Gulf Maritime 2004 expo begins today

DUBAI - Middle East's maritime industry is all set for a sustained boom and this would be evident with on going development activities in AGCC and Iraq. The Exhibition on Gulf Maritime 2004 starts today and will remain open till April 21, 2004.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 19 Apr 2004, 9:52 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:52 PM

Fasahat Ali Khan, Deputy Director General of Expo Centre Sharjah, said: "The exhibition is a complete maritime event it will serve as an effective platform for the participants to enlarge the scope of their business in Middle East Region. It will act as a comprehensive networking, sourcing and educational opportunity for the regional industry. With a 30 per cent growth over its past edition, the current edition offers even more choices and opportunities for the show's visitors. At the same time, a comprehensive seminar programme will be held alongside the show on April 20 and 21, featuring speakers who will introduce revolutionary technology and address the burning issues facing the industry."

Khan, said: "About 640 trade visitors from 34 countries have pre-registered to visit the show. These include delegations from major buyers like Saudi Aramco and Kuwait Oil Company. We expect a total attendance of over 3000 quality trade visitors to this specialised event."

Mohammed Salem Al Mosharrekh, Board Member of Expo Centre Sharjah said: "An important factor that has helped exhibition is the boom in Gulf region's maritime industry. Presently, there is an enormous amount of marine related construction in port development, shipyard construction and residential and commercial real estate development, on and beyond the coasts. For instance, Sharjah Port Authority, is one of the main sponsors of Gulf Maritime, is doubling the size of its main Arabian Sea container port Khor Fakkan. This, in addition to ongoing major developments at its ports on the Gulf side. There are more than 15 major ports in the region, some with significant industrial projects attached to them that are being substantially developed at the moment."

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