutions that can create impact in this decade, and have already individually taken ambitious paths on promoting decarbonization for shipping.

Maersk has been ordering vessels that can be operated on bio/e-methanol. CMA CGM has been ordering LNG-propelled vessels, that can also be operated on bio/e-methane, the new green equivalent of current LNG, and has also placed orders for vessels that can be operated on bio/e-methanol.

While these two fuel streams appear now as the most mature among existing solutions, both companies expect the future fuel mix of shipping will include other streams that should be developed in the coming years.

Ambitious collaboration

An ambitious collaboration to develop the future of fuels for the shipping industry

Specifically, both shipping lines will work more together to develop the use of alternative greener fuels for container vessel propulsion, namely:

Developing high standards for alternative sustainable, green fuels – including the analysis of full lifecycle and related greenhouse gases – and helping to setting the framework of mass production of green methane and green methanol.

Developing and maintaining standards for operation of green methanol vessels with regards to safety and bunkering, as well as accelerating port readiness for bunkering and supply of bio/e-methanol at key ports around the world.

Continuing to explore jointly R&D on other components of the net zero solution as new alternative fuels, like ammonia, or innovation technology for their ships.

Two leading shipping companies will push advocacy together for the energy transition of the industry.


Moreover, Maersk and CMA-CGM both agree to the fundamental role of regulation in securing the decarbonization of the sector. Both companies warmly welcome the outcome of the recent Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization during which the IMO’s 2023 strategy for reducing GHG Emissions from Ships was adopted, with reinforced targets to tackle harmful emissions.

“This partnership is a milestone for the decarbonization of our industry. By combining the know-how and the expertise of two shipping leaders, we will accelerate the development of new solutions and technologies, enabling our industry to reach its carbon dioxide reduction targets. We are looking forward to being joined by other companies,” says Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CMA CGM Group.

“AP Moller-Maersk wants to accelerate the green transition in shipping and logistics and to do so, we need strong involvement from partners across the industry. We are pleased to have an ally in CMA CGM and it’s a testament that when we united through determined efforts and partnerships, a tangible and optimistic path toward a sustainable future emerges,” asserted Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer, AP Moller-Maersk.

Qatar Cargo partners with Xiamen


First Chinese airline to operate non-stop flights between Mainland China and Qatar.

Qatar Airways Cargo is pleased to announce a new partnership with Xiamen Airlines, the first Chinese airline to operate passenger non-stop flights from Mainland China to Qatar. The new partnership will allow Qatar Airways Cargo to provide additional belly cargo capacity for customers to and from Mainland China.

Under the cooperation agreement, Xiamen Airlines will launch daily flights between Beijing’s Daxing International Airport (PKX) to Doha’s Hamad International Airport. The flights will commence on 20 October 2023.

In addition to the flights from Beijing, Xiamen Airlines will also launch two weekly flights from Xiamen (XMN), the special economic zone of Fujian Sheng province, to Doha, commencing 31 October 2023.

Xiamen Airlines will connect DOH with PKX (seven times a week) and XMN (two times a week), providing more than 100 tonnes of capacity on board both flights. The new direct services from Beijing to Doha will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 and Xiamen-Doha-Xiamen service will be operated by a Boeing 787-8.

Elisabeth Oudkerk, SVP Cargo Sales & Network Planning at Qatar Airways Cargo said: “China has always been a key market for us and our customers. We are delighted to be able to offer our clients even more capacity. We will now serve 9 destinations in Mainland China, offering over 2,800 weekly tonnes of cargo capacity. We welcome Xiamen Airlines and look forward to working closely with them.”

Mr. Tong Qianju, Vice President of Xiamen Airlines Cargo said: “Xiamen Airlines Cargo is very happy to expand its network reach for the first time to the Middle East, and we are very honored to do this with one of the top air cargo carriers in the world – Qatar Airways Cargo.  Qatar is a huge hub for air cargo in the Middle East, and this relationship with Qatar Airways Cargo strengthens Xiamen Airlines’ commitment to air cargo excellence. We look forward to working closely with Qatar Airways.”

Innovation powered by Digitalization and Intelligence


Hannover’s Industrial Fair Network 2023 Fosters a New Chapter for Advanced Manufacturing

The Industrial Fair Network, a benchmarking platform for advanced manufacturing exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region, will kick off at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) on October 24-27, 2023. The Industrial Fair Network that never stops rendering high-quality industrial exhibitions in a professional spirit over the last thirty years will, by virtue of its abundant reserve of domestic and foreign quality enterprises and buyer resources, join hands with authoritative experts, associations, institutions, media and partners at home and abroad to provide a variety of services covering brand promotion, trade matching, technical exchanges, and new product display for well-known manufacturing enterprises at home and abroad. With a total exhibition area about 230,000 square meters, this event is expected to attract more than 3,200 enterprises and over 140,000 trade visitors from upstream and downstream manufacturing industries.

According to the Organizer, economic recovery in 2023 has helped boost confidence across industries, making this year critical for the development of advanced manufacturing. The pursuit of industrial development empowered by digitalization and intelligence and integrated development of advanced manufacturing and modern services is a key step taken to align with the new round of modern economic development, and also an important avenue to enhancing the core competitiveness and promoting high-quality and sustainable development of the industry.

A Professional Platform for Excellent Enterprises to Show Themselves and Output Frontier Achievements

The Industrial Fair Network 2023 consists of many industry exhibitions such as PTC ASIA, CeMAT ASIA, ComVac ASIA, APEX Asia, Heavy Machinery Asia, ICCE ASIA, CISSIE, E-PACK TECH and ISA, and pools together well-known enterprises from all upstream and downstream areas of industrial manufacturing to share with trade visitors respective latest products and technological deliverables under varying categories of professional exhibition themes in diverse display forms.

In the field of power transmission and industrial core components as a significant foundation underpinning manufacturing, a large number of well-known enterprises, including HAWE

HYDRAULIK, ATOS, Kawasaki, KTR Power Transmission Technology, Poclain Hydraulics, Hengli, Taifeng, Huade, Taiyuan Heavy Machinery Group Yuci Hydraulic Industry Co., Ltd., LIYUAN HYDRAULIC, JELPC, E·MC, STNC, DICHTOMATIK, SKF, TIMKEN, C&U, SEW, DONLY, Tailong, GNORD, NGC, JIEASIADRIVE, CHOHO, Hengjiu Group, Gates, SIT Indeva, etc., will take this opportunity to showcase respective flagship products and new launches so that the visitors can appreciate the innovative solutions under the trend of digital low-carbon upgrading.

Logistics is the top priority of high-end manufacturing. In the field of warehousing logistics and industrial automation, well-known enterprises like Dematic, KNAPP, Siemens, ABB, Schneider, Beijing Research Institute of Automation for Machinery Industry, Beijing Materials Handling Research Institute, Kunming Shipbuliding Equipment, SIASUN, JD Logistics, Hangcha Group, BYD, NOBLELIFT, SANY, Hikvision, Quicktron, Geek+, HAI ROBOTICS, INFORM, JINGXING LOGISTICS, HUAZHANG, BlueSword, GALAXIS and ZHONGDING will exhibit the latest systematic solutions and equipment that continue to fuel high-quality development of the industry.

In the field of compressor manufacturing, in addition to the participation of many foreign exhibitors, Hitachi, BSC, ANEST IWATA, SCR, Atlas Copco, Ingersoll Rand, BAUER, BALDOR and other leading companies in the industry will display products such as air compressors, compressor parts, special compressors, compressored air after-treatment equipment, vacuum pumps, vacuum valves and vacuum parts on site, among which the exhibitors displaying complete machines account for 35%.

Heavy Machinery Asia co-sponsored by China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF), China Heavy Machinery Industry Association (CHMIA) and Hannover Milano Fairs China Ltd. will gather domestic giants like TZCO, CFHI, EHEC, CITIC.HIC, NHI and DHHI to display equipment and devices of national importance.

Blockbuster Talks and Knowledge Sharing about Advanced Manufacturing Between Authoritative Experts

In addition to traditional exhibitions, the Industrial Fair Network 2023 will also organize nearly 100 concurrent activities and forums in various forms by exerting its advantages of platform, in a bid to create better experience for the visitors and diversify the display forms of enterprises.

For example, the 2nd High-end Manufacturing Development Forum sponsored by Chinese

Mechanical Engineering Society intends to invite several academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and heavyweight experts in the manufacturing sector to give speeches on frontier studies on high-end manufacturing at present. Together with senior executives of many Chinese and foreign technology giants invited to share their latest products and technological achievements, this event is expected to attract more than 1,000 trade visitors in the field of industrial manufacturing.

The China College Students Mechanical Engineering Innovation and Creativity Competition – Intelligent Manufacturing Competition will be held again this year and attract numerous university elites, of which the annual finals will continue to take place as a concurrent event during the Industrial Fair Network 2023. This competition gathers nearly 3,000 contestants from participating teams of reputed universities, including Tongji University, Xi ‘an Jiaotong University and Zhejiang University. The three-day finals will select the winners of each group and present to them the technical certificates of TÜV Rheinland, an international third-party certification body. The judging panel is composed of leading experts in the manufacturing sector and experts from Siemens, Shanghai Xipu Intelligent System Co., Ltd., MOXA and other world-renowned enterprises. With an aim of facilitating learning and education through competitions, this event will demonstrate the latest industry-university-research transformation results of high-end manufacturing, and jointly contribute to the training of intelligent manufacturing talents.

On top of that, this event also features colorful activities including Logistics Innovation Salon, Intelligent Drive Forum, High-Tech Innovation Exhibition Area, Digital and Intelligent Hydraulic Square, Compressor Series Theme Forum, China International High-quality Special Steel New Materials Forum, etc., covering topics such as digital economy, industrial upgrading, development of high-end manufacturing equipment, AI, “Dual Carbon” Economy and sustainable development, SRDI small and medium industrial enterprises, and supply chain transformation. Each visitor can get answers and practical solutions from these wonderful keynote speeches and case studies.

GWC Blood Donation Drive 2023


GWC held its annual blood donation drive on Thursday 14th of September, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandate. GWC organises these annual blood donation campaigns to support Qatar’s community and promote the values of social responsibility among its employees.

The drive that was conducted at the company’s logistics hub in Ras Bufontas Free Zone, in association with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). The campaign attracted many donors who came in voluntarily to support the community and appreciate the gift of life. GWC’s Group CEO, Ranjeev Menon, expressed his appreciation for the donors and HMC personnel, stating, “I am extremely proud to witness the spirit of selflessness demonstrated by our team and other donors.

Donating blood is a noble cause, and it plays a critical role in saving lives. The blood donation drive is a key initiative of GWC’s CSR policy and our way of serving the larger community.” “We thank HMC for their efforts in making this drive a success, and for their continued support and innovation in improving the health sector in Qatar.” He added. GWC has been organising blood donation campaigns for more than a decade now and has seen an uptake in the number of participating donors, thus exemplifying the spirit of giving.

COP28 appoints K+N as logistics partner


COP28 appoints Kuehne+Nagel as freight forwarding and logistics partner

  • Kuehne+Nagel to act as the sole ground handler for COP28 at the Expo City in Dubai
  • Highlights the expertise of Kuehne+Nagel in the expo and events space
  • Underpins Kuehne+Nagel’s commitment to its science-based emission reduction targets and decarbonisation efforts

COP28 has appointed Kuehne+Nagel as the official logistics partner at the global 2023 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai. From November 30 until December 12, the event is expected to convene over 70,000 accredited visitors to the restricted Blue Zone and 50,000 daily visitors to the public Green Zone. The appointment underpins Kuehne+Nagel’s capabilities in expo and events logistics, as well as its commitment to its science-based emission reduction targets and efforts to decarbonise logistics.

At Expo City Dubai, Kuehne+Nagel will be the sole ground handler responsible for steering all logistics activities on-site, like building country pavilions and stages for panel discussions. In addition, the team will support participants in their end-to-end and local logistics needs, from international freight forwarding, customs clearance and warehousing, to venue delivery – all supported by Kuehne+Nagel’s global network of experts and its portfolio of low-emission solutions.

Damian Raczynski, National Manager UAE and Oman at Kuehne+Nagel: „We are proud to have been appointed for this important conference. Kuehne+Nagel is well-known in the events and exhibition space in Europe, and this appointment underpins our efforts to further develop this segment in the Middle East – a region with world-class infrastructure to accommodate this industry.”

Sustainable logistics solutions and SBTi

Kuehne+Nagel’s appointment by COP28 can not only be credited to its logistics expertise, but also to its ambitions to decarbonise the logistics sector. Kuehne+Nagel has committed to the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) and has taken major steps to make low-emission transport solutions available for its customers. Cooperation with customers, carriers, international organisations, and other stakeholders is part of Kuehne+Nagel’s strategy to drive meaningful change.

Sarah Kreienbühl, Member of the Management Board, responsible for Human Resources and ESG at Kuehne+Nagel International AG: „Our current focus is on making low-emission fuels more widely available in the market. However, our industry needs to unlock new technologies to have more and better solutions. This is a challenge for which all actors across societies and industries need to work together. That is why the yearly Conference of the Parties is so important, alongside other forums and coalitions that bring actors together to address climate change.”

Tech Mahindra & Surance.io offer tech support


The partnership will bolster cyber resilience for the global insurance industry with multilingual tech support, and AI based end-to-end cyber security solution

Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Surance.io, an innovative personal cyber insurance platform. The strategic partnership will provide international multilingual tech support and enhance cybersecurity solutions to reinforce secure digital transformation in the insurance sector.

With this partnership, Surance.io will leverage Tech Mahindra’s multilingual support to communicate with their global customers in more than 20 languages and provide seamless services to foster enhanced customer experiences. The partnership aims to protect insurance customers by providing round-the-clock expert support, best-in-class call centre services, advanced AI-based threat detection tools, and customised guidance to prevent cyber-attacks.

Vivek Agarwal, President – APJI (Enterprise), Corporate Development, Tech Mahindra, said,The personal cyber insurance market is growing rapidly and remains relatively untapped. This presents a significant opportunity for us to create a strong presence in this market. Our offering of comprehensive end-to-end products in this domain places us in a favorable position for cross-selling and appealing to new market segments. The partnership with Surance.io will fuel the new era of cyber protection standards and steadfast our dedication to digital transformation and innovation within the global insurance industry. Together, we will redefine the benchmark for tech support excellence and spearhead a global revolution in cyber protection that will set a powerful precedent for the entire tech sector and insurance industry.”

With Tech Mahindra’s digital and domain expertise and Surance.io’s cutting-edge insurance platform, the partnership creates a powerful synergy to elevate customer experiences and drive business growth in the rapidly evolving cyber insurance landscape. Key services that insurance customers can leverage from this partnership include protection and recovery for social accounts, devices, smartphones, networks and data. The partnership will further provide anti-phishing verification & validation tools, social account assessment & protection against account hijack, Wifi and WAN network threat discovery and prevention plan.

Saar Bar, Co-Founder and CEO of Surance.io, said, “In 2022, cyber-attacks caused $10.3Bn in financial damage in the US, compared with $2.7Bn in 2018. In the world of cybersecurity, consumers’ end-to-end solutions are largely ignored and underserved due to lack of personalised and efficient solutions, timely responses, and effective communication. To address this, with Tech Mahindra’s multilingual expertise, Surance.io is ready to provide seamless services to a diverse global clientele. Surance.io can now partner with any insurance company in almost any language, making cyber protection accessible to all.”

In 2022,Tech Mahindra acquired 25% of equity shareholding in Surance.io to support the global expansion in the InsurTech industry. The partnership it is in line with Tech Mahindra’s DigitALL philosophy for comprehensive business transformation as it focuses on investing in emerging technologies and solutions that enable digital transformation and meet the evolving needs of insurance customers.

Hellmann expands road transport with a joint venture HellmannATS 


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, together with ATS in the UAE, has established a specialized joint venture HellmannATS Road Solutions. Through this powerful partnership Hellmann expands its road logistics business in the Middle East enhancing the range of services that already includes the segments airfreight, seafreight, customs brokerage and contract logistics since entering the market in 1999. With ATS, Hellmann joins forces with a major road transportation provider in the UAE market, gaining access to a fleet of more than 600 vehicles operating in the region. Under the terms of the joint venture, HellmannATS Road Solutions will exclusively handle all road transport operations for Hellmann in the UAE. The joint venture will be managed by Mutasim Abuhmaidan, who comes with 20 years of Middle East road freight experience having led and developed regional road freight departments with global and regional freight forwarders.

With the joint venture, Hellmann and ATS responds to the fragmented FTL trucking sector in UAE, providing not just a seamless end-to-end road transport experience, but also enhancing supply chain visibility for local and international customers. The partnership combines the decades of cross-border expertise of a leading global freight forwarder with the modern fleet capabilities of one of the largest transport companies in the UAE. On this basis, the joint venture will offer a comprehensive technology-based range of B2B logistics solutions to meet the evolving needs of global trade. HellmannATS aims to significantly increase its market share in the road transport sector in the Middle East over the coming years, with a particular focus on FTL business for global and regional customers. 

“As Hellmann, we are pursuing ambitious solutions in all product areas in the UAE and greater Middle East to support our customers with the strongest all-round solutions. In this context, the establishment of the joint venture with ATS is an important milestone in the expansion of our road network across the region. As globalization continues to shape the future of international trade, the joint venture stands as an unwavering partner, delivering tailor-made solutions and revolutionizing the way B2B logistics are managed,” said Madhav Kurup, Regional CEO IMEA, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“As two industry titans unite, the shared commitment of excellence and innovation shines through promising unparalleled reliability, efficiency, and sustainability in the transportation of goods. This joint venture brings forth a dynamic force that not only streamlines supply chains but also paves the way for a brighter, more connected future“, shared by Amit Gandhi, CEO, ATS.

Nacita enhances traceability and control with Infor


Infor WMS delivers enhanced serial-number capture

Infor has announced that Nacita, a leading third-party logistics (3PL) company in Egypt, has implemented Infor warehouse management system (WMS).

The project was managed by Infor partner SNS, a leading provider of supply chain consultancy and software implementation, according to a press statement.

With a portfolio encompassing approximately 50 well-established brands, including HSBC, Orange, and Ericsson, Nacita relies on Infor WMS to enhance its warehouse and logistics operations.

Strategic move

This strategic move aims to bolster key processes like receiving, picking, shipping, and the efficient capture of serial numbers, solidifying Nacita’s standing as an end-to-end logistics solutions powerhouse.

To meet this challenge, Nacita partnered with SNS to implement Infor WMS. This choice was made after a thorough market evaluation due to SNS’ capability to address the complex requirements of the task.

Extensive customizations

“SNS has contributed significantly to the project’s success. Although we initially anticipated requiring extensive customizations to address the complexities of serial-number capture during receiving and picking, we found that Infor WMS’s built-in functionalities perfectly aligned with our requirements,” comments Michael Nazir, IT manager at Nacita.

“Our expertise in Infor WMS and our track record with similar projects enabled us to effectively facilitate robust control mechanisms in all warehouse processes,” remarked Mario Ghosn, General Manager, SNS.

“Deep warehousing functionality, ability to handle large volumes and highly experienced consultants, these are a perfect combination to get the maximum throughput from warehouse operations. Infor is proud to be Nacita’s partner on its journey to become end-to-end logistics provider leader,” commented Vishal Minocha, VP, Product Management, Infor.

BMW boosts Oxford plant with SAP


The jointly created solution unites and simplifies the intricate IT system changes

SAP has announced that its BMW iFACTORY in Oxford, United Kingdom, has successfully gone live with SAP S/4HANA, using SAP’s cloud-driven solution architecture for automotive industries.

The MINI Plant in Oxford is the first of BMW Group’s connected factories moving to the digitized cloud architecture over the next few years, it was announced in a press communique.

Going live for the first time worldwide in the production environment at the MINI plant is the next milestone for BMW’s iFACTORY, which represents BMW Group’s revolutionary strategy for future automotive production.

BMW Group chose SAP S/4HANA and SAP’s supply chain logistics solutions to jointly create the first blueprint for process digitization of automotive plants of the future, establishing a new technology standard that could shape the automotive industry.

Joint solutions

The jointly created solutions unite and simplify the intricate simultaneous processes and IT system changes in the areas of parts logistics, finance/controlling and customs. As each upcoming following iFACTORY leverages the RISE with SAP solution, BMW Group expects to benefit from the standardization of logistics processes worldwide on the latest technology innovations, mutual plant support, flexible workforce allocation, and synergy in support and training.

“The Oxford plant is the first plant that will follow a global rollout within the BMW Group. From now on, more plants from the worldwide production network will be added every year until they all speak the same language,” asserted Alexander Buresch, Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President, BMW Group IT.

“The BMW Group and SAP have had a longstanding partnership and collaboration spanning more than 30 years. I’m extremely excited that this is the first time the parts logistics solution has been deployed on a cloud architecture developed together by BMW Group and SAP,” affirmed Thomas Saueressig, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE responsible for SAP Product Engineering.

Regional containerboard growing at 3-4%


· Arab paper industry players come together under Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries (AFPPI) to fight dumping from overseas markets

· Call to participate in GCC Containerboard Index for market clarity

Paper containerboard segment in the region has been growing above the global average of 2.5 per cent at 3-4 per cent on the back of the strong GDP growth, evolution of e-commerce and population growth, an expert said at the Propaper Dubai 2023 expo today.

“Commodity industry in the region is also subject to technicalities like supply and demand, performance etc., but we are seeing the containerboard industry growing forward and accordingly regular investments are also happening to bridge the gap between demand and supply,” said Eng. Sami Al-Safran, President of the Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries (AFPPPI), and Group President of the Saudi-based Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO).

Cost inflation, environmental concerns, raw material availability and policy vacuum are some of the challenges faced by the industry in the region, but this is offset by opportunities such as sustainability, e-commerce development, economic growth and a large end-user segment, he said in a presentation at the ongoing Propaper Dubai 2023, organised by Verifair at Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City. The show also incorporates Super Sourcing Dubai under the auspices of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

“Propaper Dubai 2023 is focused on bringing market leading industry thought leaders to shed light on the market and trends to facilitate transparency and knowledge sharing. The participants at the expo represent a cross section of industry verticals and known for market leading innovation,” said Jeen Joshua, Managing Director, Verifair.

Regional players come together to fight dumping

Eng. Safran said the net containerboard imports to ME region stand at 20 per cent and the demand and supply could balance out by 2025, though further imports should be anticipated considering the excellent access to the regional market for overseas suppliers.

“At AFPPI, local industry players are coming together seeking support from government for different things and one of this is dumping. GCC companies have filed anti-dumping cases against suppliers from Germany, France and India, and investigations have confirmed that there is physical dumping and this will be addressed by putting in place safeguards such as higher duties,” he said.

GCC Containerboard Index

As a pioneering development in the regional paper industry, a GCC Containerboard index has been activated since May last year which captures market transaction data that can be accessed based on subscription as well as open data in some cases.

Industry experts urged paper industry players to participate in the index which will give all industry stakeholders from suppliers to end-users a facility to leverage and share data regarding transactions, price etc. which will help informed decision making contributing to more market stability.

India participation

Under the Super Sourcing Dubai 2023 organised by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) and Government of India, around 47 companies are participating at the expo. The show has been a game changer ever since its inception during the COVID times, Indian officials said.

The endeavour of Indian exporters is to highlight quality and to showcase sustainable products at such global platforms where plastics are being replaced by sustainable recycled products and not trees,” said Mr. Yogesh Gupta, Chairman, FIEO (ER), emphasizing the imperative of having a sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable value chain.

QR Cargo teams up with Animal Defenders


Qatar Airways Cargo Joins Forces with Animal Defenders International for the world’s loneliest lion’s remarkable journey and new beginning

After enduring five years of isolation in an abandoned Armenian zoo, Ruben, known as the world’s loneliest lion, embarked on a remarkable journey of rehabilitation in Free State, South Africa, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Animals Defenders International (ADI) and Qatar Airways Cargo.

Ruben, who was left behind when a private zoo closed down in Armenia, suffered in a tiny concrete cell with no contact with other lions.  Ruben’s happy ending was at risk when ADI could not find a suitable flight for him out of Armenia.    

Qatar Airways Cargo orchestrated a 5,200-mile journey for the 15-year-old lion, where he is now re-discovering his voice and confidence as he roams the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary. Despite physical challenges from years of captivity, Ruben’s resilience and determination shine through, offering hope for his remarkable recovery.

Elisabeth Oudkerk, SVP Cargo Sales & Network Planning at Qatar Airways Cargo said: “We are committed to preserving wildlife and endangered species, that is why we launched our WeQare Chapter 2 initiative: ‘Rewild the Planet’ back in 2020. We pledged to return wildlife and endangered species back to their natural habitat, free of charge and we will continue to do so.”

“When ADI approached us and explained the sad story of Ruben, we immediately knew we had to help them. There are a lot of logistics involved in moving animals like Ruben; from the logistics at the airports involved, the process for loading and unloading the animals from the aircraft, to ensuring the correct cages and wellbeing of the animals are in place. It takes a lot of effort from our team to organise such transport – but it is something we are all collectively very proud to be a part of, knowing we helped give back to our planet.”

Jan Creamer, President, Animals Defenders International added: “Ruben was really in trouble until Qatar Airways Cargo stepped up. ADI had been funding his care in Armenia since December and when we could find no flights for him we feared he could be stuck there.

“Then Qatar Airways Cargo ‘WeQare’ initiative stepped in, moving a larger aircraft with hold doors big enough for Ruben’s crate, into the scheduled passenger route out of Yervan. We are so thankful to Qatar Airways Cargo for all their support in helping get Ruben to South Africa.

“Seeing Ruben walk on grass for the first time, hearing the voices of his own kind, with the African sun on his back, brought us all to tears.”

Qatar Airways Cargo’s WeQare sustainability programme consists of a series of focus chapters based on four core pillars: environment, society, economy, and culture and is a conscious endeavour to create a more positive impact on the industry and the world.

Chapter 2 – Rewild the Planet encourages the preservation of ecological balance by offering free transport to organisations involved in returning wild animals to their natural habitat.

ADNOC signs US$ 450-550mn deal with PetroChina


Natural gas has lower carbon emissions compared to other fossil fuels

ADNOC Gas recently announced an agreement, valued between US$ 450mn (AED1.65bn) and US$ 550mn (AED 2bn), to supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to PetroChina International Company (PCI), a subsidiary of PetroChina Company Limited, one of the leading oil and gas producers and distributors in China.

This agreement underscores ADNOC Gas’ growing global presence, particularly in the East and South Asian markets. Natural gas plays a crucial role as a transitional fuel, generating lower-carbon emissions compared to other fossil fuels, and ADNOC Gas is committed to ensuring reliable supply to its customers around the world.

“China continues to be a key market for ADNOC Gas, and this agreement further reinforces our role as a major LNG supplier across East and South Asia, and beyond,” commented Ahmed Mohamed Alebri, CEO, ADNOC Gas.

LNG serves as an important raw material in industrial value chains and its versatility allows its application across a broad range of industries, fostering economic growth.

“This agreement signifies an extension of the cooperation between our two companies and reaffirms PCI’s commitment to ADNOC Gas as our global partner,” remarked Wu Junli, Chairman, PCI.

Air France-KLM and Etihad expand their partnership

The view from the airplane window on the clouds and clear blue sky. Tourism and Travel. Wallpaper, texture. Winter landscape. Christmas in Lapland.

Air France-KLM Group and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming at enhancing their collaboration opportunities across passenger operations, loyalty programmes, talent development, and maintenance.

The signing ceremony took place at the Air France-KLM Group’s headquarters in Paris, France in the presence of Angus Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer, Air France-KLM, and Arik De, Chief Revenue Officer, Etihad Airways.

Through this partnership, and subject to any necessary regulatory approvals, Air France-KLM and Etihad contemplate expanding their codeshare and interline agreements initiated in 2012. As a first step, more than 40 new routes covering destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia have been made available for booking as of today, for travel as early as the winter 2023 season.

The MoU also proposes the ability for frequent flyers of both Flying Blue and Etihad Guest to earn and redeem miles with Air France, KLM, and Etihad. The airlines will also explore terminal co-location, reciprocal lounge access and ground handling, among other initiatives.  

Etihad currently operates daily flights to both Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol from Abu Dhabi international airport.

Air France will start operating daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi International Airport from October 29, 2023.

Angus Clarke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Air France-KLM, said: “I’m delighted to further develop our partnership with Etihad Airways. This 11-year collaboration is now expanding even further, as we aim to explore opportunities in maintenance and loyalty, in addition to enhancing our route network for the benefit of our customers from all around the world. The attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a destination and a hub, powered by Etihad’s large footprint spanning South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia, brings significant richness to this partnership. This moment marks our shared commitment to providing seamless, premium, customer-centric travel experiences to our shared global customer base.”

Arik De, Chief Revenue Officer at Etihad, said: “We are excited to expand our collaboration with Air France-KLM, with this MoU serving as a testament to our shared vision of creating premium journeys for our guests.  This MoU builds on our existing partnership by exploring deeper network enhancements as we offer improved connectivity between Abu Dhabi and Paris, and leveraging the extensive AF-KL network to Europe and beyond. It reaffirms Etihad’s intent to bolster Abu Dhabi’s cultural and economic growth as we look forward to welcoming more guests to our home enjoying better travel benefits and enhanced customer experiences along the way.”

Earlier this year, Air France-KLM announced it had signed a MoU with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism with the aim of reinforcing connectivity between Europe and Abu Dhabi.

Maersk finalizes ECO Delivery Deal with Amazon


Deal reduces global GHG emissions footprints through certified low emission fuel

AP Moller-Maersk (Maersk) and Amazon have finalized a 2023-2024 agreement for the transport of 20,000 FFE containers using green biofuel through Maersk’s ‘ECO Delivery’ ocean product offering.

Maersk estimates this purchase will contribute to a reduction in 44,600 metric tons of CO2e vs standard bunker fuel, roughly equivalent to 50 million pounds of coal burned. This is the fourth consecutive year that Amazon and Maersk have arranged container shipping using low GHG (Green House Gases) fuel options.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Maersk, a Climate Pledge signatory and leader in shipping logistics, on actionable solutions to decarbonize maritime shipping,” affirmed Adam Baker, Vice President, Global Transportation, Amazon.

“We are excited to have containers in Maersk’s first methanol-enabled feeder vessel and to continue using their biofuel,” he added.

Emission reduction

The ECO Delivery biofuel option offers emission reductions that enable immediate and externally verified GHG savings for customers, without compensatory measures like offsetting. This year, Amazon will benefit from a new feature of the ECO Delivery product which will be enabled by also using green methanol in addition to the bio diesel as a second green fuel* in the vessel fleet.

ECO Delivery is using primary data for fuel consumption in the methodology to report emissions savings with greater precision, inclusive of other greenhouse gases in addition to carbon dioxide. The new model also provides price certainty and stability and is de-linked from the fossil fuel market.

Sustainable shipping

“Amazon’s record of securing sustainable shipping over the years, no matter the business climate, is testament to its contributions to building a better future. We share a common goal with Amazon to reduce our total GHG emissions to net zero by 2040,” asserted asserted Narin Phol, President North America, AP Moller-Maersk.

“As cosigners of the Climate pledge, we must constantly create new opportunities to make this a decade of action. Decarbonizing shipping is one significant step that is to be combined with many others to protect our future,” he asserted.

Co-founded by Global Optimism and Amazon, the Climate Pledge is powered by over 400 companies in 38 countries around the globe. The pledge is a commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Signatories agree to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis; implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement, and neutralize any remaining emissions with credible offsets, a press communique concluded.

Hellmann expands in Italy and takes over long-standing partner company


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is taking over its long-standing partner Hellmann Worldwide Logistics S.p.A. (Hellmann Italy), thus continuing its expansion strategy in the European market.

The Milan-based company, which employs approximately 70 people at six locations, has been providing Hellmann Worldwide Logistics with all its sea- and airfreight services in Italy since it was founded in 2006.  

With this acquisition, Hellmann is expanding into an important European logistics market and not only completing its network in the central Alpine region, but also strengthening its presence in the Mediterranean region, which is strategically important for global seafreight operations. Going forward, Hellmann will expand its range of services through its own national company in Italy, thus offering its Italian and international customers an even more comprehensive service. The operational business in Italy will continue to be managed by Daniela Coppola, who, as a long-standing and experienced Managing Director of Hellmann Italy, will ensure a seamless continuation of all activities.

“The organic integration of Hellmann Italy into the global Hellmann network will enable us to even better exploit the potential of the Italian market and tap into new market segments,” said Jens Tarnowski, Regional CEO West Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“We are pleased that we are now an integral part of the global Hellmann network. After years of working together as partners, the integration is an important strategic step towards strengthening Hellmann Italy in the long term and enabling us to operate on an even more global scale. The integration will also enable us to offer our customers an even more attractive product range,” added Daniela Coppola, Managing Director, Hellmann Italy.

Continental announces new leadership


Jose De la Fuente and Dustine Gascoyne appointed to top positions

Leading German tyre and automotive technology company Continental has announced significant leadership changes within its Middle East operations.

Continental welcomed back José De la Fuente as the Managing Director for the Middle East. De la Fuente brings a wealth of experience and expertise, having successfully led Continental’s operations in Mexico for the past five years.

“The Middle East is a strategically important market for Continental, and I look forward to collaborating with our talented team to deliver pioneering solutions that meet the evolving needs of our dealers, customers, and strategic partners,” remarked De la Fuente on his appointment.

Dustine Gascoyne

Continental also announced the appointment of Dustine Gascoyne as Sales Director for Continental Middle East. Gascoyne assumes this role with a remarkable track record of accomplishments, having previously held the role of Managing Director Continental Tyre Saudi Arabia.

“I am eager to work closely with our dedicated team to bring our customers and partners the highest quality products and services, fostering long-lasting relationships and driving the brand forward,” commented Gascoyne.

These leadership changes come at a pivotal time for Continental as the company continues to focus on innovation, sustainability, and customer satisfaction across its diverse range of products and solutions.

Karel Kucera

Karel Kucera, the former Managing Director for the Middle East takes on the new role of leading Continental’s operations in Thailand.

Juan Uruburu Alonso, the outgoing Head of Sales for Continental Middle East, will be stepping into the role of leading Continental Tyre Saudi Arabia, where he will continue to bring his expertise and energy to advance the company’s presence in the Saudi market.

ADNOC to invest in carbon capture projects in MENA


Carbon capture is key lever in delivering ADNOC’s Net Zero by 2045 ambition

ADNOC has announced a final investment decision (FID) to develop one of the largest carbon capture projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The pioneering Habshan carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project will have the capacity to capture and permanently store 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of carbon dioxide (CO2) within geological formations deep underground.

ADNOC’s announcement is part of the company’s wider carbon management strategy, which aims to create a unique platform that connects all the sources of emissions and sequestration sites to accelerate the delivery of ADNOC and the UAE’s decarbonization goals.

Using best-in-class technology, the project will triple ADNOC’s carbon capture capacity to 2.3mtpa, equivalent to removing over 500,000 gasoline-powered cars from the road per year. The project, to be built, operated and maintained by ADNOC Gas on behalf of ADNOC, will include carbon capture units at the Habshan gas processing plant, pipeline infrastructure, and a network of wells for CO2 injection.

Decarbonization efforts

As part of ADNOC’s ongoing decarbonization efforts, CO2 will be permanently stored in reservoirs deep in the sub-surface through the deployment of closed-loop CO2 capture and reinjection technology at the well site.

“This landmark project is one of many tangible initiatives that ADNOC is delivering as we accelerate our decarbonization plan to meet our Net Zero by 2045 ambition,” remarked Musabbeh Al Kaabi, ADNOC Executive Director of Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth, ADNOC.

ADNOC has placed sustainability at the heart of its long-term strategy. The company is decarbonizing its operations while also investing in renewables and low carbon fuels, building a global hydrogen value chain, deploying innovative climate technology solutions, and advancing nature-based solutions such as planting mangroves in the UAE.

Carbon capture

In 2016, ADNOC opened its first carbon capture, transportation and storage facility at Al Reyadah in Abu Dhabi. The facility has the capacity to process up to 800,000 tons of CO₂ per year captured at Emirates Steel Arkan.

ADNOC and Occidental are also working to assess potential investment opportunities in the UAE and the United States in both carbon capture and storage and direct air capture.

As part of its longstanding decarbonization drive, ADNOC currently acquires 100% of its grid power from the Emirates Water and Electricity Company’s (EWEC) nuclear and solar sources,

making the company the first major oil and gas company in the world to decarbonize its power at scale though an agreement of this kind.

Furthermore, ADNOC is developing a US$ 3.8bn (AED14bn) project to build a sub-sea transmission network, which upon completion, could reduce ADNOC’s offshore carbon intensity by up to 50%, a press communique concluded.

