The phenomenal growth of the Middle East logistics industry is a matter of pride for the entire region. Countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have invested millions of dollars to develop their transportation infrastructure, while local companies such as Aramex, Agility and GAC have evolved into global powerhouses. Even international players such as TNT, Kuehne + Nagel and FedEx have flagged the Middle East as a major growth market for the future.
As a chance to acknowledge our industry achievers and celebrate their success, ITP Business, publisher of Logistics Middle East magazine, hosted its third annual Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) in Dubai this month. The event, which was held in the lush surroundings of Mina A'Salam hotel, was another monumental success and attracted around 200 of the industry's leading figureheads, arriving from countries as such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and even further afield, from Europe and the United States.
We include detailed coverage on the awards in this issue of Logistics Middle East, with quotes from the winners and a special photo special from the ceremony and gala dinner. It also seems an opportune time to thank everyone that contributed to the success of SCATA 2009, from the organising committee and judging panel to the sponsors and nominated companies.
The countdown has now started for next year's ceremony and we're keen to canvass from you any comments or suggestions for the event, either positive or negative. After all, these awards are for the Middle East logistics industry and we feel it's important to involve the entire sector at all levels. If you would like to provide some input, please don't hesitate to contact me on the email address below.
If you have any comments to make on this month's issue, please email Robeel Haq, senior group editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robeel Haq is the senior group editor of ITP Business' transport magazines.
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