At the end of February, representatives from Monaco Marina Management (M3) will be heading to the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina for a GCC Smart Yachting Days event that will unite stakeholders from across the Gulf Cooperation Council’s maritime sector.
On the agenda will be a series of innovation-focused conferences and workshops that will put a spotlight on the latest trends in the yachting world, namely the embracing and adopting of various sustainable and environmentally aware practices. The programme will also present a number of SMART talks – ‘SMART’ meaning superyachts, marinas, assets, real estate and tourism – to offer a global view of how the yachting sector intersects with other industries.
Delegations from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are expected to join the M3 team for the two-day event on 28th and 29th February.
Shaping the future of marinas and yachting
According to the Monaco-based organisers, the goal of the event is to “shape the future of marinas and yachting [and] create destinations of choice, living places, a whole ecosystem, while putting in place actions to lower the impact on the environment and support innovation”.
“This M3 event is an ambitious initiative aimed at bringing together key players in the yachting industry, from shipyards to designers, architects, innovative startups, and many other renowned professionals,” says M3 CEO José Marco Casellini . “This annual gathering will be a unique opportunity for the entire yachting community to exchange innovative ideas, participate in fruitful networking sessions, and discover the latest trends and emerging technologies in the field.”
INNOVATION PITCHING COMPETITION
In addition to the discussions and roundtable events, M3 will also be hosting an Innovation Pitching Competition where start-ups can present ideas on how to advance sustainability and the Blue Economy in shipbuilding and marina creation. An awards ceremony will be held on the final day of the event.
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