Farnek partners with Neutral Fuels


Deal to reduce carbon emissions of its transport fleet

Leading UAE-based smart and green facilities management (FM) company Farnek has signed a partnership agreement with Dubai headquartered Neutral Fuels to reduce the amount of carbon emissions generated by its transport fleet, it was announced in a press communique.

Farnek has made a commitment to transition to Neutral Fuels’ B7 blend biodiesel which saves 6.14% of carbon emissions in comparison to using regular diesel. So, for every 100,000 litres of B7 biodiesel used there is a saving of 21,170kgs of carbon dioxide.

“It is not feasible for many companies with hundreds of vehicles, travelling thousands of kilometres a day, to replace their transport fleet with electric vehicles. Biofuel is a cost-effective and sustainable alternative,” remarked Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.

Neutral Fuels, which is the largest producer of biofuel in the Gulf region, collects waste cooking oil from local restaurants and kitchens and chemically transforms it into Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (commonly called biodiesel).

Reducing emissions

Neutral Fuels biodiesel is a clean, green renewable fuel which immediately and significantly reduces transport carbon emissions without any engine modifications enabling organizations to reduce their contribution to climate change.

“Our partnership reflects the commitment of both Neutral Fuels and Farnek towards sustainable business practices. It promotes the use of biodiesel, as a clean-burning and renewable substitute for petroleum diesel, is an excellent example of Circular Economy within the UAE, and significantly reduces environmental impact and enhances energy security,” commented Karl W. Feilder, Founder and CTO, Neutral Fuels.

“To realize our net-zero strategy, we are committed to making responsible decisions, such as implementing low-carbon technologies and resources. This will help to transform our business into a progressive and sustainable model,” noted Muna Al Nahdi, Head of Sustainability & Consultancy, Farnek.

Qatar Airways Cargo Launches SecureLift


Qatar Airways Cargo Launches SecureLift: a solution for Valuable and Vulnerable shipments  

SecureLift is designed to offer optimum protection and secure storage for high-value and vulnerable shipments.

Qatar Airways Cargo today announced the launch of its special product SecureLift under its VISION 2027 and Next Generation strategy. SecureLift marks a significant milestone for Qatar Airways Cargo, as it allocates dedicated resources to cater to the specialised needs of valuable and vulnerable shipments, while maintaining an enhanced standard of security and vigilance.

Products having high declared value like precious metals, stones, gold bullions, banknotes, jewellery or watches would fall under the Valuable category while commodities that carry a risk of pilferage like high value electronics and newly launched products would fall under the Vulnerable category.

Key features include high loading priority, close monitoring of shipments, inclusion of approved data loggers and shipment escorts, in addition to secure handling, transportation and storage of the product. Valuable shipments would also be moved in specialised containers and boxes for protection of the product, and kept in the strong-room with restricted access providing added security.

The temperature inside the strong-room is maintained between 20°C – 25°C. The expert SecureLift team is well trained and plays a pivotal role by adhering to strict security protocols at every stage of the journey.

The cargo carrier achieved a remarkable track record having transported over 9,000 tonnes of valuable and vulnerable cargo in 2022, including electronics, banknotes, art shipments and various sensitive commodities. This impressive volume underlines the carrier’s expertise in handling cargo requiring special care with exceptional precision and attention to detail.

“SecureLift embodies our unwavering commitment to meeting the unique needs of our valued customers. This service redefines safety and security standards for high-value and vulnerable shipments, showcasing our dedication to excellence, safety and cutting-edge solutions,” says Miguel Rodriguez Moreno, Head of Cargo Products.

The carrier offers its customers an extensive network of more than 150 destinations as part of its scheduled services and can also provide part or full dedicated charters for SecureLift products to destinations not part of its network.

Digitalisation is a key pillar for the world’s leading cargo carrier and it enhances the service further as SecureLift shipments can now be easily booked through Qatar Airways Cargo’s innovative online platform, the Digital Lounge, streamlining the booking process for customers.

AD Airports go operational in Nov’23


New state-of-the-art terminal offering a seamless biometric journey

Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the forthcoming opening of its state-of-the-art new terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Known as Midfield Terminal Building during the construction phase, ‘Terminal A’ is scheduled to begin operations in early November 2023.

Adding a world-class facility to Abu Dhabi’s rapidly evolving transportation infrastructure, the opening will mark a significant milestone for the emirate that has the potential to transform the local aviation ecosystem, strengthen Abu Dhabi’s growing reputation as a destination of choice for travellers, and further boost its position as a global hub for trade and business, a press communique stated.

Equipped with the latest technologies, Terminal A boasts a range of interconnected biometric systems that will invite passengers to enjoy the speed and comfort of a seamless, digitised journey from pre-travel to boarding gate, facilitated by self-service kiosks, streamlined security checkpoints and state-of-the-art baggage handling systems.

Incremental capacity

Covering 742,000sqm of built-up area, Terminal A is among the largest airport terminals in the world and will significantly increase Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger and cargo capacity. Once operational, the new terminal will accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year, be able to process 11,000 travellers per hour and operate 79 aircraft at any given time.

The imposing and memorable architecture of Terminal A has won international design awards and adds an architectural landmark to Abu Dhabi’s cityscape. Blending modern, lightweight aesthetics with functional brilliance, the building’s glass exterior maximises natural light while creating a monumental civic space inside the terminal.

In line with the UAE’s sustainability aspirations and targets, the building features energy-efficient lighting, advanced Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems and has incorporated sustainable materials in its construction.

As a major step towards realising Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to limiting its operational carbon footprint, a fully integrated solar photovoltaic system has been installed on the roof of Terminal A’s car park, which currently powers a three-megawatt (MW) plant that is saving nearly 5,300t of CO₂ annually.

World class amenities

The terminal will also feature an array of world-class amenities, including luxurious lounges, relaxation zones, and spa facilities where travellers can rest and rejuvenate before or after their flights. With 163 retail and food and beverage outlets catering to a wide variety of tastes and preferences, the retail offering within Terminal A will appeal to both leisure and business travellers.

“The opening of the facility, which is on par with the largest and grandest on our planet, turns over a new page in Abu Dhabi’s 55-year aviation history. A beacon of modernity and sophistication, it will be a pivotal driver for our emirate’s growth by spurring tourism and trade,” commented HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Airports.

“Through leveraging the latest technologies, Abu Dhabi’s reimagined airport experience will offer a seamless passenger journey, fostering connectivity, interactions, business, trade and tourism, all of which are essential elements in strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position on the world stage,” remarked Elena Sorlini, Managing Director & Interim CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports.

Trina empowers SA desalination with solar PV


The desalination plant’s coastal location underscores the demanding environment

Trina Solar has successfully powered a groundbreaking desalination plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, with its cutting-edge Vertex N 700W+ series solar PV modules.

The Jubail 3A Independent Water Plant, located in the eastern city of Jubail, represents Saudi Arabia’s pioneering leap into large-scale integrated water desalination bolstered by solar energy.

This innovative project serves as a landmark in the country’s sustainable energy journey, generating electricity to fulfill 20% of the plant’s daily energy requirements, according to a press notification.

Sustainable energy

“Our collaboration on this remarkable project marks a milestone in sustainable energy solutions. By combining advanced technology with environmental stewardship, we are enabling Saudi Arabia to meet its water and energy needs while contributing to a greener future,” commented Gonzalo de la Vina, President, Trina Solar EMEA.

The desalination plant’s coastal location, coupled with its complex climate conditions, underscores the demanding environment. Trina Solar’s global reputation as a trusted solution provider and its recognition by international institutions fortify its reliability

Saudi Arabia’s heavy reliance on desalination for 70% of its drinking water underscores the critical importance of projects like the Jubail plant. Utilizing seawater reverse osmosis technology, the plant contributes an impressive 600,000 tons of water daily, benefiting 3 million people and playing a crucial role in supplying water to the cities of Dammam and Riyadh.

Swisslog to display automated solutions at Seamless


Company’s automated solutions drive innovation

Swisslog has announced its participation in Seamless KSA 2023 exhibition and conference, scheduled to take place on the 4th and 5th of September.

This premier event serves as a pivotal platform to delve into the future of the region’s retail and e-commerce landscape. Swisslog will take centre stage, showcasing its groundbreaking AutoStore robotic storage and order processing solution.

With a commanding presence in the region, Swisslog boasts an impressive client roster that includes industry titans such as Almarai, one of the largest vertically integrated dairy companies in the world, according to a corporate press release.

Moreover, Swisslog’s comprehensive suite of robotic and data driven solutions are strategically aligned with the goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030, a visionary roadmap championed by the Saudi Arabian Government.

Live demonstration

At Seamless KSA 2023, Swisslog will captivate attendees with a live demonstration of the AutoStore, a digitalized robotic storage and order processing solution. This innovative solution integrates with existing infrastructures, effortlessly meeting the surging demand for rapid, precise, and reliable order fulfilment.

According to market research, the e-commerce sector is projected to reach an astounding US$

Gulf Oil announces controlling stake in Tirex


• To invest INR 103 Crores to Acquire 51% Stake

• This Marks the Third Significant Investment in EV Charging in line with Gulf’s Global Mobility strategy.

• The Acquisition Positions Gulf Oil to capture a share of India Market potential evaluated at USD 1 Billion to USD 1.4 Billion in 5-7 years.

In a strategic move to bolster its presence in the Electric Vehicle (EV) segment, Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited (GOLIL), a Hinduja Group Company, announced to acquire controlling stake in Tirex Transmission Pvt Limited for INR 103 Crores subject to the completion of definitive agreements and the satisfaction of predetermined closing conditions.

This is part of Gulf’s global ambition towards being a leader in the EV charging ecosystem, a market which is already valued at $20 Bn currently and expected to cross $200 Bn by 2030. As part of the same, GOLIL and its parent Gulf Oil International (GOI) have invested in Indra Renewables- a UK based AC charging (slow charging) company with a 8% share of the UK home charging market.

Indra has developed a leading bi-directional charging technology enabling V2G and V2X configurations. GOLIL has also invested in ElectreeFi, a leading EV SaaS player which provides charging management software (CMS) solutions for major OEM’s in India. The investment in Tirex, which is a manufacturer of DC Fast Chargers, will enable Gulf towards a synergistic end to end play in the global EV charging ecosystem.

Tirex Transmission is a key player in manufacturing DC Fast Chargers for EVs in India. With a track record of deploying over 400 high-capacity EV fast chargers across the country, it has carved a niche for itself as a leading technology player and a reliable brand in the fast-charging domain, with its comprehensive range of DC chargers, spanning from 30KW to 240KW.

Tirex caters to a diverse clientele, including PSUs, Charge Point Operators (CPOs), Automotive OEMs, and Retail with range of chargers available for all vehicles types, including e-Buses.

Projections from the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) suggest a demand surge for around 1 million chargers by 2030, translating to a potential market value ranging from $1 billion to $1.4 billion in India alone. Further, there is a multi-billion-dollar opportunity in the global market where DC Charging is a fast-growing segment. Coupled with Tirex’s differentiated technology roadmap, Gulf is well positioned to capture a significant global market share in the coming years.

Mr. Ravi Chawla, MD & CEO of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd, said, ” This acquisition of majority stake in Tirex aligns with our commitment to expanding our footprint in the EV landscape and make a significant play in EV value chain where Gulf in India and globally, in recent years, have already invested in a slow AC charger company Indra Technologies, UK and ElectreeFi, an EV SaaS provider. Tirex’s strong performance in the DC charger market, combined with Gulf Oil’s robust brand strengths, distribution reach and relationships with OEMs & Infra/B2B customers, sets the stage for a synergistic partnership. Our combined strengths will undoubtedly pave the way for groundbreaking advancements in EV charging, both domestically and internationally in line with our Global Mobility strategy.”

He added, “Tirex is respected for its innovation and customer service, which align with our vision, and their products are well established with a diverse range of customers. It’s an exciting time for us to be working together. We plan to leverage our current business model to penetrate the EV market and accelerate our growth plans.“

Echoing this sentiment, Mr. Arth Patel, CEO of Tirex, stated, ”Aligning with a global powerhouse like the Hinduja Group heralds a transformative chapter for Tirex. As we continue our journey in the rapidly evolving EV charger space, this collaboration will undoubtedly amplify our growth trajectory and technological advancements, fortified by Gulf Oil’s financial strengths, extensive reach and business expertise.”

EPG automation boosts speed and efficiency


Dubai packager Falcon Pack signals further trust in EPG supply chain product suite with TMS implementation

Supply chain software leader EPG (Ehrhardt Partner Group) has cemented its already strong partnership with Dubai-based Falcon Pack, as the disposable food packaging specialist is to implement EPG’s Transportation Management System (TMS). The two companies have forged strong bonds since Falcon Pack’s introduction of EPG’s LFS Warehouse Management System (WMS) in 2018.

With its adoption of the TMS, Falcon Pack is taking advantage of EPG’s much-admired suite approach to supply chain software solutions. The EPG ONE Supply Chain Execution Suite comprises bespoke applications for each branch of the supply chain journey, from Gartner Magic Quadrant-recognized storage and fulfillment (WMS) to transport and distribution (TMS). Key business drivers within the TMS are routing optimization and scheduling, provided by EPG’s Greenplan application, winner of the prestigious Best Product award at LogiMAT 2023. Dozens of Falcon Pack transport vehicles, from small vans to truck-trailer combinations, are to be implemented with the software.

Speed and efficiency via digital solutions

The digitization of transport execution processes will help Falcon Pack to improve speed, accuracy and efficiencies in its fast-growing ecommerce operations in Dubai. The state-of-the-art technology also enables the packaging experts to introduce same-day delivery to customers, alongside enhanced documentation control and shipment monitoring via an easy-to-use intuitive interface.

“Investing in EPG’s TMS was an easy decision for us to make,” comments Syed Ehtisham, Executive Director IT, Falcon Pack. “We have enjoyed a productive relationship with EPG’s expert engineers and on-the-spot field teams since we installed LFS five years ago. We have great trust in their portfolio, and we expect the TMS to provide us with valuable savings in terms of both time and money as well as clear transparency of our day-to-day operations and, consequently, even better relationships with customers. It is also a bonus for our hard-working staff that the system they have supplied us is so easy to get used to.”

Niels Meinken, EPG Logistics Consultant, is delighted with Falcon Pack’s decision to invest once more in EPG’s product expertise. “Our suite approach means that our customers can source all of their supply chain software needs from a single source, which results in smoother transitions and fewer pinch points, as well as a single contact. At the moment we are fully focused on implementing our TMS with them, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with Falcon Pack still further in the future.”

Emirates SkyCargo advances its digital with CargoAi 

Woman using computer on table with new email message on laptop, communication connection message to global letters in the workplace

The new airline unlocks more choice for CargoMART users, empowering them with real-time pricing and capacity information on Emirates SkyCargo services 

Emirates SkyCargo is now live on CargoAi’s marketplace solution, CargoMART, further advancing its digital customer experience and optimizing the booking process with real-time information. 

The landmark partnership for Singapore-based CargoAi, was launched in the Netherlands, Spain and France; and will soon open up to customers in select countries across APAC, Europe, the Americas and Africa. 

Through the CargoMART solution, customers will be able to access Emirates SkyCargo schedules, tariff and contract rates, along with real-time access to available capacity, enabling immediate bookings 24/7. On the backend, the partnership drives greater efficiency and accuracy. Once the system is fully operational, over 10,000 freight forwarders on CargoAi’s database will have access. 

Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates SkyCargo, said: “As we increase our digital connectivity, we are able to offer more choice for our customers to connect with Emirates SkyCargo’s market-leading capabilities and extensive global network. CargoAi’s digital touchpoint enables both our existing and new customers from across the world to book with Emirates SkyCargo at their convenience, providing an additional channel that further strengthens our world class customer experience.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Emirates SkyCargo to enhance their digital customer experience through our marketplace solution, CargoMART. By providing real-time pricing and capacity information, we empower our mutual customers with greater choice and convenience, enabling them to make immediate bookings 24/7,” said Matt Petot, CEO of CargoAi.  “This collaboration exemplifies our commitment to driving efficiency and accuracy in airfreight, and we look forward to further strengthening the world-class customer experience provided by Emirates SkyCargo.”

Emirates SkyCargo’s five core products are listed on CargoMART, including Emirates Fresh and Emirates Fresh Breathe, an integrated and responsive cool chain designed for perishables; Emirates AOG for time-critical aircraft parts; Emirates Airfreight Priority for urgent shipments that depend on speed and reliability; and Emirates Airfreight for the quick and careful transport of general cargo.

DP World to invest US$ 510mn to develop Kandla Container Terminal


The project involves the construction of a mega-container terminal at Tuna-Tekra

DP World recently signed a concession agreement with the Deendayal Port Authority to develop, operate and maintain a new 2.19 million TEU per annum mega-container terminal at Kandla in Gujarat on India’s western coast.

The concession agreement was signed between SK Mehta, Chairman, Deendayal Port Authority and Rizwan Soomar, MD & CEO, India Subcontinent, Middle East and North Africa, DP World.

It was signed in the presence of Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World and Shantanu Thakur, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, at a ceremony in New Delhi.

BOT model

The Deendayal Port Authority awarded the concession in January to develop the mega-container terminal to Hindustan Infralog Private Limited — a joint venture between DP World and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, India’s collaborative investment platform anchored by the Government of India. The concession is on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 30 years with the option to extend it for another 20 years.

The project involves the construction of a mega-container terminal at Tuna-Tekra near the existing Deendayal Port, at a cost of approximately US$ 510mn through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Once complete in 2027, the 2.19 million TEU per year terminal will have state of the art equipment and a 1,100 m berth capable of handling next-generation vessels carrying more than 18,000 TEUs.


The terminal will connect to the hinterland through the network of roads, highways, railways and Dedicated Freight Corridors, supporting the growing demand for logistics solutions from across Northern, Western and Central India, connecting businesses in the regions to global markets. DP World currently operates five container terminals in India – two in Mumbai, one each in Mundra, Cochin and Chennai – with a combined capacity of approximately 6 million TEUs. With the addition of Tuna Tekra, DP World will have a combined capacity of 8.19 million TEUs. The project is part of the National Infrastructure Pipeline and will complement initiatives of the Government of India, such as the PM Gati Shakti Master Plan and National Logistics Policy.

Breakthrough “The signing of the concession agreement between Deendayal Port Authority and DP World is a momentous event indeed as it marks yet another significant breakthrough in building best-in-class

infrastructure in India under the Public-Private Partnership model,” observed Sonowal. “The Tuna-Tekra mega- terminal will be one of the largest container terminals to be set up in the country,” remarked SK Mehta.

Trade opportunities

“This project will enable DP World to deliver trade opportunities, by connecting Northern, Western and Central India with global markets, thereby driving value for all our stakeholders. India represents a significant landscape for opportunity,” stated Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. “This project is a testament to our ability to drive large-scale infrastructure development by partnering with strategic players,” stated Rajiv Dhar, CEO and Managing Director, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.

Amazon UAE launches leadership to empower nationals


National hires will benefit from industry-specific management skills, leadership coaching and accelerated career progression

Designed specifically for the UAE, the program supports ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision by creating a pipeline of Emirati business leaders

Amazon UAE today announced the launch of ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’, a leadership development program, designed to accelerate career growth of Emirati talent at Amazon and prepare them for leadership roles. With a strong emphasis on nurturing women leaders, the new program kickstarts on Emirati Women’s Day, and is open to all Emirati employees.

The two-year talent accelerator program will equip Emiratis across all Amazon businesses units from retail, operations, technology and payments with deep knowledge by imparting industry-specific management skills, cultural assimilation and mentorship, to help the participants build global careers at Amazon.

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon Middle East & North Africa, said, “Amazon continues to invest in cultivating future leaders who share a common vision of building the most customer-centric company in the world. This transformative program in the UAE will empower Emirati talent to unlock innovation, solve complex business problems and assimilate into Amazon’s customer-obsessed culture to drive meaningful change. ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ has been created specifically for the UAE, in support of the ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision to continue the country’s progress towards economic prosperity, social well-being and development of human capital.”

Tailored to develop essential leadership skills, the immersive program offers on-the-job training, cross-functional exposure, one-to-one mentorship, and regular meetings with business leaders, required for a progressive career at Amazon. Participants will apply the company’s management and leadership principles to conceive, design and launch innovative solutions for customers, placing them on an accelerated path towards leadership roles.

Bikram Walia, Director, Human Resources, Amazon MENA said, “We are excited to roll out ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ that aims to build a robust pipeline of Emirati leaders, including women leaders. The UAE has made phenomenal progress towards a gender-balanced workforce and this program has been created with the UAE’s gender balance goals in mind. We remain steadfast in our commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we believe this program’s personalized approach will empower Emirati women to build enriching careers at Amazon.”

Reem Aldhaheri, Retail Program Manager, Amazon UAE, said, “I am excited to sign up for ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ because it will allow me to explore various aspects of our business, identify my strengths and hone my skills. It is a unique opportunity to meet with senior leaders and understand how Amazon’s leadership principles and customer-centric culture drive the company’s success. I’m personally invested in the idea of fast tracking my career and I would encourage other Emiratis, especially women, to pursue programs like this one that provide tangible opportunities for career growth.”

‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ has been developed as part of Amazon’s multi-year talent strategy to upskill and train Emirati employees for leadership roles across the region. Since its launch in the UAE, Amazon has been investing in the country, supporting the UAE’s economic and social development goals. Committed to developing talent for the digital future, the new program will further equip Emirati talent for the global economy.

To learn more about Amazon’s career opportunities in the United Arab Emirates, visit www.amazon.jobs.

Dubai CommerCity unveils ‘Logi-Flow’


Move to empower SME businesses in the realm of digital commerce

Dubai CommerCity, the first and leading free zone dedicated exclusively to digital commerce in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, is a joint venture between the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and Wasl Properties.

The Zone has recently announced the launch of ‘Logi-Flow’, a move towards integrating block chain technology with the logistics operations of small and medium-sized (SME) companies. This integration aims to lower costs for these companies while enhancing the overall flexibility and efficiency of their logistics, particularly in digital trade.

Logi-Flow, a secure and measurable system, relies on a pay-as-you-go approach tied to transaction volume. It offers round-the-clock support without incurring IT service and maintenance costs, ensuring transparency throughout the entire order process, from creation to delivery.

Addressing challenges

“This step addresses challenges that companies might face across various stages of e-commerce operations, particularly during the initial setup. These challenges involve the costs of establishing a proprietary “block chain” platform, coupled with ongoing operational expenses due to continuous system operations,” commented Abdulrahman Shaheen, Senior Vice President, Property Management and Supply Chain, Dubai CommerCity.

“This platform will significantly contribute to the progress and expansion of the digital commerce sector in the upcoming phase. This is especially significant considering the projection that e-commerce retail sales in the UAE will account for 12.6% of total retail sales by 2026.” He added.

Spanning 2.1mn sqft and developed at a cost of AED 3.2bn (US$ 871mn), Dubai CommerCity aims to assist new and existing digital trade enterprises across the MEASA region. It provides modern offices, advanced warehouses, and last-mile delivery services, a press statement concluded.

Hamad International provides excellent service


Multiple ground transport options open

With the summer vacation coming to an end and students preparing for their return to school, Hamad International Airport continues to provide a seamless and convenient arrival experience by implementing several procedures to welcome arriving citizens and residents, the airport said in a press statement

For the convenience of passengers, the airport advises passengers who are eligible to use the e-gates at the arrival immigration hall. Passengers are reminded that checked-in luggage that are oversized or of irregular shape will arrive at separate dedicated baggage reclaim belts.

Hamad International Airport offers passengers a wide variety of ground transport options that seamlessly connect the airport and the city. The bus pavilion and taxi pavilion are located on either side of the arrival hall.

Passengers are advised to use taxis from the taxi pavilion as these authorized taxis are subject to high quality & performance standards and a robust lost and found policy.

The metro station is a short indoor walking distance from the airport terminal and operates every three minutes, connecting the airport to popular spots around the city.

Reputation House to showcase AI


Rapid digital transformation in Saudi Arabia is increasing the risk of cyber threats leading to reputational damages

The confluence of the pandemic and digitalization in Saudi Arabia has further fueled the surge in interest towards Online Reputation Management services.

Online Reputation Management market size is forecast to reach a staggering SAR12.754 billion (US$ 3.4bn) by 2030 globally. Industry leaders confirm that 44% of a business’s value is tied to its strong reputation.

“The rapid digital transformation in Saudi Arabia is ushering in risk of cyber threats leading to reputational damages while presenting new opportunities for specialized technology companies to establish themselves in the Saudi market. At Seamless, we are wholeheartedly committed to contributing to Kingdom’s success story. Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 digital drive shows an urgent need to address online reputation management for the public and private sectors and for individuals from both sectors,” remarked Nikita Prokhorov, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Reputation House.

Seamless Saudi Arabia 2023

Seamless conference and exhibition, taking place from September 4th to 5th 2023 at Riyadh Front Exhibition and Convention Center, will cover the latest innovations in payments, fintech, retail, e-commerce, home delivery and digital marketing.

Reputation House, one of the pioneers of the online performance and reputation management industry, is set to showcase and explain how and why Online Reputation Management (ORM) will boost by 2030. In addition, the company will demonstrate its innovative solutions at Seamless Saudi Arabia.

Reputation House’s Nikita will share his insights on the first day, September 4 at 12 noon. He will talk about Online Reputation Management (ORM) at the E-commerce University Stage located in the Digital Marketing Zone of Seamless Saudi Arabia, a press communique concluded.

Dubai Airshow innovates for a sustainable future


Aerospace and defence industry to demonstrate innovation that can propel sustainable advancement.

As the aerospace and defence industries continue on their pathways to net zero, this year’s Dubai Airshow will be the ultimate platform for players from across these industries to convene, bringing the latest solutions that will help advance these crucial economic sectors towards a sustainable future.

The industries have taken bold steps towards decarbonisation, with innovation accelerating at an exponential rate. As Dubai Airshow leads up to the United Nation’s annual global climate change conference, COP28, which is also taking place in Dubai towards the end of the year, industry stakeholders will take the opportunity to showcase their latest solutions towards net zero emissions, discuss collaborations and gain new insights.

The aviation industry contributes approximately 2% to 3% of all global CO2 emissions but with a constant increase in passenger demand, this could rise to 25% to 30% by 2050 if no actions are taken, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan titled ‘Sustainable Technologies in Aviation’, which raises the urgency on manufacturers, airlines and airport operators to undertake sustainability initiatives.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

Additionally, global production capacity for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) needs to exceed 30 billion litres by 2030 and 450bn litres by 2050 for airlines to be able to achieve net zero targets. In 2020, SAF production was just 450mn litres, according to IATA, which is less than 0.05% of the global demand of jet fuel.

However, several initiatives are already underway in the Middle East region. Recently, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) signed an agreement with Airbus, to support the development and growth of the global SAF market.

The agreement will also see the entities collaborate on Green Hydrogen, and Direct Air Capture technologies. Meanwhile, Qatar Airways signed a deal with Shell to source 3,000 metric tonnes of neat SAF at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, making it the first carrier in the Middle East and Africa to procure a large SAF amount in Europe, beyond government SAF mandates.

Globally, Shell Aviation has signed several other agreements to provide airlines including JetBlue and Japan Airlines (JAL) with SAF, and Air bp, the specialised aviation division of multinational oil and gas company BP, has announced the first sale of SAF from its Castellon refinery in Spain, marking another important milestone at it works towards making SAF more available.

Demonstration flight

Earlier this year, Emirates successfully completed a demonstration flight powered by 100% SAF on a Boeing 777-300ER, as part of its plans to help the global aviation industry meet carbon emission targets. The airline has also earmarked $200 million to fund R&D on advanced fuel technologies that can reduce commercial aviation’s environmental impact.

Exhibitors at the Airshow are set to showcase their latest technologies and innovations that will help advance the industry towards achieving global net zero emissions targets.

“At Airbus, we continue to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to leading the decarbonisation journey in the aerospace industry through our pioneering role in developing disruptive technologies. We are relentlessly pursuing ambitions of building a more sustainable future for aviation as we seek to make our commercial fleet capable of flying with 100% SAF by 2030,” remarked Mikail Houari, President, Africa and Middle East, Airbus.

Separately, Honeywell has launched a new technology called UOP eFining™ that produces lower-carbon aviation fuel from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide captured from industry.

“Sustainable Aviation Fuel represents a ready now opportunity to drive the sustainable growth of the aviation industry, yet it is still barely tapped into. Technologies that can harness readily abundant CO2 to produce SAF are transformational in terms of how we fuel aircraft, and will play an important role in the long-term decarbonization of the sector,” stated Mohammed Mohaisen, President and CEO, Honeywell Middle East and North Africa.

Dubai Airshow 2023

Dubai Airshow has confirmed that sustainability is an increasingly important topic of discussion and area of focus for its stakeholders at the upcoming edition, taking place from 13-17 November 2023 at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai Airshow Site under the theme of ‘The Future of the Aerospace Industry’.

The 18th edition of Dubai Airshow will build on the momentum across the industry with special sustainability-themed conference tracks. Boeing will be the host sponsor for the Aerospace 2050 stage, which will include a two-day Sustainability conference that is set to return bigger than ever given the topic’s ever-growing importance. Industry experts will discuss steps on creating a more sustainable aerospace ecosystem, covering some of the most pressing sustainable challenges and


“The aviation industry is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and Boeing is actively developing airplanes and technologies which will enable our airline customers to meet these goals. We look forward to sharing our experience and engaging with our industry peers and partners at Dubai Airshow 2023,” commented Kuljit Ghata-Aura, President, Boeing Middle East, Türkiye and Africa.

Sustainable conference

The sustainability conference, with sponsors including Air BP, Shell Aviation and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), will focus on key topics for 2023 including hydrogen-powered aviation, SAF, COP28 predictions, efficient engines, streaming operations, hybrid and electric aircraft. It will also address how to prepare for carbon neutral passengers of the future and creating a low-carbon aviation energy hub through global leadership.

With the industry and the region setting a firm agenda for reducing emissions, visitors will be able to hear new insights and discussions on the sustainability trends shaping the industry’s future, as well as have the opportunity to explore a plethora of new technologies, innovations and initiatives, a press communique concluded.

AD Ports Group Enhances Customer Experience


Numerous Initiatives completed under the Abu Dhabi Programme for Effortless Customer Experience at KEZAD

AD Ports Group (ADX: ADPORTS), the leading facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry has completed a number of initiatives under The Abu Dhabi Program for Effortless Customer Experience, a pioneering new model that enables effortless customer experiences across Abu Dhabi Government and positions the emirate as a leader in the field.

Spearheaded by the Group’s Economic Cities & Free Zones and Digital clusters, the initiatives were aimed at enhancing the omnichannel experience for clients at KEZAD. From improved service level agreements for walk-ins and contact centre enquiries to the launch of a digitalised Free Zone License application service through the Advanced Trade & Logistics Platform (ATLP), the initiatives included innovative approaches to making the flow of information more user friendly while enabling centralised access through KEZAD Cloud for investor-related documents to all key government stakeholders and partners, for quick turnaround. Another key service improvement, the Customs Registration Number integration, provides the investor with an importer code immediately with the issuance of a license.

The new service operating procedures allow investors to avail the license application service through UAE Pass application as well.

All initiatives were aligned with the Effortless Customer Experience Programme model’s four dimensions of direction, design, development and delivery, spanning from digitisation of services and systems’ integration to mapping stakeholder delegations for several relevant government entities, regular customer communication and comprehensive training for customer support functions. 

The customer-focused approach resulted in completely transforming the investor registration process, cutting down the number of touchpoints required, offering a Single Window for free zone license application and post-licensing services for KEZAD; in addition to building a state-of-the-art investor dashboard that unifies information from all relevant entities, facilitating Foreign Direct Investment through overseas registrations on ATLP and more.

H.E. Dr Ali Hussain Makki, Executive Director – Logistics and Trade Facilitation Sector at the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), said: Abu Dhabi is firmly committed to continuously improving business ecosystem as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the emirate’s position as preferred destination for talent, business, and investment.

As catalyst for economic growth and diversification, ADDED has been rolling out initiatives to enhance customer and stakeholder experiences in the trade and logistics sectors. We believe the efforts made by AD Ports Group to enhance customer experiences are valuable addition to our trade facilitation solutions by simplifying procedures, reducing time and cost, and enhancing seamless integration of government services”.

Abdullah Al Hameli, CEO, Economic Cities and Free Zones, AD Ports Group said: “Customer Service is, and has always been one of the key differentiators at AD Ports Group and specifically KEZAD Group. We welcome initiatives like the Abu Dhabi Program for Effortless Customer Experience brings key organisations within the greater Abu Dhabi business ecosystem to work together to enhance this experience even further.

“Our Programmes like KEZAD Connect, Josoor, Tawasul are key initiatives that maintain our dialogue with our customers through in person and digital means, making us deliver on our promise of being available to our clients to listen, support and deliver exceptional experiences,” he added.

Dr Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of Digital Cluster and CEO of Maqta Gateway, AD Ports Group said, “At the Digital Cluster and AD Ports Group, we understand the importance of effortless omnichannel experiences and its impact on customer happiness. It has been our constant endeavor to accelerate the wise leadership’s vision of delivering world-class, effortless customer experiences for all interactions with the government.

“The Cluster’s technological developments geared towards transforming the trade and logistics industry follow design thinking approach. We are constantly monitoring direct and indirect feedback from customers, partners and stakeholders to reduce friction. The Effortless Customer Experience Programme has been instrumental in taking our efforts to the next level in the development and operations of ATLP, under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.”

The Advanced Trade & Logistics Platform (ATLP), developed and operated by Maqta Gateway under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Economic Development (ADDED), serves as Abu Dhabi’s Single Window for trade and offers 700+ services to the trade community in Abu Dhabi and beyond. With the recent launch of digitalised Free Zone Application service through ATLP, customers can easily lease land, warehouse, or showrooms and even flexi-desk space at KEZAD remotely.

The Abu Dhabi Program for Effortless Customer Experience model addresses the entire customer experience holistically, is benchmarked against international standards and will see major investment in human capital through a government-wide effortless customer experience training programme.

Multi-level terminal blocks with Push-in connection


With the new PT 2,5-4L… four-level terminal blocks, Phoenix Contact offers a particularly compact terminal block family.

The front connection and the four levels enable wiring in a confined space. They are just 5.2 mm wide and feature a Push-in connection. The new terminal blocks, therefore, use the uniform system accessories of Clipline complete and reduce logistics costs.

The new product family consists of several four-level terminal blocks with Push-in Technology. In addition to feed-through versions, these also include function versions such as disconnect and knife-disconnect terminal blocks or sensor/actuator versions with and without LED indicator. The four-level terminal blocks have a function shaft on each level. This function shaft enables both vertical and horizontal potential distribution, thus achieving a high degree of flexibility.

Xylem appoints new KSA Managing Director


Move to drive water innovation in the Kingdom

Xylem is strengthening its presence in Saudi Arabia with the strategic appointment of Eng. Alaa Nasser Karashi as the new Managing Director for the Kingdom.

In his new role, Karashi will be responsible for driving Xylem’s innovative water solutions and strategic growth initiatives in the nation, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Leading a specialised team, Karashi will be focused on fostering a collaborative effort in leveraging technology to transform water management practices in the region, while serving a breadth of local customers and partners.

Karashi brings over 20 years of experience, as well as unmatched local expertise to the role, having led diverse multinational and local companies across the water, WW infrastructure, industrial, and environmental sectors.

“I am very excited to work with a team of experts in the field of smart water management in order to collectively make a lasting impact in the region,” remarked Karashi on his appointment.

“Alaa’s extensive leadership experience and deep understanding of the local infrastructure align perfectly with Xylem’s commitment to providing innovative solutions to water challenges. We look forward to his contributions in furthering our mission in the Kingdom and the wider region,” commented Pietro Moro, Managing Director, Middle East & Türkiye, Xylem.

Etihad improves cargo capacity in China


  • Etihad Cargo now provides additional cargo capacity via a weekly freighter service to Guangzhou.
  • The carrier operates ten freighter services per week to mainland China, including weekly flights to Guangzhou and Ezhou, and eight flights per week to Shanghai.

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has further enhanced the carrier’s freighter network with the addition of a weekly freighter service to Guangzhou. Offering a new freighter route to Guangzhou comes in response to increased demand for cargo capacity for China and bolsters Etihad Cargo’s existing freighter network, bringing the total number of freighter services for mainland China to ten per week.

“With the introduction of a new freighter service between our Abu Dhabi hub and Guangzhou, combined with increased frequencies across China via Etihad Cargo’s freighter services and the airline’s passenger flights, customers and partners benefit from increased cargo capacity. Expanding the carrier’s reach into the Chinese market not only meets the increased demand for cargo capacity in this region but will also further strengthen ties between the UAE and China, providing more opportunities for increased collaboration between the two countries,” said Leonard Rodrigues, Head of Revenue Management, Fleet and Network at Etihad Cargo.

