A note From the ed­i­tor

LogisticsNews Middle East - - EDITOR’S LETTER - paromita@bncpub­lish­ing.net | @paromi­tadey1 | linkedin.com/in/paromita-dey

When Godol­phin’s Thun­der Snow crossed the win­ning mark dur­ing the Dubai World Cup 2018, the en­tire sta­dium erupted into a thun­der­ous ap­plause. Stand­ing amidst the crowd, I couldn’t stop my­self from ad­mir­ing the Ir­ish vet­eran and how the equine dom­i­nated other favourites. The races might be a spec­ta­cle to watch but what goes on be­hind-thescenes is no mean feat.

We delved into the lo­gis­tics and trans­porta­tion of these mar­vel­lous horses from dif­fer­ent parts of the world to the venue, and the jour­ney left our team com­pletely spell­bound. Each equine pas­sen­ger has an al­lo­cated bag­gage al­lowance, by weight – how­ever this in­cludes the horse it­self! And then there is wa­ter, hay, 30kg shav­ings as bed­ding, wa­ter buck­ets, feed buck­ets, tack bags (for sad­dles and bri­dles), rugs and any spare equip­ment. Horses are also pro­vided with in-flight wear, such as a light rug and pro­tec­tive leg gear. More so, ev­ery horse has his pass­port, and is mi­crochipped.

Com­plete care is taken dur­ing the en­tire jour­ney and the beau­ti­ful crea­tures travel in ut­most lux­ury. Their legs are taken ex­tra care of since they are frag­ile and those are its big­gest as­sets. Emi­rates Sky­cargo has been suc­cess­fully trans­port­ing the horses since the races be­gan and our cover story for this month talks to the spe­cial­ists for more in-depth de­tails.

Not to for­get, this is­sue also presents high­lights from the re­gion’s largest rail ex­hi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence, Mid­dle East Rail, which bought all the ma­jor rail­way play­ers to con­trib­ute to the Mid­dle East rail net­work. Com­pa­nies like Xrail, Al­stom, Hyper­loop One, and many more high­lighted their con­tri­bu­tions to­wards de­sign­ing, build­ing, and main­tain­ing the fu­ture growth of the sec­tor.

En­joy read­ing!

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