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    Industry gears up for Gulf Maritime 2004

    News // December 19, 2003
    Despite the tense and difficult situation prevailing last year, the Gulf Maritime 2003 exhibition was very successfully completed, and this inspired an even bigger and better event for April 2004.

    Already, say the organisers, Baird Publications, sales for the 2004 event, which takes place in Dubai April 19-21st, 2004 are up by some 50 per cent compared with the same time last year.

    Despite, or partly, perhaps, because of the war, the Gulf region is still booming. There is an enormous amount of marine related construction in port development, shipyard construction and residential and commercial real estate development on and beyondthe coasts. For example, the Sharjah Port Authority, which is one of the main sponsors of Gulf Maritime, is doubling the size of its main Arabian Sea container port Khor Fakkan. This, in addition to ongoing major developments at its ports on the Gulf side.

    There are more than 15 major ports in the region, some with significant industrial projects attached to them that are being substantially developed at the moment.

    Ships, boats and their equipment are all needed to service these and other petroleum related developments in the region. This is being widely recognised elsewhere and, thus, Gulf Maritime is attracting large numbers of the world's leading suppliers. Forexample, more than 20 shipbuilders have already confirmed their participation as exhibitors. They are from India, Europe, Australia, UAE, Malaysia and the United States.

    As with the first Gulf Maritime event, a custom-made marina will be supplied by Emirates and Gulf Marinas. This will be located right alongside the Expo Centre Sharjah. The only difference will be that it will be twice as big as last year.In 2003 more than 2000 visitors from 47 countries visited the first exhibition. As the Gulf is the second fastest growing region, after China, in the world, the organisers confidently expect that the second Gulf Maritime event will be even bigger and better.

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