The Head of Marketing Department of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport said: “This significant milestone reflects our enduring partnership since the launch of Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi-Guangzhou passenger flight route in October last year, which played a vital role in the recovery of the Guangzhou market and the Greater Bay Area in the post-pandemic era. The introduction of this all-cargo scheduled flight route will further enhance trade and logistics development between Guangzhou and Abu Dhabi International Airport, while strengthening connectivity between the Middle East, China, and other Belt and Road Initiative economies. We eagerly anticipate a brighter future as we continue to work closely with Etihad Airways.”

In recent months, Etihad Cargo has continued to add depth to the carrier’s Asian network, launching a fourth Chinese gateway to its network, offering a weekly freighter service to the Hubei Province of China. The carrier’s inaugural flight to Ezhou Huahu Airport arrived on 18 August, making Etihad Cargo the first international carrier to operate flights to China’s first professional cargo airport. The carrier also offers eight weekly freighter flights to Shanghai.

Complementing Etihad Cargo’s expanding freighter network, the carrier offers additional belly capacity for China via ten passenger flights per week to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Via the carrier’s growing road feeder services network in China, Etihad Cargo also offers customers and partners access to 25 domestic mainland Chinese destinations, providing seamless connectivity across the Chinese market.

Etihad Cargo continuously evaluates its global network and remains committed to increasing frequencies and introducing new destinations to ensure the carrier can fully meet capacity requirements and remain the air cargo partner of choice.

Seamless SA and Fintech sign MoU


Seamless Saudi Arabia and Fintech Saudi recently signed a memorandum of understanding to declare that Fintech Saudi will be officially supporting the event as Strategic Fintech Partner and the confirmation that both parties will be supporting each other as they move forward. Seamless Saudi Arabia is the leading payments, fintech, retail, e-commerce, home delivery and digital marketing event in the Middle East.

Joseph Ridley, General Manager at Terrapinn Middle East said: ““We are honoured to have Fintech Saudi as the Strategic Fintech Partner of Seamless Saudi Arabia through the establishment of this long-term partnership. Fintech Saudi are making amazing progress in both putting Saudi Arabia on the global fintech stage, along with their proactiveness in encouraging and enabling the fintechs to flourish within the Kingdom, something we are aligned on and actively trying to promote at Seamless Saudi Arabia.”

“We value the partnership between Seamless and Fintech Saudi, and are looking forward to a strategic partnership with them. We will be at Seamless to promote Saudi’s start-up space, and partake in engaging discussions with other industry leading professionals,” said Nezar Alhaider of Fintech Saudi.

Fintech Saudi was launched by Saudi Central Bank and Capital Market Authority in order to uplift and transform Saudi Arabia into an innovative fintech hub. At Seamless Saudi Arabia, Fintech Saudi will be helping start-ups to gain exposure on a global platform. Seamless will also be welcoming Fintech Saudi keynote speaker Nezar Alhaider, Managing Director of Fintech Saudi to speak on the topic of the national strategy for the fintech ecosystem.

Visit Fintech Saudi at Seamless Saudi Arabia, located at stand R44 in the Payments and Fintech hall. The event will be taking place in Riyadh on 4-5 September.

To register for free, please visit: https://bit.ly/45FP7t4

Challenge welcomes the B767-300BDSF


Challenge Group is thrilled to announce the latest addition to its fleet – the B767-300BDSF aircraft. This milestone marks a significant step forward for the company, enhancing its overall capacity and operational flexibility to better serve its customers worldwide.

The introduction of the B767 aircraft is part of Challenge Group’s fleet diversification project, designed to adapt to evolving market demands and cater to specific customer requirements. It is essential to note that the B767 is an addition to the existing fleet and is not replacing the B747-400 fleet. In the years to come, the B777F will also be introduced as an addition, emphasizing the company’s commitment to growth and expansion.

“We are excited to welcome the B767-300BDSF to our fleet, a testament to our dedication to providing exceptional service and solutions to our customers,” said Yossi Shoukroun, Chief Executive Officer of Challenge Group. “This aircraft’s enhanced efficiency and sustainability align perfectly with our mission to tackle the challenges posed by certain airport restrictions worldwide, including the 4-engine ban and noise level regulations that have been on the rise.”

The B767’s arrival will empower Challenge Group to be more competitive and versatile in meeting specific customer needs, allowing for greater flexibility when less capacity is required. This increased adaptability will also pave the way for exploring new markets, including short and medium-haul routes within the EU, the India sub-continent, and the Middle East. The aircraft’s volumetric ratio makes it an ideal choice for transporting commodities, making it highly suitable for e-commerce and pharma industries, where volumetric capacity is critical.

Or Zak, Chief Commercial Officer of Challenge Group, expressed his excitement about the fleet expansion, stating, “The B767’s introduction will revolutionize our ability to serve our customers better. With additional capacity and enhanced flexibility, we can offer improved frequency to our current destinations and venture into new markets, enriching our global presence significantly.”

Challenge Group has diligently prepared for this fleet diversification project, allowing sufficient time for specific trainings, operational adjustments, and targeted roadshows in key markets, like the recent one conducted in India. The continuation of the conversion program is set to begin in September, with two aircraft undergoing simultaneous conversion, and the full fleet of four B767 aircraft expected to be fully operational by Q1/2024.

The Challenge Group team is enthusiastic about the potential of the B767 aircraft to elevate their services, deliver value to customers, and explore new horizons, positioning the airline as an even more influential player in the aviation industry.

KEZAD begins 42M Upgrade of Al Ma’mourah


Development of 24km of Main Roads, Landscaping, Irrigation Network Upgrade Covers 288,000 sqm

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group, the integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi, today announced that it has commenced main road landscaping works across 288,000 sqm in KEZAD AL Ma’mourah.

The AED 42 million project includes landscaping of 24 km of main roads and roundabouts in KEZAD Al Ma’mourah. The project also includes the planting of 350 trees of different species along the roads, as well as plating of shrubs and hardscaping over an area of 120,000 sqm. Moreover, KEZAD will also construct irrigation pumping stations and water tanks connected to KEZAD wastewater treatment plant.

The enahncements, aimed at significantly improving the flow of traffic and facilitating the movement of goods, as well as the beautification of the area, are being executed in corrdination with relevant government agencies such as the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Integrated Transport Centre, among others, as well as the businesses in the area to ensure smoothest possible workflow at an accelerated pace.

Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, CEO Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group, said: “KEZAD Group is continually looking for ways to improve the business experience of our clients, and maintain Abu Dhabi’s position and the heart of regional industrial and economic development.

“As with the recently started project in KEZAD Musaffah (ICAD 1), the imporvement of the road network system in KEZAD Al Ma’mourah is aimed at developing a faster and more efficiently connected economic zone, in line with the aim of our wise leadership. This upgrade reinforces the value proposition of KEZAD, and strengthens emirate of Abu Dhabi’s position as an advanced economic and industrial hub.”

The announcement follows KEZAD Group’s recent announcement of an AED 55 million infrastructure upgrade in KEZAD Musaffah (ICAD 1) across 40,000 sqm, and 23 km of roads. Both projects, being executed in compliance with the best global practices, standards and specificiations, to be completed by the third quarter of 2024.

Propaper Dubai 2023 from Sept 12-14 Dubai


Share of paper packaging rise in US$73.5 billion MEA packaging market

Global trend setters in innovative packaging & hygiene solutions are on display

The share of paper packaging in the estimated US$74 billion overall packaging market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) continues to see an exponential growth with e-commerce boom and consumer preference veers to sustainable and environment-friendly solutions. 

Industry experts participating at the upcoming leading B2B exhibition, Propaper 2023, said that in line with this demand growth, investments in kraft paper mills have also risen in the region in the post-Covid era, with enhanced use of paper packaging across industry verticals such as food, catering hygiene, pharma and cosmetics driving up demand 

 Propaper Dubai 2023 will host a large contingent of global paper and packaging companies which are at the vanguard of innovation. The show which also incorporates Super Sourcing Dubai under the auspices of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), will run during September 12-14 at Dubai at the Festival Arena at Dubai Festival City. 

“E-commerce continues to be on an upsurge in the GCC and larger MEA markets, and this has in turn catalysed the demand for packaging solutions across the board. Overall e-commerce market in the region may surpass US$25 billion within the next couple of years, and this will obviously fuel the need for paper packaging solutions, and paper industry with its sustainable and alternative propositions stand to gain,” saidMr. Majid Rasheed – Managing Director   of the UAE’s Star Paper Mill Paper Industry. 

 Quoting a Data Bridge Market Research report, Propaper 2023 spokespeople said that kraft paper market will continue to gain market share. According to the forecast for 2020-2028, kraft paper market will grow at a CAGR of 3.8 per cent in the UAE alone to over US$54 million.

“The growth in paper food packaging which surged during and after the pandemic continues to create growth for paper players in the MEA markets, and specifically in the GCC, where internet penetration is the world’s highest aiding online commerce. The opportunity size has also grown with verticals like pharma, personal care and cosmetics taking to paper packaging solutions in a big way riding the e-commerce boom,” said Omar Ali Abdullah Al Hosni, Chairman, Keryas Paper Industry, Oman.

Anticipating increased demand in this sector, Keryas Paper Mills had announced investments in kraft paper segment to manufacture re-cycled kraft paper jumbo reels, unveiling a US$40 million kraft paper project in the UAE during the previous Propaper expo in 2022.

 Star Paper Mills had also announced investments in kraft paper segment, and in collaboration with RC Paper Machines had announced an investment of over US$54 million in Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD) to manufacture re-cycled kraft paper jumbo reels.

 A Mordor Intelligence report also confirmed the growth trend in B2C and B2B paper packaging solutions at an estimated CAGR of 4.30 per cent in MEA during 2023-2028.

 “The paper industry has been seeing a steady surge of investments, both as expansion in existing projects as well as greenfield projects with market for paper-based products consistently rising. In the GCC alone, the growth has been pronounced for paper packaging with a digitally savvy and sustainability-conscious young population accelerating their online spend,” said Jeen Joshua, Managing Director, Verifair.

 India participation

Indian companies at the Propaper 2023 form the single largest contingent of exhibitors, while China and Egypt are the other pavilion participants. Indian participation also comes in the context of the growing bilateral trade between India and the UAE.

India and the UAE recently celebrated the first-year anniversary of Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the UAE Ministry of Economy indicating that from May 2022 to April 2023, non-oil trade touched US$50.5 billion, a 5.8 per cent increase.

Propaper 2023 will be a platform or paper industry stakeholders to congregate, showcase products and explore partnerships and growth opportunities, The expo in its second year is a unique buyer-seller platform which will facilitate partnerships, joint investments, market entry and exploration as well as increased sales forays for the participants.

The show will host paper industry companies from across a wide spectrum, including corrugated paper board makers to paper mill machinery manufacturers to tissue and converting machinery, as well as printing and packaging equipment.

Dubai Municipality leverages AI in testing


The robots utilize X-rays to carry out precise and swift tests and analysis 

Dubai Central Laboratory of Dubai Municipality has used robots that employ X-Rays and other latest AI technologies to carry out automated chemical analysis and tests on various types of cement and other construction materials.

The cement testing services are linked to a smart platform for laboratory testing services in Dubai Municipality, enabling customers to receive inspection reports quickly through smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices.

“The robots utilize X-rays to precisely carry out chemical analysis of construction materials and cement products used, which allows for effectively meeting the requirements of the construction sector in the Emirate of Dubai that is characterized by the superior speed in completing tests with the highest accuracy,” commented Engr. Hind Mahmoud Ahmed, Acting Director, Dubai Central Laboratory Department, Dubai Municipality.

Eng. Hind emphasized that cement checks are important components of concrete mixtures and the results of their inspection have an impact on the quality and sustainability of buildings, significantly contributing to increasing their life span.

She also pointed out that this technology will be used in the future to prepare specialized research studies at Dubai Central Laboratory aimed at the preliminary assessment of various building constructions as well as construction products and materials, a press communique concluded.

ADEX and Egyptian Govt sign US$100mn agreement


The agreement entails a revolving financing programme

Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX), the export-financing arm of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), recently signed an agreement with the Ministry of International Cooperation, Ministry of Finance, and the General Authority for Supply Commodities in Egypt.

The agreement entails a revolving financing program valued at US$100mn, with annual renewals planned over a 5-year term, reaching a total of US$500mn. This initiative aims to facilitate the provision of wheat and essential commodities to the General Authority for Supply Commodities through Al Dahra Agriculture, an Emirati company.

 On the UAE’s side, the agreement was signed by HE Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, the Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and Chairman of the Exports Executive Committee at the Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX).

Framework Agreement

The Egyptian side was represented by Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, who signed the framework agreement, while Dr. Mohamed Moait, Minister of Finance, validated the funding guarantee.

“The collaboration among the Abu Dhabi Exports Office, the General Authority for Supply Commodities, and Al Dahra will play a pivotal role in fortifying the strategic reserves of essential agricultural commodities, thereby ensuring the food security of the Egyptian market,” H.E. Al Suwaidi added.

In her statement, Dr. Rania Al Mashat elucidated that the new agreement signifies the profoundness of the strategic ties between Egypt and the UAE. The two nations are committed to augmenting economic integration and advancing joint development endeavors.

Dr. Al-Mashat added that upcoming discussions will focus on exploring further areas of cooperation aligned with Egypt’s developmental priorities and the realization of Egypt’s Vision 2030.

Chinese companies consider RAK


RAKEZ is currently home to over 400 Chinese companies

Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) has recordedsubstantial interest from Chinese companies looking to navigate the business landscape and strategic investment opportunities in the UAE.

Following its successful business tour to major Chinese cities earlier this year, the economic zone hosted numerous Chinese business delegations from diverse sectors including construction, manufacturing, trading, electronics, and engineering.

The visitors toured RAKEZ’s industrial zones, Al Marjan Island and Jebel Jais, in addition to meeting with representatives of various Ras Al Khaimah-based entities. With a comprehensive overview of the industrial infrastructure and the real estate and tourism sectors in the emirate, the Chinese investors explored the potential of these promising locations for business expansion and the support extended by RAKEZ.

“As the UAE actively strives to boost its bilateral trade with China to US$ 200bn by 2030, we welcome more Chinese investors to explore the dynamic opportunities that Ras Al Khaimah has to offer,” stated Ramy Jallad, Group CEO, RAKEZ.

RAKEZ currently houses more than 400 Chinese companies ranging from small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large industrial companies.

AD Ports Group Delivers 66% Growth in Q2 2023


· Q2 2023 Revenue grew by 66% YoY to AED 2.1 billion, driven by the Maritime, Ports, and Digital Clusters as well as acquisitions (+44% YoY on a like-for-like basis)

· Volume growth was strong across the board, +10% YoY for Ports Containers, +40% YoY for General Cargo, +64% YoY for RoRo, +152% YoY for Cruise, +27% YoY for Maritime Feeder Containers, and +8% YoY for Polymers

· In EC&FZ, 0.7 sq km (net) of new land leases were signed during the quarter while leased warehouses increased 53% YoY

· Q2 2023 EBITDA increased 29% YoY to AED 686 million (+13% on a like-for-like basis), implying an EBITDA margin of 33%

· Q2 2023 Total Net Profit increased 3% YoY to AED 310 million

· Completion of 100% Noatum acquisition with a total purchase consideration (Enterprise Value) of AED 2.65 billion

AD Ports Group today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2023, reporting revenue growth of 66% YoY to AED 2.1 billion, driven by volume growth in key sectors, business diversification as well as local, regional, and international expansion both organically and through M&A. Revenue growth reached 44% YoY on a like-for-like basis (LFL), excluding effect from M&A activity. Maritime, Digital, and Ports Clusters were the key growth drivers with 208%, 26%, and 22% YoY, respectively.

AD Ports Group Q2 2023 EBITDA rose by 29% YoY to AED 686 million, mainly driven by Maritime, Digital, and Ports Clusters as well as acquisitions (+13% YoY on a LFL basis). Change in the revenue mix, lower share of profits from JVs and associates, and ramp-up/one-off costs associated with new businesses resulted in a normalisation of EBITDA margin to 33.3% for the quarter vs. 38.5% in Q2 2022.

Total Net Profit increased by 3% YoY to AED 310 million in Q2 2023 as EBITDA growth was diluted by the increase in depreciation and amortisation charges as well as finance costs associated with deployment of new assets with deferred revenue effect. The Group’s Net Operating Cash Flows continued to improve to AED 508 million in Q2 2023 while Capital Expenditures (CapEx) reached AED 1.8 billion as per plan.

Net Debt to EBITDA ratio stood at 3.5x at the end of Q2 2023, but was distorted by completion of the Noatum acquisition on 30 June 2023, which was fully funded through debt in Q2 but with P&L effect only from Q3 onwards.

The Maritime Cluster reported an impressive revenue growth of 208% YoY to AED 1,160 million, primarily driven by the feedering (container and bulk) and offshore logistics and services business segments (+161% YoY on LFL basis).

The Economic Cities & Free Zones Cluster reported a 10% YoY decline to AED 441 million mainly due to temporary lower utilisation of Razeen staff accommodation as it ceased to be used as COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facilities. This decline was partly offset by the consolidation of Eskan Al Jamae (EAJ) since the beginning of the year and higher revenues from land leases. An additional 0.7 sq km (net) of new land leases were added in Q2 2023, taking the total land leased under the EC&FZ Cluster to 66.1 sq km.

The Ports Cluster reported Q2 2023 revenue growth of 22% YoY (+15% YoY on a LFL basis), with container volumes growing 10% YoY to 1.21 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). The Cluster also delivered 64% YoY growth in Ro-Ro volumes, 152% YoY growth in the number cruise passengers, and 40% YoY growth in general cargo volumes. In June, AD Ports Group secured a 50-year concession agreement for the existing container terminal operations of the Port of Karachi, which resulted in immediate earnings contribution.

The Logistics Cluster contributed AED 127 million to the Group’s revenue in Q2 2023, representing a 3% YoY increase as 8% YoY growth in polymer volumes was partly offset by cessation of COVID-19 vaccine business.

The Digital Cluster reported a 26% YoY increase to AED 117 million, supported by the newly acquired TTEK (completed on 22nd May), which develops and deploys border control solutions and customs systems, and strong performance of ATLP related services. The Cluster’s revenue growth reached 22% YoY on a LFL basis. Going forward, AD Ports Group’s revenue mix is likely to be more balanced across four of its five Clusters with the recently completed acquisition of Noatum, a global integrated logistics services provider with a presence in 26 countries across five continents. The Spain-headquartered company generated revenue and EBITDA of AED 5.69 billion (EUR 1.39 billion) and AED 433 million (EUR 106 million) in the last twelve months as at 30th June 2023, respectively, performing in line with expectations since the transaction was announced.

Based on 2023’s first six months financial performance for both AD Ports Group and Noatum, the latter accounts for over 50% of AD Ports Group’s revenue and 13% of its EBITDA.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “I am delighted with our strong financial performance for Q2 2023. With a remarkable 66% YoY revenue growth to AED 2.1 billion, we are successfully executing our diversification strategy and leveraging synergies from our recent acquisitions, paving the way for continued growth and value creation for our stakeholders, driven by the support of our wise leadership” Martin Aarup, Group Chief Financial Officer, AD Ports Group, said: “AD Ports Group’s solid financial performance in Q2 2023, evidenced by a 29% YoY increase in EBITDA to AED 686 million, showcases our resilient growth journey driven by our expanded service offering and geographic diversification. At the same time, we continue to invest large amounts of CapEx, AED 1.8 billion in Q2 2023, which will drive our future growth.”

SAP announces partnership with dnata Travel


Deal marks a significant advancement in the corporate travel sector

SAP Concur Solutions recently announced its partnership with dnata Travel Management, a world-renowned leader in the travel industry, part of the Emirates Group, now a certified reseller of its full range of travel solutions.

“This collaboration will enable dnata to empower its valued customers through streamlined and automated travel processes, leveraging SAP Concur’s innovative technology and state-of-the-art products. These solutions automate spend management, allowing us to provide customers with enhanced value, convenience, and flexibility,” commented Savio Vaz, Vice President of Government and Corporate Travel, dnata Travel Group.

The partnership between dnata Travel Management and SAP Concur Solutions marks a significant advancement in the corporate travel sector. By combining their unique strengths and resources, both entities are well positioned to respond to changing market demands, streamline travel processes, and enhance customer experiences, a press statement said.

“Cost control and compliance measures must be delivered while improving employee experiences – and this is where digital transformation can play a key role,” noted Gabriele Indrieri, Vice President and Managing Director-EMEA South Region, SAP Concur.

“This partnership with dnata is a key element in delivering exceptional end-to-end services for our customers. By integrating their sector-leading travel services to support our customers’ digital transformation agendas, this collaboration enables us to deliver the best-in-class technologies,” Indrieri added.

Tristar Group’s revenues rise 78.3% to US$ 554mn


Dubai-headquartered Tristar Group recorded a sizable 78.3 per cent increase in consolidated revenues to US$ 554mn while EBITDA was up 33.1 per cent to US$ 101mn as of June 2023.

All business segments are growing at the pace of two digits, with the Fuel Farm Segment in particular, recording a big growth due to the contribution of the recently acquired HG Storage International in partnership with Glencore.

“The acquisition of 51 per cent ownership stake in HG Storage International, finalized in August 2022, strong Maritime market, and the good performance of Road Transport Segment (+ 23% Year on Year), are the main reasons for the strong performance recorded in the first six months of this year,” commented Eugene Mayne, Group CEO, Tristar.

“We are confident that the second half of 2023, will not only confirm the record growth of our Group, but I do believe that, thanks to the numerous initiatives put in place during 2022, will fuel additional growth for the Group in the coming years,” he continued.

Global expansion

Tristar continues to explore entry into new markets and new products in its drive to implement reduced carbon emission initiatives across its operations.

Tristar, annually, discloses it carbon footprint through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and is a member of the First Movers Coalition (FMC) launched by the US Government and World Economic Forum (WEF) with pledge to purchase products and services that are low or near zero as possible, a press statement said.

“Our road fleet decarbonization is being developed in phases as we explore modern technologies and fuels that are both environment friendly and cost-effective, to ensure that we remain competitive in the marketplace. For the long-term, the teams continue to explore options like hydrogen fuel cell, EV, Dual fuel, and biofuel vehicles that can lower current levels of emissions,” Mayne further stated.

“Meanwhile, we are readying approximately 10 percent of our coastal fleet to become Hybrid Vessels which shall cut emissions by 50% and are overseeing the design and engineering of a hybrid electric barge due to be launched in UAE coastal waters in 2024,” he added.

Tristar was founded in 1998 in the UAE and today operates in 29 countries across the world, the press communique concluded.

Al-Futtaim opens new showroom in Abu Dhabi


The leading provider of holistic and 360-degree engineering and technology solutions in the building industry, Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies (AFET), inaugurated a new state-of-the-art TOTO showroom to expand their solutions and offerings to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. As part of the group’s ongoing strategy to strengthen TOTO’s presence in the United Arab Emirates, the showroom will showcase and meet the growing demand for luxury sanitaryware.

Located at Al Dana, Al Khazna Tower, Zone 1, the new showroom is set to display its trusted quality and latest luxury sanitaryware collection from the high end Japanese brand. The showroom will feature the latest in luxury and automated sanitary ware technology that includes the Neorest collection, Washlet+, Floatation Tub, Faucets, Touchless Faucets, Showers and Public Restrooms and more.

Commenting on the new showroom, Bahaa Malaeb, General Manager of the Building Products Division at Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies said, “We are proud to welcome our Abu Dhabi customers to our new TOTO showroom in Abu Dhabi and to cater to the growing demand for premium, high quality and high tech sanitary ware that is uniquely offered by TOTO, our long term partners in the UAE. At Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies, we aim to deliver exceptional products with high-end value to our customers, and the Japanese luxury brand, TOTO reflects the same in our offerings.”

TOTO is a world-renowned Japanese manufacturer of high quality, innovative, state-of-the-art, and luxurious bathroom equipment. Offering products that combine unique technologies and sophisticated designs, TOTO proposes restrooms that anyone can use in comfort and with peace of mind. TOTO brings to the region premium Japanese technology and innovations in sanitary ware. Some unique technologies include the CeFiONtect Glazing, Tornado Flush, Self-Power Generation Sensor Taps, Hydrotect Technology, Rimless Design, EWATER+ and other TOTO green challenge products.

With over 45 years of operations and a proven track record in the UAE, KSA, Egypt, and Qatar, Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies is the premium choice for holistic engineering and technology solutions in the market. The trusted industry leader provides superior reliable products and services such as MEP, Facilities Management, Air Conditioning, Scaffolding and Access Solutions, Elevators and Escalators, Control and Life Safety, Building Products, Energy Management, Digital Transformation and Technology Infrastructure to the building industry. Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies targets businesses looking to advance and elevate customer and business partners’ reputations with quality, reliability, and on-time work.


About Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies

Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies, part of Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, offers customers quality holistic engineering and technology solutions focused around their business.

Established over 45 years ago, the Engineering arm operates in the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. The company provides a wide variety of premium products and services to its partners from MEP, Facilities Management, Air Conditioning, Scaffolding and Access Solutions, Elevators and Escalators, Control and Life Safety, Building Products, Energy Management, Digital Transformation and Technology Infrastructure in the building and construction industry.

In the UAE, the company continues to successfully represent strong international brands for building products including TOTO, Waterwalker, Airedale, KRANTZ and LG. The company is also the sole agent for well-known elevator and escalators brands like Hitachi, and BLT and in the Saudi Arabia and Qatar branches, the company works with trusted brands such as Toshiba.

Yokohama plant passes the 40 million milestone


The plant commenced operations in 1935

Nissan has announced that its Yokohama Plant produced its 40 millionth engine in June earlier this year.

The Yokohama Plant commenced operations in 1935, two years after Nissan’s founding. It built its 10 millionth engine in 1976, its 20 millionth in 1986 and its 30 millionth in 1997. Reaching the 40 million milestone in the same year Nissan celebrates its 90th anniversary makes this achievement special.

“We were able to reach the 40 million milestone thanks to so many customers around the world embracing our cars,” remarked Tamiyo Wada, Manager, Yokohama Plant.

A number of engines made by the Yokohama Plant have left their mark in automotive history. These include the 1979 L20ET, which was Japan’s first turbocharged passenger-car engine, and the 1983 VG, the country’s first mass-produced V6 engine.

As society changes, so does the Yokohama Plant. Since the launch of the all-electric LEAF in 2010, the plant has also been producing motors, including those for e-POWER vehicles such as the Nissan Note. In the fiscal year 2022, motors accounted for approximately 40% of Yokohama Plant’s production.

As the Yokohama Plant approaches its 90th anniversary, it continues to play a leading role in the development of Nissan’s cutting-edge production technology. In addition to producing motors and engines, it also serves as a pilot plant for the development of powertrain production technology that will have global applications. Next year, a pilot line will be established in the plant to develop all-solid-state batteries, a press communique concluded.

Malia Group to leverage AI capabilities of SAP


RISE with SAP and S/4HANA will enable the group to predict and respond to market trends

Malia Group, a Lebanon-based regional leader in pharmaceutical, personal care and FMCG products, has announced it will transition to SAP cloud-based solutions to leverage AI and other embedded advanced technologies to fuel its growth while empowering employees in their roles and strengthening its commitment to sustainability goals.

According to Malia Group executives, SAP was selected as a partner in digital transformation largely due to its extensive focus on AI, automation and machine learning. SAP has made several announcements recently reinforcing its commitment to creating an enterprise AI ecosystem for the future that complements its business applications suite, and helps customers unlock their full potential.

“As we continue to expand our product portfolio and market coverage, we are excited to capitalize on SAP’s predictive analytics to anticipate market trends, customer preferences, and demand patterns. This will enable us to proactively adjust our strategies and maintain a competitive edge,” affirmed Joanne Sarraf Chehab, Chief Executive Officer, Malia Holding.

Diversified Group

Malia Group is eyeing growth in terms of both geographical and product line expansion. The family-owned group currently comprises 25 companies leading across sectors including industry, consumer goods distribution, technology solutions, fashion, engineering and more.

“I am excited by the potential generative AI will complement and empower our Malians with their tasks and support them in making informed decisions faster. Moreover, SAP’s robust security measures ensure that our critical business information is protected against ever-evolving cyber threats,” asserted Jennifer Younane, Chief Technology Officer, Malia Trust.

 “Now customers are increasingly focused on the benefit of staying abreast of AI, which is embedded in our solutions with automatic updates delivered through our RISE with SAP and GROW with SAP programmes,” noted Alaa Jaber, Managing Director, SAP Qatar and Fast Growth Markets.

Menzies Aviation accelerates under new ownership


Entered six new countries and expanded to 18 new airports

Menzies Aviation, the leading service partner to the world’s airports and airlines, and an Agility company, is marking a year since it joined forces with National Aviation Services (NAS) to become the world’s largest aviation services company.

The company, which was acquired by Agility in August 2022, has enjoyed accelerated growth over the past 12 months, successfully entering six new countries and growing its workforce to 40,000 employees, the highest in the company’s 190-year history, according to a press communique.

Accelerating global growth

With a focus on accelerating growth, Menzies has created a solid platform for expansion especially in emerging aviation markets. Notable successes were seen in all four regions around the world:

In the Middle East, Africa & Asia, the company secured a new five-year license at nine airports in South Africa, where it also won a game-changing air cargo contract at three airports.

In the same period, Menzies has grown its air cargo footprint from 69 locations to 75 locations. Air Menzies International, its freight forwarding business, also expanded its global network with new branches in Frankfurt, Germany; Lahore and Karachi in Pakistan; and Toronto, Canada.

“We’re excited to look to the future, as we continue our journey to be recognised as the leading aviation services provider,” noted Philipp Joeinig, CEO, Menzies Aviation.

“We are equally committed to helping all our stakeholders achieve their sustainability goals, and we will continue to be responsible corporate citizens in our communities,” remarked Hassan El-Houry, Chairman, Menzies Aviation.

Tech Mahindra appoints Atul Soneja as COO


Atul has over 28 years of experience as a technology executive

Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, recently announced the appointment of Atul Soneja as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).

With over 28 years of experience as a technology executive, Atul is a proven leader known for deep strategic expertise, building a culture of success, and driving business transformation through focused execution in challenging and competitive

Atul held several leadership roles in Infosys and its subsidiaries, from managing multi-billion service lines across multiple industry segments like Financial Services, Retail and Manufacturing, to heading the AI and Automation platform business of Edgeverve, a subsidiary of Infosys, conceptualizing and driving several strategic programs through his tenure.

“We are confident that Atul’s expertise will help us drive growth and enhance our capability to deliver innovative solutions,” observed CP Gurnani, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra.

“Atul Soneja complements our high-performance culture, and his execution-focused approach, firm belief in extreme ownership and zeal to build a collaborative culture make him the perfect choice to lead our operations,” commented Mohit Joshi, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Designate, Tech Mahindra.

“My vision is to continue the momentum that Tech Mahindra has by leveraging next-gen technologies,” remarked Soneja on his appointment.

Siemens ensures baggage handling at Spanish Airport


Company bags order to operate and maintain the conveyor system at Palma de Mallorca Airport

Siemens Logistics has received an order to operate and maintain the baggage handling system at Palma de Mallorca Airport, Spain. The service contract covers the conveyor system, two tilt-tray sorters, 192 check-ins as well as several baggage reclaim carousels.

Siemens will deploy proven corrective and preventive maintenance methods to maximize the availability of the belt conveyor. The contract has a term of two years and includes the option of two additional one-year extensions, it was revealed in a press communique.

“We are pleased about this new order from airport operator Aena, which we have been supporting with our services for already 17 years,” remarked Michael Schneider, CEO, Siemens Logistics.

“Our highly qualified service staff are very familiar with the system at Palma de Mallorca Airport. That is an excellent basis for us to provide the airport with a first-class service,” he added.

Palma de Mallorca Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain, handling around 29 million passengers in 2022.

Siemens Logistics has been represented in Spain for decades with a regional company in Tres Cantos, Madrid. Recently the company was also awarded a comprehensive order to operate and maintain the baggage handling systems of all terminals at Madrid-Barajas airport.

Borouge and Borealis launch sustainable automotive products


New products are designed for exterior applications

Borouge and Borealis, one of the world’s biggest polyolefin manufacturers, recently announced the launch of two new sustainable polymer products for the automotive industry, in line with both companies’ sustainability drive.

Made from up to 70% recycled materials, these are the first sustainable products developed at Borouge’s Compounding Manufacturing Plant (CMP) located in Shanghai, China, which recently received ISO 14067 certification for carbon footprint assessment.

“The launch of our latest products signals our strong commitment to sustainability. By using recycled materials, and developing products with a lower carbon footprint, we demonstrate how circular economy goals are achievable with tangible results today,” commented Rainer Hoefling, Chief Executive Officer, Borouge.

“The rising demand for innovative mobility solutions has underscored sustainability as a crucial focal point for the automotive industry. In response, our customers are actively seeking ways to integrate sustainable polyolefin solutions into their latest car models,” remarked Eddie Wang, Senior Vice President, Asia South, Borouge.

Parsons bags US$52mn Public Works Authority contract In Qatar


The six-year contract includes conceptualand detailed design for roads and infrastructure projects

Parsons Corporation recently announced today that the company has been selected to deliver design engineering consultancy services to Qatar’s Public Works Authority, more commonly known as Ashghal, for a new road and infrastructure framework.

The US$52mn, six-year contract, includes conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design for roads and infrastructure projects within Doha city.

“We are keen to work with Ashghal on transforming such a key part of Doha’s critical infrastructure in line with the country’s national strategy,” stated Pierre Santoni, President, Parsons MEA. “Frameworks like this will help improve access and decrease congestion, thereby decreasing transportation costs,” he added.

With a total population of just over three million, more than half of Qatar’s population lives in the capital city Doha. Establishing a new road and infrastructure framework supports the needs of current and future generations, which is one of the major challenges the Qatar National Vision 2030 aims to address.

Parsons first began working with Ashghal in 2002 and most recently collaborated with them to deliver transportation planning services for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a press statement concluded.

Modular and economical setup of DC charging infrastructure


(04/23) With the modular Charx system for 19″ rack mounting, Phoenix Contact offers a solution for the quick and economical setup of full-coverage fast charging infrastructure. The system in a standard 19″ format consists of several coordinated modules for distributing, transforming, and controlling the charging current. They can be combined to suit any charging situation.

The new Charx power distribution module supplies all components in the charging station with AC mains power. Integrated surge protection, miniature circuit breakers, and overheating protection ensure the safety of all downstream modules and cables. Along with a control module, up to five power modules can be connected and supplied. They convert AC mains power into the DC power needed for the fast charging of electric vehicles. To scale the charging power, the particularly efficient Charx power DC power modules can be interconnected as required.

The new Charx control integrated control module consists of a charging controller, cellular modem, insulation monitoring, power contactors, fuse, surge protection, and many other components. It combines all the necessary functions to control power modules and monitor the charging process in a single highly integrated space-saving device. The module also features extensive communication interfaces for easy system integration and remote access. It manages up to five power modules of 30 kW each, which means that charging power ratings of up to 150 kW can be realized.

Compared to classic assembly with DIN rail components, the modular setup with this system significantly reduces the complexity of a DC charging station. In addition, the fast-connection technologies from Phoenix Contact and the established 19″ standard dimensions enable the quick installation and replacement of modules. From the design and engineering through the installation and wiring to the maintenance of fast charging stations, all processes are thus accelerated and optimized for the charging station manufacturer.

New General Manager for Swisslog Middle East


Rami brings 25 years of experience in operations

Swisslog, leaders in data-driven & robotic solutions for logistics automation, recently announced the appointment of Rami Younes as the new General Manager and Head of Sales for Swisslog Middle East.

In his new position, Rami will be responsible for leading Swisslog’s business in the Middle East, with a primary focus on warehouse logistics. Working closely with Swisslog’s local and global senior management teams, he will identify and pursue new growth opportunities, while also delivering industry-specific automation solutions to companies in the region to help improve their operational efficiencies.

Prior to joining Swisslog Middle East, Rami was the Chief Operating Officer, ALS Logistics Solutions and successfully led a 4PL Logistics start-up in Saudi Arabia. Rami’s leadership skills in supply chain, logistics, and high-tech industrial products have consistently driven success for international teams, according to a corporate press release.

“Rami brings a strong customer-driven focus to his role and a deep understanding of the warehouse automation industry,” commented Jens Schmale, CEO, Swisslog EMEA.

“I look forward to working closely with the team to expand our portfolio of integrated automation solutions, catering to customers in the region. We will work together to execute our vision of establishing Swisslog as the frontrunner in data-driven robotic intralogistics automation,” remarked Rami on his appointment.

