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Seatrade Maritime reveals new strategic industry collaborations

Officials during the event.

Officials during the event.

The maritime and logistics industry’s overwhelming commitment has led to a record-breaking number of organisations signing up as partners for the UAE Maritime Week and its associated events, including the Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East, the flagship event of the week, a year ahead of its scheduled dates in May 2025.

These organisations include the National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL), the Dubai Shipping Agents Association (DSAA), the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology UAE (IMarEST UAE), the Nautical Institute UAE, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) UAE, and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) UAE. These seven entities were the first to announce their support to the Week during the Seatrade Maritime-hosted networking reception.

Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the Week will take place on May 5-9, 2025. During the networking reception, Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said: “The quick commitment of these supporting partners to be part of the UAE Maritime Week is a testament to the industry’s significance in conducting business and showcasing the UAE maritime cluster globally.”

“Looking at the success of this reception, we can confidently say that preparations for the 2025 UAE Maritime Week are gaining momentum. Last year, the Week witnessed attendance from over 90 countries, attracting global attention and investments to the UAE’s maritime sector. This year, we look forward to further growth in attendance, solidifying the nation’s position as an international hub for maritime businesses.”

“Additionally, one of the Week’s major achievements has been its ability to serve as an ideal platform for maritime start-ups and SMEs to grow. This year, we not only anticipate a continuation of this trend, but also expect a significant increase in the number of entities benefiting from the Week,” Eng. Al Malek added.

Nadia Abdul Aziz, President of NAFL said: “The Seatrade Maritime networking reception was pivotal for NAFL, as it provided us an invaluable platform to exchange ideas and share insights within the vibrant maritime community present here. Our participation in the previous UAE Maritime Week proved to be instrumental in expanding our network and enhancing our industry visibility. As we look ahead to the upcoming UAE Maritime Week in 2025, we anticipate further opportunities to showcase NAFL’s pivotal role in the logistics sector, engage with industry leaders, and capitalise on the Week’s strategic programme and dynamic environment to drive progress and innovation within the maritime industry.”

Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of IMarEST UAE Branch said: “There are several factors that make the UAE Maritime Week stand out as the most anticipated gathering for the industry, the most important of which are its focus on driving innovation in the sector, and its emphasis on strengthening the maritime community.”

“These factors resonate seamlessly with the objectives of IMarEST. Last year, through our partnership, we were able to showcase the key role of maritime engineers, and were also able to highlight the trailblazing efforts of start-ups and innovators who are spearheading the development of breakthrough technology, projects, and processes designed to optimise the efficiency of the industry.”

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