About us

Middle East Branch

The Middle East Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers had a humble beginning.  In 1995, Charles Stride, Institute Chairman, and Barbara Fletcher, Institute Director, visited Dubai on their tour of Asia. Dubai at that time was taking its place in the shipping comkmunity as major Middle Eastern shipping and trading hub and growing in prominence. Given its world class infrastructure and geographical location, Dubai has grown to become major shipping and trading hub.

During the meeting with Mr Stride and Mrs Fletcher, a small group of known Institute Members mooted the idea of setting up a branch at Dubai to serve the growing needs of the region. The permission was given to form a branch but it would remain unofficial until it could register 20 members. Under the leadership and guidance of Capt. Jitendra Misra, this was soon achieved and rest is history. With its office in Dubai, the branch covers the whole of UAE, GCC and other Middle East countries.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers' Middle East Branch now has around 256 active members. The Branch holds a mix of functions like education classes for students, corporate training, social gatherings and seminars. Dubai is an examination centre for the Middle East and near African countries.

Branch Composition

The Middle East branch primarily comprises Fellow and Members based in the UAE, GCC and other near Middle East Countries. The branch membership represents various aspects of shipping world like Ship-owning, Chartering, Cargo Trading, broking, agency, surveying, ship chandelling, legal, insurance. Off-shore supply and ship operations.


Who's who in 2023-2024

President Ali Canani FICS
Treasurer Vivek Sharma FICS

Natasha Anne Gomes


The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - Middle East Branch


C/o Dubai Association Center

Offices-2 Building, 2nd Floor, No.207/14

Dubai World Trade Center Complex, Central-1,

Next to New IBIS Central Hotel,

Happiness Street,

P.O. Box 9292,Dubai, U.A.E



Ms. Natasha Anne Gomes

T: +971 4 5163048

T: +971 4 5163049

M: +971 (50) 1401035

E: admin@icsmiddleeast.org