27th & 28th FEBRUARY 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019








P&O Marinas will continue to act as the catalyst that brings together the enabling authorities and the wider yachting community in an effort to pave the way for the UAE to become a favoured superyacht destination - Mohammed Al Mannaei, CEO at P&O Marinas.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019








P&O Marinas will continue to act as the catalyst that brings together the enabling authorities and the wider yachting community in an effort to pave the way for the UAE to become a favoured superyacht destination - Mohammed Al Mannaei, CEO at P&O Marinas.


The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019

Following the very successful 2018 edition, FABULOUS YACHTS, as organisers, is gearing up for the Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019 to take place on 27 and 28 February 2019.

The summit is to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth 2, under the patronage of P&O Marinas.

The central theme of this summit is to inform, advise and assist all interested parties, including local UAE authorities, on the best way forward in developing the UAE as a preferred superyacht winter destination.

Following the 2018 summit, we have found that there has been widespread acceptance of the advice and constructive criticism offered during the summit. So much so that there have been notable changes introduced to local regulation tailored to make cruising in UAE waters more viable than in the past.

We intend to build on this promising start.


The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019

Moderator: MARTIN REDMAYNE - The Superyacht Group
8:45 h to 11:00 h
Session 1 – The UAE as a yachting destination. Successes and challenges

8:45 h to 9:00 h   Speakers introduction

9:00 h to 9:15 h   Superyacht anchorage areas and Abu Dhabi highlights (Eng. Khalid Al Qubaisi - Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi)

9:15 h to 9:30 h   Overview of the maritime sector (Hamed Hassan - Dubai Maritime City Authority)

9:30 h to 9:45 h   Yachting legislation - An update (LT. Col. Majed Al Rashed - Port Rashid Immigration)

9:45 h to 10:00 h   Gulf Craft's perspective (Abeer Alshaali - Gulf Craft)

10:00 h to 10:15 h   Superyachts in the UAE - A captain's perspective (Capt. Thomas C. Pedersen - Mega Yacht Captain)

10:15 h to 11:00 h   Panel discussion

11:00 h to 11:20 h   COFFEE BREAK

11:20 h to 13:30 h
Session 2 – Obstacles and solutions: the charter market in the UAE

11:20 h to 11:30 h   Speakers introduction

11:30 h to 11:45 h   Abu Dhabi superyacht development (Saeed A. Al Dhaheri - Abu Dhabi Tourism)

11:45 h to 12:00 h   The real superyacht opportunities for the Gulf - A candid and analytical perspective of the Gulf region over the past decade and an intelligent look to the future (Martin Redmayne - The Superyacht Group)

12:00 h to 12:15 h   Development of the charter market in the UAE (Jonathan Hind - Burgess)

12:15 h to 12:30 h   The Agent's role in the super yacht industry (Rosemary Pavlatou - A1 Yachting)

12:30 h to 12:45 h   Innovative activities for charter yachts (Gregg Davis - Dubai Marina Yacht Club)

12:45 h to 13:30 h   Panel discussion

13:30 h to 14:30 h   LUNCH

15:00 h to 15:30 h   Heritage Tour of Queen Elizabeth 2 (Limited spots available)

15:00 h to 16:30 h   ROUNDTABLE: Marina Management (Bruno Meier - ART Marine) By invitation

Moderator: MARTIN REDMAYNE - The Superyacht Group
8:45 h to 10:55 h
Session 3 – Safety and security for superyachts and their owners, guests and crew

8:45 h to 8:55 h   Speakers introduction

8:55 h to 9:10 h   The Digital Yacht: Unlock digital potential in a cyber secure environment (Alessandro Pescetto - RINA)

9:10 h to 9:25 h   Crew welfare (Andrew Dudzinski - MHG Insurance Brokers)

9:25 h to 9:40 h   Superyachts and drones (Paul Ensell - P3 Subsea)

9:40 h to 9:55 h   Security and privacy for superyacht marinas (Fabrizio Pellegrino - Ship Security Officer and Security Advisor)

9:55 h to 10:10 h   High risk area transit concerns (Emma Mitchell - Asket Ltd)

10:10 h to 10:55 h   Panel discussion

10:55 h to 11:15 h   COFFEE BREAK

11:15 h to 13:35 h
Session 4 – Insurance, legal & compliance

11:15 h to 11:25 h   Speakers introduction

11:25 h to 11:40 h   Yacht insurance explained (Martin Baum - Pantaenius Yacht Insurance)

11:40 h to 11:55 h   Superyachts acquisition and finance (Anouch Sedef - Meyer Avocats)

11:55 h to 12:10 h   UAE Yachts over 24m - UAE Yacht regulations (Engel J.W. de Boer - Lloyd's Register)

12:10 h to 12:25 h   Latest trends in the superyacht industry – A legal perspective (David Galea - Ince & Co.)

12:25 h to 12:40 h   Any wind for any direction – The role of culture for safety at sea (Dr. Nicklas Dahlstrom - Emirates Airline)

12:40 h to 13:20 h   Panel discussion

13:20 h to 13:35 h   Sum up (Mohammed Al Mannaei - P&O Marinas)

13:35 h to 14:30 h   LUNCH


15:00 h to 15:30 h   Heritage Tour of Queen Elizabeth 2 (Limited spots available)

15:00 h to 16:30 h   ROUNDTABLE: The challenges of yacht ownership within the framework of the UAE yacht regulations (Jo Assael - Döhle Yachts Technical Services) By invitation


The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019

Standard Rate
The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019

Discounted Rate
UAE-based marina managers and shipyard managers

Proof of position in management will be requested.
The ticket fee covers:
  •   Admission to the Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019 (including lunches) on Wednesday 27 February and Thursday 28 February
  •   Complimentary valet parking
  •   Heritage Tour of the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2 (RSVP required)
Complimentary invitations to superyacht owners and superyacht captains:

Superyacht owners and superyacht captains are invited to attend on a complimentary basis.
If you are interested, please RSVP to FABULOUS YACHTS at info@dubainternationalsuperyachtsummit.com by 15 February 2019.
All bookings are subject to availability and to our Terms & Conditions.


