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Tue 31 Oct 2006 04:00 PM

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Enough is enough?

Logistics managers in the Middle East are notoriously busy people. With workloads constantly increasing, the daily routine has undoubtedly become a challenge.

Logistics managers in the Middle East are notoriously busy people. With workloads constantly increasing, the daily routine has undoubtedly become a challenge. Hopefully though, in the name of personal development, the region’s logistics managers will find time to develop their skills by attending local, regional and maybe even international industry events.

The choices will increase considerably this month, as a record number of logistics events are taking place in Dubai. The list of conferences and seminars almost seems never ending, with the Supply Chain Executive Forum 2006, eyefortransport Middle East Summit, Trans Middle East 2006, Chemical Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and the Middle East International Commercial Vehicle Show all hoping to attract a large logistics crowd.

On a positive note, the situation is a great reflection on the region’s logistics success, which is something we should celebrate. The attendance numbers at these events normally speak for themselves. The Supply Chain and Logistics Group holds regular evening seminars, for example, which sometimes attract over 100 individuals from various different industries.

The focus of industry events is also shifting. Instead of general themes, organisers are also becoming more specific. The eyefortransport Middle East Summit is targeting high level executives from both regional and international logistics companies, for instance, while the Chemical Logistics and Supply Chain Management show is aimed at the end users of logistics operations in chemical companies.

This trend is expected to continue in the future. After all, whilst both groups might discuss similar themes around supply chain management, their perspectives will inevitably be different. In addition, the overall response is normally more open and honest when peer groups come together, as opposed to mixing logistics providers with customers and vendors.

Of course, certain sections of the logistics community have expressed concerns about a potential overload of events, which is completely understandable. To avoid such a situation, it is probably wise to spread the events more evenly throughout the year. Understandably, arranging the dates for conferences is somewhat difficult in the Middle East. The challenge is avoiding national or religious holidays, such as Ramadan, and attempting to quickly second-guess other events to avoid a potential clash. One option is creating a regulating body, responsible for ensuring high standards in event organisation, in addition to helping organisers find suitable gaps in the calendar.

The situation next month is now unavoidable, but hopefully organisers can prevent a similar clash in the future. In the meantime, if you are attending any of these events, why not take the opportunity to meet the Logistics Middle East team and pass your opinions on the magazine!

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