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Dubai to host TradeWinds Shipowners Forum - Middle East

Press Release   •   Jan 25, 2016 08:52 GMT

With shipping activity gearing up in the Gulf, news service TradeWinds has chosen Dubai as the venue for its third and final Shipowner Forum marking its 25th Anniversary year.

The event is being staged at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on March 9th and is being organised with the full support of HE Sultan Bin Sulayem Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation and Chairman of DMCA who will welcome guests in his opening remarks.

Based on earlier Forums held in Athens and Hong Kong, the discussions will be followed by an evening reception to maximise guest’s value for time and allowing them to explore potential opportunities and partnerships in less formal surroundings.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of event sponsor DMCA, said, “These are truly exciting times for the global shipping industry, which is ably reflected in the high number of activity posted across international ports. Our presence at this leading international event will allow us to share the objectives we have set in the Dubai Maritime Strategy--aiming to solidify the emirate's position as a leading global maritime hub. In fact, the DMCA is currently sharpening its focus on key areas such as ports, logistics services and maritime arbitration in order to achieve this vision while also developing a safe maritime environment.”

The Forum is designed to be topical and forward looking with highly focused discussion sessions and presentations made by a mix of high-level global maritime influencers and local leaders.

Following a keynote address from Eng. Abdullah Al-Sulaiti, Managing Director of Nakilat, high profile speakers from Iran include Dr Ali Akbar Safaei, Managing Director, NITC and Dr Mohammad Saeidi, Chairman & Managing Director of IRISL. They will take part alongside Per Wistoft, CEO of UACC, René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer of Topaz Marine & Energy.

A panel featuring local and international experts will shed light on shipping’s ‘game changers’. It includes Rory Hussey, Managing Director of ING, Sultan Riaz Khan, President & CEO of Tavlon Commercial Enterprise, Dimitris Koukas, Managing Director of Optima Shipbrokers, Marcus Machin, Director of Tufton Oceanic, Anil Sharma, Founder & CEO of GMS and Klaus Stoltenburg, Global Head of Ship Finance of Deutsche Bank.

“Dubai is a vibrant maritime business centre investing in its future. We are delighted to conclude our 25th Anniversary Shipowner Forum programme with a topical discussion for shipowners, traders and financiers with interest in the Middle East,” concluded Julian Bray, Editor-in-Chief, TradeWinds.

TradeWinds Events is the conference arm of shipping news provider TradeWinds. We help move business forward through information exchange, stimulating fresh thinking and professional networking. We produce lively, independent and interactive conferences covering a wide range of maritime sectors, including ship building,  ship recycling, marine insurance, maritime security, offshore shipping and  technology, and vessel chartering. Each conference agenda is carefully designed to tackle the most topical and often controversial subjects. We do not offer time on the podium in exchange for sponsorship, but rather on the merits of the contribution and we continually appraise our performance via regular delegate feedback surveys