Maritime industry gathers to explore potential opportunities at this year’s Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018

Maritime industry gathers to explore potential opportunities at this year’s Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018

Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME) 2018 is all set to open its doors on October 29, 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre, bringing together ship owners and managers, port operators and cargo owners, C-Suite stakeholders, financiers, and other maritime professionals for a three-day international exhibition and conference programme.

To be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the event, considered one of the most important of its kind in the region, will run until October 31, 2018 and is the official maritime exhibition to take place during the UAE Maritime Week 2018.

Nearly 300 exhibitors from leading international maritime companies and over 8,000 attendees, including renowned local, regional, and global maritime experts and specialists, are expected to join the trade show and its associated events. During the three-days, participants are going to network, do business, strengthen and nurture new relationships, while hearing about industry topics within relevant and comprehensive conference sessions, seminars and panel discussions, among others.

The topics to be discussed in the scheduled forums will revolve around autonomous shipping and automation; fuels of the future; digital and cyber technologies; and environmental challenges within the shipping industry. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet the world’s leading suppliers covering supply, construction, and maintenance of vessels.


Ahead of Seatrade Maritime Middle East is the Seatrade Maritime Awards, the largest and longest awards body for the maritime sector in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and African regions, which will be held on October 28, 2018 and this year celebrate the 15th year anniversary. The Awards were established to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the maritime industry across various segments, bringing to the fore the best practices within the maritime and shipping communities.

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