Cargo Connect returns to DWC, Dubai Airshow Site during the Dubai Airshow in November to focus on technology innovations that are disrupting the cargo industry.

The Dubai Airshow delivers an unrivaled gateway to established and developing markets – with 80% of the world’s population located within eight hours of one of the UAE’s airports this is where the industry comes to make connections.

Taking place on 18 November, Cargo Connect is bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry with opening keynotes delivered by top decision-makers from Dubai Airports, Emirates SkyCargo, FedEx and Etihad.

“The Dubai Airshow is one of the best networking events in the world. Strategically the Middle East is very important as its the gateway to the world… the requirements are very high and the customers are very sophisticated.”  Adam Thomas, Senior Press Officer, The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO)

Strengthen the industry knowledge with a variety of dedicated feature areas and conferences, watch the world-class flying display and network with industry influencers.

The Middle East is in a strategically advantageous position with trade and manufacturing moving eastward towards the growing middle classes of Asia and India. In addition, China is predicted to be a top-three trade partner with the UAE between now and 2030.

In particular, e-commerce is one of the sectors within air freight which is seeing substantial growth.

In the MENA region online transactions grew by 44% with the greatest growth coming from the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

There has been plenty of commercial investment in this space in the Middle East: in 2017, Amazon purchased a local e-commerce platform,, investing in a 26,000 square meter fulfillment center in Dubai ahead of its rebranding to Amazon in the UAE.

The e-commerce panel at Cargo Connect will aim to understand where services might need to adapt, or where to invest, to continue driving the air cargo industry forward. Speakers on this panel include Dr. Khalfan Al-Shueili, CEO of Oman Aviation Services; Idriss Al Rifai, Founder, and CEO of Fetchr and co-founder and CEO of RSA National, Abhishek Shah.

“As one of the fastest-growing air cargo hubs in the world, Dubai will be the leader in pushing the industry forward to adopt technologies and processes, which increase profitability and efficiency,” said Rachel Sturgess, portfolio director at show organizers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East. “Cargo Connect is the focal point for that leadership.”