By Abraham Jonah, Middle East Editor
SUN, DECEMBER 11 2016-To further broaden awareness on the identity of the local maritime sector, the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has announced that it will be cooperating with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in supporting and globally promoting the ‘Maritime Dubai’ initiative. The partnership aims to spur leadership in the development of a renewable, safe and sustainable maritime sector and help position Dubai among the ranks of the world’s best maritime capitals.
The Dubai Maritime Cluster Office is designated by the DMCA to manage Maritime Dubai on top of its basic tasks and responsibilities in implementing the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy, the main pillar in strengthening Dubai’s competitiveness as one of the world’s most important maritime centres.
H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA, emphasized the importance of enhancing cooperation with the DCCI in promoting Dubai globally as a world-class maritime and commercial centre. He pointed out that the Maritime Dubai initiative represents a strong push in this direction as the core for the development of an independent and unique identity for the local maritime sector. The initiative is based on a methodology that offers an umbrella for promoting global maritime clustering competitiveness and making Dubai and the UAE among the best and most comprehensive maritime capitals in the world in line with the wise vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
H.E. Bin Sulayem said: “Maritime Dubai provides an integrated framework for the development of maritime policy and coordination between government entities and local, regional and international organizations concerned with maritime and free zones affairs to promote relevant maritime sector activities. This is all in line with the ambitious aspirations for advancing the contributions of the maritime sector to economic diversification and the path to an ‘Emirates beyond oil’.”
For his part, H.E. Eng. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “By cooperating with the Dubai Maritime City Authority, we have laid the foundation for the unification of efforts to promote Dubai’s advantages as a global maritime hub, supported by a sophisticated legislative and economic environment and advanced infrastructure that make it a preferred choice for regional and international investors and ship owners and operators. We look forward to making Maritime Dubai a global initiative that will significantly boost our tireless efforts to advance business growth and attract new investments that drive economic diversification in line with the national movement towards building a sustainable economic model that will uplift Dubai’s status as one of the most important business centres in the world by the year 2021.”
Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, added: “We are confident that, by cooperating with the Dubai Chamber, we will be on the right track in further positioning Dubai as a key maritime gateway for global trade in line with our strategic objective of establishing the emirate as a major player in the global maritime economy. We are committed to supporting the Maritime Dubai initiative, which is the culmination of a process characterised by success, excellence and leadership in the creation of an integrated maritime sector capable of effectively contributing to economic development and comprehensive cultural progress led by Dubai under the vision and directions of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.”
Maritime Dubai is a unique initiative that primarily aims to encourage members to engage in new business through trade promotion and attract more owners and operators of ships and shipping companies to take advantage of the strengths and competitiveness of Dubai’s maritime sector. It also focuses on promoting Dubai as a global centre for maritime training as well as facilitating communication between parties engaged in global maritime affairs. Maritime Dubai will also be involved in the organization of international events that will update members on the latest maritime developments and information.