Nabil Al Zahlawi, NFT Cranes managing partner

Nabil Al Zahlawi, NFT Cranes managing partner

The first speaker has been announced for the International Cranes and Transport Turkey conference being held in Istanbul on 8 May 2014. Nabil Al Zahlawi, NFT Cranes managing partner, will talk about, among other topics, the ongoing project to construct a new Bosphorus bridge crossing between the west and east sides of Istanbul.

In 1994 Nabil Al Zahlawi started NFT with 20 cranes for rental and 10 employees. It is now one of the largest tower crane rental companies in the world with almost 1,000 cranes, 200 hoists and 600 employees. NFT holds more than 60 % market share in the GCC countries and the Middle East. Based in Abu Dhabi, NFT also operates in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, Taiwan.

Other prestigious projects NFT cranes have been used on are the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, the Pearl in Qatar, the World Trade Center in Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifa tower and Marina 101 in Dubai.

International Cranes and Transport Turkey brings together international experts and top level speakers with major players in the region to focus on key issues facing the crane and specialized transport industry. Sharing and comparing experience among leading industry peers in the unique environment created at this event can bring real reward in operating a safer and more efficient business.

CATT has a unique audience of senior executives and leading professionals from the crane and heavy lift sector and includes the buoyant energy sector. Be involved at the cutting edge of industry development by attending, sponsoring, speaking at or otherwise contributing to this event. The conference will be supported and sponsored by leading crane and specialized transport equipment manufacturers as well as the suppliers of equipment and services to the industry. It follows the very successful crane and transport events held previously in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Istanbul, Turkey; São Paulo, Brazil; and Shanghai, China.

Turkey is the bridge between Europe and Asia. Its geographical location provides a unique gateway to Asia with close economic ties to the Middle East, North Africa and South Eastern Europe. The Turkish economy has shown remarkable and steady growth over the last eight years. This impressive performance has encouraged experts and international financial institutions to make confident forecasts about the economic future. Huge investment is coming in infrastructure and energy sector development in the country and the surrounding region. With the consequential boost in demand for cranes and specialized transport equipment, skills and services, there is an increasing need for experienced operators and higher standards of safety in the region. Equipment operators, contractors and others need to ensure that they are working to world class standards of best practice using the best equipment.

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