Visitor FAQ

Conference Enquiries

If I have a visitor ticket, can I attend the conference agenda?

You can visit the exhibition at SOMWME for free with a visitor ticket, but you can only join the conference agenda if you hold a conference pass. 

Can I attend the conference for Seatrade ShipTech Middle East?

Seatrade ShipTech Middle East is dedicated to covering key technology trends affecting the region's shipping and maritime market and will run concurrently with SOMWME. If you hold a conference badge for either event, you can attend the other, too.

Can I apply to be a speaker at SOMWME 2019?

If you are interested in speaking at SOMWME 2019, please do get in touch with our conference team.

General Questions

Will SOMWME be delivered in Arabic or English?

The event is in English-language only.

Who should attend SOMWME?

You! Quite simply, the ethos behind SOMWME is to provide a place for those involved in the offshore marine vessel and workboat industry to convene, connect and create profitable partnerships over the course of two exciting days.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for vessel owners to meet with the suppliers and ports who provide support to these offshore marine vessels, while the conference agenda hosts the offshore marine industry’s most critical conversations.

If you play a role in driving the future of the offshore marine industry, then SOMWME should be on your radar.

When will registration open for SOMWME 2019?

Registration is now open for SOMWME 2019. You can view ticket types and begin registration online today and take advantage of early-bird rates.

What’s new for SOMWME 2019?

We’re as committed as ever to delivering an event deserving of the offshore marine industry – which means we’ve made a number of changes to ensure SOMWME continues to fit that brief.

  • Location: For the first time in the event’s history, SOMWME will take place in Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah. If you have previously attended, please ensure you are familiar with the new location and venue information.
  • Conference: The conference agenda has been completely revamped and will have more prominence at SOMWME.
  • UAE Maritime Week: SOMWME 2019 is a part of UAE Maritime Week 2019 - the most dominant meeting point for those seeking Maritime business within the UAE.
What time is registration and badge pick-up at SOMWME?

Registration and badge pick-up will be located in the pre-function area of Madinat Arena, which is your entrance for Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre. If you are a conference ticket holder, please head towards conference registration. If you are a trade show visitor, please head towards visitor registration.

  • Monday 23 September: 09:00am
  • Tuesday 24 September: 09:30am

Please ensure you have a copy of your e-ticket with you, that you will have recieved after completing your registration. However, our fantastic event team will be on hand to assit you, should you have any concerns or questions.

What does SOMWME stand for?

SOMWME is the acronym for Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East, which is the title of the event.  You may see us refer to the event in either manner.

What are my options for attending SOMWME 2019?

You can attend SOMWME 2019 with either a visitor ticket or a conference pass.

The main difference is that an exhibition visitor can access only the show floor and is free-of-charge. A conference pass gives you access to all areas of the show, including the conference agenda and networking events, but has a cost associated with it.

You can now register for SOMWME 2019 here.

SOMWME 2019 is part of UAE Maritime Week. What does this mean?

UAE Maritime Week is a celebration and showcase of the power of the UAE Maritime Market. The week is made up of a cluster of world-class maritime events, including:

UAE Maritime Week takes place from 22 – 26 September and is a fantastic opportunity to join the regional maritime network.

How do I upgrade my visitor ticket to a conference ticket?

To upgrade to a conference ticket, please proceed to the conference registration desk when entering SOMWME. You will be able to purchase a full ($799) or single day ($499) pass.

Can I register for SOMWME 2019 onsite?

Yes, you can register on the day at the event. However, we strongly recommend registering in advance for SOMWME.  If you’re not on our systems and don’t have a badge or e-invite, you may have to queue and your entry to the show will be delayed.:

Hotel & Travel

Is there a discounted hotel rate for event attendees and exhibitors?

We are working with HotelMaps as our official accommodation concierge service, who offer a great range of hotels at fantastic prices. You can find out more about booking hotels for SOMWME by clicking here.

How can I apply for a visa to enter Dubai?

If you need to apply for a visa, you can find more information on the Visit Dubai Tourism website. If you require a letter of invitation, please contact the SOMWME team.

Location & Venue

When and where is Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East 2019?

This year’s Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East will take place from Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 September 2019 at Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

When entering the venue, please enter from Madinat Arena entrance - you will need to state this specifically when using Careem or a taxi.  

Show Opening Times

  • 23 September: 09:30am – 6:00pm
  • 24 September: 10:00am – 6:00pm
What is the best way to access the venue for SOMWME 2019?

You will need to enter through Madinat Arena, which is your entrance for Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre. 

If you are not staying onsite or have use of a car, we would highly recommend using our official travel partner, Careem. All SOMWME attendees will be given a 30% discount to use when travelling during your time at the event.

Alternatively, we would also recommend booking a taxi when travelling to Madinat Jumeirah for SOMWME 2019.  Taxis are also readily available in Dubai and a safe way to get around the emirate. 

The closest metro station is The Mall of the Emirates Station, which is the 32nd station on the red line. From here, you would need to take a taxi for the remainder of your journey.