Emirates Delivers launches in Kuwait


Offers shoppers in Kuwait a seamless shopping experience from the UK and US Emirates Delivers, the e-commerce delivery platform of Emirates SkyCargo, has launched in Kuwait, facilitating fast, reliable, and cost-effective international delivery of items purchased from the UK and the US to shoppers in Kuwait, according to a press release. Emirates Delivers provides a seamless door-to-door transport solution with competitive shipping rates to bring customers the best e-commerce purchases from the UK and the US.

“Leveraging Emirates’ global network, the frequency of flights, our wide body capacity, and the trust and longstanding relationships we’ve built with consumers in market, Emirates Delivers is well placed to answer this need,” remarked Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates SkyCargo. With free storage of up to 30 days, Emirates Delivers allows customers to combine items from different retailers and vendors and consolidate their purchases into one package to further reduce the already-competitive shipping costs.

Using the ‘My Suite’ option on the Emirates Delivers website, customers can then confirm shipping to Kuwait, with full tracking visibility from the time the items are received at the facility, through to delivery of the package at their door.

Kale Logistics Solutions’ Airport Cargo Community System goes live


Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) announced the go-live of its most celebrated Airport Cargo Community System (ACS) at GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL). The platform aims to enhance efficiency, streamline procedures, and automate communication with stakeholders at the Airport’s cargo complex. 

The new system seamlessly connects Airport, Cargo Ground Handlers, Transporters, Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers, Airlines, Importers/Exporters and Customs on a common, highly secured cloud-based IT platform. The system is targeted towards promoting paperless trade with trade documentation now done online and ease of doing business. With this, Kale is now actively engaging at 100+ airport cargo stations worldwide. 

GHIAL is the fourth busiest Airport in India in terms of passenger traffic and is the nation’s first greenfield Airport. The salient feature of the airport’s cargo terminal is its temperature-controlled pharma zone. It is the second airport in southern India to implement ACS to boost its cargo throughput.  With the deployment of Kale’s ACS, the Airport will realise a significant improvement in cargo volumes and let the airport emerge as a hub for innovative activities. Moreover, this deployment with a 100 per cent adoption rate will enable the Airport to set sustainability benchmarks for airports globally.

Vineet Malhotra, Co-Founder and Director of Kale Logistics Solutions said, “GMR Hyderabad is a special milestone for us, it is the 100th air cargo station we signed last year. We have 99% adoption with go-live, which speaks volumes about the efficacy of the ACS platform and its benefits. We are happy to assist the GMR Group with its digital transformation.” 

He further added, “Our airport cargo community system is gradually becoming the default choice for all airports, not only in India but also in North America. With these deployments, we expect to witness a significant transformation in the air cargo industry. We have more airports in the pipeline that will go-live with our flagship community platform. The future looks bright for us and the air cargo industry.”  Kale’s Cargo Community Systems has received several global accolades, including awards at the United Nations’ award-winning cloud-based electronic platform for all stakeholders of the air cargo value chain to interact with each other digitally. Also, this platform is one of the most comprehensive systems, which connects the Airport ecosystem to simplify, standardise and modernise connectivity as well as information flow throughout the value chain.

Alpha AG enters into a partnership with Scan Logistics


Alpha Augmented Services AG (Alpha Augmented Services), an innovation leader in software-based transport optimisation, and global logistics provider Scan Global Logistics (SGL), have entered into a commercial partnership. Going forward, the international full-service logistics provider Scan Global Logistics A/S (SGL) will use the AI-supported software solution from Alpha Augmented Services and integrate it into its product range for both potential and existing customers.

As part of the partnership, SGL customers will, in the future, have the opportunity to significantly reduce their logistics costs and carbon emissions through AI-enabled loading and packaging optimisation. Scan Global Logistics is an established, fast-growing logistics service provider with a proven global track record with a defined purpose of making the world of logistics a little less complicated, which this partnership supports.

Massimo Rossetti, CEO of Alpha Augmented Services: “The partnership with Scan Global Logistics is another milestone in the market penetration of our product. We are delighted to be working with such a strong, global and fast-growing partner. We complement each other ideally, as SGL not only covers all transport routes and modes but also the supply chains as a whole. This is also the approach of our AI-based solution. Together we can enable customers all over the world to further optimize their entire supply chain, which combines ecological and economic advantages in an excellent way.”

Mads Drejer, Global COO & CCO from Scan Global Logistics: “With the Alpha Augmented Services solution, we can further expand our service and product offering to all customers across the globe. This solution can be integrated quickly and smoothly into existing processes and, because it is a SaaS model, does not require any material initial investments. The economic ROI is significant, and our customers know at the same time that carbon emissions are reduced immediately. Cost savings and sustainability go hand in hand as we see it, and loading and packaging optimisation is an area that we believe deserves more attention from all parties across the supply chain.”

Etihad cargo exceeds operational targets


· Etihad Cargo has achieved 82.7 per cent OTP for freighter departures and 82 per cent OTP for freighter arrivals, ahead of its 80 per cent target

· The carrier surpassed its 85 per cent DAP target, achieving 90.6 per cent

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has continued to surpass operational performance targets, achieving improvements across key performance measures in the first half of 2023.

Building on the strong operational performance of the carrier’s freighter operations in 2022, Etihad Cargo achieved 82.7 per cent on-time performance (OTP) for freighter departures and 82 per cent OTP for freighter arrivals. The recorded OTP for both freighter departures and arrivals in H1 2023 exceeds the carrier’s 80 per cent OTP target. Surpassing this target demonstrates Etihad Cargo’s commitment to providing reliable, high-quality cargo solutions with minimal disruption to the carrier’s partners and customers.

Etihad Cargo has also further improved the carrier’s delivered-as-promised (DAP) rate, achieving 90.6 per cent, ahead of its 85 per cent target and an increase on its 2022 DAP rate of 86.6 per cent.

Thomas Schürmann, Head of Operations at Etihad Cargo, said: “Exceeding OTP and DAP targets demonstrates Etihad Cargo’s strong commitment to reliability, building trust and being the air cargo partner of choice. The carrier’s freighter operations have played a critical role in Etihad Cargo’s ability to meet its ambitious growth targets, which has seen the carrier successfully launch new freighter routes to key destinations, including Guangzhou, and offer additional capacity across Etihad Cargo’s global network. Etihad Cargo’s state-of-the-art Cargo Control Centre monitors the status of all shipments in real time and tracks shipments, flights and road feeder services to enhance the carrier’s DAP promise to partners and customers.”

In addition to Etihad Cargo’s expanding freighter network, the carrier offers belly capacity to over 69 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas with 674 weekly rotations. To complement the carrier’s scheduled services, Etihad Cargo operates charter flights and has expanded its road feeder service network to enhance connectivity to non-network destinations.

AD Ports Group and Saab UAE sign MoU


The agreement builds on the ongoing partnership between the signatories on maritime surveillance technology

AD Ports Group and Saab UAE, a leading defence and security company based in Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Industrial Park, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic cooperative relationship, which will see both entities collaborate on the development of maritime surveillance solutions and sensors.

Under the agreement, AD Ports Group, with its vast experience and expertise in port operations, will provide access to relevant testing sites, offering necessary infrastructure and operational feedback to optimize the development process.

Saab UAE will build on its wide-ranging maritime traffic management expertise to bring new industry standards and next generation maritime surveillance technology to market.

Potential for improvement

“We also see significant potential for improving port and maritime security systems, effectively enhancing the safety and security performance of trade, logistics, and ports in Abu Dhabi and beyond,” stated Othman Al Khouri, Executive Director Corporate Authority, AD Ports Group.

“This MoU marks a significant step forward in our commitment to provide our customers with world-class security and surveillance solutions. This partnership has the potential to revolutionise vessel traffic management and port operations, setting new industry standards for efficiency and safety,” commented Anna-Karin Rosén, Managing Director, Saab UAE.

Saab is an early investor in the UAE having started its operations in the 1980s. Using its unrivalled innovation, expertise and capabilities, Saab UAE aims to create world-class Emirati defence and security solutions, for national needs as well as the global market, a press communique concluded.

KEZAD embarks on US$ 15mn project for infrastructure upgrade


Involves repair and recarpeting of 23km of roads and widening of junctions

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group, recently announced that it has commenced the upgrade and revamp of the road network and facilities across 40,000 sqm in KEZAD Musaffah (ICAD 1).

The AED 55mn (US$ 15mn) project includes repairs and recarpeting of 23km of roads within KEZAD Musaffah (ICAD 1), as well as widening of junctions, enhanced road markings and lighting, in additon to hard lanscaping and provison of bus stops.

The enhancements are aimed at significantly improving the flow of traffic and facilitating the movement of goods to and from the area.

The project is being executed in coordination with relevant government agencies such as the Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Integrated Transport Centre, among others, as well as the businesses operating in the area to ensure smoothest possible workflow at an accelerated pace.

“By improving our road network systems and facilities in Mussafah, we are providing our existing clients faster and more efficient world-class connectivity,” stated Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, CEO Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group.

KEZAD Group and Al Jazeera Steel Products Co break ground


Al Jazeera’s US$ 68mn investment will see the first of its kind rolling mill in the region

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi–KEZAD Group and Al Jazeera Steel Products Co recently held the groundbreaking ceremony of the region’s first Rolling Mill with Rail production capability in Abu Dhabi.

The groundbreaking marks the beginning of a new era of industrial development in the region. The establishment of the mill over an area of 210,000sqm in KEZAD and a production capacity of 450,000 tons per annum, aims to spearhead technological advancements, enhance steel manufacturing capabilities, and add to the growing demand for high-quality steel products.

“Al Jazeera’s products will further enhance the self-reliance on quality products for the upcoming projects in the country and the region and give a significant boost to the well establish infrastructure and connectivity that Abu Dhabi has to offer,” observed Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, CEO, Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi–KEZAD Group.

Upon commissioning of the mill, will be able to easily supply rail products along with other products to the upcoming infrastructure, construction and oil & gas projects to the GCC markets, in conjunction with our global customer,” noted Sheikha Amal Suhail Salim Bahwan, Chairperson, Al Jazeera Steel Products Co.

Serco Launches Graduate Space Programme in the Kingdom


  • The recently established Saudi Space division is looking to develop national talent within the Space sector.
  • Positions will include a secondment in Europe to gain experience with international space programmes.

Serco, the international public services company, having recently launched their Saudi Space Division based out of Riyadh, has opened applications for its Graduate Space Programme, with the aim of recruiting young national engineers. With the growth of its international reputation in the space industry a key pillar in Vision 2030, the Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST) is tasked with ensuring that local talent is nurtured and developed in what is still a developing sector for the nation.

Serco, as a government impact partner will, through its Saudi Space Division, utilise more than 40 years of space experience globally to develop the talent and skills of national residents within relevant fields. The launch of its graduate programme is the first phase in ensuring the transfer of operational knowledge and capabilities to young engineers and scientists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The space-specific programme is the first of its kind within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across Serco globally.

With a strong international presence in the space industry, Serco employs over 2,000 space specialists globally. For more than four decades, Serco has supported civil and military space programmes, including those of the European Space Agency, the UK Ministry of Defence, and NASA and is now bringing that expertise to the region to support local talent and develop their capabilities.

Applications are now open for a two-week period with a number of graduates to be recruited by October. The application process will be kept open indefinitely past the initial closing date thus allowing other students across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to learn more about the opportunities available through Serco and express interest in new roles, as they become available.

Those graduates who are brought onto the programme will benefit from on-the-job training through the programme’s six-month placement at world-leading space facilities in Europe, offering them international exposure through Serco and its partners together with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge in a global setting. Upon their return to KSA they will continue their growth, through theoretical lessons, on-the-job training, shadowing, and mentorship with the aim of deploying them into Serco’s own operational contracts in the regional space sector.

DIFC continues to drive Climate Change on Path to COP28


The inaugural Future Sustainability Forum marks the Year of Sustainability in the UAE and will be held in Dubai 4-5 October 2023.

Agenda supports COP28’s 4-pillar plan on fast-tracking the transition, fixing climate finance, focusing on adaptation to protect lives and livelihoods, and making COP28 fully inclusive, announced by COP28 President-designate and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology today 13 July 2023.

The Forum brings together global decision and change makers in the finance industry, to explore ways for the sector to lead action on climate change, deliver a just transition to a sustainable economy, and accelerate efforts to achieve the longer-term goals of the Paris Agreement and UN SDGs 2030.

The Future Sustainability Forum is part of DIFC’s sustainability programme in the run up to COP28, the largest finance-focused campaign for COP28, backed by international financial institutions and thought leaders in green and sustainable finance.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, today announced its first edition of the Future Sustainability Forum. The Forum to be held 4-5 October 2023, at the RitzCarlton DIFC, will focus on mobilising sustainable finance and innovation by connecting industry leaders, investors, tech disruptors, and policy makers, and channel investment flows between the global north and global south, to accelerate climate action. 

Central to DIFC’s programme in the run up to COP28, the announcement of the inaugural Future Sustainability Forum (‘The Forum’), further demonstrates the Centre’s commitment to play a leading role in advancing COP28 priorities, aligned with DIFC’s chairmanship of the Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group (DSFWG), established in 2019. The Forum also marks the Year of Sustainability in the UAE and builds on DIFC’s vision to pave
the way for coordinated global solutions to deliver on the climate financing needs of emerging markets and developing economies, whilst supporting sustainable economic growth for Dubai, UAE, and the wider region.

Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the world to Dubai and the Future Sustainability Forum as part of our ‘Path to COP28’ programme. As the nation prepares to host COP28, The Forum underscores our commitment to addressing pressing environmental challenges. Through collaboration and innovative financial solutions, we aim to drive tangible progress towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. We are committed to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and look forward to enable meaningful dialogue and actionable outcomes at this important event and beyond.”

Set to mobilise key stakeholders, including the finance and insurance sectors, towards accelerating net-zero goals, the Forum provides a platform to explore future sustainability and climate technologies, critical for the world’s net-zero agenda as well as achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and contributing to delivery of the Paris Agreement. The Forum also aligns with DIFC’s 2030 Strategy to drive the future of finance, and on Dubai’s position as a global leader for Green and Sustainable Bonds and Sukuk, with NASDAQ Dubai representing a 110+bn market size with over 16 per cent being sustainable bonds and sukuks.
The Forum’s Agenda supports COP28’s 4-pillar plan on fast-tracking the transition, fixing climate finance, focusing on adaptation to protect lives and livelihoods, and making COP28 fully inclusive, announced by COP28 President-designate and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology today.

The UAE and Dubai government have spearheaded a range of comprehensive sustainability programmes in the pursuit of a net zero future. With initiatives like the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, the UAE Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative, and the UAE Vision 2070, a clear emphasis is placed on renewable energy adoption, water conservation, waste management, and sustainable urban development. These strategic endeavours serve as a testament to the nation’s proactive approach in addressing environmental challenges for a sustainable future.

The Future Sustainability Forum will put the spotlight on the UAE’s sustainable practices particularly within the financial ecosystem, inviting global experts to connect, collaborate and share insight to accelerate the global transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Panel discussions and sessions include: ‘Supporting corporates in embedding ESG within their organisations’; ‘Empowering companies to design their path to Net-Zero’; ‘Unlocking the potential of ESG-driven innovation’; ‘Fostering sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems’; and ‘Transforming capital to drive the low carbon transition’.

To register for the Future Sustainability Forum visit: www.futuresustainabilityforum.com

Upcoming Leadership change at Hellmann


With effect from August 2024 the Supervisory Board appoints Jens Drewes as CEO and successor of Reiner Heiken 

The Supervisory Board of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co. KG has appointed Jens Drewes as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hellmann effective August 2024. Drewes will succeed Reiner Heiken, who has decided to retire next year.

Reiner Heiken has significantly developed the company in the past five years

Reiner Heiken has been CEO of the global logistics service provider since the end of 2018 and has since successfully developed and realigned the company. As a result, Hellmann has been able to significantly expand its market position in recent years – both through organic growth and acquisitions – and to achieve another record result in 2022 with revenues of EUR 5 billion. In order to continue this successful corporate development in the long term, under Reiner Heiken a new corporate culture was initiated with the Hellmann Promise. Most recently, in the summer of this year, also a new corporate strategy “4ward27” was adopted, the implementation of which he will hand over to Jens Drewes in the middle of next year.

The shareholders Jost and Klaus Hellmann, together with the Chairman of the Supervisory Board Dr. Thomas C. Lieb thank Mr. Heiken on behalf of the entire Supervisory Board for his very successful work as CEO and wish him all the best for the future: “Mr. Heiken has succeeded in repositioning the company in recent years and setting it up strongly for the future,” says Dr. Thomas C. Lieb.

Jens Drewes to take over as CEO in August 2024 

The Supervisory Board has identified the ideal successor for Reiner Heiken early on, appointing Jens Drewes into the CEO role as of August 2024. Drewes brings a wealth of experience in the logistics industry with a track record spanning over 30 years, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region and lately in Europe. Since the late 1990s, Jens Drewes has worked for Kuehne + Nagel, where he was most recently responsible for the European business. Starting in August 2024, Drewes will  take on the CEO role encompassing Hellmann’s five regions, HR, Sales&Marketing, Corporate Development as well as Corporate Communications.

Jost and Klaus Hellmann as well as the entire Supervisory Board, represented by its Chairman Dr. Thomas C. Lieb, welcome Jens Drewes in his new role: “We are convinced that we have found the right successor to Reiner Heiken with the appointment of Jens Drewes as CEO. With his many years of international logistics experience and his strong ability to lead teams and inspire customers, Jens Drewes will continue the successful development of the company and open up new growth areas within the scope of the “4ward27″ strategy.”

As of January 1, 2024, the Management Board will be expanded to include Stefan Borggreve as CDO

Furthermore, to meet the growing demands of IT and digitalization and to reflect the company´s new strategy “4ward27”, the Supervisory Board has decided to expand the Management Board by appointing a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to complement the existing three roles. As a result, starting January 1, 2024, Stefan Borggreve will assume the new Board position overseeing the existing functions IT & Digital as well as the new functions Innovation and Sustainability – both important pillars of the corporate strategy “4ward27”.

As long-standing and experienced members of the Management Board Jens Wollesen and Martin Eberle will ensure ongoing continuity in the leadership team: As Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jens Wollesen will continue to focus on the strategic development of Hellmann´s products sea- and airfreight, overland transport, and contract logistics. The contract with Martin Eberle, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), was renewed as scheduled for another five years.  

Allison and King Long mark conclusion of Hajj operations


Allison Transmission, a global leader in the production of fully automatic transmissions, collaborated with bus manufacturer King Long and provided 40 buses to support this year’s operations during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The successful partnership supported the Kingdom’s objective of providing an exceptional Hajj experience to pilgrims.

Allison is renowned for its commitment to providing exceptional quality and comfort to passengers. Thanks to its advanced Torqmatic® Series transmissions designed specifically for transit and coach buses, Allison helped play a key role in facilitating the transportation of pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season. Of the 40 buses, 21 were allocated to a customer in Jeddah and the remaining 19 were designated for another in Madina.

The buses served as an important mode of transportation within the country, helping to successfully navigate challenging conditions including the demanding journey between Aziziya and Arafat, which requires extensive start-stop operations. The buses also ensured a seamless connection between Makkah and Madina, further enhancing the convenience and comfort of the pilgrims.

“Allison Transmission is proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with King Long, one of the largest exporters of buses to Saudi Arabia, on this landmark project to meet the transportation needs of the Hajj season,” said Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Area Manager for Middle East & Pakistan. “The King Long partnership is of utmost importance to us. Aligned with Saudi Arabia’s objectives for this busy season, our aim is always to offer the highest standards of reliability, durability and comfort for the many pilgrims.”

Allison’s torque converter and Continuous Power Technology™ eliminate power interrupts resulting in a comfortable and smooth driving experience for both the driver and passengers. The fully hydraulic automatic transmission without mechanical clutches, has less wear and tear also on all parts of the drivetrain and therefore resulting in fewer costly breakdowns and repairs.

Allison, King Long and the bus manufacturer’s Saudi dealer have actively engaged in fostering a strong and mutually beneficial partnership since 2018. Allison’s exceptional service support, extended warranty options and close coordination with fleet operators in conjunction with the dedicated efforts of the King Long team have further contributed to the successful partnership.

Tevva partners with Alltruck for aftersales service support


 Alltruck to provide 24/7 roadside assistance and fleet management services 
 Commercial vehicle specialists to operate Tevva’s ‘Rapid Response’ call centre
 Alltruck joins growing list of suppliers joining Tevva in its mission to accelerate the decarbonisation of commercial vehicles 

British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva has appointed Alltruck plc, specialists in commercial vehicle contract hire, rental, and vehicle maintenance, as its 24/7 roadside assistance and fleet management partner. 

Under this new partnership, Alltruck will provide 24/7 roadside assistance and fleet management services for Tevva’s cutting-edge 7.5t battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The centrepiece of this support is the Tevva ‘Rapid Response’ call centre, staffed by skilled IMI qualified technicians who promptly pre-qualify any issues to ensure the most effective recovery action is taken. Whether it’s a simple tire matter or a complex electrical concern, Tevva drivers can rest assured that they will receive expert care.

By leveraging their extensive network of 175 approved repairers throughout the UK, Alltruck will also extend a range of additional services to Tevva owners. These services include comprehensive documentation compliance, efficient accident management, and access to replacement vehicles when necessary.

Alltruck is the latest company to partner with Tevva in its mission to decarbonise medium duty trucks, as the London-based company looks to ramp up commercialisation of its 7.5t battery- and hydrogen-electric vehicles. This year, Tevva has already struck agreements with ZF (electronic braking system) and Ecobat (first-life battery management). 

Tevva’s Asher Bennett, CEO and founder said: “Given the fact that electric vehicle maintenance is still a grey area for some, we were extremely particular in selecting our roadside assistance and technical partner. The collaboration with Alltruck gives our customers total peace of mind that if they face any maintenance issue with their electric truck, they’ll be supported by the best in the business.” 

Paul Robinson, Director at Alltruck plc said: “We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey with Tevva as its chosen partner for 24/7 roadside assistance and fleet management services. At Alltruck, we share Tevva’s vision of driving sustainability in the commercial vehicle sector, and we couldn’t be more excited to play an integral role in their mission to accelerate the decarbonisation of medium-duty trucks.

“As part of our commitment to providing the best support for electric vehicles, we have taken a proactive step to train all our in-house technicians, ensuring they are fully qualified to handle electric vehicles. This investment in upskilling our team is a testament to our dedication to delivering excellent services and contributing to the ongoing road to net zero.”

Alltruck emerged as the ideal partner for Tevva after an exhaustive selection process that highlighted their impressive national coverage and an average response time of 62-90 minutes—qualities that resonate with Tevva and Alltruck’s values of committed, progressive, passionate and proactive.

Tevva’s 7.5t battery-electric truck has this year begun mass production at the company’s London facility. This will be followed by a 7.5t hydrogen-electric truck, which benefits from a hydrogen range-extender that enhances vehicle range to 354 miles (570 km). The Tevva BEV offers up to 140 miles (227 kilometres) from its 105-kWh battery on a single charge and is ideal for last-mile and urban delivery fleets.

With Tevva and Alltruck united in their commitment to sustainable transportation solutions, the future of commercial vehicles is set to become cleaner, greener, and more efficient than ever before.

QR Cargo enhances customer experience via e-booking platforms


Customers now receive real-time, reliable, and personalised pricing with each shipment requested via Digital Lounge, marketplaces and host to host integrated connections, enabling them to book immediately with the best prices available

Qatar Airways Cargo, a global leader in air cargo transportation, is proud to announce that optimised, real-time pricing powered by PROS Smart Price Optimization and Management is now live on all online booking channels across its network. The real-time pricing engine provides Qatar Cargo customers an enhanced digital buying experience that allows immediate online booking confirmation with accurate, personalised pricing.

Part of The Next Generation initiative, Qatar’s Digital Lounge places an emphasis on user experience and ease of use, allowing customers to price and book cargo shipments without the need to call or email the sales team directly. With PROS Smart Price Optimization and Management solutions, Qatar Airways Cargo powers its online channels with real-time personalised dynamic pricing, accessing live capacity to offer accurate and bookable rates. The AI-powered optimisation solution models improve win rates by personalising the price offering and maximising sales.

Qatar Airways Cargo has been quick to adopt an omni-channel model, giving customers multiple choices to book shipments based on their own channel preference.  With large volumes of complex pricing requests, PROS Air Cargo Orchestration Services enables Qatar Airways Cargo to provide real-time, optimised prices to third-party digital marketplaces such as WebCargo, CargoAI and Cargo.one. Being able to respond to these requests with profitable, accurate pricing in a way that is reliable, performant, and scalable provides customers with a premium experience few can offer.

“PROS real-time pricing engine provides a highly accurate, scalable pricing capability that directly translates to a reliable and responsive buying experience for our customers,” said Florent Bonello, Vice President Cargo Revenue Management at Qatar Airways Cargo. “As a next phase of our implementation, we are seamlessly integrating PROS Smart Configure Price Quote within our sales ecosystem, so that we can quickly manage and deliver omnichannel quoting across our spot, contract and allotment sales.”

 “The air cargo market is extremely dynamic, and carriers need to be able to respond quickly and accurately to drive superior customer experiences,” says Surain Adyanthaya, President, Travel, PROS. “We are proud to partner with Qatar Airways Cargo to provide a highly scalable solution, with unparalleled response times, ensuring they can deliver fast, accurate, and reliable offers for each and every customer.”

Intelligent intralogistics: Swisslog wins major contract from Swiss post


Swisslog will implement intralogistics on behalf of Swiss Post as part of an expansion project at its Villmergen facility. In order to optimize the logistics processes as well as to increase the energy efficiency of the new warehouse location, the Swiss intralogistics expert Swisslog will realize the installation of an automated high-bay warehouse, an automated medium parts warehouse, and an AutoStore system as well as the material flow control system of Swisslog’s software SynQ. The order is worth 40 million Swiss francs.

Following a first joint automation project in Villmergen AG, Swiss Post is once again relying on the know-how of the Swiss intralogistics expert. Swisslog will take over the complete implementation of intralogistics for Swiss Post in the new construction of its logistics center in Villmergen (LZV). As part of this, Swisslog will install a new automated high-bay warehouse, an automated medium parts warehouse, and an automated small parts warehouse, including material flow control system. The new logistics center will triple the logistics center’s storage capacity for hospital logistics goods, hazardous goods or, for example, goods from online retail. Growing online trade has led to increased demand for Swiss Post’s services. As a result, Swiss Post is now repositioning itself in the area of contract logistics and expanding its logistics structures accordingly: As part of this 137 million project, it is expanding its logistics center in Villmergen with four extensions. The new building will increase the storage area from 20,000 to 57,000 square meters. Swiss Post is thus expanding the site to become its largest logistics warehouse. The groundbreaking ceremony for the major project took place on June 22, 2022. The logistics center is scheduled to go into operation in 2025.

Swiss Post and Swisslog are linked by a long-standing partnership. Swisslog has been working successfully with Swiss Post since the 1990s. At the Villmergen site, the first step in automation, with the installation of an AutoStore system, was implemented together in 2016. “We are very pleased that Swiss Post has once again placed its trust in us,” says Heinrich Lüthi, Managing Director of Swisslog Switzerland, “and are proud that we are able to jointly implement this flagship project for the region.”

Automated high-bay warehouse with space for 23,000 pallets, automated center parts warehouse for 20,000 trays, and an automated tote warehouse for small goods with a capacity of 125,000 totes.

“Swisslog convinced us with its logistical and technical solutions to jointly create the warehouse of the future,” says Roland Heizmann, Head of Freight Logistics at Swiss Post. “Successful projects in the past have also created a resilient relationship of trust.” The expansion now underway in Villmergen includes a high-bay warehouse with 23,000 pallet spaces, a medium parts warehouse with 20,000 trays and an AutoStore system with a capacity of 125,000 bins for small parts. For software control, Swiss Post also relies on the proven Swisslog material flow control system SynQ. SynQ stands for synchronized intelligence and is a fully integrated and end-to-end material flow automation solution, with the aim of simplifying and accelerating the integration of new technologies.

GWC declares 9% Growth in 1st half 23’ Revenues


25 July 2023 / Doha: Gulf Warehousing Company Q.P.S.C. (GWC) announced the results for the first half of 2023, realizing a total 9% Revenues’ growth YoY at QAR 786 million, making a growth of 14% in Gross Profits at QAR 235 million, and a net profit of QAR 115 million. Earnings per share at QAR 0.196 during the same period ending on 30 June 2023.

This accomplishment is realized despite the global financial and economic headwinds caused by the surge in lending and borrowing Profit rates and the slowdown in trade. “The first half of 2023 was full of achievements, as we continue to focus was on growing the company’s business, diversifying sources of income, and building long-term relationships, along with human capital development. As we enter the second half of 2023 and getting closer to the go-live of second Phase of Al Wukair Logistics Park, we look forward for more successes, continuing our quest for growth, and contributing to the realization of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Remarked Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Al-Thani, Chairman, GWC. In April 2023, GWC launched GWC Energy Services, a wholly owned subsidiary focused at providing the oil & gas sector with dedicated and bespoke services. This was followed by signing a strategic agreement with renowned global leader in the maritime industry Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) to support offshore energy services thus opening the pathway for significant opportunities in the maritime sector.

“We are delighted to present significant strides in achieving our strategic growth plan, which has solidified GWC Group’s position as prominent leaders in the regional logistics industry. Our strategic approach, driven by cutting-edge technology and employee development, reinforces our conviction, as we continue to deliver exceptional solutions and progress with utmost determination.” commented Ranjeev Menon, Group CEO, GWC.

UAE Ministry of Energy collaborates to establish Decarbonization


UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure Collaborates with DNV to Establish the Maritime Decarbonization Center

▪ AlMazrouei: The Center will play a pivotal role in advancing our national and regional sustainability goals, while contributing to the global efforts in combating climate change

▪ Knut Orbeck-Nilssen: Initiatives like the Centre are essential as we look to accelerate towards a decarbonized future.

▪ AlMalek: The Center promotes knowledge-sharing, and facilitate the development of a skilled workforce capable of driving decarbonization efforts in the maritime industry

In a groundbreaking move that solidifies the UAE’s status as a global leader in sustainability and energy transition, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) has announced the establishment of the “UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center.” As the first-of-its-kind Center in the MENA region and the fourth globally. This pioneering initiative, developed in collaboration with DNV marks a historic milestone not only for the UAE but also for the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and sets a new standard for maritime decarbonization efforts worldwide.

The official signing ceremony to commemorate this historic partnership took place at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK. The signing brought together high-level government officials, industry leaders, and international stakeholders to celebrate this momentous occasion.

By leveraging the expertise of DNV and harnessing the UAE’s strategic geographic location and maritime influence, the Center aims to drive research, innovation, and collaboration among key stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices, technologies, and policies in the maritime sector.

Setting a new standard for maritime decarbonization

Commenting on this partnership, H.E Suhail AlMazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy said, “The UAE leads numerous global competitiveness indicators in the maritime sector. It ranks 3rd globally in the Bunker Supply Index, 5th as a key competitive maritime hub and 12th in the transport lines index. This is a result of the competitive business environment the UAE provides, which attracts major international maritime companies and makes the country’s ports a preferred destination for international shipping lines. However, we will not rest on our laurels; we want to

occupy the top position in all international maritime indicators. We look forward to innovations and digital platforms to contribute to enhancing the UAE’s position and improving its global ranking.”

H.E AlMazrouei added, “The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center reflects our unwavering commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable practices within the maritime industry. By collaborating with DNV, we aim to leverage their expertise and global network to drive innovation and accelerate the adoption of decarbonization technologies. This Center will play a pivotal role in advancing our national and regional sustainability goals, while contributing to the global efforts in combating climate change.”

Reinforcing the UAE sustainability goals

The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center is a testament to the UAE’s unwavering dedication to achieving its ambitious sustainability goals outlined in the UAE Net Zero 2050 Strategy. By spearheading the maritime decarbonization efforts, the UAE aims to drive greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions that exceed global ambitions, positioning itself as a leading force in the global fight against climate change.

The Center will serve as a hub for research, development, and implementation of innovative technologies and strategies to reduce CO2 emissions in the maritime industry. It will conduct joint-industry projects, incubator and accelerator programs, and future talent development initiatives. Furthermore, it will provide access to funding opportunities, foster collaboration among industry stakeholders, and serve as a knowledge hub by publishing research and information.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure & Energy to establish the Maritime Decarbonization Centre,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime. “Initiatives like the Centre are essential as we look to accelerate towards a decarbonized future. We need to build via cooperation, foster innovation, and scale local strengths into global leadership. With its strategic location and strong support from industry leaders, the Centre is poised to become a hub for maritime decarbonization efforts.”

A maritime hub for business excellence and innovation

This initiative aligns perfectly with the UAE’s preparations for hosting COP28, where the nation will showcase its commitment to sustainability and energy transition on a global stage. The UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center will play a crucial role in strengthening the country’s position as a hub for sustainable innovation and global collaboration during COP28.

H.E. Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said, “At the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, we seek to unify the maritime sector to build the UAE Maritime Cluster, and turn it into a powerhouse that enhances business growth opportunities and creates new capabilities

for companies by bringing them together. Digital technologies are the best way to build this cluster, standardise information related to the maritime sector and develop innovative mechanisms to explore business opportunities that can benefit all stakeholders.”

Saudia Cargo expands services through Jan de Rijk Co.


· The partnership will enable Saudia Cargo to widen its network in Europe and enhance its offerings to its customers.

· By combining one another’s resources and capabilities, both organizations stand to further advance the logistics industry.

Riyadh, July 19, 2023: Saudia Cargo, a leading provider of air cargo services, has signed a strategic agreement with Jan de Rijk Co., a prominent European transportation and logistics company, to enhance its services and expand its reach in Europe. The signing ceremony took place on the 19th of July, 2023, at Saudia Cargo’s headquarters in Jeddah, solidifying the collaboration between the two industry leaders.

Under this agreement, Saudia Cargo will leverage Jan de Rijk’s extensive trucking network, which comprises a fleet of specialist vehicles, to bolster its operations and strengthen its presence in Europe. Jan de Rijk Co., founded in 1971, is a top provider of European transportation, distribution services, and supply chain management solutions. The company’s expertise and in-depth knowledge of key industries make it an ideal partner for furthering Saudia Cargo’s ambitious expansion plans.

Jan de Rijk Logistics operates in five business units: international transport, Benelux distribution and last-mile deliveries, contract logistics, road freight forwarding, and intermodal transport. Over the years, the company has focused on continuous development and optimization to achieve a leading position in its desired vital market segments. With a solid commitment to customer-centric solutions, Jan de Rijk Co. has gained a reputation for delivering efficient and reliable services tailored to the unique needs of its clients.

Saudia Cargo’s collaboration with Jan de Rijk Co. marks a significant milestone in its growth strategy, enabling it to tap into new opportunities and further build up its European operations. Saudia Cargo aims to enhance its service offerings and deliver seamless end-to-end logistics solutions to its customers by utilizing Jan de Rijk’s extensive network and specialist vehicles.

“We are delighted to partner with Jan de Rijk Co. to extend our footprint in Europe and provide enhanced logistics services to our valuable customers,” said Teddy Zebitz, CEO of Saudia Cargo. “Jan de Rijk’s extensive experience and proven track record in the European transportation industry align perfectly with our business growth objectives. Besides, we both share same mission towards sustainability, which is an important issue for the air cargo industry, and air cargo carriers that adopt sustainable practices can help to protect the environment, improve safety, and enhance their brand reputation. Together, we will enhance our offering for innovative and efficient solutions that cater to the evolving needs of the regional and global market.”

Fred Westdijk, CEO of Jan de Rijk Co., expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “This agreement with Saudia Cargo presents a remarkable opportunity for both organizations. By combining our strengths, we will unlock new avenues for growth and better serve our customers. We look forward to a fruitful partnership and its mutual benefits.”

The agreement between Saudia Cargo and Jan de Rijk Co. demonstrates both companies’ commitment to providing exceptional logistics services and advancing the logistics industry. By merging their collective expertise, resources, and networks, Saudia Cargo and Jan de Rijk Co. are poised to achieve several vital milestones due to the collaboration.

Challenge Group’s Liège hub emerges as market leader


Unprecedented Growth: Challenge Group’s tonnage has skyrocketed from 78,000 tons in 2012 to an impressive 282,000 tons in 2022, showcasing the hub’s remarkable development over the past five years.

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: The Liège hub spans an expansive 42,000 square meters and employs over 700 dedicated professionals across Challenge Handling, Challenge Airlines BE, and Challenge Technic.
  • Market Dominance: Challenge Group’s Liège hub has achieved remarkable milestones, including its 25th anniversary in 2021, and handles an average of 4,042 flights and 43,400 truck movements annually.

