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Why Attend
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The Middle East and Africa is a region of tremendous automotive and supply chain opportunity. Light vehicle sales are anticipated to rise around 25% by 2023 to reach 6m units, along with growth in production, aftermarket sales, regional and global trade flows. Across this vast geography, with diverse economic, political and infrastructure systems, logistics is the key to unlocking potential.

Located in the logistical powerhouse of Dubai, Automotive Logistics Middle East & North Africa will serve as the industry’s Gateway to Growth in this region. It will bring together vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, distributors, government officials, dealers, logistics and technology providers to share insights and best practice in choosing the right supply chain locations, partners, systems and processes.

Thought provoking keynote sessions, panel discussions, Q&As and practical ideas labs combined with extensive networking will inform, educate, inspire and provide you with the connections needed to design and optimise your supply chains across the region.

Complimentary places are open for vehicle makers and parts suppliers. Early Booking discounts are also available for a limited period. Book now to secure your place

Confirmed attendees include:

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Come with an open mind and listen to some great subject matter experts – this conference will make you think differently.

Previous delegate Toyota – Automotive Logistics Supply Chain Conference

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Day 1
10:00am – 12.00pm:
Port Tour

Join a special tour of Jebel Ali to see the inside workings of one of the world’s most important trade and logistics hubs, including highly automated operations, the JAFZA free trade zone and many automotive distribution centres
7.00pm – 10.00pm:
Welcome Drinks Reception at the Lost Chamber Aquarium

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the summit starts. Our drinks reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the automotive logistics sector.

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Day 2:
08.00 – 9.00
Registration and welcome coffee:

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.
09.00 – 10.15
SESSION 1: Gateway to Growth: How logistics is key to unlocking automotive potential in the Middle East & Africa
  • Regional market overview for vehicles sales, production and aftermarket including Persian Gulf and GCC, North Africa, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa
  • Logistics advantages and challenges for automotive, including regional port, road, rail and airport infrastructure
  • Meet the key players: vehicle makers, but the critical roles of dealers, importers and distributors
  • Global investment and supply chain links

10.15 – 11.00
Networking and coffee break

An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.
11.00 – 12.15
SESSION 2: Emerging markets: Dynamic growth and new supply chain opportunities
  • Focus on the fast-growing and high potential automotive logistics markets, from Saudi Arabia to Iraq, East Africa, Egypt and North Africa
  • Building new production hubs: serving new assembly locations in Africa and developing new ones in the Gulf
  • Future technology clusters: can the region become a new location for the electric and autonomous vehicle supply chain?

12.15 – 14.00
Networking and lunch

An extended networking lunch break giving delegates a further opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, logistics service suppliers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.
14.00 – 15.15
SESSION 3 – Ideas Labs

Ideas Lab 1: Free trade zones
Understand and discuss more about how automotive logistics can benefit from developing and making use of free trade zones in the region, including at major ports

Ideas Lab 2: Vehicle logistics
The Middle East has high demand for imported vehicles and top-quality service. Discuss what the most important requirements are for sustainable, high value, damage-free and secure vehicle logistics operations

Ideas Lab 3: Service parts logistics
With Dubai a major regional hub for parts distribution, discuss more about how to maintain fast service, efficient warehousing and high visibility

Ideas Lab 4: Know your customer
Logistics providers across the region work directly with OEMs, dealers, importers and distributors. What are the different logistics requirements and services for each?

Ideas Lab 5: Multimodal logistics
With investment in ports, rail and highways links, including as part of China’s Belt & Road, what are the opportunities to increase multimodal logistics services for automotive across the Middle East and Africa?

Ideas Lab 6: Knockdown kit and containerised parts
New assembly locations are emerging, from Egypt to East Africa and in the Middle East. How can logistics services improve the cost, efficiency and visibility of these global, complex supply chains?
15.15 – 16.00
Networking and coffee break

Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.
16.00 – 17.00
SESSION 4: Gateway to the future: How new technology, customer demands and demographics will shape automotive logistics
  • High-level insight on the IT, technology and digital tools that will support efficient, reliable and high quality logistics across the region
  • Serving the digital customer: how automotive and logistics companies need to respond to shorting cycle times and delivery expectations
  • As Africa accounts for most global population growth in the coming decades, how should automotive logistics services develop to meet the mobility demands of the future?

19.00 – 22.00
Gala Dinner at Nasimi Beach Restaurant

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Good forum of like-minded logistics leaders to collectively help improve logistics efficiency with technology optimisation and help reduce costs.

Previous delegates, NIO – Finished Vehicle Logistics North America

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Conference Venue: Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

The Automotive Logistics Middle East and North Africa conference will take place at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Atlantis is a majestic 5-star hotel situated on the crescent of the largest man-made island in the world, The Palm Island, that has spectacular views of the Arabian Sea and the magnificent Dubai Skyline. It is approximately 35 minutes away from Dubai International Airport (DXB), and 1 hour 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

A cocktail reception, on the eve of the conference, will take place at the Lost Chamber Aquarium, the UAE’s largest aquarium and home to over 65,000 marine animals.

The conference will end with a gala dinner at the seafront Nasimi Beach restaurant. Find out more

Accommodation: Anantara, The Palm – book your stay!

The Automotive Logistics team will be staying at the Anantara and invite you to join them there. Located on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah, the Anantara boasts 400 metres of private shoreline, surrounding views of the Arabian Gulf and the UAE's only over water villas. Find out more

Automotive Logistics have negotiated special room rates for conference delegates at the Anantara the palm Dubai Resort.

Premier Lagoon View – part of an 8 room unit, located on the first floor with balcony and direct lagoon view; the rooms are equipped with one King size bed or twin single size beds. The rate is AED 1350.0 inclusive of 7% municipality fees + 10% service charges + 5% VAT based one bed and breakfast per room per night.

Standard Room Residence Double / Twin – featuring Parquet flooring, double / Twin bed and wardrobe, Bathrobes, hair dryer and make up mirror, 40’’ LED TV with an elegant finish and high quality furnishings. The rate is AED 1200.0 inclusive of 7% municipality fees + 10% service charges + 5% VAT based one bed and breakfast per room per night.

In order to book, please email the Anantara’s reservation department on with your booking requirements and quoting the code “Automotive Logistics ADPJ”

Offical Partners

At DP World we enable smarter trade to make a better future for everyone. We are dedicated to helping our customers move goods around the world in ways that are smarter, faster, safer and more cost-efficient. Our aim is to improve performance at all stages of the global supply chain, from points of manufacture to points of consumption. We are proud to be in a business where we can make a positive difference to the world- not just our customers, our people and our shareholders but for all the communities in which we operate around the globe.

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Interested in speaking or being a partner and sponsor at this event? Please email Alistair Newton or call +44 (0)1884 842613.