A time of change
Originally planned for Cairo, Cemtech Middle East & Africa finally got under way at the Grand Hyatt Dubai on 5 March, attended by some 200 delegates from over 30 countries, with over 45 individual cement companies from across the region represented. As usual, a wide-ranging presentation programme, showcasing the latest manufacturing technologies alongside detailed analysis of the global cement industry, provided the main focus for this three-day event.
As the enormity of what was taking place in Egypt became apparent, Cemtech responded by rapidly replanning the event, switching the venue to Dubai, UAE. Not an easy task, but one made possible by the efforts of a dedicated team and the support of speakers and exhibitors.
Finally, on 5 March, proceedings were opened by the Guest of Honour, His Excellency Sheikh Yasir Bin Ahmed Bin Humaid Al Qassimi, General Manager of Union Cement Company (UCC) and Chairman of the UAE Cement Producers’ Association, whose kind support played an important role in ensuring the successful switch from Cairo to Dubai.