Automechanika Dubai 2023 was officially opened by Mattar Al Tayer, Commissioner-General for Infrastructure, Urban Planning and Well-Being Pillar, and Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai.
Several stands were visited, including Rhinomotive, a “game-changing” automotive brand based in the UAE that offers a high-quality automotive aftermarket product portfolio.
Celebrating two decades of success, the 20th edition of Automechanika Dubai is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre until 4 October and is expected to attract more than 45,000 visitors.
Spanning 14 halls, Automechanika Dubai 2023 is showcasing 1,938 exhibitors from 61 countries and houses 20 official international pavilions. The three-day event covers eight specialised product categories: Parts & Components, Electronics and Systems, Accessories and Customising, Tyres and Batteries, Car Wash and Care, Oils and Lubricants, Diagnostics and Repair, and Body and Paint.
“Over the past 20 years, Automechanika Dubai has established itself as the foremost networking hub for professionals in the automotive aftermarket industry in the region, connecting them with the broader Middle East, Africa and key CIS countries,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Portfolio Director at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Automechanika Dubai. “This year features our largest edition to date and to accommodate the show’s growth, we have widened the space by 64 per cent in terms of net square metres compared to 2022.
“During the next three days, there is a packed schedule of show features – from the Automechanika Academy to EV training and the Automotive Logistics Forum – which will enable businesses to stay on top of the latest industry insights, access new market opportunities and put their businesses into a new gear for the year ahead.”
Innovation4Mobility kicked off with two highly engaging discussions, beginning with ‘The UAE’s vision of Future Mobility’, led by Eng. Somayyah Alyammahi, Head of Productivity Projects and Demand Management Section at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. The session was followed by a discussion on consumer preferences and behaviours in the electric vehicle sector by Hasan Nergiz, Managing Director of Al Futtaim Electric Mobility Company.
Additionally, the Automechanika Academy offered in-depth industry insights and strategic market updates from a panel of leading experts. Key topics at the Automechanika Academy on the first day included ‘Driving into the future with Electric Vehicles (EV)’, hosted by Kivanc Karayol, Market Director and Sustainability Leader at Volvo, and ‘Tackling the rising challenge of counterfeits in the aftermarket automobile industry’.
At the Modern Workshop, attendees received insights into the latest sector innovations through workshops and live presentations. Hosted by Bosch, the workshop focused on the calibration of advanced driver-assistance systems and their contribution to driver safety.