seatrade-middle_eastThe opportunities and challenges faced by the Middle East maritime industry as world trade continues to grow steadily will top the agenda at the upcoming three-day Seatrade Middle East Maritime exhibition and conference (SMEM).

SMEM takes place at the Dubai International Conference & Exhibition Centre from 28-30 October 2014 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

SMEM will bring together a panel of maritime industry leaders, influential economists as well as shipping analysts. These experts will provide critical insight into what the future holds for trade patterns, energy demand and supply, investment, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and their effect on the regional maritime industry, short to medium term.

This year’s Seatrade Middle East Maritime will be its seventh edition and is now firmly established as the largest event of its kind in the regional calendar. Over 7,000 participants are expected to attend along with 240 exhibitors covering more than 4,350 square metres of exhibition space. New this year will be Offshore Marine, a dedicated vertical which will add another sector of interest.