More than 1,800 exhibitors from over 60 nations will attend Automechanika Dubai 2023, making the 20th edition of the show the largest in its two-decade history. To be held from 2 to 4 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the event will showcase a diverse range of innovative products, services, and technologies in front of a global audience. The event will be hosted in 14 halls and 20 official country pavilions, representing 63 per cent square metre growth compared to 2022.
Sustainability will be a key focus in line with the UAE government’s recently revised National Electric Vehicles Policy, which will see a 50 per cent increase in the number of EVs on the country’s roads by 2050.
Additionally, the event will feature Innovation4Mobility and the Lubricants Technology Conference, which address how the sector is minimising environmental impact as it explores related market opportunities, shares knowledge, and forges new partnerships.
“This year, we will have a keen focus on the EV sector, where, in the UAE for example, demand for EVs is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 30 per cent between 2022 and 2028, according to the global electric mobility readiness index published last year,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Portfolio Director at event organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East.
Automechanika Dubai 2023 will also include several new features. On day one, delegates can explore emerging trends in the fields of climate-neutral, connected, and autonomous mobility as part of Innovation4Mobility. Supported by Hella, the activities will feature expert speakers who will share insights into sustainability-related issues such as EV charging infrastructure, battery recycling, and green investment opportunities.
On day two, the Lubricants Technology Conference, supported by Chempol, will address a range of segment-specific themes such as digitalisation, cold blending technologies and the prevention of corrosion in EV drivetrains.
Other event highlights include the Automechanika Dubai Awards, which recognise excellence from across the MENA region; Automechanika Academy, an interactive learning and networking hub; AfriConnections, a platform that connects African buyers with global suppliers; Modern Workshop, a programme that enables workshops, garages, and repair centres to become future-ready; and the PitStop Challenge, which offers automotive professionals an opportunity to demonstrate their skills under pressure.
The fair will also feature eight specialised Product Sections: Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customising, Tyres & Batteries, Car Wash & Care, Oils & Lubricants, Diagnostics & Repair, and Body & Paint.
“Twenty years in the making, Automechanika Dubai 2023 will deliver unrivalled business opportunities to exhibitors and visitors alike, acting as a catalyst for new collaborations, partnerships, and market expansion within the Middle East and beyond,” said Bilikozen.