One of the most anticipated events on the cleaning and waste management industry calendar, MECTW is the only one of its kind in the Middle East – a global forum uniting the cleaning and hygiene industries, waste management, laundry and dry cleaning, and car wash and car care sectors. The event was held 13 – 15 November at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, and comprised the fourth edition of CMEP (Clean Middle East Pulire) Expo, second edition of Gulf Laundrex-Linen Care Expo, Gulf Car Wash-Car Care Expo, and three new pavilions, Waste Management, Sewerage & Sanitation and Specialised Cleaning.
In line with the sustainable future vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and with a focus on generating awareness on cleanliness and hygiene across different sectors across the region, MECTW with its exhibition and conferences brought together industry thought leaders, decision-makers and investors from across the globe. The show which had over 130 exhibitors received a great response in terms of the quality and quantity of visitors. MECTW was inaugurated on November 13, 2016 by HE Butti Saeed Al Ghandi, Second Vice Chairman of Dubai World Trade Centre. Also present at the inaugural ceremony were Jamal Lootah, CEO, Imdaad and President of MEFMA; Jayaraman Nair, Chairman VIS Exhibitions & Conferences; J.P. Nair, Managing Director, VIS, among others.
Waste Management Pavilion
With a core objective of moving forward on the path to achieving the goal of a sustainable future for the region, this year, CMEP Expo also extended its scope with new pavilions for Waste Management, Sewerage and Sanitation, and Specialised Cleaning, with several companies participating in the show.
The third edition of the International Cleaning and Hygiene Conference (ICHC) focused on the theme of ‘Innovation’. The current trend in the industry shows the gradual adaption of high-tech products, robotics and a shift towards the ‘Internet of Things’. Middle East is also moving towards more specific training mechanisms, increased understanding of quality vs. cost and gearing up for a clean, green and modern future. The conference brought together senior experts from the region to address these topics.
The Excellence Awards, which recognises the efforts of cleaning attendants from the hospitality industry, was held on November 15 during the Middle East Cleaning Technology Week. The impressive ceremony was attended by top professionals in the cleaning, FM and hospitality sectors.
“UNSUNG CITY CLEANING HEROES” AWARDS
Thirteen workers from four emirates were awarded for their efforts in street cleaning The Middle East Cleaning Technology Week had launched in 2015 a first-of-its-kind initiative in the region – Unsung City Cleaning Heroes Awards, to recognise the dedicated services provided by the outdoor cleaning staff in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While there are hundreds of workers toiling away in an effort to keep the cities clean and green, their efforts usually go unnoticed. The Unsung City Cleaning Heroes Awards rewarded some of the best outdoor cleaning staff for their hard work in this segment. This year, the initiative has been extended to other emirates, with the awards being presented to workers involved in street cleaning and waste management in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
The awards which include a certificate and cash prize of Dh1500 each were presented to the 13 best city cleaning staff nominated by different municipalities and waste management authorities. The awards for Sharjah and Dubai city cleaning staff were sponsored by Bee’ah and Imdaad respectively. The Unsung City Cleaning Heroes Awards ceremony was held immediately after the inauguration of MECTW on November 13, 2016. The awards were presented by Jamal Lootah, CEO, Imdaad; Sonia Nasser, Technical Director, Ras Al Khaimah Waste Mangement Authority; John Colley, Chairman and Founder, Intercare Group; William Khodeir, Project Manager, Lavajet; Abdullah Mohammed Kotbeddine, Operations Manager, Bee’ah; and Mahmoud Gad, HR Manager-UAE, Veolia.
It was a very touching moment for the winners including Mohammad Ibrahim Ali Akder, Mohammed Kutty Kozhikkaramattil, Khalil Ahmed at Dubai Municipality; Sudalali Uruthumadan and Shajahan Miah at Veolia Environmental Services, Lot 5 Musafah, Centre of Waste Management; Banto Miah at Lavajet, Abu Dhabi Lot 1, Centre of Waste Management; Abdulkader Manik Khalil, Lavajet; Hamid Ali, Naveed Hussain, Mohammad Chand and Mohammad Arif at Tandeef division – Bee’ah, Sharjah; as well as Munir Ahmed Mufiz-Ullah and Jahid Shaheed Ullah at Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Authority.