Liège’s hub has experienced a remarkable growth trajectory, expanding from a modest 7,500 square meters to an impressive 42,000 square meters over the past five years. The tonnage handled by Challenge Group has also witnessed an unprecedented increase, reaching 282,000 tons in 2022, making Challenge Handling an industry leader with its three state-of-the-art sites in Liège. With a capacity for 425,000 tons annually, Challenge Group remains committed to delivering exceptional services to its customers.

“Our Liège hub is a testament to our commitment to excellence and continuous growth,” said Or Zak, CCO of Challenge Group. “With our strategic investments and dedication to operational excellence, we have solidified our position as the market leader. We stand ready to support our clients, either freight forwarders, third party carriers or importers/exporters, and meet their most demanding logistics needs. Our dedicated team and advanced facilities make us the ideal partner for businesses across the industry.”

Challenge Group’s Liège hub is renowned for its sustainable practices and commitment to the environment. In addition to being a European leader in handling horses, the hub specializes in the transportation of pharmaceuticals, cars, dangerous goods, oversized cargo, live animals (beyond horses), concert equipment, and perishable goods. With its cutting-edge technology and tools, including the largest highloader in Europe, the hub embraces paperless operations with electronic data capture and handheld scanners.

Challenge Group’s commitment to excellence, unparalleled growth, and state-of-the-art facilities at Liège Cargo Hub make it the preferred partner for cargo handling and logistics ancillary services. With a solid foundation, dedicated team, and a vision for the future, Challenge Group continues to excel and set new industry standards.

Abu Dhabi Maritime and ADNOC Distribution Collaborate


Companies to develop innovative Abu Dhabi-based marine fuel and retail concepts

New agreement set to enhance Abu Dhabi’s world-leading maritime facilities, expanding ADNOC Distribution marine services

Abu Dhabi Maritime, part of AD Ports Group (ADX: ADPORTS), in cooperation with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), and ADNOC Distribution (ADX: ADNOCDIST) have signed a new agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) to work together, exploring consumer-facing and industry-leading innovations with the aim of enhancing Abu Dhabi’s coastal and marine locations.

Under the new agreement, Abu Dhabi Maritime and ADNOC Distribution intend to share expertise within a joint working team and delve into three proposed collaboration areas – an ADNOC fuel station at Rabdan Marina, fuel stations at future marinas within Abu Dhabi, and special services (floating fuel and grocery vessel.) The planned additional services will ensure effortless refuelling and convenience for customers.

H.E Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, the Director General of Operational Affairs at the Department of Municipalities and Transport, said: “This agreement demonstrates the unwavering commitment of the DMT, represented by Abu Dhabi Maritime, to elevate Abu Dhabi’s coastal and marine locations.

“As representatives of the Department of Municipalities and Transport, we are dedicated to fostering innovation and advancing the development of our maritime domain. This strategic partnership will not only enhance the world-class facilities and services available to residents and visitors but also contribute to positioning Abu Dhabi as a leading global maritime capital. Together, we will unlock the untapped potential of our shores, creating a thriving and sustainable future for Abu Dhabi’s marine sector.”

Captain Ammar Al Shaiba, Acting CEO, Maritime Cluster – AD Ports Group, said: “Abu Dhabi Maritime understands the critical role of providing exceptional services to mariners. By collaborating with ADNOC Distribution, a renowned provider of premier marine service stations and retail solutions, we are committed to enhancing the satisfaction of our existing patrons and attracting new ones seeking convenience and accessibility while out on the waters. These efforts align with our shared vision to establish Abu Dhabi as a preeminent global maritime centre.”

Eng. Bader Saeed Al Lamki, CEO of ADNOC Distribution, said: “Purposeful agreements of this nature align with our strategic vision and represent tremendous opportunities for innovation and ingenuity benefiting the people and the environment of Abu Dhabi. ADNOC Distribution and Abu Dhabi Maritime are coming together with a clear aim of pursuing targeted and ambitious developments that have been identified as having a great promise to deliver superior facilities and services for all who reside in or visit Abu Dhabi. As a result, we expect the subsequent development of new marine concepts and facilities will add significant value, improving the lives of everyone who participates in marine activities in and around the beautiful shores of Abu Dhabi.”

This MoU signals a new milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance Abu Dhabi’s Maritime sector. ADNOC Distribution solely operates all marine fuel stations in Abu Dhabi.

Admiral Expands in the Middle East with New Partners


Admiral has recently expanded its Global Footprint across Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, by partnering with few of the strongest distributors in various countries.

Admiral Appliances and Electronics FZE, a 100% subsidiary of Admiral Corporation of America based out of Dubai, UAE is a well-known American brand that operates across the Middle East, Africa, Turkey, and South Asia with an exhaustive and impressive range in categories like Air-Conditioners, LED TVs, Major Appliances, Built ins and Small Appliances.

Admiral recently celebrated its success by hosting a Grand Event with its Regional Partners & UAE Retailers, Dealers, Online & Re – Export Partners and signed New Partnerships with few of the top distributors in the region. Admiral is one of the fastest growing American Appliances and Electronics brands in the region. It demonstrated over 150 consumer appliance products that are currently retailed across all the leading outlets like Extra, Sharaf DG, Amazon, Noon and many more.

Admiral intends to enter one of the biggest markets in the world – India, by Q4’23. Admiral products will be available in the Indian market with one of the top online players.

Vishal Saxena, Chief Executive Officer, Admiral Appliances and Electronics said, “We are excited to expand in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asian markets after spending considerable time studying and adapting to the specific needs of our customers. We are currently operating in 23 countries of MEA and South Asia and by end of 2023, we will operate in more than 30 countries of MEA and South Asia. We are aggressively expanding to serve our consumers. We see a gap in the market that can be filled by Admiral.”

“All our channel partners were extremely impressed with our product portfolio, which is a testimony of Admiral’s commitment to its consumers. Admiral products are being retailed amongst all the top Retailers, Dealers and IR Channel Partners and Online Players. Our consumers are spoilt for choices with Admiral.”

Admiral’s range has attractive features like Active Fresh, Smart Technology, Energy Saving, Smart Inverter, Turbo Cooling and Reliability that transforms “Human Experience”. Admiral has recently introduced unique products such as the Laundry Centre and 100 cm Gas cooker from Turkey. At the recently held Grand Event, Admiral unveiled its unique and exclusive product

“The Laundry Center” that has no comparison in the market with 2 Drums – 5kg Washer at the top and 10 / 7Kg Washer & Dryer at the bottom.

Admiral has one of the biggest Consumer Electronics and Appliances range, with products that fit the requirements of both Domestic and Commercial customers. Admiral Group also operates in verticals like Mobility (Electric Commercial Vehicles) and Energy (Charging solutions of Electric Vehicles).

Netradyne Conferred with the FICCI Road Safety Award


Netradyne, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning-based solutions for driver and fleet safety, has been honored with the prestigious FICCI Road Safety 2022 Award in the category of ‘Product and Services in Road Safety by Corporates‘. This distinguished recognition is a testament to Netradyne’s commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technologies to enhance driver behavior and mitigate road accidents.

The FICCI Road Safety Awards, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), recognize companies that demonstrate outstanding contributions in the field of road safety. The esteemed jury selected Netradyne for its revolutionary AI and ML-based IoT solution, which significantly impacts driver behavior—a major contributing factor to road accidents.

We are honored to be working with several businesses in India and other countries to improve fleet operations and on-road driving behavior, thereby contributing to reducing fatalities. With the vast amount of driving data, our AI algorithms offer more than 90% precision and accuracy level” said Avneesh Agrawal, CEO of Netradyne “We extend our gratitude to the FICCI for this prestigious recognition and our customers for their trust in our solutions. This recognition further validates our commitment to innovation, and we are proud to contribute to the efforts aimed at creating safer roads for all.”

Netradyne’s cutting-edge technology is implemented in organizations across sectors, including oil & gas, FMCG, hazardous and valuable goods transportation, logistics providers, and more. By adopting Netradyne’s vision-based technology, organizations have achieved remarkable results, such as a 50% reduction in road accidents and over 90% decrease in distracted driving incidents, while excelling in other performance indicators.

Introducing the Certified Digital Supply Chain Professional (CDSCP)


ISCM is an education, training, research, and consulting firm based in India. We are focused on supply chain, planning, logistics, and procurement training. Some of the leading MNCs and top Indian firms have chosen ISCM to develop their capability. 

Need a moment of your time to introduce the Certified Digital Supply Chain Professional (CDSCP)– a new certification from the Institute of Supply Chain & Management Pvt. Ltd. (ISCM)

Certified Digital Supply Chain Professional (CDSCP)– The Certified Digital Supply Chain Professional will enable professionals to understand key digital technologies, transform their value chains, and create digital supply chain strategies. You will learn about emerging technologies like Blockchain, IoT, Digital Twins, AI/Ml, and RPA and their use cases in supply chain, identify opportunities for innovation and learning frameworks to build a competitive supply chain. You will also be able to understand the importance of digital supply chains in overall competitive strategy.

Who Should Attend:

CDSCP is best suited for Mid to Senior level supply chain, procurement, logistics, analytics, and planning professionals across all industry sectors.

Duration – 10 Weeks, with classes on Saturdays

Batch Starts on 29th July 2023

Fee for Indian Participants : INR 70,800/- inclusive of all taxes

Fee for International Participants : $ 1200.00

For more details: https://iscmindia.in/cdscp/

ADNOC Gas announces a US$ 7-9bn with IOCL


Gas supplier to supply up to 1.2mn MT of LNG annually to India

ADNOC Gas recently announced a 14-year supply agreement with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) for the export of up to 1.2 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India’s largest integrated and diversified energy company.

The agreement, valued in the range of US$7bn to US$9bn (AED25.7 to AED33bn) over its 14-year term, signifies a major step forward in the partnership between the two industry leaders.

The landmark deal marks another significant milestone for ADNOC Gas as it expands its global reach, reinforcing its position as a global LNG export partner of choice, and reaffirming IOCL as its key strategic partner in the LNG market, a press statement said.

“We look forward to expanding our collaboration and take pride in the knowledge that ADNOC Gas’ LNG exports will further support the development of IOCL and contribute to India’s growth story,” commented Ahmed Alebri, CEO, ADNOC Gas.

Under the terms of the agreement, ADNOC Gas will deliver up-to 1.2 mmtpa of LNG to IOCL in India. The deal serves as a testament to ADNOC Gas’ ability to meet the growing global demand for LNG, a critical fuel in the energy transition, the press note concluded.

Careem Quik delivers over one million grocery orders


Quik’s order volume grew by 4.3 times and its customer base grew by 3.2 times

Careem recorded over one million grocery orders delivered in Dubai through its on-demand grocery service, Quik, which delivers fresh produce, groceries, and household items at supermarket-competitive prices in under 30 minutes.

Quik customers increasingly opted for healthy snacks this year, with bananas and blueberries making up the most popular order combination. Al Ain water was the most ordered item for both men and women, and single men were Quik’s most active demographic, a press communique stated.

“We’ve used our experience in last-mile delivery to optimize the entire delivery supply chain and bring quicker, better value, and higher quality experiences to our customers in Dubai. We are excited to expand Quik to other Emirates very soon,” commented Chase Lario, Head of Groceries, Careem.

Hyperlocal dark stores

Quik was launched in Dubai in November 2021 and uses a dense network of hyperlocal dark stores and advanced fulfillment and inventory management technology to prepare orders in under two minutes and eliminate item replacements.

Through its dark store network, Careem controls the entire supply chain process, from ordering and fulfillment, to managing inventory and delivery. When an order is placed on the app, order pickers, called ‘Quikers’ collect and process the order in dark stores that are fully optimized for rapid fulfillment, before handing them off to dedicated Quik delivery Captains.

Over the past year, Quik’s product selection has expanded from 2200 to over 6500, offering customers staples across multiple categories. Over the same period, Quik’s order volume grew by 4.3 times and its customer base grew by 3.2 times, the press statement concluded.

ADNOC to launch first high-speed hydrogen in ME


Company is an early mover in the production of clean hydrogen

ADNOC recently announced that it has begun construction on the Middle East’s first high-speed hydrogen refuelling station. The station, which is being built in Masdar City by ADNOC, will create clean hydrogen from water, using an electrolyser powered by clean grid electricity.

Hydrogen, which creates no carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when used, has the highest energy per mass of any fuel and can give vehicles a longer driving range and quicker refuelling times compared with battery electric vehicles.

ADNOC also announced a partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Al-Futtaim Motors to test the high-speed hydrogen refuelling station using a fleet of clean hydrogen-powered vehicles.

“ADNOC is placing sustainability and decarbonization at the heart of its strategy and, while we decarbonize our operations today, we are making robust investments to be a supplier of choice for the clean energies of tomorrow,” commented HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO.

Under the partnership, Toyota and Al Futtaim Motors will provide a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The pilot program will help ADNOC understand how hydrogen with high-speed refuelling can best be used in mobility projects to support the UAE’s National Hydrogen Strategy, which aims to position the country among the largest producers of hydrogen by 2031.

FedEx Boosts convenience with new paperless mobile shipping solution


Allows shippers to prepare shipments quicker on their mobile devices

FedEx Express has launched FedEx Ship Manager® Lite (FSML), a new mobile shipping solution, for shippers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Kuwait to prepare their packages with greater ease and flexibility.

FSML is a web-based mobile shipping solution providing shippers, even those without a FedEx account who are dropping off packages at the FedEx World Service Centres (WSC), the convenience of preparing shipments without filling out a paper airway bill and printing shipping labels and commercial invoices.

With FSML, shippers can easily fill out their shipment information and create a shipment reference QR code using their smart devices and present it to the FedEx agent when dropping off their package.

Making shipping simpler

FSML is another way we are making shipping simpler with digital solutions to make our customers’ lives easier. This solution brings shipping into the digital age, where convenience is a priority. With FMSL, customers in the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait can now ship packages without printing any documents, right from their mobile devices,” commented Taarek Hinedi, Vice President, FedEx Express-Middle East and Africa operations.

In addition, the enhanced solution allows shippers in Kuwait to fill out the shipping information on their mobile devices and order a pick-up at their home address or place of work and simply present the QR code to the FedEx courier.

Transworld Group launches sustainable luxury private air travel in the ME


Airavat Aviation’s fleet of Hawker 4000, the super-midsize business jets will operate on demand to from Dubai

Airavat Aviation, a new venture by the Transworld Group, a leading global logistics conglomerate, is set to redefine luxury private jet travel in the Middle East with its launch of hyper-personalized services.

Airavat’s fleet of Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jets are poised to take the skies, offering on-demand flights to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East from its Dubai base.

With an eye on the growing market for luxury travel in the region, Airavat aims to cater to ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) and business leaders seeking safe, luxurious, and environmentally conscious travel experiences and capture 8 to 10% market share over the next five years.

“Today’s UHNWIs, HNWIs, business leaders, and C-suites not only seek customized travel experiences but are also increasingly environmentally conscious,” commented Ramesh S. Ramakrishnan, Chairman, Transworld Group.

“Drawing on Transworld Group’s legacy, Airavat’s human-centric focus delivers best-in-class luxury private jet services to our customers,” he added.

In line with its commitment to sustainability, Airavat has partnered with a registered NGO to plant trees for every flight, effectively offsetting the carbon footprint of their operations. This initiative contributes to the aviation sector’s goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.

As the demand for personalized and sustainable travel experiences continues to grow, Airavat aims to make a significant dent in the market, providing discerning travellers with new levels of luxury travel standards.

Emirates SkyCargo flower shipments surge as wedding season kicks off


Flower shipments jump by 20% YoY as the peak period for weddings begin

Emirates SkyCargo is scaling up its cool chain capacity for perishables, preparing for a busy summer season of weddings and outdoor events. As the demand for decorative floral arrangements increases, May 2023 saw Emirates SkyCargo transport 3,590 tonnes of time- and temperature-sensitive fresh cut flowers, a 20% rise from the same period last year, a press communique stated.

Ecuador and Kenya are the top two export origin locations; Ecuador in particular has experienced a steady rise in flower trade in recent years, increasing its exports with Emirates SkyCargo by 21% in May this year, compared to 2022.

The Netherlands, a country that plays a major role in the world’s flower trade, remains in both the top three export origins and import locations. Other key import locations for this commodity include the UAE and Australia, with Saudi Arabia rounding out the top four.

“With 500 to 600 tonnes of perishables transported on Emirates SkyCargo flights every day, we are proud to be the partner of choice that connects the global agriculture community with their customers all over the world,” stated Dennis Lister, Senior Vice President – Product and Innovation, Emirates SkyCargo.

22,500 tonnes of perishable commodities monthly

Perishables are the carrier’s largest business by tonnage carried, uplifting an average of 22,500 tonnes of perishable commodities every month. Ranging from freshly picked mangoes from Pakistan, to salmon from Norway and brilliant blooms from Kenya, Emirates SkyCargo transports goods rapidly and efficiently across its global network of over 140 destinations.

Fresh cut flowers dominate as the leading perishable category transported by SkyCargo with chilled meat and fresh fruits rounding out the top three perishable product categories, as air cargo enables temperate-safe and rapid transit from farm to shop in as little as 24-48 hours.

Door-to-door cool chain delivered at scale via Dubai

As temperatures rise and summer produce is harvested, cool chain logistics play an essential role in keeping high-demand perishable produce fresh and high quality for consumers worldwide.

Emirates’ dedicated cool-chain handling capabilities have been developed with a focus on fast connection times and high-quality transfers. Its dual airport hub in Dubai is world’s largest and most technologically advanced cargo handling facility, offering a three-hour, air-to-air transfer service. Handling over 8,000 shipments per day, the facility has over 15,000sqm of dedicated storage for temperature-sensitive goods, including perishables.

Three options

Emirates Fresh, SkyCargo’s perishable-oriented service offers three different options for customers to choose the appropriate level of temperature protection for their cargo. This ranges from produce with a higher tolerance for temperature fluctuations, to high-end perishables that require active cool dollies for ramp protection.

Customers can track and trace their shipments and view temperature monitoring data online at every step, as well as make short-notice direct bookings, thanks to SkyCargo’s ecommerce platform.

Turkish Cargo Now Ranks the 3rd Among the Global Air Cargo Carriers


Turkish Cargo, the air cargo brand of Turkish Airlines, ranked the 3rd among the leading air cargo carriers in the world, in the wake of a prospering performance in May.

The successful brand, which was ranked 5th on the same period of last year according to the monthly data published by the International Air Transport Association, became one of the top 3 air cargo carriers by overtaking the top brands in America, Europe and the Far East during May of 2023.

According to the FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometers), derived by multiplying the cargo tonnage, carried by air, with the kilometers covered, Turkish Cargo increased its cargo tonnage by 17% compared to previous month while raising its market share to 5.4% from 4.7% by increasing it 0.8 points as compared to April.

In respect of the achievement of Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, said; “We, as Turkish Cargo, are continuing to reinforce our leading position in the industry in line with our target to grow and improve continuously. We recognize these achievements as a commitment to our future targets and work harder to add further value to the air cargo industry.”

As one of the fastest growing air cargo brands in the world, Turkish Cargo continues to raise the bar for success higher day by day and combines its wide range of services and operational capabilities with the unique geographical advantages of its hub in Türkiye.

Sharjah Airport receives over 7 million passengers in the first half of 2023


· More than 7 Million passengers in the first half of this year.

· 6 new flight destinations and 3 cargo destinations to the Airport’s operations

Sharjah – 17 July 2023: Sharjah Airport has witnessed an impressive surge in passenger traffic, with over 7 million passengers passing through its terminals during the first half of 2023. This notable figure reflects a remarkable growth rate of over 24.4 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2022.

The airport also achieved substantial growth in cargo operations, managing to handle more than 70 thousand tons of cargo, including six thousand tons of sea-air cargo. These figures highlight the airport’s essential role in facilitating trade and logistics operations, further reinforcing its reputation as a reliable and efficient cargo hub in the region. Furthermore, the aircraft activity exhibited an upward trajectory, with a notable 14 percent increase in flights, totalling over 46.9 thousand flights during this period, in comparison to the same period last year. This rise in air traffic is a testament to the successful collaboration between Sharjah Airport Authority and its airline partners, as well as the airport’s commitment to provide seamless operations and exceptional facilities and digital services to its customers.

In order to meet the growing demand and enhance the airport’s operational capacity, the Authority announced the addition of 6 flight destinations and 3 air cargo destinations. The new destinations include Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Ufa City and Samara City in Russia, Lar in Iran, Indore in India, and Bangkok in Thailand. The air cargo destinations, which have been newly included are Houston in the United States, Kigali in Rwanda, and Nashik in India. This move is in line with the Authority’s aim of boosting commercial ties and contributing to the economic expansion of Sharjah and the UAE as well as improving connection with the world through sustainable growth, enhancing the infrastructure and service offerings.

H.E Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “The current achievements signify the efforts of Sharjah Airport Authority to exceed expectations of passengers and enhance their traveling experience as well as elevate Sharjah Airport’s status to become one of the top five regional airports that offer an exceptional travel experience. These accomplishments come in line with the Authority’s strategy to strengthen Sharjah Airport’s leading position and achieve sustainable growth in the aviation and cargo sectors, in accordance with the wise directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to reinforce Sharjah’s position on the world travel map.”

“We are constantly extending Sharjah Airport’s network in order to deliver exceptional customer experiences in accordance with best international standards. We are optimistic that the addition of more destinations will provide us with more travel and logistics opportunities,” he added.

Sharjah Airport Authority works relentlessly to develop and enhance the services offered to customers by streamlining check-in and registration procedures, offering amenities and state-of-the-art facilities, developing the infrastructure and employing cutting-edge technologies to cater to the requirements of travellers and ensure a seamless travel experience. The extension of Sharjah Airport will increase the airport’s capacity from eight to 20 million people per year, and it reflects the Authority’s objective to continue the developmental activities to guarantee the delivery of pioneering services in the aviation and air cargo sectors.

Al Masaood CV&E and Lavajet boost Waste Management in Al Ain


Al Masaood supplies Lavajet with 134 UD Trucks

Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles and Equipment (CV&E) has further strengthened its partnership with Lavajet by providing a fleet of 134 UD Trucks to enhance the waste management sector in Al Ain region. The division, which is part of Al Masaood Group, is the sole distributor of UD Trucks in Abu Dhabi.

Al Masaood CV&E has been collaborating with Lavajet for the last four years to provide aftersales services for Croner and Quester Trucks in the waste management segment, which is utilised by Tadweer-Abu Dhabi Municipality’s Waste Management Centre.

As part of the new contract, Euro 5 versions of Quester and Croner trucks will soon operate in Al Ain region. These UD trucks are equipped with features designed to reduce their environmental impact, increase efficiency and uptime, improve profitability, and optimise the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Promoting sustainable practices

“These new vehicles, with their advanced features, will significantly reduce the environmental impact of waste management and promote sustainable practices,” emphasized Mohammad El Zeftawi, General Manager, Al Masaood CV&E.

“The addition of these cutting-edge UD Trucks to our fleet will play a crucial role in achieving our long-term sustainability goals and creating a cleaner environment. By leveraging advanced technology and safety features, we will enhance the efficiency and safety of our waste management operations, contributing to a cleaner Al Ain City,” stated Elie Salem, Area Manager, Lavajet.

The UD Trucks Quester comes with an automated transmission, whereas the UD Trucks Croner is furnished with an automatic transmission. Along with the newest advanced driver display, both trucks highlight a variety of other innovative features, including an advanced body builder module control unit and flexible chassis for all waste management applications.

“Al Masaood CV&E’s exceptional aftersales services further enhance the efficiency and uptime of our trucks. As a result, UD Trucks now offers the best Euro 5 value proposition for the waste management segment, solidifying our leadership position in the UAE and the GCC region,” remarked Mourad Hedna, President, UD Trucks MENA.

ACWA Power extends cooperation with Toray Industries


MoU to jointly research energy-saving technologies for SWRO desalination plants.

ACWA Power, a Saudi-listed company and the world’s largest private water desalination company, the first mover into green hydrogen, and a leader in energy transition, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese technology provider Toray Industries, to explore energy-saving technologies for seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants.

Signed on the sidelines of the Saudi-Japan Investment Roundtable organised by the Ministry of Investment, the MoU will see the two companies engaging in joint research to reduce the energy consumption associated with membranes used in ACWA Power’s desalination plants.

ACWA Power will share operational details of its plants with Toray, allowing the latter to analyse and provide commercially viable solutions to improve energy efficiency.


“This collaboration with Toray contributes to our vision to improve the way energy is utilised in the desalination of water and furthers our commitment to providing potable water to communities in a responsible, sustainable and cost-effective manner,” stated Raad Al Saady, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, ACWA Power.

“We are proud to support ACWA Power’s commitment to sustainability by jointly researching innovative ways to enhance the energy efficiency of membrane technologies, contributing to the overall sustainability objectives of both ACWA Power and Saudi Arabia,” commented Kimio Kimura, President of Toray Membrane Middle East.

Since 2007, ACWA Power has utilised Toray’s advanced solutions in several projects. Currently, nearly 4 million cubic metre per day (cbm/day) of desalinated water produced out of eight plants in ACWA Power’s portfolio, a press communique concluded.

Wilo MENA expands Dubai factory to boost manufacturing capacity


Wilo Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, a leading German pumps and systems manufacturer and digital pioneer in the industry, celebrated a significant milestone with the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its Dubai facility. The expansion is aimed at increasing production capacity and growing current manufacturing capability, which coincides with a striking increase in its business volume across the regional market.

The ceremony, which took place in the state-of-the-art factory of the Wilo Group in Dubai, UAE, was attended by distinguished guests, including colleagues and the management team from Wilo MENA. The expansion of manufacturing facility highlights Wilo’s commitment to meet growing customer demand for Wilo pumps and systems, widening its regional portfolio, increasing manufacturing capacity and enabling production and testing of larger-sized pumps.

Yasser Nagi, Group Director MENA region and Managing Director UAE, said: “We are delighted to expand our manufacturing facility and product offerings in the UAE, especially owing to the success we experienced in the region over the past five years. Our ‘Made in UAE’ line of products are being employed in numerous government projects throughout the MENA region, supporting the country’s vision and tackling important issues such as water scarcity. Additionally, I would like to express my profound gratitude to the management of Wilo Group for their immense confidence in the team’s skills and for their continued support in helping us sustain and build upon our success.”

During the ceremony, Ahmed Nabil, Production Manager of the MENA region at Wilo Middle East, highlighted the company’s commitment to the local market. He also emphasised that the company has been making constant efforts to provide high-quality, locally produced goods that are tailored to each customer’s requirements.

“The new expansion strategy indicates our unwavering commitment to catering to the local market and providing premium, locally produced products that are customised to meet every customer’s needs. This project will aid in Wilo’s efforts to further diversify its product offerings in the region. Over the years, the company has witnessed impressive growth potential in the UAE where it has been localising its services. The new investment will strengthen our position in both, the local and Middle East markets, and increase client confidence. We are truly excited about the new possibilities that this expansion plan provides, and we anticipate to continue providing our customers with cutting-edge pump and water management solutions,” he added.

The recent groundbreaking ceremony held at the facility in Dubai represents an important step for Wilo MENA as it works to meet the growing demand of its clients and provide cutting-edge pumps and systems solutions. In line with its dedication to innovation, focus and sustainability, Wilo Group is well-positioned to continue setting the pace in the water industry, especially in resolving water-related issues in the MENA region and advancing its regional development.

DIFC continues on global Climate Change on Path to COP28


The inaugural Future Sustainability Forum marks the Year of Sustainability in the UAE and will be held in Dubai 4-5 October 2023.

  • Agenda supports COP28’s 4-pillar plan on fast-tracking the transition, fixing climate finance, focusing on adaptation to protect lives and livelihoods, and making COP28 fully inclusive, announced by COP28 President-designate and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology today 13 July 2023.
  • The Forum brings together global decision and change makers in the finance industry, to explore ways for the sector to lead action on climate change, deliver a just transition to a sustainable economy, and accelerate efforts to achieve the longer-term goals of the Paris Agreement and UN SDGs 2030.
  • The Future Sustainability Forum is part of DIFC’s sustainability programme in the run up to COP28, the largest finance-focused campaign for COP28, backed by international financial institutions and thought leaders in green and sustainable finance.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, today announced its first edition of the Future Sustainability Forum. The Forum to be held 4-5 October 2023, at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC, will focus on mobilising sustainable finance and innovation by connecting industry leaders, investors, tech disruptors, and policy makers, and channel investment flows between the global north and global south, to accelerate climate action.

Central to DIFC’s programme in the run up to COP28, the announcement of the inaugural Future Sustainability Forum (‘The Forum’), further demonstrates the Centre’s commitment to play a leading role in advancing COP28 priorities, aligned with DIFC’s chairmanship of the Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group (DSFWG), established in 2019.

Munich Airport: AirportAcademy receives ACI Accredited Training Partner status


The Airport Academy, Munich Airport‘s  training and education center, has been awarded as Accredited Training Partner (ATP) by the Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports . The ATP program rewards selected training organizations, setting the standard for excellence in airport training.

The accolade was received by Airport CEO Jost Lammers (left) and the Head of the AirportAcademy, Alexander Hömer (2nd from right), handed over by Luis Felipe de Oliveira (Director General of ACI World 2nd from left) and Olivier Jankovec (Director General ACI Europe; right) at the ACI Europe/World Annual General Assembly in Barcelona at the end of June.

The award confirms that the AirportAcademy offers a high standard of quality, provides excellent training programs and enjoys a reputation as one of the leading training centers in the aviation industry.

The photo below shows from left to right: Jost Lammers (CEO Munich Airport), Luis Felipe de Oliveira (Director General ACI World), Alexander Hömer (VP AirportAcademy), Olivier Jankovec (Director General ACI Europe).

ENGIE and PIF sign MoU to develop Hydrogen projects


The two entities to work closely to diversify the Kingdom’s economy

ENGIE, the leading provider of low-carbon energy services and solutions for integrated utilities management, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) for the joint development of green hydrogen projects and its derivatives in the Kingdom.

The MoU was signed by Frederic Claux, Managing Director, Flexible Generation and Retail, AMEA, ENGIE, and Yazeed Alhumied, Deputy Governor and Head of MENA Investments, PIF, paving the way for the two parties to explore opportunities to jointly develop projects for green hydrogen and derivatives production for export.

Robust foundations

“Our partnership with PIF will contribute to laying robust foundations for the green hydrogen industry, enabling the Kingdom to be one of the top exporters of green hydrogen worldwide,” affirmed Claux.

PIF and ENGIE are to evaluate the feasibility of co-development opportunity. Additionally, the two parties will jointly formulate a strategy to best approach the international market and secure offtake arrangements.

The MoU will enable ENGIE to work closely with PIF in Saudi Arabia in diversifying the Kingdom’s economy and to strengthen its global competitiveness in producing and supplying hydrogen and derivatives.

QAS Cargo receives IATA’s Smart Facility Certification


QAS Cargo is the first GHA in the Middle East and Africa to receive this certification.

The cargo carrier’s premier ground handling partner, Qatar Aviation Services Cargo has achieved a milestone certification, certifying the cargo facility at the Doha hub as a Smart Facility. QAS Cargo is the first cargo ground handing agent in the Middle East and Africa region to attain the Smart Facility Operational Capacity Certification (SFOC). This achievement complements the recent IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Fresh) certification in June 2023.

The audit that was conducted in April 2023 included assessing the cargo handling infrastructure, equipment and implementation of procedures at the Cargo Terminal Complex. The IATA audit team validated the operational procedures of QAS Cargo in compliance with a number of IATA Regulations – IATA Cargo Handling Manual, Dangerous Goods Regulations, Unit Load Device Regulations, Temperature Control Regulations, Live Animals Regulations and Perishable Cargo Regulations.

Mr. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo said, “Our growth to becoming the world’s leading air cargo carrier today has been no easy achievement. Our teams have one goal in mind – customer experience. It is this goal combined with our Next Generation and VISION 2027 strategy through which we have implemented quality procedures in every area of our business. The certification of our hub in Doha reflects the high standards in place to ensure all types of cargo are handled seamlessly and securely, in compliance to all the IATA regulations.”

Mr. Deepak Balakrishnan, Vice President QAS Cargo said, “We are proud of our state-of-the-art handling facility, the services implemented, our robust and defined procedures as well as our teams who dedicatedly ensure that cargo is handled extremely well, no matter the type of cargo. IATA’s Smart Facility Operational Capacity Certification is testament to the hard work and dedication by both Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo teams.”

Mr. Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo said, “Customers of organisations attaining Smart Facility Operational Capacity Certification (SFOC) recognise it as a key differentiator, highlighting the additional efforts taken to improve cargo operations, safety, service quality and enhance the customer experience. We congratulate Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) on achieving SFOC certification. Cargo operations is the pivot of the air cargo supply chain, and with SFOC, QAS drive a safe, efficient and customer-focused operations.”

Both Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo are already certified for IATA CEIV Pharma, IATA CEIV Fresh, IATA CEIV Live Animals and IATA CEIV Lithium Battery certifications.

GWC raises foreign investors ownership limit to 100%


GWC is proud to announce that it is one of the first companies in Qatar to increase the foreign investor ownership percentage in the organization’s capital to 100%. This milestone development was achieved after receiving the approval of the honorable Council of Ministers session which was held on 17th May 2023.

Speaking about this, Hicham Nedjari, CFO, GWC said, “It gives us an immense sense of pride to be one of the first companies in the country to extend the ceiling of foreign ownership to 100%. In keeping up with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and promoting economic development and diversification, we believe this advancement is a recognition of the integral role foreign investors play in Qatar’s economy.”

The decision to amend was approved by the Extraordinary General Assembly and the amended system was issued and published in the Official Gazette.

In addition to this, the company will be disclosing their half-yearly financial results on the 25th of July 2023, for the period ending 30th June 2023.

Gulf Warehousing Co. (GWCS) is one of the leading logistics company in the Middle East and in less than 20 years, GWC has become a major logistics services provider in Qatar and across the region. Its state-of-the-art logistics infrastructure spanning more than 4 million square meters have been setting standards in the industry.

Etihad Cargo has partnered with Wallenborn Transports


Carrier expands Europe road feeder services

Etihad Cargo has appointed Wallenborn Transports as its road feeder service (RFS) partner for Europe to expand its scheduled and specialised services across 27 countries, facilitating the transportation of cargo between Etihad Cargo’s main European gateways, including Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt, and offline stations.

“Providing seamless connectivity between Etihad Cargo’s European main freighter gateways and offline destinations is essential to meeting the carrier’s delivery promises,” stated Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations and Delivery, Etihad Cargo.

“This partnership will give Etihad Cargo’s customers access to a comprehensive network connecting over 90 airports and a range of specialised logistics solutions, such as GDP-validated transport for temperature-sensitive healthcare products,” asserted Frantz Wallenborn, President & CEO, Wallenborn Group.

Etihad Cargo has entered into strategic partnerships with RFS providers around the world to bolster its operational footprint and ensure the efficient end-to-end journey of cargo. The new partnership with Wallenborn will enhance the carrier’s capabilities in Europe and will enable Etihad Cargo’s customers to benefit from specialised logistics solutions.

HIMA Expands Customer Solutions Center with a Security Lab


Another milestone in the digitalization of functional security with added value: The new HIMA Security Lab, in cooperation with IT security specialist genua, brings state-of-the-art OT security solutions within reach.

HIMA has opened a Security Lab in the Customer Solutions Center in the German town of Brühl. Going forward, the provider of safety-related automation solutions will use the lab to develop and test comprehensive OT security solutions for the digitalization of functional safety.

With the increasing digitalization of functional safety and the networking of safety equipment components, the dangers posed by cyberattacks are also on the rise.

“The ongoing threat to critical infrastructure from cyberattacks is pervasive. With the new Security Lab, HIMA is not only supporting our customers, but we are also making a relevant contribution to society” Managing Partner Steffen Philipp explains.

In the new Security Lab, HIMA is collaborating closely with IT security specialist genua. The technologies of the company, which is a subsidiary of the Bundesdruckerei Group, comply with numerous recommendations of the NAMUR user association. As part of their cooperation, HIMA and genua will use the new Security Lab to demonstrate data diode applications, which are prerequisites for ensuring highly secure and feasible implementation of the pioneering NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA).

“It’s truly a partnership of equals: both genua and HIMA are leaders in their fields, and as German technology companies, they share a long-term mindset,” affirms Jörg de la Motte, CEO.

“We are delighted to further expand our partnership with HIMA by working together in the new Security Lab. As trusted partners, we take a holistic approach to the various aspects of security. This allows us to deliver exactly what the market needs at any given time: Security solutions that meet the highest standards, tailor-made for companies operating in the process and railway industries” explains Matthias Ochs, CEO of genua.

To develop and test security scenarios under real-life conditions, HIMA has brought the ‘Security Environment for Functional Safety’ to life in the new Security Lab. Its security architecture uses solutions from partner and IT security specialist genua.

