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UAE making headway in the effort to become a multi-dimensional global maritime hub

As one of the region’s most developed maritime centers, the UAE has been making headway in its journey towards becoming a multi-dimensional global commercial shipping and maritime hub. Experts are confident that 2018 is going to be an even more significant period in the Arab nation’s journey as investments in ports, logistics, and smart innovation technologies continue to pour in.

t is against this backdrop that the Seatrade brand of UBM EMEA hosted the ‘Seatrade Shipping and Maritime Industry Roundtable’ which saw the attendance of leading industry names who gathered to discuss pressing issues facing the sector and take part in the immense knowledge and expertise sharing opportunities during the forum. The event took place after an evening of networking attended by more than 80 leading maritime personalities, including Nawfal Al Jourani, Chief Officer, Dubai Maritime Cluster Office, who spoke passionately about the UAE Maritime Week.

Emma Howell, Global Marketing Manager, Seatrade portfolio, UBM EMEA, said: “The UAE has been taking major strides in its quest to build inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable commercial shipping and maritime communities. Winning the Category B membership of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council was a further endorsement to the country’s world-class capabilities to support all major aspects of the industry and ensure its continuous growth and development.

“Seatrade’s roundtable served as a platform for all major stakeholders to look into these opportunities further and tackle key challenges to help the local industry move towards its goals. Additionally, it was an opportunity for the participants to network with industry leaders and their like-minded peers that could further grow their businesses. We are enthusiastic about the positive results of the event and active participation of our attendees as we look forward to the same fruitful discussions in the future.”

Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade was the moderator of the event which focused on a range of topical issues, including intelligent shipping and automation; cybersecurity; regulatory challenges for the industry and its response to the 2020 sulphur deadline; and the state of the local, regional, and global markets and the factors likely to influence them in the year ahead.

Join the Smart Shipping debate at Seatrade Maritime Middle East

Other topics included liquefied natural gas as a fuel for the future; the UAE and Dubai’s role as a maritime centre and its election to the IMO Council; the changing pattern of world trade and its implications for the ports; the implications for ports of consolidation and re-alignment in the container trades; and the diversification and development of new opportunities in the region.

The renowned group of speakers comprised Fazel Fazelbhoy, Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Offshore FZ LLE; Marcus Machin, Chief Executive Officer, Tufton Oceanic; Chris Peters, Chief Executive Officer, ESHIPS; Rayan Qutub, Chief Executive Officer, King Abdullah Port; Capt Tony Field, Marine & Offshore Manager, Middle East & Africa, Lloyd’s Register, and Ali Shehab Ahmad, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC).


Seatrade Maritime Middle East is the maritime meeting place for international and regional ship owners and operators, ports, financiers, and other maritime professionals. This year’s edition will focus on encouraging maritime professionals to network, do business, strengthen and nurture new relationships while hearing about industry topics within relevant and comprehensive conference sessions. Seatrade Maritime Middle East will he held from October 29 to 31, 2018, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, and as part of the UAE Maritime Week.

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