Asia Forum 2023: a first for the Middle East

The IUMI 2023 Asia Forum will be hosted from 8 to 10 May in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and feature a panel of knowledgeable speakers during the 2-day conference. It is also the first time the Asia Forum will take place in the Middle East.    

Dubai, situated on the eastern Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, is an important central global transport hub for passengers and cargo.

A centre for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, historically, Dubai and its twin across Dubai Creek, Deira (independent of Dubai City at that time), were important ports of call for western manufacturers. 

Most of the new city's banking and financial centres were headquartered in the port area. Dubai maintained its importance as a trade route through the 1970s and 1980s. Dubai's Jebel Ali port, constructed in the 1970s, has the largest man-made harbour in the world and was ranked seventh globally for the volume of container traffic it supports.

Apart from experiencing the hospitality of the UAE, delegates can look forward to a complete programme. 

On the first day, delegates will be welcomed by Fareed Lutfi, the Chairman of the Emirates Insurance Association, and IUMI’s President Frédéric Denèfle. Dave Matcham, CEO of the International Underwriting Association of London, and Secretary of the IUMI's Facts & Figures Committee, will provide insight into global trade, the world fleet and the shipping market.  

Delegates can also look forward to a joint session on the marine insurance markets in the Middle East, co-hosted by Cenk Bilgin, Senior Marine Underwriting Manager at AXA Gulf and Manik Sethi, Marine Director at Volante. 

The second day will concentrate on sustainability and the impact of shipping on the environment. Patrizia Kern of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions will give a presentation on carbon emissions and marine hull insurance. Lars Lange, Secretary General of IUMI, will provide insight on IUMI at the IMO. There will also be a signing ceremony of the Poseidon Principles for Marine Insurance. 

The forum will also allow delegates to network. For more information and to register, visit