“The HIMA Security Lab allows visitors to experience our solutions first hand. The HIMA Security Environment for Functional Safety can be combined with various security zones. making it possible to simulate, optimize and test all scenarios. A lab full of opportunities for beginners and experts” explains Sergej Arent, Director Applications, responsible for the Customer Solutions Center in Brühl.

The integration of the HIMA Security Lab in the company’s own Customer Solutions Center will facilitate future analysis of HIMA customers’ automation networks (Cyber HAZOP). The results will help derive measures and develop templates for security solutions. To this end, the team of safety and security specialists builds complex networks zoned according to IEC 62443 and secures them with devices and methods from genua’s security product line.

By using different process control systems, architectures can be implemented that are very close to the real-world automation environment of the customers. As part of penetration tests, concepts and solutions undergo thorough testing in the Security Lab. At the same time, the specialists use their expertise to ensure that the IT/OT solutions are implemented in accordance with the latest standards and comply with the strictest data protection laws.

“The Security Lab will allow our customers to build on existing and pre-tested HIMA solutions and customize them for specific projects. The practical experience gained here in training courses and workshops will help our customers find answers to increasingly complex security issues” concludes Arent.

Following on from the concept in Germany, HIMA is planning to set up a Security Lab at the Asia-Pacific Customer Solutions Center in Singapore.

Tech Mahindra integrates Microsoft Azure OpenAI


The newly launched offering will enable enterprises to increase proficiency, productivity

Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, recently announced an integration with Microsoft to enable Generative AI Powered Enterprise Search.

The new offering, Generative AI Powered Enterprise Knowledge Search under Tech Mahindra’s TechM amplifAI suite of AI offerings and solutions, will help enterprises increase effectiveness and personalization by using generative AI to unlock the full potential of enterprise data and present a multi-modal, multi-channel search experience, a press communique indicated.

Tech Mahindra’s Generative AI-powered Enterprise Knowledge Search integrates Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service, Azure Cognitive Search, and Azure Language understanding to help enterprises unleash knowledge accessibility in a unique way, which will eventually improve the knowledge quotient within organizations.

“We are delivering an advanced enterprise search offering, which will unlock the full potential of data in enterprise environments with generative AI and offer a user-centric and efficient search, ensure tagging and indexing are correct, de-duplicate content,” stressed Hasit Trivedi, CTO–Digital Technologies and Global Head-AI, Tech Mahindra.

“Tech Mahindra’s offering integrates Microsoft Azure AI to enable enterprises to tap into Generative AI, unlock the full potential of their data, and create a multi-modal multi-channel search experience,” commented Sangita Singh, General Manager IT&ITES, Microsoft India.

IATA Announces Winners of ONE Record Hackathon


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently held a ONE Record Hackathon in Frankfurt, hosted by Lufthansa Cargo. Twenty teams, including the first ever all-female team, submitted highly sophisticated and innovative solutions built on the IATA ONE Record data sharing standard to demonstrate innovative use cases that will change air cargo.

“ONE Record holds the key to revolutionizing air cargo, propelling efficiency and business outcomes. The hackathon is a dynamic platform for digital experts across the industry to develop innovative solutions, that will help strengthen the air cargo supply chain. IATA is committed to fostering innovation and creating a more efficient and sustainable aviation industry. We congratulate the winners and participants,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

The winning projects:

  • The Carbulator by Riege Software
    Their solution addresses the challenge of invisible CO₂ emissions in air cargo planning. By enriching flight options with CO₂ emissions data using the ONE Record data model, decision makers can make more sustainable choices. Details: https://lnkd.in/diGqxRgA
  • NE:ONE Play by Digitales Testfeld Air Cargo – DTAC
    NE:ONE Play is a user-friendly whiteboard app that simplifies ONE Record data. It allows viewing, editing, and troubleshooting of data, making it accessible and easy to reach. It features an infinite canvas, connection to any ONE Record server, live editing, error detection, tooltips, and dark mode. Details: https://lnkd.in/ddbz9brS
  • ONE Record Crew by Lufthansa Industry Solutions (the first all-female hackathon team)
    ONE Record Crew is a solution developed to solve cargo irregularities that disrupt transportation. The solution combines machine learning and ONE Record to predict and address issues, bringing transparency, customer satisfaction, and sustainability to the cargo industry. Details: https://lnkd.in/dUGX6fDG
  • Switcargo by Air France KLM Martinair Cargo Team
    SWITCARGO was developed as a solution to facilitate the transition to ONE Record. It enables airlines to execute shipments with partners using both ONE Record and other types of messaging. Details: https://lnkd.in/dbkWaDTq
  • CargoTracking by Awery Aviation Software Team
    CargoTracking.aero was developed to bridge the gap between Cargo iQ members and non-members, improving information sharing and real-time updates for enhanced planning and control. Details: https://lnkd.in/d7MrYgjB
  • Borderless Digital Salmon Movement by Vediafi Oy team
    Borderless Digital Salmon Movement was developed to simplify cross-border transportation of time-sensitive goods. BDI nodes facilitate information exchange between transportation

companies and border crossings, ensuring freshness and efficient passage. Details: https://lnkd.in/dAxFejw3

The vision for ONE Record is an end-to-end digital logistics and transport supply chain where data is easily and transparently exchanged in a digital ecosystem of air cargo stakeholders, communities, and data platforms.  The goal of ONE Record is to replace the many data standards used for transport documents with a single record for every shipment.

The next IATA One Record Hackathon to be held from 24 to 26 November 2023, in Doha, Qatar sponsored by Qatar Airways Cargo.

AD Ports Group enters the Drydocking and Repair Market


Signs a Joint Venture with Premier Marine Engineering Services

AD Ports Group and Premier Marine Engineering Services, a UAE-based shipyard company specialising in ship building and repair services to marine and offshore industries, recently announced the formation of a new joint venture, SAFEEN Drydocks.

The hub of SAFEEN Drydocks’ operations will be located at Khalifa Port and encompass a 45,000sqm shipyard and repair facility, 350m quay wall for vessel afloat repair, and a floating dry dock for vessel maintenance and refurbishment.

Leveraging reputation

Through the new joint venture, AD Ports Group will leverage its reputation and experience as one of the world’s premier facilitators of maritime logistics, industry and trade, and contribute quay space at Khalifa Port for the development and operations of the new services hub.

Premier Marine will, in turn, contribute its technical knowledge and experience in helping customers build, repair and maintain vessels and other maritime assets in an environmentally sustainable manner.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners at Premier Marine in bringing together our global reach and their strong multi-decade track record in developing what we envision will be a regional and global hub maritime ship building, repair and maintenance,” remarked Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, Acting CEO Maritime Cluster and SAFEEN Group, AD Ports Group.

“This joint venture marks a new beginning for us, and through our partnership, our teams of highly skilled experts, coupled with the formidable expertise provided by the Group, we aim to achieve great success within the shipbuilding industry,” commented Hemant Tandon, Managing Director, Premier Marine Engineering Services.

Serco: The NEOM’s Volocopter test flight highlights a major progress


Commenting on the news that Saudi Arabia has completed its first air taxi test flight, Daniel MacGregor, Chief Growth Officer at Serco Middle East, said:

“The news of NEOM’s Volocopter Test flight highlights the major progress that is being made in the development of Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The recent test flights of eVTOL aircraft in NEOM are a big milestone, and they show that UAM is on the cusp of becoming a reality.

“I believe that UAM has the potential to revolutionise transportation, making it faster, more efficient, and more sustainable. eVTOL aircraft are noiseless and emissions-free, making them ideal for urban environments. They can also take off and land vertically, which means that they do not need runways, freeing up valuable space in cities.

“As the technology continues to develop, UAM is likely to become increasingly popular. It has the potential to transform the way we travel, and it could have a major impact on the future of cities.

“Serco Middle East has been has been operating in the air transportation sector since 1947 and is ready to support our clients in making UAM a reality. We are committed to developing and managing the air traffic management systems that will be needed to safely and efficiently integrate UAM into the existing airspace. We are also working to develop the training programmes that will be needed to integrate UAM with traditional air transportation.

“NEOM’s recent achievement in successfully completing a series of air taxi test flights is a significant step forward for the development of UAM in the region. This is the first time that an eVTOL aircraft has received a special flight authorisation and performed test flights in Saudi Arabia. This is a major step forward, and it shows that NEOM is committed to leading the way in the development of UAM. 

“We congratulate NEOM on their achievement, and we look forward to working with them to further develop UAM in the region. We believe that UAM has the potential to make a real difference in the way people travel, and we are committed to helping make it a reality.”

Allison Transmission Expands Presence in Saudi Arabia and Qatar


Allison Transmission, a global leader in commercial-duty automatic transmissions and propulsion solutions, has expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia and Qatar with key partnerships, underscoring the company’s dedication to providing cleaner and more sustainable transportation systems across the Middle East. Recent successes for Allison in Qatar and Saudi Arabia include a major fleet deal in the kingdom, reflecting the company’s growing network of strategic partners and the increasing demand for its cutting-edge technology. These milestones highlight the pivotal role of the Middle East in the company’s global growth strategy.

In Saudi Arabia, Allison recently partnered with a Chinese manufacturer to supply 40 buses for the Hajj and Umrah periods equipped with Allison transmissions for the first time ever, reinforcing the crucial role the company has played in supporting the country’s transportation needs for these important religious occasions. Major Saudi fleet operators have selected Allison fully automatic transmissions for their reliability, efficiency and passenger comfort. Allison’s torque converter and Continuous Power Technology™ eliminate power interrupts resulting in a comfortable and smooth driving experience for both the driver and passengers. The fully hydraulic automatic transmission without mechanical clutches, has less wear and tear also on all parts of the drivetrain and therefore resulting in fewer costly breakdowns and repairs.

The company’s collaboration with leading bus manufacturers contributed to the delivery of some 450 buses in 2020 alone, the largest single sale in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. This achievement was made possible through partnerships with Chinese bus OEMs.

Allison Transmission is also celebrating a successful collaboration with TAM, a new Chinese brand of city buses making their debut in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Around 20 TAM city buses equipped with Allison transmissions arrived in Jeddah last month, demonstrating the partnership’s commitment to delivering reliable and efficient transportation solutions. This milestone reinforces Allison Transmission’s dedication to supporting emerging brands and expanding their presence in the Middle East market.

In Qatar, Allison has partnered with Yutong & Higer, a renowned Chinese bus manufacturer, to help supply over 250 school buses. These buses, equipped with the Allison 3000 Series™, embody the company’s top-tier technology and its commitment to delivering high-performance and reliable solutions.

Allison’s enduring partnerships with Chinese manufacturers in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia are built on a foundation of trust and collaboration established over three decades. These alliances have enabled the seamless integration of Allison propulsion solutions, including its renowned T390R transmission, known for its reliability, ease of operation and fuel efficiency.

“These achievements in Saudi Arabia and Qatar highlight the importance of the region to our company and demonstrate our commitment to supporting its transportation needs,” said Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Area Manager for Middle East & Pakistan. “By collaborating with leading bus manufacturers and delivering top-tier technology, we contribute to the modernization of transportation networks, enhancing operational efficiency and meeting the evolving demands of our Middle East customers.”

Challenge Group’s End-to-End for the perfect end result


A single point of contact that reliably assumes full logistical responsibility for the safe, in and on-time transport of challenging shipments such as aircraft engines or helicopters from shipper to consignee? What sounds like a supply-chain manager’s dream is long reality already when it comes to Challenge Group. Add large turbines, oil & gas equipment, automotive, big and oversize, e-commerce shipments to the commodity list and this describes 65% of Challenge Group’s core business. Over the years, Challenge Group has successfully specialised in End-to-End logistic solutions for complex verticals requiring carefully planned ancillary services, thus offering vital logistical support in a largely niche market.

“The larger the logistical challenge, the greater the involvement of our group subsidiaries. Challenge Group has always looked to take the load off our customers’ shoulders – both figuratively and literally, and that has led to our development as a cooperation,” says Or Zak, CCO of Challenge Group. “Our goal, from the beginning, has been to cover the entire supply chain, from shipper to consignee, and provide our customers with a first-class, all-in-one solution: End-to-End entirely within our own hands and responsibility. That is why Challenge Group, today, consists of three airlines, handling, maintenance, commercial, and logistics subsidiaries.”

What Challenge Group has been establishing with its inhouse airlines, charter, handling, road feeder network and even maintenance services, has become an increasing requirement over the past few years. “End-to-End services are in our DNA. However, during the pandemic, we noticed growing demand from our customers for exactly this kind of business approach,” Or Zak continues. Alongside traditional large end-to-end projects, e-commerce traffic has also joined the end-to-end commodity list, with its very different delivery needs, and the Group’s charter business is rapidly growing, with most of the projects concerning large shipments requiring a multimodal supply chain approach.

“We deeply believe that End-to-End will become best practice, especially when it comes to specific verticals. The pandemic highlighted the risks of relying on a single mode of transport or sole production location, hence global trade is becoming more international and multimodal. At Challenge Group, too, we are currently working on linking the railway service coming to Liège from China to our airfreight hub. Our second line warehouse is located just in front of the railway terminal in Liège, adding even greater access to our highly flexible global air and road network,” Or Zak concludes.

Challenge Air Cargo, the Group’s commercial arm, masterminds every End-to-End project, providing customers with a fully transparent logistics package detailing costs, commitment, and value proposition on the one hand, while internally ensuring network planning, loadmaster operations, handling, and respective trusted and reliable third-party providers for non-Challenge Group ancillary services. 

Al Tayer Motors Wins Ford Trucks Champions Award for Fifth time


UAE dealer sees 11% growth in annual sales; strong gains in Construction, Oil & Gas, and Logistics segments

Al Tayer Motors, the official Ford Trucks importer-dealer in the United Arab Emirates, is the only Middle East distributor to win the prestigious Champions Award 2022 for its outstanding performance in Customer Satisfaction, Sales, After-Sales Services, and Marketing.

The award win comes even as Al Tayer Motors records a strong year for its trucks business in 2022 with a sales growth of more than 11% over 2021, and recently opened a state-of-the-art 2700 square metre 3S (Sales, Service and Spare parts) facility for the brand in the strategically located Dubai Investments Park area.

“Winning the Champions Award from Ford Trucks for the fifth time is an extraordinary milestone. It underlines the commitment of the entire team in promoting the brand and providing exceptional services to our customers across the UAE. As a major player in this energetic region, we actively contribute to driving growth by providing efficient and cost-effective transportation solutions that keep big industries in motion. We are proud to be at the forefront of this dynamic landscape,” said Ashok Khanna, Chief Executive Officer of Al Tayer Motors.

The dealership delivered a solid performance throughout 2022 with major wins in the Construction, Oil & Gas, and Logistics segments while maintaining its presence in the Waste Management segment.

As Ford Trucks, the global brand of Ford Otosan, we highly prioritize enhancing our customers’ efficiency and fostering long-term partnerships built on collaborative value creation with our business partners. Over the span of nearly 10 years of collaboration with Al Tayer Motors, we have consistently delivered dependable and competitive products and services, resulting in substantial value for our customers in Dubai. Our shared vision and goals with the Al Tayer family have solidified our long-standing alliance and underscored our commitment to creating mutual value. As we look forward to many more years of this invaluable partnership, we remain dedicated to providing our customers with increased efficiency, enhanced performance, and state-of-the-art technologies,” said Ford Trucks Leader Emrah Duman.

Al Tayer Motors retails the full range of commercial vehicles in the UAE including the Construction series, Road series as well as Tractors.

King Abdullah Port: Redefining Excellence


In an era where global maritime trade and logistics are fiercely competitive, King Abdullah Port emerges as a leader in innovation, setting new benchmarks for operational excellence. This privately owned, developed, and operated infrastructure megaproject in Saudi Arabia has swiftly ascended to international prominence, garnering acclaim within an incredibly short period. The extraordinary success of King Abdullah Port is a testament to visionary leadership, strategic planning, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Strategically located at the crossroads of the most vital global trade routes, King Abdullah Port enjoys close proximity to key Saudi cities, including Jeddah, Holy Mecca, Al Medina, Yanbu, Riyadh, and Neom, as well as neighboring countries. Its direct access to extensive transportation networks facilitates cargo movement throughout the Kingdom and the rest of the region, further enhancing its role as an enabler of Saudi Arabia’s logistics infrastructure.

Within a mere four years of its operation, King Abdullah Port has secured a spot among the world’s top 100 ports, a remarkable achievement that showcases its growing influence on the global stage. The World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence’s 2022 Container Port Performance Index report named the port as the most efficient container port globally, highlighting its relentless pursuit of operational efficiency and innovation.

The port’s astounding rise can be attributed to its strategic alignment with Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 and the National Transport and Logistics Strategy. These national development plans have laid the foundation for the Kingdom’s transformation into an international logistics hub, with King Abdullah Port serving as an enabler of global trade.

A Statement from the CEO of King Abdullah Port, Jay New

“As we navigate the dynamic landscape of the global maritime and logistics industry, King Abdullah Port remains steadfast in its commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation, operational excellence, and collaboration. Our unwavering dedication to excellence and strategic foresight have positioned us at the forefront of private sector-driven state-of-the-art infrastructure development. We are proud to contribute significantly to Saudi Arabia’s economy, and we will continue to build upon our successes as we forge ahead with our ambitious growth plans.”

Despite global trade uncertainties in 2022, King Abdullah Port reported impressive growth across nearly all metrics, showcasing its resilience and ability to contribute significantly to Saudi Arabia’s logistics infrastructure. Notably, the non-containerized sector experienced substantial growth, with Break Bulk increasing by 143%, Agri-Bulk by 108%, and other bulk categories by 52%. Additionally, the port facilitated the shipping of 288 trucks to Australia as part of its first ro-ro trial.

King Abdullah Port’s accomplishments extend beyond mere numbers and rankings; they include groundbreaking milestones that have set new industry standards. The port recently recorded the highest handling volume on a single vessel call in Saudi ports, processing 20,152 TEUs within 77.46 hours of operation on the MSC Renee. This impressive feat demonstrates the port’s exceptional efficiency and capabilities. The port was also named the ‘Second Fastest Growing Port in the World’ for the second time in four years by Alphaliner.

The port’s commitment to innovation and collaboration is further exemplified by its recent partnership with Tabadul, a leading provider of advanced transport management systems. This strategic alliance aims to integrate King Abdullah Port’s smart gate system with Tabadul’s platform and connect with key government bodies, unlocking a plethora of opportunities and benefits for the services provided by the port. The primary objective of this collaboration is to boost operational efficiency, streamline processes, and enhance the overall performance of the port, solidifying its position as a crucial player in the global economy.

As King Abdullah Port continues to break new ground and redefine industry standards under the visionary leadership of CEO Jay New, it serves as a shining example of the potential that lies within private sector-driven infrastructure development. Its inspiring story of unwavering dedication to excellence, strategic foresight, and innovative thinking has undoubtedly captured the attention of the global maritime and logistics community at large.

CONMIX takes delivery of their first Renault Trucks K Concrete Mixers


CONMIX, a Bukhatir Group company, a well-established company manufacturer and provider of Ready Mix Concrete in the United Arab Emirates, has selected Renault Trucks for its latest fleet additions.

Supplied by Renault Trucks importer United Diesel, the 10 Renault Trucks K440 P8x4 HEAVY E5 with Liebherr 12 CBM mixers will be used to transport ready mix concrete across the United Arab Emirates.

CONMIX’ new additions, already in operation are set to optimize their logistics of ready mix concrete from their Production facilities of a combined capacity of 180,000 cubic meters per month.

The Renault Trucks K440 are known for robustness, exceptional reliability, and optimal fuel efficiency to meet the needs of CONMIX’ operations and to ensure maximize productivity and safety for their drivers.

The K range models are equipped with an Optidriver manual gearbox with automated gearshifting, as well as Renault Trucks’ unique Optibrake exhaust braking system which, with a power rating of 300kW, promotes driver safety. Additional selling points include hill-start aid, wheel anti-slip regulation (ASR), anti-lock braking system (ABS), emergency braking assist (AFU) and an electronic parking brake (EPB).

The ideal partnership for most effective operation

Ayman Ismail Ahmed, CEO of Bukhatir Group commented: “We are delighted to partner with Renault Trucks through United Diesel to strengthen our fleet with these 10 new mixer trucks.

At CONMIX, we are committed to deliver high quality Concrete solutions and services to our customers, and Renault Trucks’ reliable and efficient trucks with Liebherr mixers will help us achieve that goal. This partnership is a testament to our commitment to investing in the latest technologies and equipment to enhance our operational efficiency and provide our customers with the best possible service.”

In addition, CONMIX General Manager, Tim Senior added: “It is with great pleasure and pride to announce that CONMIX has chosen Renault Trucks to satisfy its future concrete requirements by purchasing 10 new transit mixers.”

Mr. David Sawiras, General Manager of United Diesel quoted: “At United Diesel, we take immense pride in supplying our customer, CONMIX, with Renault Trucks to enhance their fleet.

As a company, we provide the highest quality trucks, ensuring superior performance, maximum uptime, and optimal operation cost-effectiveness.

We are committed to upholding the values of the Al Rostamani Group, which is reflected in every aspect of our service and drives our quest for excellence.”

Renault Trucks committed to provide market-leading solutions


Commercial Director of Renault Trucks Middle East proudly stated: “Renault Trucks has proven once again to provide the most efficient trucks in the region. This first deal with a major national company such as CONMIX is the start of a long partnership. We are confident that the quality of our Renault Trucks K and the comfortable cab for the drivers will emphasize the trust of our brand.”


Renault Trucks & CONMIX Deal 1 Photo: from left to right:

Ahmed Motaleb (Renault Trucks Middle East), Guillaume Zimmermann (Renault Trucks Middle East), Mohamed Adly (Renault Trucks Middle East), David Sawiras (United Diesel), Tim Senior (CONMIX), Gregoire Blaise (Renault Trucks Middle East), Ayman Ismail Ahmed (Bukhatir Group) and Tarig Ismal (United Diesel)

UD Trucks joining The Plastic Pledge


Aim to fight global plastic pollution

A leading manufacturer of commercial trucks has announced its participation in The Plastic Pledge, an innovative and impactful project aimed at addressing the global plastic pollution crisis.

In partnership with the Arabian Ocean Rowing Team, UD Trucks MEENA (Middle East, East & North Africa), is determined to help make a difference by reducing plastic consumption both within its organisation and on an individual level.

The Plastic Pledge Project is in keeping with UD Trucks’ firm belief in corporate responsibility and its dedication to creating a cleaner and greener future. By actively addressing the challenges posed by plastic waste, UD Trucks aims to set a precedent for sustainable practices within the automotive industry and inspire others to join the cause.

Multiple initiatives

The Plastic Pledge Project encompasses a range of important initiatives, each designed to make a significant impact on plastic consumption – currently, at least 11 million tons of plastic enter the world’s seas every year!

To drive change from within, UD Trucks will implement employee awareness and training programmes, ensuring that each member of the organisation understands the importance of reducing plastic waste, and actively participates in the initiative. Additionally, UD Trucks will engage with suppliers and partners to encourage them to take initiatives for sustainable packaging and plastic reduction efforts.

‘Better Life’ strategy

As part of its ‘Better Life’ strategy for the planet, UD Trucks will organize plastic-free events and actively support recycling and waste management practices. By forging partnerships with environmental organisations and government agencies, UD Trucks aims to create a network of like-minded individuals and entities dedicated to minimizing plastic pollution.

Earlier in May 2023, UD Trucks employees met with Toby Gregory, Founder and Captain of the Arabian Ocean Rowing Team, to learn more about the team’s historic achievement of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Toby’s 42-day journey, alongside two other team members, was the result of arduous training and dedication.

“Plastic pollution is a pressing global issue that requires immediate action. By joining forces, we believe we can make a significant impact and drive positive change. Every simple action counts,” stressed Mourad Hedna, President, UD Trucks MEENA. 

Saudi Arabia Jump to 16th Rank in Latest UNCTAD’s Liner Shipping Connectivity Index


The Saudi ports sector has recorded a remarkable rise in the UNCTAD’s Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LSCI) for Q2 2023 by scoring 76.16 points, a result that enabled the Kingdom to secure the sixteenth position from among 187 countries.

HE Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and Chairman of the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) used this occasion to thank the Kingdom’s Leadership for their unwavering support of the nation’s transportation, logistics, and ports sectors, noting that the landmark achievement will strengthen the country’s competitive position on the global maritime map.

He further added that the accomplishment was key in fulfilling the outcomes of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) and boosting economic growth through a host of measures that include cost-efficient logistics and faster transit times, besides bolstering the value of Saudi products in global markets and unlocking new markets for Saudi exporters across the world.

The addition of 20 shipping services to the Saudi ports network in the first half of 2023 by global cargo carriers also played a key role in enhancing its attractiveness, optimizing operating efficiency, and cementing its standing as a leading logistics hub of choice, according to HE Al-Jasser.

The latest success closely follows the Kingdom’s 17-place jump in the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI), securing the 38th position globally from among 160 countries. Strategically located along the world’s major trade routes, Saudi Arabia is currently linked to 348 ports through 97 shipping links.     

Hellmann: Headlining a High-growth Narrative  


The long-established and eponymous Hellmann Worldwide Logistics was founded in 1871 in Osnabrueck, Germany, by the legendary patriarch Carl Heinrich Hellmann. It boasts a rich historical legacy and corporate heritage.

Currently it operates with more than 500 branches in over 175 countries. Hellmann’s core philosophies come from its roots. The cohesion and flexibility of our customers comes from our people and the way we handle our daily business and critical events.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics characterizes itself as a logistics company focused on developing our customers’ businesses within their industries. Its Air, Sea, Land and Warehousing services blend with its advanced industry vertical process expertise and knowledge to deliver tailor-made supply chain services to each of our customers.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics network in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East & South Asia (IMEA) region, and now in Africa, comprises of its regional Headquarter in the United Arab Emirates and with regional offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Global Supply Chain engaged exclusively with Madhav Kurup Rajan, the veteran Regional CEO, Indian Sub-Continent, Middle East and now the newly inducted African continent (IMEA), Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (HWL), for an expansive and comprehensive interview.

Here, Kurup, the official at the helm, fielded questions on a wide range of subjects on the expanded geographical territory he oversees, the company’s 2022 performance and prospects for 2023 through his corporate ‘Crystal Ball.’ The following are the transcripts of that key one-on-one interview.

Global Supply Chain: Earlier this year 2023, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics announced a regional merger of the MESA (Middle East South Asia) to further include the continent of Africa to constitute the Indian Subcontinent-Middle East-Africa (IMEA). Furthermore, you were appointed promoted to the position of CEO of the expanded geographical territory-IMEA.

This is a two-part question: Firstly: Congratulations on your promotion and what does this denote for you professionally in your elevated position and secondly, the corporate implications of the merger?

Madhav Kurup (MK): Thank you. I have been responsible for the Middle East and South Asia for the last seven years and we have achieved market leadership in many markets in our region through expanding our own operations as well as carefully created joint ventures.

This has helped us to have a strong regional structure that has the capacity and competence to take on more responsibilities. The addition of the African continent to our region will ensure the exchange and implementation of best practices to the new region and will provide us the ability to further penetrate the market in Africa more effectively.

We already have our own, independent operations in six countries in Africa and the rest of the region will have a strong partner network. While merging the regions, there is always an opportunity to learn from each other as well as to achieve economies of scale in certain parts of the organizational structure. 

GSC: How significant is the Africa continent for HWL? Also, briefly comment on the extent of your Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent operations?

MK: Africa is a key market for Hellmann and the company sees great potential in joining forces with the MESA team to strengthen their activities in the entire region and expand their business across continents.

The goal is to gain additional market share and build on the successful development of recent years. Our success is based on trust and good cooperation within the Hellmann Family and the team as also on a strong leadership which sets goals and pursues them consistently. With our IMEA team, we are in a strong position to drive sustainable growth together.

The merging of the two regions into IMEA is timely as South Africa, the biggest Hellmann country on the African continent, is strategically a very important market for Hellmann, and more importantly for the new IMEA region.

In the Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent, we cover our own operations in nine countries—namely Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, and strong partner setups in the remaining. For the past two years, Hellmann has become the leader in the Sea/Air solution via Dubai, expanded our warehousing footprint in majority of countries, with growth in our specialized teams from Healthcare, Automotive, Fashion, FMCG, Chemical and Oil & Gas projects.

In the Middle East, we have attained market leadership in the automotive, healthcare and fashion verticals through state-of-the-art infrastructure, globally bench-marked systems and, most importantly, best-in-class specialized resources.

We have always been the trend-setter in the market with innovative and out of the box strategies to drive our growth in the region. I like to think that we have taken Hellmann, over the last 15 years, from a small transactional freight forwarder to now stand among the top five fully integrated and exhaustive logistics services providers.

This year, we will also focus on expanding our business in the Hi-Tech and Industrial sectors, where many unique solutions are needed moving past the typical handling of Air, Sea, Land and warehousing.

GSC: Your tenure as CEO with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, IMEA, now spans over 15 years. Briefly, how would you characterize your corporate and professional journey?

MK: The journey has been incredibly humbling and at the same time exciting. I joined Hellmann as the CEO of the Middle East in 2008, then expanded my responsibility to Indian Sub-Continent in 2016, and now to the African continent.

I have also been a member of our International Executive Board since 2016. When I joined the company, we were around 100 employees in the region and now the region has more than 2500 employees.

When I started there were two legal entities in the region and today, we have 20 operating entities in the region. We have created niche expertise in automotive spare parts, healthcare, chemical, fashion and E-commerce.

What is the geographical extent of your current network, and which are among the top three performing countries in the region?

The region extends from Bangladesh in Asia to South Africa in Africa. It has 14 countries with its own operations and more than 50 countries with partner networks. We also have five well-assessed vertical joint ventures in UAE, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.

All countries are doing exceptionally well including our recently opened two countries in the Sultanate of Oman and Egypt. The key markets in the region that are driving growth are India, UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

GSC: How are HWL’s E-commerce operations performing in the region?

MK: Our relationship with Dubai CommerCity (DCC) started two years ago and has grown substantially with more than 25 customers today using our multiuser facility for their B2C fulfillment. The partnership with DCC has been extremely satisfying and we look forward to making it a grand success in the coming years.

GSC: How is the Hellmann Caliper Healthcare Division faring, post Covid?

MK: Hellmann Caliper has been growing very well since Covid, and today we are operating at full capacity with more than 30 global pharma companies using it as a regional Hub. We have also expanded our operations into VAS activities by ensuring the Hub concept brings more value to the supply chain of our customers.

At present, we are planning further expansion by increasing our capacity DWC by an additional 40%. Our pipeline looks very good in the Pharma sector.

GSC: How did regional HWL fare in 2022 and what is your outlook going forward for 2023?

MK: We had an exceptional year in 2022 and it was one of the best performing years in the history of the company within this region. Our newly opened entities in Oman and Egypt also performing very well. 2023 is going to be tough in freight forwarding business due to availability capacity, declining demand, and freight rates.

Retail demand in Europe and North America will continue to decline and this has cascading effect on South Asian countries where exports are mostly related to fashion.

GSC: What are the opportunities and the corresponding challenges for HWL going forward?

MK: Our Sea–Air business is struggling due to increased air freight capacity in origins and performing far below expected volumes. Contract logistics and road are doing well. We are also about to launch a new road freight entity for GCC trucking.

How are new technologies and automation changing the landscape and face of the industry and how is HWL adapting to these innovations?

Hellmann has always been in the forefront of investing in new technologies. We are going through a major transformation by making investments in TMS (Transportation Management Systems) across all products plus in Finance, Sales, and HR. We are getting ready for the future, both digitally and from an organizational culture perspective.

GSC: Comment on your CSR and Sustainability initiatives?

MK: The concept of sustainability is not new to Hellmann, it has always been embedded into our DNA, corporate values and operations. We understand and embrace sustainability and we see it as the only way forward.

We live sustainability through multiple factors notably Leaders’ commitment; Sustainability investment in facilities and product service; compliance to local requirements and engagement with society; work with our partners towards sustainability goals; welcoming diversity and measuring and reporting ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) data.

Hellmann has recently reviewed sustainability strategy and carefully crafted new sustainability targets and measurable tangible improvement relating to awareness, involvement, green solutions, and sustainable investments.

With our people and reliable partners, Hellmann aims to passionately lead a global sustainability strategy using technology and compliance framework.

Phoenix Contact E-Mobility GmbH celebrates its ten-year-anniversary


2023 is a special year for Phoenix Contact – the company can look back on 100 years of passion for technology and innovation this year. Part of this success story is also the establishment of the E-Mobility subsidiary in 2013.


Ten years ago, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility started in Schieder-Schwalenberg, located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as a startup in the electromobility market with just 23 employees. Today, the company is a global specialist in e-mobility charging technology with three manufacturing sites in Germany, Poland, and China. Included in its broad portfolio are all components required to set up charging infrastructure and also the vehicle charging interface. The company is already known for its CCS charging cable as well as its liquid-cooled charging connector for ultra-fast High Power Charging.


The dynamic development of Phoenix Contact E-Mobility GmbH continued in the 2022 fiscal year. The signs continue to point to exceptional growth for the next decade. As a global player with more than 1,000 employees and 25 production lines worldwide, the company’s sales increase over the previous year is more than 50%. Sales growth in the Chinese and US markets contributed particularly to this.


Also in 2022, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility successfully passed the audits for certification of its environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001. It also achieved accreditation for its test-and-release Laboratory in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. The company meets the high quality and process requirements of the automotive industry in accordance with IATF 16949. 100% carbon-neutral production and the integration of environmental protection in all processes reduce harmful environmental impacts.


Along with clean power generation, e-mobility is a key foundation for the All Electric Society. With its products, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility is making a crucial contribution: Practical and networked fast charging removes hurdles such as “range anxiety”, accelerating the switch to electric, climate-friendly mobility. With Charx, the electromobility specialist offers a complete portfolio of high-performance charging technology components, both for the electrification of vehicles and for the development of sustainable and networked charging infrastructure. Another focus is the electrification of special and commercial vehicles. The portfolio described includes well over 600 Charx products in 2023.

FAMCO launches the first ever Volvo heavy-duty electric truck range in the Middle East


The electric truck range by Volvo has already been tested for the region

FAMCO has announced the launch of the first-ever heavy-duty electric truck in the Middle East, solidifying their position as pioneers in the market and their commitment to sustainable solutions in transportation.

This groundbreaking achievement by FAMCO represents a significant stride towards reducing transportation-related emissions to zero, aligning with the UAE’s sustainable development strategy as the whole country prepares to host the COP28 in November 2023.

The launch event was held at the Al Serkal Avenue in Dubai’s Al Quoz district. and was attended by the high-level officials.

“While we currently offer a wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles, the launch of the first-ever heavy-duty electric truck range by Volvo represents a huge leap into a greener future,” affirmed Ramez Hamdan, Managing Director, FAMCO.

“FAMCO, part of the Al-Futtaim Automotive Group, continues to introduce new products and services to keep the UAE moving towards building a more sustainable future of mobility and support the UAE’s Net-Zero 2050 strategic goals,” he continued.


Unlike other companies still in the testing or trial stages, Volvo offers a full range of electric trucks that are tested and available for purchase, as the first truck was already sold to Unilever, the FMCG giant for their UAE operations.

Through investing in Volvo’s electric trucks, business partners can, not only electrify their fleets but also, become pioneers in the green transportation movement, and eventually, a better future for the planet, a corporate press communique stated.

“We have committed to achieving net zero emissions throughout our value chain by 2039. Logistics will play a crucial role in achieving this ambition as it contributes up to 15% of our emissions,” asserted Ahmed Kadous, Head of Supply Chain MENA & Personal Care Category, Middle East & Turkey, Unilever.

“This is why we are pioneering the green transportation movement in the UAE, and this electric truck forms the second addition to our delivery fleet. Earlier in March we added the first Electric Van (EV) to our UAE delivery fleet, which was also the first in the UAE,” he concluded.

Karcher and BEEAH Group sign MoU to partner in Waste Management Solutions


Company to supply sweepers for BEEAH’s municipal contracts

Karcher, a leading global name in cleaning technology, and the BEEAH Group, the region’s leading sustainability and digitalisation expert, have entered an agreement to collaborate across multiple projects and to enhance their strategic collaboration in key areas of technology enhancements, such as robotic cleaning solutions.

Joe Lahoud, Managing Director, Karcher Middle East and Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO, BEEAH Group, and Fahad Shehail, Group COO attended the MoU signing which took place at BEEAH Headquarters.

“This collaboration reflects our shared commitment to driving innovation and delivering state-of-the-art solutions for cleaning, waste management innovation and sustainability,” remarked Lahoud.

