Dubai International Marine Club Mina Seyahi

Middle East Yachting Conference

Be part of the region’s largest maritime networking session, attracting key individuals and exhibitors who drive foreign direct investment in the region’s leisure maritime market.

This free Conference brings together some of the leading industry experts, region’s top boat manufacturers, marina operators, marina authorities, marina construction companies and dealers in a collaborative platform to educate an audience of delegates.

Take a look at the agenda for the Middle East Yachting Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Conference Agenda*





Monday 2nd March 2015

09.30am – 2.50pm

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Official Magazine


Key Partner


9.30am – 10.00am

Registration, Tea & Coffee

10.00am – 10.30am

Welcome Speech + Overview of the UAE and GCC market, recap of the 2014 year and forecast for the coming years.

10.30am – 10.45am

Dubai Strategic Maritime Directions

Speaker: Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA

10.45am – 11.30am

Innovation through design and Intelligence

Speaker: Matthew Chatt-Collins, Head of Yacht Design, Andrew Winch Design (UK)

Winner of the World of Superyacht award for Best yacht of the year over 82m with Equanimity.

 11.30am - 11.45am

Coffee Break

11.45am – 12.30pm

Realising the true potential of marinas: life style and value at their best

A marina has typically been seen as a functionality area, a place of transition between the water and land. 
However, this perception is slowly changing, and more and more people are waking up to the idea of the marina as a destination in itself, with unique flavors and characteristics.

The marina also serves a role as a gathering point, and as a hub for commercial and social interaction. A vibrant marina and an active boating community can have positive economic and social effects to the local area. It is therefore necessary to include a larger, more holistic view when it comes to marina design and commercial operation. Emmanuel Delarue, recognized expert in marina design and architecture in Asia and Middle-East will introduce some the best examples in the world to explain how marinas are the real lifestyle hotspots of many waterfront developments.

Speaker: Emmanuel  Delarue, CEO, NDA Group (China)

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch Break

1.45pm – 2.45pm

Panel discussion: Why is the Middle East important for Superyacht builders – Overview and forecast of the Superyacht Middle East Market

Moderator: Nabil Farhat (WOYB)


Farouk Nefzi, Marketing & Brand Director, Feadship
Paris Baloumis, Group Marketing Manager, Oceanco


Closing remarks


End of Conference


* Please note that the programme is subject to change.

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