Why attend

The meeting point for the regional cruise industry

Whether you're looking to source new suppliers, develop business relationships or keep up to date on the latest developments for cruise within the region, you can't afford to miss Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum.

Established as the region's must-attend cruise event, Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum puts you on a platform for connecting with industry thought-leaders, key buyers and important decision-makers. 

Network with the right contacts

We attract cruise line brands from around the world.

Why? Because this is the premier event for gaining a unique insight into the region's cruise development, making new contacts and discovering exciting business opportunities. The following brands have already confirmed to join us in 2017:

Cruise lines in attendance this year include...

Learn, engage, innovate

Join government ministers, cruise line executives and influential industry figures during the inspirational summit session on day one and take advantage of a full day of engaging conference sessions on day two; the opportunities for learning at Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum are totally unique to the region.

  • Extension of the season - can cruise lines be tempted to start their Gulf seasons earlier and finish later, what is needed to make this change?
  • The link with India -  Expanding itineraries to the Indian sub-continent and promoting Cruise Arabia to the Indian consumer.
  • Extending the reach -  Are there fresh ideas for new destinations?  Is Kuwait an option?  Day excursions from Bahrain into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
  • Ports and destination development within the Gulf – What is planned in existing cruise ports and where next?
  • Landside and tour operations - Improving the range and appeal of shorex offerings.
  • Itinerary planning - Pressures and opportunities.
  • The Suez Canal factor - Integral for ships deploying to and from the Middle East, a discussion on tariffs, security and operational issues.
  • New ideas for marketing cruising - Both within the region and further afield.
  • Chinese tourism - Potential for Chinese inbound cruise tourism in years to come and what Chinese consumers will be looking for from the region?
  • Taking care of the crew - How should ports respond to the needs of the crew? 
  • In-bound/outbound operations - Air lift, passenger handling, security, immigration and customs – is the chain working and how can it be improved?
  • Ship support services - A look at drydocking, repair, ship supply and port services infrastructure across the region.