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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

attendees ALMENA attendees
  • AGMC - BMW
  • Al Futtaim Logistics
  • Al Tayer Motors
  • ALT SAK - Hyundai
  • A-MAP
  • Apex of Gulf
  • ARS Altmann
  • Audi Volkswagen Middle East
  • Automobile Peugeot
  • Berlin Motors LLC
  • Birdgestone Middle East & Africa
  • BLG Automobile Logistics GmbH & Co. KG
  • Bontaz Centre Morocco
  • Bridgestone Middle East & Africa
  • California Auto Spa
  • Continental Middle East
  • Djibouti Port
  • DP World Head Office
  • Draexlmaier Group
  • Earth Energy EV
  • FAPS
  • FCA Middle East
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Gargash Enterprises
  • General Motors
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Gulfworldwide Distribution Fze
  • Hella Middle East
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
  • Hödlmayr International
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • KARFF (AW Rostamani Group)
  • Michelin
  • Mosanada Logistics Services
  • NILE Trading & Engineering
  • Nissan
  • NOR Motors FZCO
  • Schaeffler Middle East FZE
  • Seez
  • Süddeutscher Verlag Veranstaltungen GmbH
  • Suhail Bahwan Automotive Group
  • Tesla
  • Toyota Motor Europe
  • WABCO MIddle East and Africa FZCO
  • YallaMotor

Hear directly from senior industry leaders including:

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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
09:00am – 11.00am:
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 – 9.25
Welcome & opening keynote

Opening keynote: Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman & CEO, DP World
09.25 – 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

Speakers include:
  • Sulaiman Pallak, Head of Purchasing & Supply Chain, General Motors Middle East Operations
  • Moataz Hassan, Head of Operations MENENA (Middle East, Near East & North Africa), Continental Tires
Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-chief, Automotive Logistics
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?

Speakers include:
  • Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World - UAE Region
  • John Ennis, General Manager AMI Supply Chain – ME, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance
  • Ryan Rider, Sales Planning Director, Ford Motor Company
Moderator: Richard Logan, Event & Content Producer, Automotive Logistics
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.

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14.00 – 15.15
SESSION 3 – Delivering on growing expectations

  • As car ownership increases in the Middle East and Africa, customer service demands are rising too, including fast and reliable vehicle delivery and aftermarket services. How should OEMs, suppliers and distributors enhance their inventory management and logistics networks to meet this demand?
  • Customers demand top service – how can the industry work together to fulfil expectations despite challenges such as infrastructure, visibility, regulations, counterfeiting and security? How can it work with governments and regulators?
  • Vehicle technology is changing – how should OEMs, distributors and suppliers develop facilities, skills and transport services to keep up?
  • Most supply in Africa and the Middle East is imported – what opportunities are there for existing and new players to benefit from special economic zones and storage, as well as increased localised production and supply.

Speakers include:
  • Madhav Kurup, Regional CEO, Middle East and South Asia (MESA), Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
  • Stefano Pollotti, Managing Director, GEFCO Middle East
  • Sherif El Gohary, Sales General Manager, Almajdouie Motors
  • Nima Mehrdadi, Managing Director, Hella Middle East FZE
Moderator: Shashi Shekhar, Group Chairman and Founder, Supply Chain & Logistics Group (SCLG)
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 – 17.30
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?

Speakers include:
  • Sulaiman Pallak, Head of Purchasing & Supply Chain, General Motors Middle East Operations
  • Neil Doe, Founder & CEO, Qi-energy
  • Taylor Dong, Head of Marketing & Sales, Changjiu Logistics
Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-chief, Automotive Logistics
18.00 – 21.00
Dinner under the stars 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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ALMENA port tour 1 (3)

Jebel Ali port tour

A truly unique opportunity to explore this key logistics hub of Dubai.


Lost Chamber Aquarium drinks

Join us for the opening drinks reception at the stunning Ambassador Lagoon aquarium.


Dinner under the stars

Our spectacular closing dinner held at the freshly renovated Nasimi Beach Restaurant.

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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

If you need to book your accommodation for the event, we suggest using either Visit Dubai or to plan your stay. Below are a list of hotels which are located in close proximity to the conference venue.

  • Rixos Palm
  • Waldorf Astoria Palm
  • Emerald Palace Kempinski
  • W Dubai Palm
  • Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa Hotel
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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Contact us

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