Seatrade Maritime Middle East, as part of the UAE Maritime Week,opens registration for the much-awaited in-person event

The event will act as avital platform to showcase the capabilities of local maritime markets and host a series of insightful talks with influential industry players

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 of September 2021:Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME), the largest in-person exhibition and conference taking place during UAE Maritime Week -under the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure – has opened registration, marking the first step in the countdown to the landmark week of maritime-led events and activities.The in-person exhibition and conference will be held at Dubai Exhibition Centre from 13-15 December 2021, as part of Expo 2020.

This year, the UAE Maritime Week is supported by Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) as the strategic partner for the event. As one of the most influential events in the maritime sector, SMME, under the umbrella of this strategic Week, has been at the forefront of introducing pioneering initiatives that empower theindustry. The eventwill provide participants with opportunities to meetthought-leaders, build lasting partnerships and exchange ideas that will contribute to reinforcing the region’s position as a prominent industry hub.

Inspiring conversation, innovation and growth

Owing to the value it adds to the maritime industry, SMME is one of the most awaited events that has been vital inaiding the growth of the sector valued at over AED90 billion annually. To help sustain this growth, year after year, the event hopes to enable the sectorby engaging professionals with experts, through dialogue that will encourage the industryto adapt to the ever-changing market trends and respond to the challenges faced.The event agenda for the 2021 edition features an impressive line-up of speakerswho will tackle key topics including the status of the maritime industry in the Middle East, market overview, regulatory challenges, developments in ports and terminals,digitalisation, crew practices and the impact of Sulphur 2020, to name a few.

Chris Morley, Group Director – Maritime Events, Informa MarketsMaritime said, “Over the last one year the industry has witnessed rapid developments. Despite the market challenges, nations like the UAE have showcased their prowess retaining their leading position in many competitive indexes. The country ranks 5th globally as a key competitive maritime hub. Our goal is to continue supporting the country’s growth by providing a platform like SMME, for the industry to converge. Through the event, we are also hoping to enhance the UAE’s candidacy for IMO’s Executive Council category “B” membership.”

Showcasing the competencies of the UAE

Emma Howell, Director of Digital and Content, Seatrade Maritime, Informa Markets Maritime added, “SMME is a great forum that helpsprofessionals shape strategies that will enable their companiesto thrive.Through various endeavours, we hopeto facilitateengagement between governments in the region, policymakers, business leaders, disruptors and innovators. Through these conversations, collaborations and connections, the event will indeed help the industry to address challenges and utilise opportunities that arise in the future. Over the course of three days, we will witness several thousandattendees and more than 100world-class suppliers and service providers, giving the industry access to boundless networking opportunities. The 2021 edition will be extra special since the event is being held under the umbrella of the UAE Maritime Week.”

Apart from SMME, the UAE Maritime Week has multiple opportunities for the industry to embrace includingthe Seatrade Maritime Awards, in association with Lloyd’s List and exclusive experiences such as Maritime Leaders Forum and Experience Maritime. Attendees can utilise these platforms to interact with key industry leaders and decision-makers and explore what’s new in the industry.

To be a part of Seatrade Middle East, visit the link to register now


About UAE Maritime Week

UAE Maritime Week is the essential meeting place for professionals with a vested interest in developing the maritime sector across the UAE. Taking place annually, the week-long series of events provides participants with a critical opportunity to meet, build partnerships and exchange ideas as the region continues to emerge as a prominent industry hub. Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE Maritime Week 2021 is driven by Informa Markets Maritime and will take place from 12 – 16 December in Dubai.

About Seatrade Maritime Middle East

Seatrade Maritime Middle East is the Middle East’s largest maritime trade event and conference. The event witnesses the region’s largest gathering of ship owners and connects them with thousands of proactive industry professionals from both the local and international maritime markets. The highly anticipated event returns to Dubai every two years and provides an unparalleled arena for those looking to do business across the prosperous Middle East market. It provides a gateway for local businesses to meet with key international stakeholders. Now in its tenth edition, the event caters to all maritime businesses with a vested interest in the Middle East market.

Seatrade Maritime Middle East Press Contacts:


Emma Howell

Director of Digital and Commercial Content | Maritime

Informa Markets

Sheepen Place, Colchester, Essex

Direct line: +44 (0) 20 7017 4708

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