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On the road again

With the rapid growth of the live events industry in the Middle East, sourcing quality freight and logistics services is becoming a major priority for pan-regional events management firms. Here, we profile some of the leading logistics specialists operating in the region.

On the road again
On the road again

With the rapid growth of the live events industry in the Middle East, sourcing quality freight and logistics services is becoming a major priority for pan-regional events management firms. Here, we profile some of the leading logistics specialists operating in the region.

DB Schenker

Regional HQ:

DB Schenker established its regional head office in Dubai in 2007. The company currently serves four countries in the MEA region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Egypt, with more joint venture plans penned in elsewhere.

Pitch:

The company provides clients in the region a range of services, including logistics concepts for instruments and orchestra/concert equipment; global transport from venue to venue; combined passenger and freight charters; dedicated customs clearances; and 24/7 customer support and project management services.

www.dbschenker.com

EFM

Regional HQ:

Established regional offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2008. The company has been operating since 2000 and has five offices in the US, Europe and the Middle East.

Pitch:

EFM is a specialist freight project management company providing high-end service to the sports, events, exhibition and entertainment industries. It brings European levels of service in the movement of stage and sound equipment.

Events experience:

EFM has provided logistics support services for world tours by the likes of Guns ‘N' Roses, Bloc Party and Black Eye'd Peas. Locally, it has shifted kit for concert performances by George Michael and Christina Aguilera in Abu Dhabi, the Bahrain F1 GP, the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Rugby Sevens. It counts a number of high-profile regional organisations, including the Qatar Foundation, among its clients.

www.efm-worldwide.com

Chapman Freeborn

Regional HQ:

Chapman Freeborn has been based in the UAE for 10 years and through its offices in Dubai and Sharjah, provides extensive services for both passenger and cargo charter flights within the region and globally. It works closely with event management logistics specialists including EFM.

Pitch:

While much of the equipment required for a concert can be moved by scheduled airline services, sometimes the amount of cargo and/or the timeframe required to move it between concert venues requires a dedicated cargo aircraft. In this case Chapman Freeborn ensures that every item is moved safely and quickly regardless of the destination. The company recently landed the prestigious Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year prize at the ACW World Air Cargo Awards. For the fourth consecutive year, worldwide freight forwarders and cargo airlines selected the organisation as their favourite provider following a round of independent voting.

www.chapman-freeborn.com

Agility Logistics

Regional offices:

Agility boasts multiple sales and support centres in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Service offering:

Agility's Event Services division specialises in handling shipments for live events. The company's service package includes cost-saving logistics planning; completion of temporary or final customs clearance; storage, transportation, freight management and delivery coordination of production equipment; extensive insurance coverage and door-to-door delivery.

Events experience:

The company has been involved in a range of high-profile events, most notably supplying logistics services for the inaugural Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix last November. It also provided consultancy services to the previous two Summer Olympic Games staged in Athens and Beijing, as well as the HSBC Golf Championship.

www.agilitylogistics.com

Rock-It Cargo

Regional HQ:

Headquartered in Surrey, UK, with extensive regional office network spanning the Middle East. Also operates offices in the US.

Pitch:

Rock-It Cargo provides logistics services to high-profile clients operating in the live music, theatre, TV, film and corporate events sectors. The company specialises in air and ocean freight charter services, tour planning and insurance.

Events experience:

One of the international touring industry's big guns, Rock-It Cargo has worked with just about every major act over the past 20 years, including Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Radiohead and U2.

www.rock-itcargo.com


World Class Shipping

Regional HQ:

Regional head office in Dubai with partners scattered across the region.

Pitch:

World Class Shipping is an international freight forwarder and customs broker with worldwide headquarters located in New York. The company utilises a network of more than 450 agents located worldwide and operates an online logistics tracking service.

www.worldclassshipping.com

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