Preferred partner

Under the terms of the MoU, Karcher will be the preferred partner in the supply of equipment for large sweepers for BEEAH’s municipal contracts. The collaboration will enable BEEAH Group to leverage Kärcher’s cutting-edge cleaning technology to enhance waste management operations and maintain the highest standards of cleanliness in public spaces.

“Kärcher’s advanced cleaning technology and expertise will undoubtedly contribute to our mission of creating a sustainable and cleaner environment,” commented Al Huraimel.

This collaboration between Karcher and BEEAH Group aims to drive innovation and efficiency in waste management practices, further advancing the sustainable development goals of the UAE.

The World AI Show unveils next wave of enterprise AI solutions


The 41st global edition of World AI Show in Dubai was a resounding success, bringing together top leaders and decision-makers who are using technology in innovative ways to drive businesses forward while delivering business value, and enhancing the overall customer experience. The event showcased cutting-edge technology innovations within the AI space for enterprises and governments to help build leaner business processes, develop innovative products, and automate tasks that can minimize costs. The show was held under the patronage of the private office of H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, and organised by Trescon.

The event exceeded all expectations, with an overwhelming turnout of attendees and positive feedback from participants, consolidating Dubai’s position as a global hub for AI development.

The conference featured a series of captivating panel discussions and keynote addresses that delved into topics shaping the future of artificial intelligence. Topics of discussion ranged from the latest trends and advantages, and ethical implications of AI deployment to the integration of machine learning in various sectors such as healthcare and finance.

One such discussion was the panel on how business leaders are embracing AI as a key driver of success. Moderated by Dr. Eng Suaad Al Shamsi, Technical Consultant, L2L consultation, the panel discussed the scope of benefits of AI adoption. The panellists, Robert Hahm, CEO, Mashreq Capital (DIFC) Ltd, Anshuman Anand, CEO of R&B (KSA) & VP of Apparel Group, Amine Sabri, CFO, Astra Tech, and Vikram Tanna, CEO, Mzallo (Eros Investments Group), also presented some interesting views while talking about the key skills that can accelerate AI adoption. 

Another noteworthy discussion was on how to inspire the next generation of women in AI. The panel discussion moderated by Debbie Botha, Chief Partnership Officer, Women in AI, spoke at length about the challenges faced by women in the AI industry. The panellist, Fatmah Alabdouli, Director of Data Management & Statistics, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, Dr. Fatmah Baothman, Board President, AI Society, Dr. Christine Gulbranson, CEO, U+ Nova, Dr. Adhari Alzaab, Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, deliberated on how women can collaborate and drive an impact in the AI sector.

“We are proud to have hosted such a remarkable event that brought together distinguished thought leaders discussing about the future of enterprise AI solutions,” said Naveen Bharadwaj, Group CEO of Trescon. “The show provided a platform for conversations and invaluable knowledge sharing. It was a testament to Dubai’s commitment to fostering innovation and driving AI advancements on a global scale.”

The success of the conference was largely attributed to the generous support of its esteemed sponsors. “The World AI Show in Dubai this year exceeded our expectations,” said Valeria Sandei, CEO, Almawave, Gold Sponsor of the show. “We were able to network with key decision-makers and establish strategic partnerships. The interest and enthusiasm from attendees for our AI solutions were truly remarkable. This event has undoubtedly opened new doors for our company.”

Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki, President, University of Dubai, said, “World AI Show was a remarkable achievement again from Dubai, the technology hub of the world and I was very glad to be a keynote speaker and part of this international event.”

Dr. Salim Al-Shuaili, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology Development Program, Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology, showed his appreciation towards the event and said, “World AI Show this year in Dubai was a turning point in the industry, most of the topics related to AI were covered. I believe the panel discussions were professionally planned and executed.”

The World AI Show has become an essential platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and business growth within the AI community. With plans already underway for the next edition, anticipation is building for an even more spectacular event.

The World AI Show has become an essential platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and business growth within the AI community. With plans already underway for next year’s edition, anticipation is building for an even more spectacular event. In line with our vision to build on the momentum and usher in the next wave of transformation, Trescon announced that the Digital Acceleration Transformation Expo (DATE). The event is set to take place in Delhi in November 2023 and Jakarta in 2024.

Al Masaood Automobiles unfurls the all-new Renault Express Van


The van is designed to meet the needs of modern businesses

Al Masaood Automobiles Renault has announced the launch of the all-new Renault Express Van. This innovative commercial vehicle is set to redefine the market with its high-quality combination of efficiency, practicality, and safety features, a press communique stated.

The Renault Express Van is designed to meet the needs of modern businesses, offering the perfect balance of performance and functionality. Its introduction to the Abu Dhabi market is expected to make a significant impact, providing businesses with a reliable and versatile solution to their transportation needs.

“It is poised to be a game-changer in the commercial vehicle segment, providing a high level of efficiency, practicality, and state-of-the-art safety features that will transform the way businesses manage their transportation needs,” remarked Bachir Gemayel, Sales & Marketing Director, Al Masaood Automobiles.

The Renault Express Van is powered by a fuel-efficient 1.6-litre engine, ensuring smooth and reliable performance on the road. It has a generous cargo volume of up to 3.3 cubic meters, 191-meter loading length and a payload capacity of up to 750 kg, this vehicle. Additionally, the vehicle offers easy driving with cruise control and speed limiter, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free experience for drivers.

Safety is paramount in the Renault Express Van, which comes equipped with an emergency calling system that automatically connects the driver to emergency services in case of an accident. This feature, along with other advanced safety systems, ensures that drivers and their cargo are well-protected at all times.

Hellmann is opening its first Direct Load branch in Switzerland


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is opening its first Direct Load branch in Switzerland: Since the beginning of June, partial and full truck loads are dispatched from Kloten between all European countries and Switzerland. The globally active logistics service provider is thus taking another important step in expanding its market presence in Switzerland beyond the air and sea freight product offerings, with which Hellmann became active on the Swiss market at the beginning of the year through the acquisition of its long-standing partner company ATS-Hellmann Worldwide Logistics AG. Additionally, the logistics provider is expanding its Direct Load activities in the European network, which is already represented in nine other European countries with more than 40 locations.

In this context, Christian Wanner joined the company as the new Head of Direct Load Switzerland in May. As part of its global growth strategy, Hellmann has already invested significantly in the Direct Load network in recent years – most recently in February with the opening of the branch in Kufstein, Austria, and previous inaugurations in France, the Netherlands, the Benelux countries and the Czech Republic, among others. Due to its central location between France, Italy, Austria and Germany, the move into Switzerland with the new branch in Kloten is of strategic importance and allows Hellmann to open up another important market in the heart of Europe.

The company intends to offer both existing and new customers a one-stop network expanded to include Direct Load, to serve the demand for transport solutions into and out of Switzerland. “We are delighted that, following the establishment of our Swiss national subsidiary just under six months ago, we have been able to reach another milestone in the further development of the Hellmann network with the opening of our new branch in Kloten.

This is of strategic importance for us in two respects: On the one hand, by opening up this inner-European hub, we are strengthening our connections between Northern and Southern Europe. Additionally, by adding Direct Load services to our product portfolio, we are also further strengthening our competitive position in Europe and Switzerland – a market in which we want to continue to grow sustainably in the future,” says Jens Wollesen, Chief Operating Officer, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Hellmann is opening its first Direct Load branch in Switzerland

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is opening its first Direct Load branch in Switzerland: Since the beginning of June, partial and full truck loads are dispatched from Kloten between all European countries and Switzerland. The globally active logistics service provider is thus taking another important step in expanding its market presence in Switzerland beyond the air and sea freight product offerings, with which Hellmann became active on the Swiss market at the beginning of the year through the acquisition of its long-standing partner company ATS-Hellmann Worldwide Logistics AG. Additionally, the logistics provider is expanding its Direct Load activities in the European network, which is already represented in nine other European countries with more than 40 locations.

In this context, Christian Wanner joined the company as the new Head of Direct Load Switzerland in May. As part of its global growth strategy, Hellmann has already invested significantly in the Direct Load network in recent years – most recently in February with the opening of the branch in Kufstein, Austria, and previous inaugurations in France, the Netherlands, the Benelux countries and the Czech Republic, among others. Due to its central location between France, Italy, Austria and Germany, the move into Switzerland with the new branch in Kloten is of strategic importance and allows Hellmann to open up another important market in the heart of Europe.

The company intends to offer both existing and new customers a one-stop network expanded to include Direct Load, to serve the demand for transport solutions into and out of Switzerland. “We are delighted that, following the establishment of our Swiss national subsidiary just under six months ago, we have been able to reach another milestone in the further development of the Hellmann network with the opening of our new branch in Kloten.

This is of strategic importance for us in two respects: On the one hand, by opening up this inner-European hub, we are strengthening our connections between Northern and Southern Europe. Additionally, by adding Direct Load services to our product portfolio, we are also further strengthening our competitive position in Europe and Switzerland – a market in which we want to continue to grow sustainably in the future,” says Jens Wollesen, Chief Operating Officer, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

GWC celebrates ‘World Food Safety Day’


Company emphasizes stringent safety measures.

Qatar’s GWC celebrated World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2023 as part of its continuous endeavor to support this important cause.

GWC has emphasized very stringent food safety measures and its food safety policy focuses on compliance, training and competency development, communication and a strong food safety culture to ensure customer satisfaction.

All the processes from receiving, storage, picking, until delivering are performed as per the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) plan of the organization. With stringent controls in place to inspect each inbound product for temperature, evidence of pest activity, mold growth or physical damage, the company ensures that food is segregated by the date of expiry, and the condition and cleanliness of the pallets used for repalletizing is up to standard, a press statement stated.

“GWC takes food safety very seriously and through technological advancements and our state-of-the-art facilities we have been able to be pioneers in this field,” remarked Elangovan Rajah, QHSSE Director, GWC.

With ISO 22000 certification for Food Safety Management System since 2007, GWC has long been a champion of setting high standards of quality including those for food safety, the press statement concluded.  

Unilever adds an Electric Van to its UAE logistics fleet


The electric van, added to the UAE logistics fleet, is part of Unilever’s Net Zero strategy

Unilever Arabia recently announced the addition of the first-ever Electric Van (EV) to its fleet in the UAE.

Making deliveries to its key customers in Dubai as of this March, the incorporation of the 1-tonne battery-powered van signifies a major stride in Unilever’s efforts towards reduced emissions via its logistics operations and achieving net zero value chain emissions by 2039, the company said in a press notification.

As part of a strategic partnership with leading retailer, Carrefour, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the UAE, the EV van will initially deliver Unilever’s products to Carrefour’s Mall of the Emirates store. This will provide customers in Dubai with a sustainable delivery solution, reducing emissions by up to 15 per cent in comparison with traditional vehicles.

The region’s first EV van was launched in the presence of Youssef Lootah, CEO, Corporate Strategy and Performance Sector, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) along with Ahmed Kadous, Unilever’s Head of Supply Chain MENA & PC Middle East & Turkey; Khalil Yassine, Head of Unilever Arabia, and Luc Charrier Vice President, Merchandise, Carrefour, Majid Al Futtaim Retail.

Core ambition

“The introduction of electric vehicles to our delivery fleet is a core ambition and is central to Unilever’s sustainability commitment.  We look forward to working more closely with the public sector and industry to further expand the infrastructure and seamlessly support the transition to electric mobility,” remarked Kadous.

“We are committed to sourcing and delivering sustainably sourced produce as part of our ‘Dare Today, Change Tomorrow’ strategy,” commented Bertrand Loumaye, Country Manager, Carrefour.

Prior to joining the existing fleet, the EV van underwent a series of planning and testing to ensure its readiness and compliance. These included driver training, vehicle maintenance, insurance and on-site charging port installation in collaboration with the EV distributor, Emirates Global Electric Motors, a member of Al Fahim group, and leading global logistics provider, DB Schenker, the press note concluded.

Qatar Airways Cargo complete the suite of IATA CEIV Certifications


It is the first airline globally to attain this recognition

Qatar Airways Cargo along with its ground handling partner Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) Cargo has announced its latest achievement – the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification.

The IATA CEIV Fresh standard encompasses the entire supply chain, including both operational and technical aspects, ensuring that perishable goods maintain their freshness, quality, and integrity throughout the transportation process, a press communique stated.

This remarkable milestone not only sets a new benchmark for excellence in the industry but also establishes the cargo carrier and its ground handler in Doha as the first and only airline worldwide with its GHA to have attained the complete suite of IATA CEIV certifications – CEIV Fresh, CEIV Lithium Batteries, CEIV Live Animals, CEIV Pharma, IEnvA registered and United for Wildlife programme.

Pursuit of excellence

“Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo’s achievement of the IATA CEIV Fresh certification reflects our pursuit for excellence and our unwavering commitment to our customers, keeping them always at the heart of everything we do,” stated Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo, Qatar Airways.

“Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo are the first companies globally to complete the full suite of IATA CEIV certifications, reinforcing their position at the forefront of air logistics,” remarked Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

This achievement reflects the firm dedication of Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo teams in providing superior service to their customers while prioritising the safety and well-being of any cargo being transported and offering a seamless cool chain for all perishable products, the press communique concluded.

Dubai South, Beijing New Aerotroplis sign agreement


View to cooperate on economic development

Dubai South, the largest single-urban master development focusing on aviation, logistics, and real estate, has signed an agreement with Beijing New Aerotropolis Holdings China to establish a comprehensive framework for nurturing cooperative relations and encouraging mutual growth in areas like economic development, urban land-planning and sustainability.

The agreement was signed by Zhigang Liu, Chairman, Beijing New Aerotropolis, and Mohsen Ahmad, CEO, Logistics District, Dubai South, in the presence of HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South.

The strategic alliance underscores a commitment to joint efforts that stimulate cooperation between private enterprises across both countries, ultimately bolstering economic synergy between the two airport zones and jointly pioneering new international trade standards adapted to the evolving digital landscape.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to share our expertise and work closely with Beijing New Aerotropolis to achieve our mutual goals that promise to bring forth reciprocal benefits,” remarked Ahmad.

“We are delighted to be working closely with the team at Dubai South and anticipate the prospect of exploring additional avenues of collaboration in the future,” commented Liu.

Dubai South was launched as a Dubai Government project in 2006, representing an emerging 145 square-kilometre master-planned city that focuses on an aviation and logistics ecosystem that houses the world’s largest airport when fully operational.

Beijing New Aerotropolis Holdings., China, was established in 2012 as the core platform for developing and constructing the Beijing Daxing International Airport Economic Zone.

Volvo Autonomous Solutions expands its footprint


Volvo Autonomous Solutions (V.A.S.) expands its footprint in North America with the establishment of an office in Texas and starts manual operations in preparation for commercial autonomous hub-to-hub transport.

V.A.S. has opened an office in Fort Worth, Texas dedicated to driving activities to set up its first autonomous freight corridors that will run from Dallas Forth Worth to El Paso and from Dallas to Houston. To prepare for commercial launch, V.A.S. has also started to haul loads with trucks using drivers for key customers like DHL and Uber Freight to test aspects of the transport solution and establish frameworks and procedures for safe and reliable operations.

“At Volvo Autonomous Solutions we believe the path to autonomy at scale is through reducing the friction and complications around ownership and operations for customers. This is why we have taken the decision to be the single interface to our customers and take full ownership of the elements required for commercial autonomous transport. With the opening of our office in Texas and start of operational activities, we are building the foundations for a transport solution that will change the way we move goods on highways,” says Nils Jaeger, President of Volvo Autonomous Solutions.

“Through our Autonomous Transport Solution, our ambition is to create a new source of industry capacity that will ease some of the burden of the increasing demand for freight while also enabling local drivers to shift into short-haul jobs that will keep them closer to home. This will unlock significant efficiencies in the entire supply chain and benefit everyone in the transportation industry,” says Sasko Cuklev, Head of On-Road Solutions.

Partnerships to drive industry innovation
Volvo Autonomous Solutions is a part of the Volvo Group and tackling the transportation industry’s capacity constraints through safe, sustainable and efficient autonomous transport solutions. The Autonomous Transport Solutions (ATS) offered by V.A.S. includes hardware, software and services required to run autonomous transport operations. On highways, the solution is operated based on a hub-to-hub model where autonomous trucks take on the highway portion of the driving, operating all hours of the day and night between transfer hubs while human drivers complete local operations.

To accelerate the development and adoption of autonomous transport solutions, V.A.S. is partnering with others in the industry including DHL and Uber Freight who are part of the V.A.S. key customer program. The program is aimed at shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight brokers whom V.A.S. will work with to pilot and commercialize autonomous transport solutions.

V.A.S. has also formed a partnership with industry-pioneer Aurora. At the heart of the partnership is the integration of the Aurora Driver with Volvo’s on-highway truck offering.

Dubai CommerCity and Link launch SparkBiz


E-commerce solution for businesses keen to setup and expand in the region

Dubai CommerCity, the first and leading free zone dedicated to digital commerce, part of the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and a joint venture with the property developer Wasl, recently signed a partnership agreement with the Wafi Group’s upcoming omnichannel department store Link at Wafi City to launch SparkBiz, a unique solution that offers exceptional benefits to businesses looking to enter and expand in the region’s market.

The launch came during a signing ceremony, attended by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mana Al Maktoum, Deputy Chairman, Wafi Group, and Amna Lootah, Board Member, Dubai CommerCity, and representatives from both sides.

This partnership reflects the free zone’s commitment to achieving the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33), which seeks to double the size of Dubai’s economy and accelerate the growth of its digital economy. It also reaffirms its commitment to supporting the UAE’s digital economy strategy, which aims to create opportunities and enhance foreign direct investments.


Further, the launch of SparkBiz contributes to enhancing Dubai CommerCity’s reputation as an ideal destination for global businesses to benefit from a competitive and advanced digital ecosystem that enables them to build their presence in the region.

SparkBiz is an initiative that seeks to encourage foreign companies to enter the region’s market by facilitating business establishment procedures and offering cost effective solutions, customs support, a unique omnichannel experience, optimized digital marketing, a platform to test the financial performance of products, and a state-of-the-art physical space at the free zone.

“Dubai has always been at the forefront of adopting cutting-edge technological solutions to enhance its digital ecosystem and facilitate business operations for companies in the UAE. This contributes to consolidating Dubai’s position as a global hub for trade and business, attracting foreign investments and global businesses to create a dynamic and advanced business environment through its economic zones,” asserted Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mana.

“This strategic partnership is an important development and aligns with our efforts to lay the foundations for a more integrated and flexible economy, based on innovation, and advanced technology as the main drivers of sustainable development,” affirmed Amna Lootah.

Multiple benefits

“The SparkBiz solution serves as an exceptional opportunity for retailers to access a diverse set of benefits and packages, including company setup processes such as visa services, leasing and licensing, and bank account opening, in addition to offering a unique omnichannel experience, and fulfillment services including customs documentation, storage, and handling, among others,” she added.

“Link will play a vital role in providing a seamless phygital experience, bridging the gap between physical and virtual retail to consumers, and offering global retailers a unique test market opportunity. SparkBiz, will offer exceptional benefits to businesses looking to enter and expand in the region’s market,” commented Stephanie-Alexandra Chartier, Head of Marketing, Wafi Group.

Dubai CommerCity offers a competitive digital commerce ecosystem and a comprehensive turnkey digital commerce solution for businesses to operate efficiently and with ease. Additionally, Dubai CommerCity offers digital commerce strategy consulting, guidance on digital commerce regulations in the region, end-to-end logistics solutions inclusive of warehousing and last-mile delivery, complete digital commerce platform solutions, digital marketing services, and other support services, a press communique stated.

Phydigital store

Link is a phygital department store, which is set to open at Wafi City in the heart of Dubai, who enables products to be displayed physically in its 3300sqm showroom and purchased digitally through its marketplace.

Consumers will be able to touch, feel, and try products from different categories, including fashion, electronics, accessories, cosmetics, and more. The products showcased in Link will primarily be new to the market and not found in retail stores in the region, offering a unique setting for discovery and experience.

Freedom of Choice: Individual bathroom designs thanks to GROHE’s color range


GROHE customers can choose from a broad variety of colors and finishes to create a customized bathroom space

Innovative coating and Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) technologies offer longevity

Coordinated bathroom concept possible thanks to matching color options across all product categories

The world is diverse, and so are our needs when it comes to our living environment. The bathroom, in particular, is a very personal space where we take time for ourselves and indulge in self-care rituals. In this “me-space”, we want to reflect our own personality and express our individuality.

But when it comes to fittings like faucets, timelessness and quality play a major role in the choice of color.

“We observe that consumers are becoming more design-savvy. They are looking for bathroom solutions that address their needs not only in terms of convenience and functionality but also allow them to make a design statement. And this should be customized exactly to their personal taste. With our GROHE Colors Collection, as well as the newest color Phantom Black for our Professional products, we are giving consumers and professionals a curated palette to let their creativity flow. At the same time, they can be sure to enjoy their bathroom for a long time thanks to the classic color selection and surface quality”, says Benjamin Kraus, Leader, Categories, LIXIL EMENA.

Long-lasting freedom of choice: GROHE Colors Collection

Faucets are one of the most frequently used products in the home. That’s why GROHE, a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, is paying extra close attention to the durability of its surfaces, to make sure these stand the test of time.

For the durable, beautiful yet classic products in colors that range from SuperSteel, through Cool Sunrise to Warm Sunset and Hard Graphite, GROHE relies on a technology which originates from the aerospace industry: Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). During the first step, the pre-treatment, the components are carefully cleaned and heat-treated in an oven where the plastic components undergo a degassing process. During the second step, the PVD coating is applied. This process takes place in a high-vacuum environment and itself consists of three steps: First, the substrate is cleaned again, then the base coat is applied, followed by the paint coat.

PVD results in finishes three times harder and ten times more scratch-resistant than galvanized finishes. This process also allows for GROHE to deliver on a broader range of colors.

The most elegant non-color of all: matte black

As a perfect contrast to the shiny-white and chrome bathroom concept, a matte black finish creates a sophisticated, balanced overall appearance. GROHE offers the new go-to color called Phantom Black for its Professional portfolio. Thanks to a lacquer-coating technique, all GROHE Phantom Black products have been enhanced to be more durable, as well as being more resistant against corrosion, fading and scratches than black variants treated with powder coating. In addition, Phantom Black is more repellent to visible fingerprints. So, they require less cleaning and are easy to take care of – perfect also for hospitality environments.

The GROHE Colors Collection, as well as the new Phantom Black, are available across the full suite of bathroom categories, including faucets, showers, thermostats, flush plates (also available as glossy black variants) and accessories, to ensure a coordinated design concept that lasts.

Qatar Airways Cargo Relaunches Several Destinations this Summer


Qatar Airways Cargo reintroduced flights to Haneda, Nice, Manama and Sarajevo, while continuing to expand its Middle East operations

The world’s leading cargo carrier relaunched services to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport last week. The reintroduced passenger flights bring the total weekly tonnage available to and from Japan to 600 tonnes each way. General cargo makes up for the vast majority of exports from Tokyo, followed by vulnerable cargo and dangerous goods. As for imports, they consist of general cargo, fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables.

From 30th May, the carrier also commenced four weekly passenger Airbus A320 flights from Doha to Sarajevo with six tonnes of weekly cargo capacity. Commodities mainly consist of general cargo and also include vulnerable cargo and pharmaceuticals.

The carrier relaunched passenger flights to Nice earlier on 9 May with exports comprising of general cargo, dangerous goods, pharmaceuticals while on the imports front, general cargo, dangerous goods, vulnerable cargo and other types of cargo are flown in to Nice. With freighters to Lyon and Paris and belly-hold flights to Nice and Paris, the cargo carrier’s weekly cargo capacity to and from France increases to 1,100 tonnes each way.

Daily flights to Bahrain started on 25 May, providing cargo customers with 11 tonnes of cargo space on the A320 passenger flights each week, each way. In addition, Qatar Airways Cargo has also expanded its network in the Middle East, effective May. The airline introduced two Boeing 777 freighters to Dammam, bringing the weekly tonnage to 350 tonnes each way. A new freighter frequency was also introduced to Riyadh, bringing the total frequencies to five Boeing 777 freighters each week on top of the quadruple daily passenger flights, providing over 850 tonnes of cargo capacity each way to and from Riyadh. 

Mr. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways said, “Customer-centricity has always been at the core of our business. Through such expansions, reintroductions and capacity increases via our Next Generation strategy and VISION 2027, we are bringing enhancements to our services and operations globally. The relaunch of flights to these destinations as well as the increased frequencies offer our customers direct and increased capacity to these destinations.”

The world’s leading air cargo carrier recently launched its first hub in Kigali in partnership with Rwandair, where customers of both airlines benefit from enhanced service levels, cost synergies and from a reliable intra-African network through Kigali.

MOEI UAE issues new regulations for non-members of the IG P&I Clubs


The UAE treats its ships and P&I services as a cohesive unit

The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI UAE) has issued a circular requiring non-member of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs (IG P&I Clubs) to provide additional information to regulators if they insure any UAE-flagged ships.

This move reaffirms the Ministry’s unwavering commitment to upholding rigorous standards and driving the progress of the maritime sector around the world.

According to the circular, non-members of the IG P&I Clubs are required to demonstrate that they have a minimum S&P Global rating of ‘A’ and provide a list of claims exceeding US$ 10mn, or details of the five largest claims they have handled, including information on whether they have been settled or are still in reserve, before the 30 June 2023.

Additionally, these clubs must have a claims settlement authority that is equal to or higher than the policy limit they offer; and provide copies of the Certificate of Insurance, approved financial certificates such as Blue Cards, and MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) Certificates.

“By prioritising stringent P&I standards, we ensure the safety, financial security, and environmental stewardship of our maritime activities, attracting reputable investors, fostering trade partnerships, and creating a conducive business environment,” remarked HE Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, MOEI UAE.

The Ministry’s decisive steps to enforce stringent requirements for all P&I clubs will ultimately safeguard the interests of ship owners, managers, and operators, as well as port authorities, and crew members, a Ministry press communique concluded.

Challenge Technic is digitally powered by AMOS 


As part of its clearly defined long-term digital innovation strategy, Challenge Group has chosen to work together with AMOS to anticipate, support and deliver on future market developments.  

Challenge Technic has now embarked on the full implementation of Swiss-AviationSoftware’s AMOS Airlines Edition and AMOSmobile/EXEC, in line with Challenge Group’s strategic decision in January 2023 to adopt a uniform, high quality, and future-proof aircraft maintenance software system across its three airlines, Challenge Airlines IL, Challenge Airlines BE and Challenge Airlines MT, and maintenance subsidiaries. 

“We are transitioning from our current Wings maintenance software to AMOS in two stages. The first stage, which focuses on Part 145 organisation, began this month, and the second, which will tackle the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO), will follow in August 2023,” says Magnus Johannsson. Technical Director at Challenge Technic. “Similar to our stringent maintenance check lists, we have carefully planned this staggered IT implementation so as to ensure minimum disruption to our international line business.” 

AMOS was chosen because of its user-friendly interface and its high integrational flexibility enabling the complete overview of every aspect of the Group’s operations in a single software. As one of the leading aircraft maintenance software systems on the market, AMOS can not only optimise maintenance, maintenance planning logistics, engineering, and group interface efficiency, but is also scalable to suit airlines and MRO providers of all sizes. 

“Once AMOS is fully installed at all of our Challenge Technic line stations around the globe, we can look forward to improved efficiency and transparency across the many entities of our group. With all group members being able to access the same live and complete technical data of our fleet and respective maintenance plans, we will be in a position to better streamline our activities and further improve our operational efficiency. AMOS’s digital support will also enable us to largely go paperless, so not only will this lead to an overall reduction in costs, but we will be more sustainable in the way we work, too. These are all advantages that will also benefit our many customers,” Magnus Johannsson summarises. 

By partnering with AMOS, which has a long-standing reputation in airline maintenance and is continuously enhancing its products, Challenge Group is taking further steps towards ensuring that airline customers get the most efficient and expert MRO service. 

About Challenge Technic

Challenge Technic is Challenge Group’s expert maintenance subsidiary, servicing more than 35 of the world’s airlines to date. The former Icelandic, independent EASA 145 / BCAA third-party line maintenance service provider, JETMX, was acquired 01 September 2021 and rebranded the following year. Challenge Technic currently employs around 80 certified technicians, mechanics, and stores staff at its five locations in Liège/Belgium, Hannover, Cologne, and Leipzig in Germany, and Sal/Cabo Verde. It is fully EASA 145, BCAA, UKCAA, and TCCA certified, and offers a wide range of line maintenance services for all B737 types through to B747, B757, B767, and B777 variants, and A318/319/320/321/330 versions. These include transit checks, ETOPS pre-flight checks, borescope inspections, daily & weekly checks, and A-Checks. Other services include engine washing, engine changing, cabin defect rectification and other troubleshooting measures. 24/7/365 AOG support is available, as are flying spanner services.  

Tristar ‘pledges’ again to support WED campaign #BeatPlasticPollution


CEO Eugene Mayne addresses a gathering at the Tristar headquarters

Tristar Group celebrated World Environment Day (WED) on June 5 at its headquarters in Jebel Ali with both internal and external stakeholders, as well as with overseas staff who joined online.

There were two speakers who shared their knowledge related to this year’s WED campaign #BeatPlasticPollution. Jenson George of Carbon Middle East spoke on the topic ‘Ban plastic and then what?’ and enlightened the participants about producing more sustainable packaging products and avoiding plastic or plastic-related products. Marina Pugacheva from Quality Indeed Consulting spoke about the ‘Circular Economy’ and explained the importance of recycling plastics and other materials.

Showcasing commitment

Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne addressed the audience showcasing the commitment which Tristar has shown for the last two decades on issues related to environmental protection. He led the ‘pledging’ to ‘avoid single-use plastic and to reuse or recycle plastic that we use’.

Since 2019, Tristar has banned the use of plastic water bottles in its facilities following its commitment to support the 2018 WED theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Its Maritime Logistics division also banned non-reusable plastic materials in its operations.

Last year, Tristar began disclosing its environmental impact through the global non-profit Carbon Discloser Project (CDP) and has partnered with Smart Freight Centre (SFC) for its GHG reduction programmes.

Practicing Sustainability

“We have been practicing sustainability long before it became today’s imperative. Our wide-ranging mitigation measures and mechanisms are monitored, and publicly reported in our annual Sustainability Report – since 2012,” affirmed Mayne.

All Tristar ocean-going vessels are compliant with the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), and their Carbon Intensity Indicators (CII) adhere to IMO standards. This year, Tristar plans to achieve more efficient management of energy, water, and waste, and introduce biodiesel or alternate sustainable fuels, a press communique concluded.

GWC, Gold Sponsor for Qatar Real Estate Forum


GWC (Q.P.S.C.), Qatar’s leading logistics provider, continues its support to vital economic sectors and was recently named Gold Sponsor for the Qatar Real Estate Forum which took place from 4-5 June 2023 in Sheraton Grand Hotel, Doha.

This Forum comes at a time when the real estate sector is witnessing strong growth backed by huge infrastructure and transportation projects and high domestic liquidity. This sector which is a cornerstone of Qatar National Vision 2030 got a major fillip with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM and has continued to ride that wave.

For GWC, this is an opportunity to support the exchange and development of new ideas and projects in the country and the region. GWC has proven track record and has been the partner-of-choice for public and private sector in developing their vision for bespoke logistics parks, over the last two decades.

This was exemplified in the successful delivery of GWC Bu Sulba Warehousing Park, the first Public Private Partnership project to bear fruit in Qatar, followed by signing the management contract for Bu Fesseela Warehousing Park, and most recently, the landmark launch of Phae-1 of GWC Al Wukair Logistics Park. And currently the construction works are on step to launch phase-2.

This Forum focused on key themes and issues related to regional and global best practices and facilitated discussions on how to set up relevant management mechanisms, as well as addressing other factors that impact the real estate industry.

 The Forum achieved, among other things, to create a transparent and attractive environment for foreign investors and provide a platform for the various stakeholders to address and discuss issues related to the real estate sector.

ECS Group opens a new Squair Service Center in India


With the opening of its first Asia-based Squair Service Center, ECS Group is increasing its capabilities related to the AWB Verification service offering (known as “Verify”). As demand for AWB verification outsourcing is increasing, the new team in Mumbai, India, will perform the AWB data capture activity for existing Squair customers and allow for future growth opportunities, especially in Asia.

The new team in Mumbai, India, complements the existing Squair team based in Sofia, Bulgaria that has been providing both AWB verification and customs reporting services to international airlines across 12 countries since 2019.

“There is a growing interest amongst airlines to maximise efficiency in their processes. AWB verification is a necessary, resource-intensive, yet non-revenue-generating activity,” says Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman of ECS Group. “ECS Group recognised this opportunity for a new service offering early on and is the first and only GSSA to offer AWB verification as a full quality “ability” since 2019. India is the perfect location for our Verify service expansion as it offers an abundant and skilled workforce with competitive unit costs and increases our time zone coverage”.

“Our Squair team in India underwent two months of intensive training from December 2022, using ECS Group’s internal training platform, Discovery, as well as through a thorough cross-training by their Squair colleagues based in Bulgaria” Ian-Alexandre McMartin, General Manager of Squair, explains. “Squair India officially started operating on 01 February 2023, carrying out AWB verification on behalf of a leading airline operating from Spain.” The team since then took over the AWB verification activity from that same airline in the Netherlands and is preparing to extend the geographical coverage in more European countries as the year progresses. “We offer a flexible service that allows for weekend and evening shifts matching our client’s SLAs on AWB verification,” he adds.

“Five new members joined our team in March, enabling this ramp up of operations, and we aim to treble the size of our Squair team in India to 20 by early next year,” Dimitri Arnaudin, Managing Director of Squair, outlines. “In the initial phase, our team in India is building on the “Verify” expertise of our team based in Bulgaria, where they are familiar with the specifics of the European markets. The long-term plan, however, is to establish dedicated Verify support for airlines located in and serving the Asian markets, operating in the same time zone as our Indian Squair Service Center.”

Zero emission option now available for any SPMT transport


Mammoet-developed system delivers safety and sustainability benefits – with no drop in performance

Starting today, Mammoet offers a zero emission option for SPMT transport, compatible with any trailer in its fleet. This development has been made possible through a conversion process for SPMT power pack units (PPUs), which replaces the diesel powertrain inside existing trailers with an electric alternative. Once retrofitted, each trailer combination has comparable power to existing industry standard units.
The PPU vastly reduces noise levels at project sites, resulting in a safer and more productive work environment for our customers and colleagues. Communication between staff is clearer, while at locations where sound restrictions are in place longer operational windows are now possible.
The system represents another step towards zero emission on site, eliminating the carbon footprint of SPMT transport entirely. This allows our customers to meet increasingly strict environmental legislation more easily, reducing the impact of transport phases on surrounding communities and infrastructure.
It also demonstrates Mammoet’s strong commitment to the energy transition, and to its own sustainability. Retro-fitting existing SPMT fleets cuts down on both waste and additional fabrication, compared to sourcing new zero emission equipment.
This solution was part-financed by the DKTI, a Dutch government program to develop climate technologies and innovations in logistics. Mammoet worked with a leading provider of zero-emissions powertrains for heavy industry to bring the electric power pack solution to market.
Developed by Mammoet in 1984 and with over 40,000 axle lines in use globally, the SPMT, or Self-propelled Modular Transporter, revolutionized heavy industry by maneuvering practically any load safely, efficiently and with precision. This next step in its story will be just as significant, reducing their CO2 and NOx emissions to nil and pointing the way towards a sustainable future for heavy transport.

Hellmann acquires PKZ Group and establishes its own national company in Slovakia 


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics takes over PKZ Group, its long-standing air- and sea freight partner in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and at the same time establishes its own Slovakian national company. With the acquisition of the 10 locations of the PKZ Group, Hellmann closes a gap in its existing road network in the partial and full load segment, enabling sustainable growth in this existing product segment. At the same time, Hellmann takes over the services previously performed by the PKZ Group in the areas of air- and sea freight, rail transport and contract logistics, thus creating the conditions for continuously expanding its cross-product market share via its own national company. 

From June 2023, the existing business activities and the workforce of the PKZ Group will be transferred to the newly established Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Slovakia. The new national company will be headed by the current Managing Director of PKZ Group, Martin Kiaba, ensuring a smooth continuation of operational activities in all segments. 

“After almost 30 years of successful cooperation with the PKZ Group in the air- and sea freight sector, we are now looking forward to further expanding our activities and broadening our product portfolio in Slovakia on our own under the Hellmann flag. We see great potential in both markets, particularly in the automotive and industrial sectors. Both will play an important role in particular with regard to the further interconnection of our pan-European and full load network,” explains Jens Tarnowski, Regional CEO West Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. 

