Automechanika Dubai, the Middle East’s premier trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry, was inaugurated today by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai. This milestone event, celebrating two decades of industry excellence, is set to run at the Dubai World Trade Centre until Oct. 4, and anticipates a turnout of more than 45,000 attendees.
Occupying 14 expansive halls, this three-day extravaganza will host 1,938 exhibitors from 61 different nations, alongside 20 official international pavilions. New additions this year include the Lubricants Technology Conference and Innovation4Mobility. Other highlights comprise the Academy, Awards, AfriConnections, Modern Workshop, Pitstop Challenge, Automotive Logistics Forum and the Vehicle Safety Workshop.
During the opening tour, His Excellency paid visits to prominent stands such as Rhinomotive, a revolutionary UAE-based automotive brand; Triangle Tyre Co., recognized for their eco-friendly advancements in the Chinese tire industry; and Lucas, a UK automotive brand boasting a 140-year legacy.
“Over the past 20 years, Automechanika Dubai has established itself as the foremost networking hub for professionals in the automotive aftermarket industry in the region, connecting them with the broader Middle East, Africa and key CIS countries,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Portfolio Director at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organizer of Automechanika Dubai. “This year features our largest edition to date, and to accommodate the show’s growth, we have widened the space by 64 per cent in terms of net square meters compared to 2022.”
“During the next three days, there is a packed schedule of show features – from the Automechanika Academy to EV training and the Automotive Logistics Forum – which will enable businesses to stay on top of the latest industry insights, access new market opportunities and put their businesses into a new gear for the year ahead.”
The inaugural day featured the kick-off of Innovation4Mobility, with notable sessions led by Eng. Somayyah Alyammahi from the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure discussing the UAE’s future mobility vision. The Electric Vehicles (EV) sector also came into focus, with Al Futtaim Electric Mobility Company’s Hasan Nergiz shedding light on evolving consumer preferences.
The Automechanika Academy continued its tradition of fostering knowledge, offering insights from a panel of industry leaders. Key discussions revolved around electric vehicles, led by Volvo’s Kivanc Karayol, and the emerging challenges posed by counterfeits in the automotive industry.
The Modern Workshop segment, presented by Bosch, brought to the forefront the importance of calibrating Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for ensuring driver safety.
With a lineup covering Parts & Components, Electronics, Accessories, Tires, Car Wash, Oils, Diagnostics and Body & Paint, Automechanika Dubai 2023 ensures it has all facets of the automotive aftermarket covered.
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