Dubai’s maritime achievements attract strong global interest


Dubai’s maritime achievements attracted strong interest from the world’s maritime industry leaders at the ‘Nor-Shipping 2019’ exhibition, which was held recently in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway.

Numerous leading figures from around the globe praised Dubai Maritime City Authority’s role in the global maritime map, said a statement from the organisation.

The successful international gathering came with the involvement of several prominent local entities including Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (Emac), Dubai Maritime City (DMC), Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), DP World and Drydocks World; all of whom provided a strong boost to the pioneering efforts led by DMCA to represent Dubai and the UAE in leading international forums, it said.

Each organisation assisted in efforts to promote cooperation, communication and interaction with global maritime industry leaders and strengthen connection in terms of knowledge transfer and exchange of best practices supporting the growth, sustainability and universality of maritime clusters in the world.

Visitors to the DMCA platform at the exhibition were presented with the opportunity to learn more about Dubai’s leading initiatives to enhance the efficiency, competitiveness and comprehensiveness of the local maritime sector, it added.

The Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster was a stand-out feature and provided a chance for regional and international investors to have an integrated portfolio of marine services central to attracting foreign direct investment to the emirate of Dubai – that boasts many promising avenues as one of the best maritime capitals in the world, added the statement.

The Cluster’s importance is universally recognised as it serves as a platform for adopting innovation and technological advances in the service of the maritime cluster, which is emerging as one of the world’s most competitive and attractive Maritime clusters.

The Maritime Sector Strategy also proved to be an outstanding success in raising Dubai’s position on the global maritime map; focusing particularly on human investment and the development of infrastructure, integrated logistics programmes, maritime regulations and legislation that will ensure the management of maritime operations, according to the highest standards of occupational safety and best environmental practices and local and international decisions.

Amer Ali, executive director, DMCA, said that the wide acclaim of Dubai’s achievements reaffirms international confidence in the promising opportunities and competitive advantages of the local maritime cluster.

He pointed out that Dubai was on par with the world’s leading maritime centres, under the guidance of the wise leadership, and continuous efforts of the maritime authority to support maritime components including ships, cargo and logistics continue to be hugely beneficial.

Furthermore, he added that the maritime authority will continue to focus on employing innovation and R&D in the development of integrated logistics programmes, advanced infrastructure and management of maritime operations; according to specific initiatives directed to enhance competitiveness, attractiveness and comprehensiveness that the maritime cluster requires to be a driving force for economic growth and diversification.

“Leading global events such as ‘Nor-Shipping’ present the perfect opportunity to build bridges of communication with the world’s maritime leaders, and to explore new horizons for establishing strategic partnerships that serve the common aspiration of promoting the global maritime industry based on innovation, sustainability and technology; in line with the requirements of the twenty-first century,” he added.

The Nor-Shipping 2019 delegation included senior officials from DMCA, as well as representatives of EMAC, DMC, DMCC, Jafza, DP World and Drydocks World.

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