“The acquisition of PKZ Group is an important contribution to our growth strategy. Under the leadership of Martin Kiaba, PKZ has had a very successful development. We will now build on these successes as part of the global Hellmann network,” adds Andreas Lamping, Chief Legal Officer/ Head of M&A, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“Based on our long-standing good cooperation, we are now starting a new chapter. I am convinced that this strategically important step will further strengthen our market position and offer our employees a great opportunity to develop within the global Hellmann structure,” says Martin Kiaba, Managing Director, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Slovakia.

Amazon Saudi doubles its storage capacity in Riyadh


The new facility has a storage capacity of 2.7mn cubic feet, housing over 9mn products

Eng. Suliman Almazroua, CEO, National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), and delegations from the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services, the Transport General Authority, and Monsha’at, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, recently witnessed the inauguration of Amazon’s latest Fulfillment Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Following the ceremony, Abdo Chlala, Country Manager, Amazon Saudi Arabia, along with Prashant Saran, Director of Operations, Amazon Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Dr. Hatem Samman, Public Policy Lead, Amazon Saudi Arabia, guided the dignitaries on a tour of the facility, a press communique stated.

“The new Fulfillment Centre in Riyadh will further unlock the value of the Kingdom’s resources by empowering local startups and entrepreneurs with improved global connectivity and access to new markets,” remarked Engr. Almazroua.

Digital economy

As the Kingdom accelerates towards a digital economy with a growing ecommerce market, the new Fulfillment Centre will double Amazon’s total storage capacity in Saudi Arabia. The facility spans 390,000sqft across five floors, approximately the size of five football fields. The centre will be able to store over 9 million products.

“We are happy to see Amazon’s expansion in the Kingdom as the company continues its efforts to bring global standards and processes to the ecommerce sector in Saudi Arabia,” commented HE Eng. Saud Bin Rashid Al-Askar, Deputy Governor, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).

“Led by a diverse cohort of talented Saudi nationals in managerial positions, we expect this Fulfillment Centre to support the Kingdom’s digital economy goals,” stated Abdo Chlala, Country Manager, Amazon Saudi Arabia.

In support of Saudi Arabia’s rising entrepreneurship culture and rapid development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the enhanced capacity will empower independent sellers to scale their businesses online.


To reach a wider customer base faster and more efficiently, Saudi sellers can take advantage of the Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) offering that allows them to store, pick, pack and ship customer orders through Amazon.

“At Amazon, we relentlessly innovate on behalf of our customers and continue to strengthen our operations with state-of-the-art technology and global processes and programs in order to ensure a fast, convenient and reliable shopping experience,” noted Prashant Saran, Director of Operations, Amazon MENA.

The new facility incorporates innovative solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in its operations and more than two and a half kilometers of conveyance equipment to ensure seamless fulfillment operations.

As part of Amazon’s commitment to be net-zero carbon across its business by 2040, the facility is powered 100% by electricity, including its heating and hot water systems, avoiding the use of fossil fuel combustibles and with energy efficiency as a top priority, the press note concluded.

The Foundation Assar Gabrielsson Prize recipients 2023 appointed


The Assar Gabrielsson Foundation has appointed Malin Lindén as the winner in the basic science research category and Aron Onerup as the winner in the clinical research category. The prize recipients are rewarded with SEK 100,000 each as extra research grants, administered by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.

“Malin Lindén is awarded the prize in the category basic scientific research for advanced basic scientific studies of human sarcomas from the body’s supporting tissues, and specifically those caused by the highly potent FET family of tumor-specific proteins. The studies provide new understanding of how these types of sarcomas arise. The results may eventually lead to the development of new targeted treatment for patients with these types of sarcomas,” says Eva Forssell-Aronsson, professor at the University of Gothenburg and executive member of the Assar Gabrielsson Foundation.

“Aron Onerup receives the prize in the category clinical research for clinically relevant and well-conducted studies of the effects of so-called prehabilitation prior to surgery of colorectal cancer. The research showed that physical activity before surgery favored recovery after curative cancer surgery for colorectal cancer. The results can lead to a better understanding of how prehabilitation can be carried out in the best way and can also be applied to other forms of cancer,” says Professor Eva Forssell-Aronsson.

Assar Gabrielsson was one of Volvo’s founders. In accordance with his wishes, a fund was established for clinical research of cancer diseases. The fund has existed since 1962. It primarily supports research projects that are considered promising but have not yet reached the weight that provides funding from major research funds.

ISHRAE Qatar Chapter organises GWC Indoor Cricket League 2023


The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE)’s Qatar Chapter organised an indoor cricket league last week.

This five-day event finished on 26 May 2023 and was held at two different locations – Al Arabi Indoor Stadium and The Hamilton International School.  The indoor league match concluded with Al-Ta’adhod Group and Almoayyed Air Conditioning competing in the finals. Al-Ta’adhod Group emerged victorious, defeating Almoayyed by a margin of 35 run(s).

Through such sporting events, ISHRAE aims to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, leading to reduction of health risks. The Indoor Cricket League, like any other team sport, also served as a catalyst for team building among employees, encouraging communication and trust among colleagues from different departments.

GWC was the title sponsor for this event. Speaking about it, Ranjeev Menon, Group CEO, GWC, said: “Sports are based on the principle of discipline, fraternity and determination – all ingredients which are essential in all walks of life, and especially in building healthy communities and work-life balance. Supporting this event is our way of promoting team-building, healthy lifestyle and sharing of knowledge in Qatar.”

This exciting event brought together renowned companies in the field of heating, refrigerating and air conditioning along with ISHRAE Qatar members team.

This indoor cricket league is part of ISHRAE Qatar Chapter’s plan to conduct cricket and football league matches annually.

Tristar Eships and MTM establish Tristar-MTM Ship Management


Joint venture to provide value-focused services to ship owners

Tristar Eships and MTM Ship Management recently announced the     formation of Tristar-MTM Ship Management Pte Ltd, established to maximize value retention for ship owners and investors across the GCC, Africa and worldwide.

Headquartered in Singapore with offices in Athens, Dubai and Mumbai, the Joint Venture will be managed by an independent team of ship management professionals overseen by senior members of the Tristar Eships and MTM Ship Management organizations.

Tristar-MTM Ship Management manages vessels from the Tristar Eships fleet and will pursue third party tonnage in due course. MTM’s long experience with both chemical tankers and dry cargo vessels provides Tristar-MTM Ship Management with a full-service solution for owners seeking bespoke management for their vessels.

Maximizing service

“Both Tristar and the MTM Group are ship owners first, so we are inherently sensitive to value and maximizing service to charterers. Meanwhile, we all have regulatory and technical challenges ahead,” stated Tim Coffin, CEO, Tristar Eships.

“We observed a gap in the market to respond to the bespoke needs of owners in our region. Partnering with a first-class ship manager with a similar focus on value delivers a solution to ship owners across our region and beyond,” he continued.

Tristar Eships is the Maritime Logistics division of the Dubai-based Tristar Group, a fully integrated energy logistics solutions provider which serves the downstream oil and gas industry globally.

“We share the same values of safety, transparency, and service excellence. With a combined experience of 70 years, Tristar-MTM will focus on all aspects of quality ship management by providing tailored services with a unique competitive edge,” commented Rajiv Singhal, Managing Director, MTM Ship Management.

Renault Trucks, Al Masaood, and Tadweer launch the first 100% electric waste truck in the UAE


In support of the UAE’s net-zero ambitions and sustainability agendas, Renault Trucks Middle East and Al Masaood in collaboration with Tadweer, launched the first 100% electric waste truck in the United Arab Emirates, the first fully electric heavy truck launched in the Middle East.

The first Renault 100% electric truck will be used by Tadweer, the sole custodian of waste management for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to collect waste household in Abu Dhabi. The truck was manufactured by Renault Trucks, under the dealership of Al Masaood, following the signing of an MoU between Tadweer and Al Masaood during the EcoWaste Exhibition and Conference.

Being the first electric heavy truck operating in the region, the Renault Trucks E-tech truck will also run a pilot programme to gauge the vehicle’s performance in the high temperatures such as the capital’s summer heat, in addition to addressing logistical challenges such as charging station availability along key routes.

Renault Trucks & Al Masaood, two partners committed to a more

sustainable future

“Renault Trucks has a legacy of providing market-leading transport solutions for nearly 130 years, and we have succeeded because our eye is always out on the future needs of the industry,” said Olivier De Saint Meleuc, President of Renault Trucks International. “The imperative for today is to tackle global warming, and we are proud that our state-of-the-art trucks are able to address the global requirement for low or zero emission vehicles, and to also contribute to the UAE’s visionary Net Zero 2050 strategic ambition. We are thrilled that we can bring our own electric mobility vision to the country, thanks to our partnership with Al Masaood, who share our values and future outlook for a zero-carbon future.”

“At Al Masaood, we have made a tangible and firm commitment to support the nation in meeting its Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative, and we do recognize that as a key industrial player in the nation’s capital and in the country as a whole, that we do bear a heavy responsibility in not only lowering our greenhouse emissions, but by providing innovative solutions to private and public partners to help mitigate their own emissions,” said Mohamed El Zeftawi, General Manager of Al Masaood’s Commercial Vehicles and Equipment division. “We are able to deliver these solutions thanks to our strategic partnerships, and with Renault Trucks Middle East and Tadweer, we found partners that can deliver on our aspirations.”

The Renault Trucks D-Wide E-tech has already demonstrated its effectiveness and performance in Europe, with urban centres like Paris and Barcelona adopting nearly 100 of the trucks each to fulfil their commitments to sustainability and their communities. By using these electric trucks, these two cities will remove over 4000 tons of carbon dioxide from the environment each year, equivalent to removing 1000 cars from the roads annually. With a range of up to 200 kilometres between charges, the trucks have already proven their worthiness from a zero-emissions and performance perspective. Tadweer is keen to start operating this 100% electric truck on Abu Dhabi’s roads to assess and monitor the vehicle’s performance in the summer temperatures.

The ideal solution for waste management

The first 100% electric waste truck in the UAE supports Tadweer in achieving its mission through building an integrated waste management system and achieving a circular economy.

The Renault Trucks D Wide 26t E-Tech Electric is the ideal vehicle for urban waste

collection with low operating costs while maintaining optimal range and payload.

Equipped with 23m3 Gorica-Farid electric garbage compactor, this 100% electric

Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide P6x2 will be operating, almost silently with zero tailpipe emissions.

“Tadweer has established its position as a pioneer in waste management and driving a sustainable future. The company incorporates state-of-the-art and modern technologies to ensure successful operation, while supporting Abu Dhabi’s Environment Vision 2030 and the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 ambitions as well,” said Ali Al Dhaheri, MD and CEO at Tadweer. “We therefore look forward for our on-going collaboration with Al Masaood and Renault Trucks and are excited to see what this E-Tech Waste management Truck has to offer in terms of performance and efficiency.”

“Our relationship with both Al Masaood and Renault Trucks is characterized by a robust and enduring partnership, and we are confident that this innovative zero-emissions truck will be an important added value to our existing Renault fleet,” added Al Dhaheri.

The launch of the Renault E-Tech waste management truck is also a commitment to both the UAE’s and the capital’s electrified mobility strategies; strategies which both the country and its capital find themselves at the forefront globally. Only recently, the federal government committed to placing over 800 EV charging stations across the country, while Dubai is moving towards a zero-emissions public transportation sector with electric vehicles now joining the taxi fleet.

KSA logistics sector market size to grow to SAR 57.4bn by 2030


The Kingdom has announced the launch of 59 logistics zones by 2030

In line with the Vision 2030 objective of transforming the Kingdom into a leading industrial powerhouse and global logistics hub, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Transport & Logistics Services (MOTLS) has laid out an ambitious strategy that aims to develop the Kingdom’s transport and logistics sectors and address the increasing global demand for logistics services. 

Ever since, the sector has witnessed unprecedented growth and progress, making its mark on the global logistics industry, a direct outcome of the continuous efforts by MOTLS. In the recently released Logistics Performance Index 2023 (LPI) recently published by the World Bank, Saudi Arabia made significant progress, moving up 17 ranks to achieve 38th position, from 55th in 2018. 

To bolster the Kingdom’s efforts in this direction, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has launched comprehensive programmes focused on different aspects of the sector. The National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) was launched in 2021 with the aim to strengthen human and technical capabilities in the transport and logistics sector in the Kingdom.


Earlier in 2019, the National Industrial Development and Logistics Programme (NIDLP) was launched to build the country’s industrial and logistical capabilities and position it as a global leader in the industry.

The programmes aspire to position the Kingdom as a global logistics hub. With a unique geographical location, connecting three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa, the country is in an advantageous position to become the gateway facilitating easy trade and movement of goods across continents. Located on the Asia-Europe trade route, the country already hosts 12% of the global container trade passes annually.

Fast track

Saudi Arabia has been on the fast track to shift its economy away from oil and build a more diverse and holistic economic ecosystem. Currently, the logistics sector contributes 6% of the KSA GDP and is projected to contribute 10% by 2030, that is, around SAR 20.1bn. By 2030 it is expected to reach SAR 57.4bn

Boosting its cargo capacity and bolstering supply chains further, the Kingdom announced the launch of 59 logistics zones by 2030, 21 of which are already operational. The country also inaugurated its first Special Integrated Logistics Zone at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh.

The measures are part of the infrastructure development strategy and aim to fuel business growth, attract investment, and increase the sector’s non-oil revenue to about 45 billion riyals a year by 2030.

Vision 2030 is the roadmap to building a globalized country with sustainable progress. Transport & logistics are the backbone of any economy, and our aim is to develop the sector, build connectivity and enhance our global competitiveness as a country. We are putting all our weight into developing internal and external supply chains and streamlining processes to the best international standards to provide world-class infrastructure and services. Our focus is on opening Saudi to the world with a multitude of opportunities.

In October 2022, HRH The Crown Prince also launched the Global Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (GSCRI) to attract local and international investments in the supply chain sector. Aiming to raise SAR 40bn (US$10.64bn) in its first two years, the initiative has set SAR 10bn in financial and non-financial incentives for investors.

Pushing toward a fast-paced transformation, the Kingdom has earmarked milestones for the rail, road, maritime, and aviation sectors. The largest and most populous GCC nation, the Kingdom also aims to create over two hundred thousand jobs in the sector by 2030.

Emirates Shipping Association reinforces maritime dialogues for sustainable future


Renowned national industry players come together to navigate future opportunities

The Emirates Shipping Association (ESA) strengthened the UAE’s status as a prominent global maritime hub through the successful hosting of the recent ‘Maritime Future Dialogues’ event.

As a significant part of the UAE Maritime Week, the event attracted influential industry players, stakeholders, and experts. This gathering facilitated connections, idea exchange, and the formation of valuable partnerships.

ESA aims to establish the UAE as a prominent global maritime hub. Hence, the maritime dialogue included impactful panel discussions which addressed key priorities, including advocating for the UAE registry as a Flag State and reinforcing decarbonization efforts in the shipping industry.

Industry leaders, regulators, and experts convened to explore strategies for reinforcing the sector’s world-class status under the upcoming UAE Maritime Law. Additionally, insights from the COP28 team and the International Chamber of Shipping were shared, highlighting opportunities within COP28.

Driving an integrated maritime business community

One of the highlights of the event was the signing of an MoU between ESA and the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOI UAE) to further enhance the capabilities of the ‘Blue Pass’ initiative through collaboration and mutual support.

The platform was launched by the Ministry in partnership with Marihub to strengthen the national maritime sector by creating a digital cluster of local and international maritime authorities and associations, such as the ESA, to facilitate the exchange of services, and attract foreign investors.

“Through productive discussions and collaborative efforts, we aim to foster innovation, drive sustainable growth, and establish valuable partnerships within the maritime sector,” commented Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, Chairman, Emirates Shipping Association.

Blue Pass project

“The Blue Pass project aims to establish an integrated maritime business community, where everyone can easily provide services and fulfil their requirements through a unified digital portal. The project goes beyond providing a platform for maritime services and supplies, as it also unifies the common needs of companies and ships operating in the sector,” remarked HE Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor, Minister for Maritime Transport and Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.

“The shipping industry has been a key enabler of the UAE’s economic growth over the years. Which is why, we at ESA have always been committed to catalysing the progress and development of the sector and enhancing its capabilities in various aspects,” noted Anders Østergaard, Secretary General of Emirates Shipping Association, and Group CEO, Monjasa.

Savoye achieves remarkable growth in 2022 with turnover exceeding AED 800 million


The company is pursuing it growth strategies, further setting new goals to expand across Middle Eastern countries. The company will participate in Seamless Middle East 2023 to share insights on best practises.

Savoye, a leading global warehouse automation integrator and software publisher in the Middle East, achieved a remarkable milestone globally by attaining a global turnover of over AED 800 million in 2022, which is a six per cent increase compared to the previous year.

Savoye’s remarkable growth in 2022 can be attributed to its unwavering focus on innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction, despite the challenges posed by a rapidly changing and fiercely competitive market. By remaining dedicated and working tirelessly, Savoye has been able to retain its position as a leader in the fields of warehouse automation and software publishing. This achievement is a testament to its commitment to providing innovative solutions and exceptional customer service.

Furthermore, Savoye will share its expertise at the Seamless Middle East 2023, which will be held on May 23 and 24. The company will showcase its innovative ACR Robotic Solutions, goods-to-person X-PTS system, packing solutions and their most popular solution, the ODATiO, which is a combination of WMS (Warehouse Management System) and TMS (Transport Management System). Additionally, Alain Kaddoum will be a part of a panel discussion on day one titled ‘The promise of next-level automation: the future with autonomous robots’ during which he will share his insights on the best practices in the industry.

Alain Kaddoum, Managing Director of Savoye Middle East, said: “We are proud of Savoye’s successful journey, and the improvements we are bringing about through our innovative solutions in the logistics and supply chain industry. These milestones are a testament to our internal team’s tenacity and commitment, as well as their fresh concepts and ideas. The growth we saw last year motivates us to keep innovating and expanding our services and solutions. The lack of components throughout 2022 had an impact on our operations in terms of budgeting and planning.”

He added: “Our team’s mobilisation and the execution of action plans helped reduce the delay in realisation of the turnover. The supply-side conflict and the impact of price rises are still an issue in 2023. As one of the key companies in this market, which is still developing on a global basis, we plan to keep expanding our market share and sustaining our growth trajectory. We are also excited to be a part of Seamless Middle East this year and we intend to take the opportunity to meet new business prospects, forge new relations and share our expertise.”

Savoye conducted over 100 recruitment efforts in 2022 to reach the approximately 1,000 people who are currently employed by the global organisation. Furthermore, new production facilities are also a part of this exceptional growth. Moreover, sales results from new X-PTS automated preparation projects have been largely responsible for the rise in sales across Europe and the US in 2022. With a complementarity of technology and software that enables Savoye to complete larger projects, the company’s automated warehouse solutions stand out from the competition.

The growth in sales achieved through the network of Savoye Business Partners has also been exceptional. These global integration partnerships have been increasing in number, further making a considerable impact on sales of packaging machines, which broke their record in 2022.

Savoye aims at further expand across Middle Eastern markets to boost sales and introduce their innovative solutions in more countries. The company is currently setting up its office in Saudi Arabia and bringing new leads while providing its high-quality solutions.

WEE Marketplace makes inroads into UAE’s e-commerce market


Company has partnered with Talabat and Careem to provide a seamless service

WEE Marketplace has launched its last-mile logistics platform based on advanced technology to provide quick and seamless delivery service, tapping into UAE’s US$ 12.7bn e-commerce, it was announced in a press communique.

WEE’s platform aims to have over 500 reputed and trusted retailers and sellers by the end of 2023. Currently based on an invite-only model, the platform will feature a limited number of sellers to ensure minimal competition and maximum quality of products for UAE customers.

With a network of over 50,000 riders (along with local partners), WEE can offer customers across the UAE access to a wide range of high-quality products from top-tier brands/retailers with a speedy delivery service (within 45 minutes) and competitive prices on its platform, the press note continued.

“Our platform will allow retailers to provide a hassle-free on demand delivery service to its customers across the UAE. It will help them streamline the process even further by tackling the most crucial parts of their supply chain, giving them a competitive edge,” remarked Anastasia Kim, Co-founder, WEE Marketplace.

Currently the platform features over 7,000 products from various categories like electronics and appliances, beauty and health, household, pet food, automotive, sports and leisure, books, kids and toys, and accessories. The company plans to expand its fulfillment services to stock more than half a million products by end of 2023, the press statement concluded.

Acme partners with Gausium


Launches AI-powered autonomous cleaning and service robots in the Middle East

As part of its initiative to enable smarter work processes through AI-powered solutions, Acme has partnered with Gausium, the world-leading provider of autonomous service solutions, to launch an advanced line of robotic cleaning machines in the Middle East.

The AI-powered service robots perform key cleaning tasks such as autonomous floor scrubbing, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. Gausium robots can effectively navigate large and complex spaces, detect obstacles, and avoid collisions, making them ideal choices for retail facilities, warehouses and other large commercial buildings, according to a press communique.


The Gausium range, available through Acme, includes the internationally acclaimed Scrubber 75, Vacuum 40 and other models. Scrubber 75 performs multiple cleaning functions, auto-charge and auto-refill water, and its size-to-productivity ratio is perfect for industrial sites and production lines.

Vacuum 40, on the other hand, is a commercial vacuum robot and is an ideal solution for narrow corridor aisles and carpet-tile flooring. With side brushes and an add-on mop, the automated floor cleaner can achieve simultaneous vacuuming and sweeping on carpets, as well as simultaneous sweeping and dry mopping on hard floors. Supported by 3D cameras, it can identify floor types and switch to the suitable cleaning mode autonomously.


“The pandemic increased the emphasis on cleaning and keeping cleaning workers safe. Robotic solutions can significantly reduce the manpower as well as the amount of time the cleaning team spends in germ prone areas. We are delighted to partner with Gausium, to bring to this market AI- powered solutions developed to deliver the highest level of autonomy possible,” stated Navin Narayan, CEO, Acme Intralog.

“The cleaning machines are designed to operate in complex environments with people, with utmost regard to safety. The cleaning route can be programmed into the robot, and it will follow the route with no human intervention required. If the machine needs assistance, it will notify the operator,” he added.

Gausium robots are capable of smart obstacle avoidance and rerouting, simultaneous scrubbing and sweeping, dust mopping, and other functions which are useful for facilities management, hospitality, healthcare, logistics, and other industries, the press statement concluded.

Samena: Leading digital players highlight major digital economy at the Leaders’ Summit 2023


Leading Digital Ecosystem Players Highlight Major Digital Economy &  Ecosystem Imperatives and Socio-Economic Benefits of Digital Transformation at the SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit 2023

SAMENA Telecommunications Council’s annual Leaders’ Summit of global and regional leaders, bringing market and government-sector representation from multiple continents, was held in Dubai on May 15th with the overall patronage of TDRA-UAE, partnership from the UAE Cyber Security Council for the event and the ITU. SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit 2023 had the  leading collaboration of MOBILY, YANDEX, HUAWEI, strategic support from stc Group and Zain Group, as well as members’ ecosystem support of Avaya.

Under the theme  “Sustainable Connectivity and Emerging Ecosystems in Digital Economy,” the Leaders’ Summit at Atlantis – The Palm, Dubai welcomed renowned regional and global private-sector players to delve into discussions centered on ICT Infrastructure Requirements in Emerging Markets, SA-ME-NA Digital Services Landscape & New Digital Enablers; Multi-Dimensional Approaches in Cybersecurity; Evolution of 5G Digital Technologies, Future Mobile and Metaverse based Life and Business, a need for New Frequency Allocations for Telecom Operators, Non-Terrestrial Network Integration, and overall Value-Creation, among other important subject areas.

Welcoming leaders of the Industry to the Leaders’ Summit 2023, a by-invitation-only industry leadership meeting in the region, Bocar BA, CEO & Board Member of SAMENA Council, stated: “This year’s Summit has attracted exceptional participation of stakeholders and privileged patronage and participation from UAE government bodies, including TDRA-UAE, as well as collaboration from the industry’s leading regional and international ICT bodies, including the ITU, GSMA, GCC governments, the United Nations Broadband Commission, Telecom Operators, particularly Mobily, Digital Platforms, and leading Technology Providers, such as Huawei. We anticipate achieving new milestones in industry collaboration and multi-stakeholder cooperation-building in pursuit of advocacy on behalf of the Industry.”

Mobily CEO, Eng. Salman Al Badran, who is also a Board Member of the SAMENA Council, stated: “Mobily is pleased to express its commitment to accelerating digital development and socio-economic progress in the region. As a major regional digital ecosystem player, having invested in the latest mobile technologies and being aware of the opportunities and challenges ahead, we strongly believe that sustainable connectivity and continued innovation are a requirement that we all must strive together to achieve. Dialogue continuously being enabled by SAMENA Council in the shape of Leaders’ Summit, serves as a great medium of support to Operators’ objectives.”

Huawei’s President of the Middle East & Central Asia, Steven Yi, stated: “We are stepping into the 5.5G era where all things are connected through intelligence, the value of connectivity is being unleashed, and the digital economy is booming. While increasing connectivity and digital innovation – as the foundation for digital transformation – will bring social-economic benefits to the region, new cybersecurity challenges will arise. Huawei calls for broad collaboration between all stakeholders to address the challenges and safeguard their digital future, as it is a shared responsibility that cannot be addressed by one person, organization or nation alone.”

“The ICT sector and, in particular, the 5.5G technological innovation that features full-scene IoT, L4 autonomous driving network, and green ICT will play a vital role in tackling sustainability needs of the Telecom industry and its contributions to other industries. Huawei is committed to innovation, and will actively work with industry and ecosystem partners to share its best practices to continuously drive the digital economy forward, and help telecom carriers and enterprises accelerate their digital transformation. We value the need to collaborate to achieve the region’s digital requirements that can speed up the arrival of an intelligent and sustainable future and SAMENA Leaders’ Summit 2023 is a platform, which supports stakeholders in adjusting to innovative realities and achieving sustainable digital development”, Yi added.

Since 2018, the SAMENA Council’s Leaders’ Summit has been focused on 5G, which has catalyzed a positive impact on 5G planning and development in the region, empowered cross-industry participation, as well as supported policy and regulatory consideration. The Summit has provided the SA-ME-NA region’s stakeholders visibility on what to expect and prepare for in the new Digital Age. In 2023, the Council aims to address the evolution of 5G digital technologies and 5.5G ecosystem development requirements, building 21st-century financial and telecom synergies, enabling digital competence and boost to the region’s digital economy, and supporting constructive enablement of a secure Cyberspace.

Porter announces first-ever international expansion with its foray into UAE


~Launched intra-city logistics services in the city with Light Commercial Vehicles, Two-wheelers~

~Plans to invest USD 50 million for international expansion in the next 5 years

Porter, India’s leading tech-based, on-demand logistics company has announced its first overseas expansion with entry to UAE offering intra-city logistics services in Dubai. The expansion comes under the company’s current plan to explore the GCC regions, and the Indian subcontinents. The logistics start-up, which is backed by some of the most renowned and active venture capital investors including Tiger Global, Sequoia and Lighrock India had earlier raised USD 100 Million in Series E funding for expanding operations.

The company will provide a tech-enabled platform to ensure hassle-free deliveries through its LCVs and 2-wheelers addressing the gap in intracity logistics requirements in the region for small package delivery requirements of both personal and businesses. Presently with more than 20,000 + customers onboard, Porter plans to make an investment of $6 million in UAE for the next 3 years. Additionally, the company is looking to bolster operations in these cities and further increase their customer acquisition by 2x to 40,000+ and vehicle base by 3.2x to 800+ by March 2024.

Porter offers cost-effective solutions that can help in improving lower vehicle utilisation, increasing the competence of the system, and ensuring the availability of appropriate vehicles for customer requirements. This will also result in efficient intracity logistics, lesser rates for customers and more earnings for driver-partners. The company currently has 300+ LCVs on the platform and recently introduced 15 two-wheelers to expand its operations in the region.

Pranav Goel, CEO & Co-Founder, Porter said, “We are thrilled to enter UAE as our first overseas market. Dubai being a global business hub, acts as an excellent facilitator for organisations that aim to establish their footprint in the region. We are thankful for all the business-friendly policies and infrastructure that the region has to offer and we expect to scale our business exponentially in the market. We further plan to invest USD 50 million into international expansion over the next 5 years. The expansion in UAE will catalyze the holistic growth of intra-city logistics ecosystem globally while also benefitting the local economy. We, at Porter are also actively focusing on generating employment opportunities for driver-partners and offering economical and efficient solutions backed by technology to the customers.”

“We are happy with the response that our platform has received and our learnings from the Indian market will help us in accelerating our growth in the UAE. Our model helps to bring efficiency into the system by addressing issues such as lower utilisation of vehicles, unavailability of the right vehicle type and the high cost for customers. This expansion should help provide a logistics solution for businesses as well as offer consumers direct control over their deliveries,” said Ankit Dwivedi, AVP – International Business, Porter.

In April, during the holy month of Ramadan, Porter pledged to make a positive impact on the community by contributing iftar meals and clothes with every delivery. With this, Porter aimed at helping those in need by providing a healthy and fulfilling meal at the end of a long day of fasting.

The company looks forward to tapping more potential opportunities in the intra-city logistics segment in the future for scaling its business.

iSTYLE opens UAE’s first Apple Premium Partner store in Dubai


iSTYLE today announced that it will formally open UAE’s first Apple Premium Partner (APP) store on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 6 pm in Dubai Marina Mall (Level 1) with a grand opening event. The new Apple Premium Partner store is the perfect destination to shop the entire ecosystem of Apple Products and accessories in a spacious and welcoming environment. The store’s professional team speaks multiple languages to give customers the best-personalized service for all their Apple requirements.

“Established in 2005, iSTYLE has 13 Apple Premium Reseller stores in UAE, with Dubai Marina Mall being the first Apple Premium Partner store, taking the customer experience to the next level for all visitors. We cater to the needs of all types of customers, including business enterprises. We encourage you to drop by one of our stores, where iSTYLE’s professional team can tell you more about incorporating Apple hardware and software into your digital lifestyle” said Nicolas Daher, General Manager, iSTYLE- Middle East and North Africa.

“We conduct workshops, trainings, and group demo sessions regularly, where our customers can meet up, learn something new and share their experiences. Along with the products, we offer multiple services like AppleCare+, Trade-in & B2B solutions. The authorized Apple service center at the new store will take care of customers’ post-purchase requirements” said Julia Manzyuk, Retail Manager, iSTYLE UAE.

iSTYLE Apple Premium Partner runs more than 59 dedicated Apple points of sale in 12 countries (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa). iSTYLE is part of the Midis Group, which has over 50 years of experience representing the leading global technology vendors in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

Further information about the new Apple Premium Partner store at Dubai Marina Mall can be found at the official website https://istyle.ae/ .

Chemical industry partners with Siemens for pilot to decarbonize its supply chain


Pilot project to demonstrate the scalability of PCF data exchange

Together for Sustainability (TfS) and Siemens recently announced a partnership on decarbonization to advance the overall sustainability of the chemical industry.

TfS is a global initiative to promote sustainability in the chemical industry’s supply chain, consisting of 47 international companies, including some of the largest chemical groups.

Siemens, a leading technology company and supplier of automation and industrial software, will leverage the power of its Sigreen solution, a tool to track and manage product carbon footprint (PCF) and part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, a press communique indicated.

Combining expertise

In a pilot project, the two partners are combining their expertise and aim to demonstrate the scalability of PCF data exchange across an entire industry, which is a decisive step for decarbonizing the sector.

The Sigreen solution will be piloted and provide learnings for the exchange of PCF data in the chemical industry. It can then be deployed across the TfS members, contributing to further improve their expertise as pioneers in the PCF field.


“The partnership with TfS is a major step for the global chemical industry. We’re helping an entire sector become more sustainable! This is a blueprint for other industries,” affirmed Roland Busch, President and CEO of Siemens AG.

“Sigreen allows companies exchange emissions data from their supply chain securely and confidently. With this information, they can make better decisions to reduce their carbon footprint,” he added.

Data sharing solutions

“Sigreen will equip us with the solution for embedding our Product Carbon Footprint Guideline in operations at scale. TfS members, their suppliers and customers are looking forward to piloting the data sharing solution offered by Sigreen,” commented Bertrand Conquéret, President, Together for Sustainability.

Sigreen enables the secure and trustworthy exchange of PCF data throughout the supply chain. This information can then be combined with the data from a company’s own value creation processes to determine carbon footprints and enables companies to take targeted reduction measures with a quantifiable effect.

Admiral Mobility announces major partnership with Avis


Deal to bring Electric Commercial Trucks to the UAE’s leasing market

Admiral Mobility, a company that provides accessible eMobility and energy charging solutions, has recently announced a major partnership with vehicle hire company, Avis, to bring electric commercial trucks to the leasing market in the UAE.

The strategic partnership represents a commitment to deliver the GCC’s largest rollout of electric commercial trucks, which will be leased to fleets across the UAE, a press statement indicated.

With a range of up to 220km, with full load, the zero emissions electric vehicle takes less than 90 minutes to fully charge via its efficient, and safe, liquid cooled CATL LFP battery. Advanced safety features include lane-keeping assist adapt cruise control, remote locking systems, high beam LED lights equipped with auto adaptation to the surrounding traffic, and of course, ease of comfort of driving.

“This commitment with AVIS UAE represents the largest rollout of EV trucks to be leased in the UAE to date. It is an exciting time to be partnering with a forward-thinking company the size of Avis, which has a major footprint in the commercial leasing market,” remarked Graham Bremer, General Manager, Admiral Mobility.

“The Electric commercial trucks in this agreement represent a step change in commercial fleets, by being the first of its kind available in its category, anywhere in the GCC. We are excited to be a launch partner for this vehicle,” commented Dominic Hagerty, General Manager, AVIS UAE.

SAL & Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services sign strategic MoU


Agreement to support LTLS’ logistics activities in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Logistics Services (SAL) and Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) have signed an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the recently concluded Transport Logistics Exhibition 2023 held in Munich, Germany.

Accordingly, SAL will collaborate and assist with all logistics activities of LTLS in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Under the provisions of the MoU, SAL will provide freight forwarding, transportation, and customs brokerage services to support LTLS’ maintenance logistics operations for their key customers around the Kingdom.

This agreement marks the foundation of a strategic partnership between both parties, as they plan to explore other areas of cooperation in the future related to LTLS’ logistics activities in Saudi Arabia.

“We are excited about this partnership with Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, which highlights our commitment as the National Logistics Champion to providing world-class logistics services to our partners and assures SAL’s dedicated role in complementing the National Transport and Logistics Strategy,” affirmed Faisal Al Bedah, CEO, SAL.

“With this cooperation, LTLS will enhance its presence in the Middle East, which is one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets. Thereby, we further strengthen our global logistics network, which ensures top-level logistics solutions to our aviation customers,” asserted Andreas Tielmann, Managing Director, LTLS.

GROHE consolidates its presence in Kuwait with its premium sub-brands offerings.


GROHE SPA Portfolio and GROHE Blue Pure allow new benchmarks of individual expression.

The GROHE brand, part of LIXIL a global leader in complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, has expanded its offerings to Kuwait through its premium sub-brand GROHE SPA and GROHE Blue Pure, enabling a new level of individual expression in the bathroom and kitchen environment.

Dedicated to progressive designs, fused with carefully selected colours, materials and finishes, the collection of GROHE SPA offers versatile customization options, according to a corporate press statement.

“We are delighted to bring this signature range of world-class products and smart solutions to our clients in Kuwait. Driven by redefining solutions, the GROHE SPA range features premium quality, cutting-edge technology, unrivalled precision, and progressive design,” asserted Alexy Bykov, Leader, Middle East, LIXIL EMENA.

The GROHE SPA portfolio ranges from elaborate faucet collections, customizable ceiling showers and intricate ceramics to complementary accessories.


The unique GROHE Blue filter technology transforms ordinary tap water into fresh clean drinking water, removing the substances that can impair the taste and quality of the water like chlorine, biocides, pesticides, limescale, microplastics, bacteria or heavy metals, the press note continued.

GROHE launched GROHE SPA and GROHE Blue Pure in a private industry event held at Radisson Blu in Kuwait. The event was attended by regional brand representatives including designers, architects and project developers.

GROHE Blue Pure and GROHE SPA collections in limited colours are available across official retailers in Kuwait City, the press communique concluded.

Swisslog showcases cutting-edge automation solutions at Seamless Middle East 2023


Swisslog, a global leader in robotic, data-driven, and flexible automated solutions, has announced its participation in the upcoming Seamless Middle East 2023 – the region’s leading exhibition and conference exploring the future of digital commerce.

At Seamless Middle East 2023, Swisslog, which has already made its mark in the region with clients such as Mai Dubai, Robostores, Almarai, and Raha, will be showcasing AutoStore, with a spectacular live demo. AutoStore is a highly efficient robotic storage and order processing solution that integrates easily into existing buildings, designed to help retailers and e-commerce companies meet the growing demand for fast, accurate, and reliable order fulfilm