Dubai is famous for its lavish, star-studded parties, and its maritime sector is no exception to the rule.

Fichte & Co, the Emirate’s largest independent maritime law firm, drew in a who’s who of Middle East shipping executives when it threw an open-house party at its smartly decked-out offices on 18 May.

The party was held towards the end of UAE Maritime Week, a popular event on the region’s annual shipping calendar featuring several conferences, roundtable discussions and other social events.