The Arabian Gulf means business at the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum from 9-11 December in Abu Dhabi

This year the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum moves to the UAE capital to further discussions on the development and promotion of the GCC’s cruise industry and regional growth opportunities.The Forum will take place at Rosewood, Abu Dhabi from 9-11 December.

Organized by Seatrade and supported by the Abu Dhabi and Culture Authority and Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, the Forum will feature a Summit session giving emphasis on the challenges and developments of the cruise tourism with a special focus on the Gulf region.

The forum is an opportunity for cruise line representatives to meet with regional stakeholders, attend workshops and expand their networks.

An announcement is also expected from Grant Holmes (CEO of Progress International FZC) a speaker (shown below) on the formation of a Gulf Cruise Alliance, whereby a number of Arabian Gulf destination will collaborate to form a marketing synergy. Such a strategic alliance demonstrates that the players within the Arabian Gulf are getting organized and mean business.

Speakers in the Forum will be: HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Helen Beck, Sultan Hamad Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Claudius Docekal, Simon Douwes, Grant Holmes, Tim Lowther, HE Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Darius Mehta, Hamad bin Mejren, HE Eng. Issa M. Al Mohannadi, Tine Oelmann, Erkunt Oner, Rob Roberts, Dario Rustico, Captain Al Shamisi, John Stoll, Gianluca Suprani,Steven Young, Jasem Zaiton.