The Mare Forum Shipping Summit will be held in Dubai in 2014 for the first time.
The event focuses on the whole world, but emphasizes the Middle East and the global economic shift from West to East, according to Trade Arabia, a business news publication.
“We recognize the importance of the Mare Forum in promoting healthy debate and discussion among international leaders within the global maritime industry, offshore, energy and oil and gas sectors and arriving at constructive recommendations that could direct the future of international maritime and shipping industry and a number of allied sectors,” Drydocks World and Maritime World chairman Khamis Juma Buamim told the publication.
“This will greatly assist in building bridges, structuring new partnerships and expanding meaningful networks,” he added. “The summit will provide sufficient opportunity to encourage a free flow of ideas while still being structured to focus issues of impending significance to the regional and global industry.”
Buamim hopes that holding the event in Dubai will help highlight its growing presence in the marine and maritime industries.
Though not specific to the recreational marine industry, many U.S. boatbuilders say increased maritime infrastructure in countries with increasing GDPs will help grow recreational boating as well.