The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem - SPEAKER

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem


Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, is one of Dubai's leading businessmen. Mr. Bin Sulayem's expertise and visionary leadership spearheaded the rapid expansion of Dubai's infrastructure, including ports and free zones, contributing significantly to the stellar growth trajectory of the United Arab Emirates. He was also a leader in developing the infrastructure supporting Dubai's successful tourism industry, among various other sectors. Mr. Bin Sulayem is a BS graduate in Economics from Temple University Philadelphia, USA. He is a Board Member of the “Dubai Executive Council”, the “UAE Federal Tax Authority” and “ Virgin Hyperloop One”.

Rado Antolovic - SPEAKER

Capt. Rado Antolovic, PhD

CEO & MD Maritime Services Division - DP World
CEO - Dubai Drydocks World

Rado Antolovic is a maritime and port management expert who descends from a family of naval and maritime business professionals. His career highlights include becoming the youngest master on Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and CEO of one of the most complex P&O Ports and DP World port terminals. His CEO portfolio spans from international ports in Australia, Hong Kong to EU and major Russian ports. Rado is presently leading DP World Maritime Services Division as CEO and Managing Director, with a unique challenge to bring the division to new exciting levels. He holds a degree from University of Marine Transport, MBA and PhD degrees. Rado represented Yugoslavia Olympic team in Moscow Olympic Games in 1980.

Mohammed Al Mannaei - SPEAKER

Mohammed Al Mannaei

CEO – P&O Marinas
DP World UAE Region

Mohammed Al Mannaei is the CEO – P&O Marinas and Executive Director of Mina Rashid and has more than 27 years of experience in the shipping and logistics industry. Mohammed has worked in various portfolio as Director, CEO, Director General in many DPW Terminals like Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Sokhna and Algeria. Presently is the Executive Director of Mina Rashid in Dubai. Under his supervision, Mina Rashid has grown rapidly both in General Cargo, Ferry and Cruise operations. A strategic believer in success, Mr. Mannaei is involved in on-going business development and expansion plans including the new state of art Mina Rashid Marina Project. He is an active board member at Jeddah, Karachi, Sokhna terminals.

Saeed A. Al Dhaheri - SPEAKER

Saeed A. Al Dhaheri

SPECIAL INTERESTS TOURISM MANAGER - The Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi

Saeed Al Dhaheri, holder of a Masters of Communication on Tourism and Culture from the UAE's Zayed University, oversees the development of niche market projects for the Department and manages the development of the cruise sector and implementation of visitor experience development with service providers for the tourism sector. Having joined DCT Abu Dhabi in 2003, Al Dhaheri oversees a specialist cruise products team. His key achievements include the successful development of the destination's world-class home-port and port-of-call capacity by driving its credentials in key regional and international cruise markets. Having overseen the destination promotion for the opening of Abu Dhabi's Cruise Terminal, he is responsible for the coordination of a multi-partner cruise development steering committee.

Khalid Mohamed Al Qubaisi - SPEAKER

Eng. Khalid Mohamed Al Qubaisi


Eng. Khalid Mohamed Helal Feraih Al Qubaisi holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He started as Officer in the Armed Force of UAE-United Arab Emirates Defense. With his excellent engineering and management skills, he scaled up his career in the Armed Force remarkably. He joined the General Civil Aviation Authority as a Senior Airworthiness Inspector. Presently he is working at the Department of Transport in the capacity of Director-Marine Safety, Security and Environment. Khalid Al Qubaisi also holds the position of Director of Waterways Management and Maritime Development & Facilitation Divisions.

Majed Al Rashed - SPEAKER

LT. Col. Majed Al Rashed

DIRECTOR - Port Rashid Immigration

A bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Human Resources, LT. Col. Majed Al Rashed is member of several local committees and accredited lecturer. He has supervised several departments (Passport Operations, Naturalization Department, Airport Passports Department 1) and has participated in several local and international conferences. He won several local and international awards; Ambassadors Excellence Award (Leader category), Dubai Model Award, Dubai Performance Award, Joint Government Project. He has made several useful proposals including the conversion of resident visa system and GCC visa to online, multi-visa for crew of cruise ships. He participate in the organization and establishment of the conference of the relevant communication teams.

With the participation of

The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019

Mohamed Al Zaabi - SPEAKER

Al Zaabi

Royal Yachts

Gianluca Ascheri - SPEAKER


Greenline Yacht Interiors

Tariq Bin Khalifa - SPEAKER

Bin Khalifa

DP World

Oscar Siches - SPEAKER



Peter Vettas - SPEAKER


Cayman Registry


Plan your trip

The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019

Summit Venue

The Dubai International Superyacht Summit 2019 will be held at the Grand Lounge Upper Deck on the prestigious Queen Elizabeth 2 (www.qe2.com), in Mina Rashid Marina, Dubai.

The Queen Elizabeth 2 reopened its doors in April 2018 as one of Dubai's most iconic hotels. A monumental destination steeped in British heritage, she has a storied history spanning almost 50 years. Today, she continues her legacy as a 13-deck hotel, dining, entertainment and events destination - docked permanently at Dubai's Mina Rashid Marina.

Travel and other info

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