Welcome Remarks & Keynote Address
09:00 - 10:00
Chief Executive Officer
Abu Dhabi Ports
Director General
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Chief Executive Officer, Hala Group (Acting)
Etihad Airways


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
10:00 - 13:00
Commercial Manager, Mina Rashid & Mina Hamriyah
DP World
Director General of Tourism Promotion
Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman
Chief Tourism Development Officer
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA)
Chief Executive Officer
Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority
Senior Vice President, Stakeholders Department
Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce (Dubai Tourism)
Director, Port Operations, Shore Excursions & Ground Operations
TUI Cruises GmbH
Director, Strategic Itinerary & Destination Planning
Azamara Club Cruises
Director, Port Services & Government Affairs, P&O Cruises & Cunard
Carnival UK


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.

Workshop Session: One to One Meetings - for cruise line executives, ports and tourism authorities
14:00 - 17:45


Exclusive one to one meetings between cruise line executives, ports and tourism authorities

Workshop Session: The Anatomy of the Cruise Industry - the wider picture
14:30 - 16:00