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TOC Middle East returns to Dubai in 2020 and will be held during UAE Maritime Week, part of Expo 2020

Global ports, shipping, maritime trade logistics and supply chain event will be held 7 - 9 December in Dubai and co-located for the first time with the Seatrade portfolio of maritime events

London, 7 January 2020 –  TOC Middle East returns to Dubai in 2020, taking place for the first time as part of UAE Maritime Week  at the new Dubai Exhibition Centre, co-located with Expo 2020 Dubai – promoted as “the world’s greatest show”

As part of the global portfolio of TOC conferences and exhibitions that champion ports and terminals as key enablers of maritime trade and supply chains, the 5th TOC Middle East will bring together cargo owners, ocean and land carriers, port operators and other stakeholder groups to discuss challenges and opportunities for the Middle East nations and their international trade partners, including the India Sub-continent and Africa. The exhibition will host the world’s leading suppliers of hardware, software, digital, automation and autonomous smart solutions for modern port, terminal and trade logistics operations.

TOC Middle East is one of several flagship events being staged during UAE Maritime Week, which is hosted by Dubai Maritime City Authority. Other events taking place during the week include Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, Seatrade Maritime Middle East and Seatrade ShipTech Middle East.

The Middle East has witnessed significant investment in new and upgraded port and terminal facilities over recent years, including adoption of some of the world’s most advanced automation and digitalisation technologies. Port volumes across the region are tipped to be among the fastest growing in the world over the coming few years according to market analyst Drewry, which forecasts growth of 5.1% from 69 million TEU in 2018 to 89 million TEU by 2023.

Exploring the regional outlook for port operations, shipping networks and maritime clusters, including the evolving role of ports and terminals as supply chain and trade logistics hubs, will be a central theme at the 2020 conference. Recently, TOC was pleased to present Abu Dhabi Ports with the award as Port

& Terminal Operator of the Year at the 2019 Seatrade Maritime Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa Awards. TOC Middle East 2020 will gather leading port and terminal operators from across  all three regions to explore technology, operational best practice, finance and business development priorities. As part of the programme, there will be a special focus on One Belt One Road (OBOR) and other government-level investments in new corridors and clusters that are set to change the face of global trade.

As with all TOC events in 2020, TOC Middle East 2020 will also provide a platform to explore accelerating technology innovation, including the new ecosystem of start-ups, scale-ups, incubators and accelerators as the industry seeks new solutions for eco-efficiency, clean energy, supply chain visibility and business process efficiency, regulatory compliance, safety, security and more.




TOC Head of Marketing Suzanne Tiago (left) hands over the accolade

for Port & Terminal Operator Award to Abu Dhabi Ports at the 2019

Seatrade Maritime Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa Awards.

The Awards take place again in Dubai during December 2020

along with TOC Middle East and other Seatrade events during

UAE Maritime Week

It’s an honour to bring the TOC brand back to the Middle East and join the UAE Maritime Week,” said Paul Holloway, TOC Event Director. “We are looking forward to staging cutting edge business, technical and technology debates in a region we have not visited for 4 years. The decision to return was driven by demand, particularly from the exhibitors who have welcomed the news that we are back in the region. This occasion is particularly exciting as it is co-located with Expo 2020, a showcase of global innovation and creativity".




Expo 2020 in Dubai has signed an agreement with Informa to bring several of the company’s major events to the Dubai Exhibition Centre.

Port and Maritime sectors are represented by a series of industry-leading business and networking events; TOC Middle East, Seatrade Maritime Middle East, Seatrade ShipTech and the Seatrade Maritime Awards which are all held during UAE Maritime Week, part of Expo 2020.

TOC Middle East 7 – 9 December 2020

The Container Supply Chain conference will bring together shippers, ocean carriers, port operators and other stakeholder groups to discuss challenges and opportunities for the region’s maritime container supply chain. The Port Technology exhibition will host the world’s leading suppliers of cutting edge hardware and software solutions.

Seatrade Maritime Middle East 7 – 9 December 2020

The Maritime meeting place for the Middle East brings together all corners of the maritime industry. Attendees can meet over 230 exhibiting maritime businesses; build relationships with more than 7,000 reactive stakeholders and learn directly from industry influencers as the spotlight is focussed on the Middle East’s prosperous maritime market.

Seatrade ShipTech Middle East 7 – 8 December 2020

A powerful two-day conference dedicated to driving the shipping industry forward. With a focus on technical innovation and its impact on the maritime industry, the event is designed to explore and identify the take away strategies for the Middle East and how the region can best apply technology to maximise energy efficiency, fuel economy and safety in shipping.

The Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa 6 December 2020

Bringing together the very best minds of the regional maritime community to celebrate excellence, innovation and success. It's the longest running and best attended ceremony of its kind in the Middle East and is a must-attend event for the maritime industry. A spectacular celebration of Maritime innovation and ambition, it is a prestigious occasion for more than 700 maritime industry stakeholders

About TOC Worldwide

For 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries, their customers and suppliers. With the addition of the TOC Container Supply Chain conference alongside established coverage of port development, operations and technology, the TOC event portfolio has now evolved to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals.

Taking place each year in the world’s key shipping hubs, including Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia, each TOC is now a complete maritime supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key stakeholders to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions.

TOC also provides a platform for port operations, technology and shipping professionals in the dry bulk sector to come together and advance best practice in bulk cargo handling and supply chain operations.


Notes to editors:

For further information regarding this release, please contact:

Rachael White, Content Director, TOC Worldwide

Tel/SMS +44 (0) 20 8279 9403 | Email: [email protected]

To arrange press passes to attend TOC Middle East or to discuss a media partnership, please contact:

Suzanne Tiago, Head of Marketing, TOC Worldwide

Tel + 44 (0)20 701 77023 | Email: [email protected]

Media contact:

Esther White, Next Level Information

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