The 2017 FONASBA Annual Meeting will take place in Dubai the week commencing Sunday 15th October.

The venue for the event, hosted by the Dubai Shipping Agents’ Association. will be the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City: (,



The delegate programme is as follows:

Sunday, 15th October: 9.00 a.m.: Executive Committee meeting (Executive Committee members only)

Monday, 16th October: 9.00 a.m.: Welcome Address by the Dubai Maritime City Authority, ECASBA Plenary Meeting.  2.00 p.m.: Chartering & Documentary Committee Plenary Meeting, Secretaries Meeting

Tuesday, 17th October: 9.00 a.m.: Presentation by the Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal, Liner  & Port Agency Committee Plenary Meeting. 2.00 p.m.: Conclude L&PA Plenary Meeting

Wednesday, 18th October: 9.00 a.m.: Tour of DP World and Jebel Ali Free Zone. 2.00 p.m.: Council Meeting

The social and partner programme is as follows:

Monday, 16th October: 10.00 a.m.: City Tour (partners). 7.00 p.m.: Welcome Reception (delegates, partners and guests)

Tuesday 17th October: Free day for partners. 3.00 p.m.: Desert Safari (delegates and partners)

Wednesday 18th October: Free day for partners. 7.30 p.m.: Gala Dinner (delegates, partners, guests).

Thursday 19th October: Optional all day excursion to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi (separate registration is required and an additional fee is payable – see below).



Please note that all meeting times are presently indicative.  A detailed timetable of events will be provided to delegates and partners on arrival.

Hotel Booking and Registration

Delegate/partner registration fee: €675.00 per person

Optional visit to the Grand Mosque on Thursday 19th October:  €100.00 per person

Hotel rate: Approximately €210.00 per night for double occupancy and € 150 per night for single occupancy, basis bed and breakfast.  Hotel service fees and taxes  equivalent to 20% of the rate and Local Tourism Tax of approximately  €5.00 will also be payable. Please note that hotel accommodation and taxes will be charged in local currency.

Delegate and partner registration and hotel booking requests should be made using the secure online form here. Please note that the information necessary to book your accommodation will be collected from the registration form. There is no need to provide this separately.

All delegates will be invoiced for their hotel accommodation (daily rate only) and registration fees by the Dubai Shipping Agents’ Association after their registration has been confirmed. Full payment details will be provided at that time. Settlement of any additional hotel charges will be made by delegates on departure in the normal manner.

Please note that the closing date for booking hotel accommodation at the conference rates (shown above) will be Thursday 30th August. Any bookings received after this date may be charged at the hotel’s applicable rate for non-conference bookings. All such bookings may also be subject to availability.

Further Information/Frequently Asked Questions

Further information on  the events during the FONASBA Annual Meeting will be provided in due course. General information on Dubai can be found on the official Visit Dubai website here.  A set of FAQ’s covering all aspects of the Annual Meeting will also be issued later. In the meantime, however, we can advise as follows:

Visa Requirements

Information on visa requirements for delegates and partners can be found here

Average Weather Conditions

Indicative average weather conditions for Dubai in October are as follows:
High temperature: 35.6º Celsius
Low temperature: 24.3ºC
Mean daily temperature 30ºC
Monthly rainfall 1.1 mm
Humidity 60%