Automechanika Dubai, the largest international trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket industry in the Middle East, welcomed 52,082 professional visitors during the three-day exhibition, which concluded earlier this month.

The figure represents a 21% year-on-year increase in professional visitors compared to last year, when 42,937 people attended, setting a new record for the fair and demonstrating that the automotive parts market in the region is booming.

In line with Automechanika Dubai’s focus on sustainability and efficiency, 1,938 exhibitors from 61 countries gathered at the Dubai World Trade Center to explore how the industry can create a sustainable future while also hearing from leading speakers and exhibitors on the latest technology used in the industry.

Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Portfolio Director at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, organizer of Automechanika Dubai, said: “Automechanika Dubai 2023 has been a resounding success. We have witnessed an unprecedented number of visitors: professionals from 161 countries have joined us to celebrate the edition of the fair and will highlight the importance of the automotive spare parts market industry in the region.

“The fact that we received a record number of visitors underlines not only the visitor and exhibitor demand for this type of automotive showcase, but also a strong indication of the thriving Middle East industry.”

Among the top 10 countries represented were the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Iraq, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia and Oman, with a 15% increase in visitors from countries outside the United Arab Emirates.

With 14 pavilions and 20 official international pavilions, a host of new features dominated the exhibition hall, including the Innovation4Mobility zone, which was dedicated to exploring alternative fuel vehicles, driving technologies, digitalisation, connectivity and smart infrastructure with a focus on sustainability and efficiency. .

The inaugural session by Eng. Somayyah Alyammahi, Head of Productivity and Demand Management Projects Section of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), highlighted the National Electric Vehicle Policy 2023 to help UAE to achieve its goals of reducing energy consumption by 40% and carbon emissions by 404 kilotons. by 2050.

Elsewhere, Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), received the prestigious Special Recognition Award at the Automechanika Dubai Awards, which recognized 12 companies as leaders in their field.

The winner of the hotly contested Pitstop Challenge was also announced: Christian Cloppenburg of Schrauberblog GmbH recorded the fastest time changing two tires using industry-leading DaTotech equipment and tools.

On the sidelines of the event, a new logistics fair was launched, which will take place in conjunction with Automechanika Dubai from December 10 to 12, 2024 at the Dubai World Trade Center and is designed to boost the global logistics sector. As part of an experiential exhibition, the new fair will deliver synergies between the automotive industry and the various verticals within the logistics sector, while capitalizing on the UAE’s position as the epicenter of the global logistics sector, uniting Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

“The wheels are already in motion for next year’s event as we look to build on this year’s successes by creating an even larger exhibition for the automotive aftermarket industry and welcoming exhibitors and visitors from around the world,” he concluded. Bilikozen.

Automechanika Dubai 2024 will return to Dubai World Trade Center from December 10 to 12 next year.