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Third Party

The Evolution of Maritime Regulations in the GCC
08:30 - 13:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC)
Director of Maritime Transport Affairs
Secretary General
GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre
Senior Associate
Al Tamimi & Co
Acting Chairman and Secretary General
Seatrade Maritime Review
Case Manager
Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC)
Managing Director
Emarat Maritime
Legal Director
Clyde & Co
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)
Managing Partner
Ince & Co
Director General of Maritime Affairs
Ministry of Transport & Communications, Oman

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As the region continues to grow, GCC countries align with international best practice across sectors to support the seamless flow of trade through maritime. 

This EMAC sponsored seminar will highlight some of the latest international regulatory changes affecting and adopted by the various nations within the GCC.  
In addition, discussions will include the dispute resolution options available to the maritime sector in the region.

Seminar Programme

0850 – 0930      Opening Address
Majid Obaid Bin Bashir, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of EMAC

                           Keynote Address
Ahmed Najem Abdulla Al Najem, Secretary General, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre

0930 – 1030      Updates on maritime regulations in the GCC
Introductions by Majid Obaid Bin Bashir, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of EMAC

  • UAE’s membership with the IMO - Capt Abdulla Darwish Al Hayyas, Director of Maritime Transport Affairs, FTA
  • Bahrain Updates - Mr Mahmood Alaraibi, Senior Associate, Al Tamimi & Co
  • Oman Updates - Dr Rashid Bin Mohamed Al-Kiyumi, Director General of Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Transport & Communications, Sultanate of Oman

1030 – 1050     Refreshment Break

1050 – 1150     Updates on maritime regulations in the GCC

  • KSA Updates - Mr Rizwan Osman, Legal Director, Clyde & Co
  • Kuwait Updates - Mr Ali Shehab Ahmed, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)
  • Q&A

1150 – 1210     Refreshment Break

1210 – 1300      Updates on maritime arbitration in the GCC region
Moderated by Robert Jaques, Editor in Chief, Seatrade Maritime Review 

  • The value in specialised arbitration – Ms Rania Tadros, Managing Partner, Ince & Co
  • The commercial value of ADR – Capt Jitendra Misra, Managing Director, Emarat Maritime
  • EMAC’s role in arbitration/mediation – Ms Jyothi Mani, Case Manager, EMAC
  • 1300-1400     Networking Lunch

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Japan Day - Japan ship machinery and equipment seminar
10:30 - 16:00 Keynote Theatre, Hall 8
Hosted by Middle East Fuji and Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA)

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A series of presentations by Japanese ship machinery and equipment suppliers.

For the full seminar details and to register, please visit the UAE-Japan Day website:


HFW Legal Clinic - Risk management in shipping joint ventures: exploring key concerns for joint venture partners entering the UAE market
12:00 - 13:00 Knowledge & Networking Lounge, Hall 6
Hosted by HFW

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An interactive session covering some typical risk management issues in establishing joint ventures in the UAE shipping market, including tips on how to plan effectively at the outset to mitigate against common pitfalls arising in the future. Topics for discussion will include:

  • Analysing legal structures which best reflect commercial objectives
  • Exploring the set-up options for new ventures and the regulatory framework applicable in the UAE
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the joint venture structures available; role of financial investors
  • Key legal considerations at the negotiation stage; agreeing material inputs, future funding obligations, business operations, commercial and technical management
  • Management control and decision making; how to deal with disagreements, deadlock and default
  • Exit strategy, termination and other changes; planning for a 'commercial' casualty

Supporting Organisation

The Power of Gender Diversity
14:00 - 16:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), UAE Branch
Head of Facilitation, Subdivision for Maritime Security and Facilitation
International Maritime Organization
Chief Executive Officer
Maqta Gateway, Abu Dhabi Ports
Executive Director of Maritime Transport
Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime
SVP Group People
DP World
Royal Ambassador
Managing Partner
Fichte & Co
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)
Founder and Managing Director
E Treanor Media
Executive Director
Emirates Zone

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This session will be fully interactive with five currently relevant topics from the gender diversity angle to be discussed by the panel, following which the audience can take part in a poll. The outcome of the poll will be discussed with the panel members and next steps will be agreed.  

  1. Is the industry still reluctant to give equal opportunities to women?
  2. Is smart shipping a threat or an opportunity for women?
  3. What are the negative stereotypes against women in maritime and how can they be overcome?
  4. How would your business benefit from gender equality?
  5. How to empower more females in the maritime sector?