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Release ID: 1377

International Freight Week 18 - 20 October 2009 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

The United Arab Emirates, in a bid to secure long-term sustainable economic growth, is diversifying its focus on four key areas: Oil & Gas, Tourism, Finance & Banking and Trade & Logistics. Middle East economies could save up to US$74 billion by changing the way global logistics are managed.

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The Middle East is ideally placed as a key logistics hub. Investment projects are underway to deliver efficient transport and logistics infrastructures. Recent reports suggest that the Middle East will experience significant development throughout the transport and logistics industry in the immediate term.



International Freight Week is the regionís only event covering the entire transport and logistics industry. Product areas of interest include:



* Road Haulage

* Warehousing

* Rail Freight

* Air Cargo

* Containers, Tanks & Reefers

* Ports Management

* Shipping

* Logistics Services

* RFID & Technology

* Materials Handling



Regional Developments



* US$147 billion committed to transport projects by Middle East Governments

* US$10 billion has been allocated for Abu Dhabiís new Khalifa Port superhub

* US$ 8.15 billion investment in 3 industrial cities in Abu Dhabi

* US$ 6.8 billion Abu Dhabi airport expansion

* US$245 million planned to enhance infrastructure at Port of Fujairah

* US$200 million new airport

* US$140 million development programme for Jeddah Islamic Port

* A new 800km railway project to link Dubai with Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates

* The construction of a new highway to move goods to the east of Abu Dhabi ís Capital District

* A new freight line connecting Khalifa Port , Abu Dhabi Airport and Jebel Ali with the other GCC countries

* A new Central Business District collected into a single, concentrated area on Al Suwwah Island, Abu Dhabi

* A new Capital District on the mainland to the east of Abu Dhabi

* Feasibility studies underway for a trans-Gulf railway network that will link the regionís ports, thus further boosting freight traffic

* A new world-class seaport in Qatar by 2014



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