Automechanika Dubai, the Middle East and Africa’s largest trade fair for the automotive service industry, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 18th edition of the event will now take place from 19 to 21 October 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
“We stand united with the entire automotive aftermarket industry as we navigate these challenging times,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Show Director for Automechanika Dubai. “Automechanika Dubai is truly a global event, and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 meant potentially thousands of stakeholders are limited in their ability to plan ahead and attend the show at its original dates in June.
“Confirming the new dates proved particularly challenging on account of the show’s size, coupled with a very busy events schedule at the venue toward the end of the year, however we’re confident we’ve settled on a date that is most suitable for all stakeholders.
“Now, more than ever, it’s important for the automotive aftermarket to come together and ensure business continuity. As passionate advocates for the social and economic benefits of meeting face-to-face at events, we’re committed to staging another successful show in October.
“Our first priority is also to the health and wellbeing of our exhibitors and visitors. We’re therefore taking the sensible precautionary response, while carefully watching and taking the advice of the relevant local and global authorities. We’re working hard to ensure that all the appropriate health and safety measures will be in place for the show later this year.”
Organisers say this year’s event will showcase several exciting elements such as the Automechanika Academy, the Modern Workshop, and the Innovation Zone, which will keep the many thousands of trade buyers and industry professionals in tune with new market developments.
The Innovation Zone is a dedicated area at the centre of the show floor featuring presentations and product showcases from exhibitors that are steering the course for the regional and global automotive aftermarket.
Other features include the Truck Competence initiative, which exhibits the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.
The Automechanika Academy will feature presentations such as Dubai’s automotive parts and accessories trade in 2019 by Dubai Customs, as well as AfriConnections, which explores rising opportunities in the African aftermarket.
More information is available here.