0900 - 0905 hrs Welcome from Seatrade
Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade
0905 - 0920 hrs Opening Keynote Address
H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural
0920 - 0930 hrs Abu Dhabi's ambition in cruise tourism
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Ports
0930 - 0945 hrs Partnership in Action: Destination Abu Dhabi
Darren Peisley, Chief Executive Officer, Hala Group (Acting), Etihad Airways
0945 - 1000 hrs Coffee Break
Summit Session to include presentations from cruise lines and GCC officials
As the region continues to consolidate its position as a fully established cruise destination, and with more cruise line new entrants in prospect, senior government representatives and NTOs from across the region will give their views on how the success so far achieved in cruise tourism can be sustained and extended, and the plans for further infrastructure investment. Leading cruise line executives will give their assessment of the region and its potential, looking at the opportunities it presents and the operating challenges it provides in a competitive market. New ideas for promoting the region and the future direction for Cruise Arabia will also be discussed.
Mid morning coffee will be served.
Exclusive one to one meetings between cruise line executives, ports and tourism authorities