Seatrade Maritime signs vital MOUs with Emirates Shipping Association and YoungShip UAE during a night of networking and collaboration


The networking reception witnessed the signing of two MoUs to enhance the growth of international collaboration, and the recognition and support of the next generation of regional maritime professionals

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Seatrade Maritime held a networking reception at Sofitel Jumeirah Beach, ahead of the 2023 Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East, the flagship event of the UAE Maritime Week. Attended by over 150 industry players, the networking reception brought together some of the leading maritime and logistics professionals, thought leaders, and decision-makers, on a common platform to foster connections, spark insightful discussions, share knowledge, and collaborate on new initiatives to drive the progress of the industry.

In addition to networking, the reception provided attendees with an ideal opportunity to interact and share vital information on how the maritime and logistics sectors have grown over the years to play a pivotal role in driving regional and global economic growth.

Flagbearer of regional maritime development

During the reception, Informa Markets signed two MoUs. The first agreement was signed between Informa Markets and Emirates Shipping Association, which will see the former provide the latter with the status of “Strategic Supporting Organisation” for Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East. The partnership between the two parties demonstrates their commitment to promoting the growth and development of the maritime industry in the region, and provide a platform for its stakeholders to network, exchange ideas, and engage with industry leaders.

Representing Emirates Shipping Association, Huma Qureshi, General Manager of the organisation said: “We are thrilled to enter this partnership with Informa Markets. As a Strategic Supporter of Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East, the MoU will provide access to exclusive benefits, including top-notch marketing, exposure, and unparalleled networking opportunities, enabling us to educate and create awareness on issues relevant to the maritime cluster. As the world continues to recover from back-to-back crises, industries are returning to normalcy and increasing their reliance on seaborne trade, leading to exciting times for the region’s maritime sector. We look forward to capitalising on the opportunities this will bring, and working together to drive the growth of the industry, while also catering to the interests of our members, since the association leads to being the unified maritime voice across the different stakeholders in the UAE.”  

Empowering the next generation of maritime professionals

The second MoU was signed between Informa Markets and YoungShip UAE to promote the 20 Under 40 initiative, and highlight the opportunities provided by YoungShip UAE to aspiring maritime professionals in the region. As a result of the partnership, YoungShip UAE will be recognised as the “Supporting Organisation” for Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East, in addition to both parties combining their forces to encourage the next generation of maritime leaders to take part in the industry, contribute to its security, sustainability, and growth.

On behalf of YoungShip UAE, Capt. Rami Al Breiki, Chairman of the entity said: “We are looking forward to the support of Informa Markets to enhance the progress of the industry by recognising skilled and qualified maritime professionals. The 20 Under 40 initiative is a significant step towards achieving this goal, and we find it very important for us to support such efforts. By highlighting the achievements and experiences of young industry professionals, we will be able to educate the youth about the lucrative and fulfilling opportunities that lie in the sector for successful careers, and attract a higher volume of applicants willing to contribute to the industry’s growth.”

Gearing up for a successful event

Speaking on the significance of the reception and the two signings, Chris Morley, Group Director, Seatrade Maritime said: “The networking reception was a step forward in our aim to organise an impactful event, favourable to industry growth and expansion. Through this reception, we were able to provide industry stakeholders with a valuable opportunity to come together and strengthen their relationships with one another. Therefore, we can say with conviction that we were able to achieve what we aimed for through this reception, and are looking forward to a successful event with an ocean of attendees.”

We are also proud to announce our partnerships with Emirates Shipping Association and YoungShip UAE. Both these organisations have spent several years in the UAE, consistently contributing to the sustenance and progress of the regional maritime sector. We believe that it is the right step forward to build on the individual capabilities of the two entities, and collectively catalyse the growth of the regional maritime sector,Morley added.    

Emma Howell, Middle East Development Director, Informa Markets Maritime & Cruise portfolio said: “The networking event was helpful in bringing together stalwarts from across the industry to share insights, and have a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the coming decades. The reception was also a great way to get the ball rolling about our upcoming event in May 2023, increasing its awareness, the topics that will be covered, and the new initiatives that will be launched. The signing of the two MoUs was the highlight of the reception, establishing our commitment to the industry’s growth and expansion for the years to come.”    

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 2023 is driven by Informa Markets Maritime and will take place from 15 – 19 May in Dubai.

About Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East:

Seatrade Maritime Logistics 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.