CATME Dubai conference programme completed

By Murray Pollok25 February 2022

The programme for the Cranes and Transport Middle East (CATME) conference has been finalised with the last speaker, Alexander Fickers, CEO of Cometto, joining the line-up.

CATME-2-Pic CATME will be held on 22-23 March in Dubai.

Fickers will discuss design trends in specialized transport, looking at the engineering challenges facing the sector.

The conference is on 22-23 March at the Swissotel Al-Murooj hotel in Dubai, UAE.

To see the full programme and book, visit:

The speakers and topics, in order of appearance on the day, will be as follows:

KEYNOTE: Good energy doesn’t come cheap
Paul van Gelder, CEO, Mammoet

Paul van Gelder, Mammoet CEO.

Challenges in the Middle East construction industry: the impact on tower crane engineering
Dr.-Ing. Mohamed Abouelezz, general manager, Wolffkran ISS

What can digitalisation do for the crane and transport industry?
Andrei Geikalo, founder, MyCrane

Lifting in the energy industry: highlights of Saudi Aramco’s crane operations
Hadi Al Sagour, head, Fleet & Roads Engineering Division, Saudi Aramco

Using cameras to improve the safety of lifting operations
Peter Hird, business development director, The Crosby Group – BlokCam

Peter-cropped Peter Hird, BlokCam-Crosby Group.

Challenges and solutions for the self-propelled transport business
Alexander Fickers, CEO, Cometto

Philippe Verdeure, Sarens.

Raising the roof: a major lifting project on Dubai Expo
Philippe Verdeure, managing director projects APAC & ME, Sarens

The synthetic gear revolution and its newest solution, synthetic chains
Dr Xavier Amils, commercial director, Industrias Murtra Cadenas (IMC)

Inspecting old cranes: key actions in Dubai and the Middle East
Mohammed Sadiq Sheriff, technical director, Gulf Test Safety Consultancies

CATME is organised by KHL Group and its magazine, International Cranes and Specialized Transport. Supporting organisations are SC&RA and ESTA, as well as the UAE Contractors’ Association.

The sponsors are:

  • Gold: Jaso Tower Cranes
  • Networking breaks: HSC Cranes
  • Lunch: WDI Wire Rope
  • Drinks recention: Terex
  • Silver: NFT
  • Support Plus+: Tadano
  • Supporting: Casar, Enerpac, Hydratight, Liebherr, Manitowoc, Modulift, Murlink, Ritchie bros
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