Arabcab 2013: Event Report
The Activities for the 9th Arabcab conference have now been concluded, after what has been a very busy and successful conference, here is a recap of the main activates throughout the 3 days.
Day 1: 26th of October 2013
This Year’s event started on Saturday, the 26th of October, with a dinner sponsored by the main sponsor Borouge at the host hotel, the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal in Abu Dhabi, guests enjoyed meeting each other and talking about common issues over the sounds of the Arabian Oud.
Day 2: 27th of October 2013
The conference activities were officially opened at 10:30AM, with a speech from His Highness Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who welcomed the delegates and talked about Abu Dhabi’s endeavors in the field of electricity and power, he wished the participants success in their efforts to form complete and balanced plans for the Arab world in the field of electricity and power, and to set unified standards and help to grow the cable industry in the Arab world, his highness also talked about the importance of the issue of housing in the Arab World, and the need to find viable solutions for it.
His Speech was followed by a speech from Arabcab’s secretary general, Mr. Hamid Al Zayani, who welcomed the guests to the convention and talked briefly about the rapid growth of Abu Dhabi, and how it sets an example for other cities, Mr. Hamid also stressed the importance of the issue of housing and wished all the participants a successful conference.
This was followed by a speech from His Excellency Mr. Rashid Bin Saud Al Shamsi who welcomed the guests and wished them a very successful conference.
After a short break, the presentations resumed, the main topic for the second speakers session was Housing in the Arab World, which is the conferences main theme, the first speech was done by Mr. Ghassan Boulboul, member of the Arabcab executive committee, who spoke on Behalf of Iraq’s ministry of housing on the issue of housing in Iraq, and the solutions the government has been trying to come up with to combat it, and highlighted the key projects that were completed or under construction in Iraq.
This was followed by a speech from Mr. Ashraf Osman, Acting CEO of AlDukheil Financial Group, who spoke about the issue of housing in the Arab World, highlighting the key figures that need to be addressed as well as the ever increasing demand on housing around the region and how it links to the Cable Industry, he also spoke in more detail about housing in Saudi Arabia.
Finally, Mr. Abdulrahman Al Ahmed from Al Fanar group presented his presentation on the mega projects happening in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and how these projects have massive logistical requirements in them including a great deal of demand of electrical and phone cables.
This second day concluded with a dinner at the Cedar Lounge in the Fairmont Bab Al Bahar hotel, hosted by Ducab, the guests enjoyed the dinner’s Arabic sitting and entertainment, with Mr. Andrew Shaw, CEO of Ducab giving a small speech thanking everyone for their efforts in making this Arabcab a success and wishing them a pleasant evening.
Third day: (28th of October 2013)
The final day activates began with a speech from Mr. Phillip Radbourne, director of Integer research, in it he spoke about the latest developments of the Cable industry in the GCC region, and what these developments mean to cable manufacturers and suppliers in the region.
This was followed by a speech by Mr. Eric Le Roux, director of the commodity team in Société General who spoke about the most recent fluctuations in the prices of Copper and Aluminum.
The last speech of the day was presented by Mr. Hakan Lennartsson, Senior Technical Engineer in Borouge who spoke about the creative solutions the company offers to the cable industry, and how they can help to get the best quality out of cables.
After a short break the conference resumed with the General Committee meeting, which discussed a wide range of issues such as the importance of having unified standards for cables in the Arab World, and how to combat product dumping in its markets, the committee also agreed on Egypt to host the 10th Arabcab conference, with the issue being transportation as well as they key challenges facing cable manufacturers in the Arab World being selected
The activities of the 9th Conference concluded with a visit to Shaikh Zayed’s Grand Mosque, followed by a visit to Masday City in which the participants enjoyed a quick tour of the city and an insight on the latest development in the clean and carbon neutral energy field.
Registration for the 9th Arabcab convention is now open, those who are interested in attending, sponsoring, and speaking in the convention can now submit their information the executive committee of Arabcab in order to confirm their attendance. The convention will be held between 26th and the 28th of October 2013, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, it will deal with the issue of “Public housing in the Arab world” which is the issue of the hour in the Arab World, as the Arab population continues to increase, that puts the decision makers in our Arab World in a position that requires them to provide a vast amount of housing options, the increase is naturally followed by an increase in demand on power which also leads to an increase on demand on power and electricity cables.
The Ritz Carlton hotel in Abu Dhabi was selected as the venue for this year’s convention, the Brand new prestigious property has just recently opened in March and is located strategically between the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Sea, with a breathtaking view and world-class services, the Ritz Carlton will also be offering a special rate for all guests who confirm their attendance in this year’s conference.
The convention will feature speeches from prominent personalities in the Arab World such as housing ministers and members of the Arab Economic Unity Council and the Abu Dhabi Government, as well as speeches about the latest developments in the wire and Cable industry, visits to sights in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Dinners hosted by the convention’s main sponsors.For More Information on how to register, sponsor and apply for a speakers slot, check out the conference page on the website.
The convention will be held between 26th and the 28th of October 2013, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, it will deal with the issue of “Public housing in the Arab world” which is the issue of the hour in the Arab World, as the Arab population continues to increase, that puts the decision makers in our Arab World in a position that requires them to provide a vast amount of housing options, the increase is naturally followed by an increase in demand on power which also leads to an increase on demand on power and electricity cables.