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About the IRU World Congress

Innovation on the move: leading the transformation of transport and trade

This century will see road transport becoming increasingly digital, connected and automated: the revolution has begun. The IRU World Congress is the platform for global decision-makers to exchange ideas, debate solutions and take the industry into the future.

Regional challenges, global solutions

What can we learn from new business models? How can the industry embrace digitalisation? And will full digitalisation and automation, mean the end of mode discrimination? How can we move goods and people faster, safer and cheaper? Which global solutions are needed to address regional challenges? How can transport businesses help regulators react faster to changing market structures? How can regions and countries better work together? What is the future of our industry?


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Why Oman?

As one of the world’s up-and-coming logistics hubs for trade and transport, and sitting at the heart of the dynamic Middle East region, Oman offers a timely stage for the Congress, and an ideal setting to experience first-hand how global trade and transport is shaping the region and the wider world. Muscat is a stunning coastal location, a modern city with excellent direct transport links to the region and major cities in Europe and Asia.

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Who will attend?

  • Government – transport and trade ministries, customs and mobility authorities
  • Business – transport operators, multinational and regional firms
  • International organisations – major UN agencies in transport and trade, other multilateral organisations and NGOs
  • National and regional transport associations
  • Senior level representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Countries, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and elsewhere
  • Media – trade and business media from the region


About the organisers


Road transport drives economies, helps communities prosper and fuels growth in our modern world. But the industry is at a crossroads. Transport is changing more quickly than ever before, becoming increasingly digital, connected and automated. And where there is change, there is opportunity.

It is our great pleasure to invite you to meet with us at the IRU World Congress 2018 in Muscat, Oman. For more than half a century, IRU has been at the heart of road transport. Our members represent close to one million operators around the world who run commercial road transport services. This reach, from the ground level up, positions us to work with you – the industry leaders – in Muscat in IRU’s 70th year – 2018 – to map out the transformation of transport, personal mobility and trade.

The industry’s future depends on it.


Umberto de Pretto
IRU Secretary General


ASYAD is the premier provider of integrated logistics services in Oman.

We manage a diverse portfolio that includes free zones, ports, transport, and logistics support services companies. We also implement the National Logistics Strategy that is transforming Oman into a global hub for logistics.

We warmly welcome all private and public stakeholders of the world road transport community to join the IRU World Congress 2018 and to benefit from doing business with Oman and our regional partners.


Abdulrahman Al Hatmi
Group Chief Executive