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UAE Maritime Week to initiate vital discussions and action for a brighter future within the maritime industry


The strategic Week that kicks off tomorrow will offer opportunities for networking, learning and collaboration through events including the flagship Seatrade Maritime Middle East

The much-awaited UAE Maritime Week, under the patronage of the UAE Ministry for Energy and Infrastructure, is due to kick-start tomorrow. The week that will conclude on 16th December 2021, will provide participants with opportunities to meet thought-leaders, build lasting partnerships and exchange ideas on the latest developments in the industry.

As part of the strategic week, the flagship Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME), is scheduled to take place from 13 to 15 December 2021 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre at the Expo 2020 Dubai. Featuring sessions led by Seatrade ShipTech and TOC Middle East, the agenda will touch upon topics like seafarer safety, the supply chain of tomorrow, digitalisation and data, regulation updates and decarbonisation and sustainable shipping.

Aiding the industry’s recovery

The maritime industry has faced unprecedented challenges over the past two years. To shed light on the current state of affairs, SMME will bring together spokespersons from government and private sector organisation in a keynote session titled “State of the Middle East Maritime Industries”. Speakers include H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, Executive Director of the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), H.E. Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag, President of Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport and Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World UAE & Jafza. Panellists will analyse the pressures facing shipping and logistics in the Middle East, how they have re-shaped the industry.

Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade said, “We are still recovering from the aftermath of the pandemic that has changed the way we live and conduct business. As things get back to normal, we need to integrate our efforts to build a future where we experience minimal disruptions. The UAE and several countries from the Middle East introduced pioneering initiatives to reduce the impact of the global crisis. We firmly believe that such success stories must be spoken about. We are certain that the UAE Maritime Week will encourage dialogue between experts from around the globe. This, in turn, will contribute to the development of the industry and reinforce the region’s position as a prominent hub.”

Abdulaziz Sabri, President of Bahri Ship Management explained, “Bahri has once again demonstrated our capability to deliver sustained excellence. Even when markets worldwide were unstable, we sustained our business, leading innovation and excellence in the region’s logistics and transportation industry through the use of advanced technology, new and improved service offerings, market expansion and fleet strengthening. We owe our success to the constant trust and support of our customers, and we are looking forward to continuing our upward trajectory. The UAE Maritime Week will help us, and other stakeholders achieve considerable progress by uniting industry leaders from the Middle East region and the world. We are looking forward to collaborations that will re-shape the industry.”

Inspiring positive change

SMME has also announced a strategic partnership with the Norwegian Pavilion that is part of Expo 2020 Dubai for the Sustainable Oceans Forum. The partnership will facilitate panel discussions with experts from the shipping industry on decarbonisation, alternative fuels, hybrid-powered vessels, energy transition and digitalisation and sustainability in the industry.

Chris Morley, Group Director – Maritime Events, Informa Markets Maritime elaborated, “Every year, we ensure the introduction of new initiatives in collaboration that will benefit industry stakeholder. This year, in association with Fichte & Co, we will introduce the ‘The Maritime Excellence Forum’ that will take place on 14 December 2021 at SMME. Seasoned professionals from organisations like E Ships, Societe Generale, Safana Maritime, P&O Maritime Logistics, Seamaster and Global Marketing Systems (GMS), will discuss compliance, legal risks, and finance and opportunities that will enable the UAE to continue evolving into a competent maritime business centre.”

Throughout the course of the week, experts from leading maritime organisations including DNV, Al Tamimi & Co, ABS, Tomini Shipping, Inmarsat Maritime, Yara Marine Technologies, Wartsila, BOXBAY, Kongsberg Maritime, IB Marine, KOTC, Ince Consultancy, among others will initiate dialogue by highlighting the latest developments in the industry

The UAE Maritime Week will give attendees an opportunity to be a part of several other events including the Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa, in association with Lloyd’s List, the Seatrade Maritime 20 Under 40 Awards and exclusive experiences such as Maritime Leaders Forum and Experience Maritime.