Dubai Maritime City to strengthen its international exposure at the Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018

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  • As part of its goal to make Dubai a global maritime hub, DMC takes part in Seatrade ME 2018 offering progressive solutions for the advancement of the industry and promoting the city as being the “TRUE MARITIME CLUSTER”

Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre and a member of the Dubai World Group of companies, has successfully participated in the 9th edition of the Seatrade Maritime Middle East Conference and Expo taking place from the 29th to 31st of October at the Dubai World trade Centre.

Dubai Maritime City’s participation will play a significant role in promoting UAE as a first-class maritime destination and will provide a platform for DMC to showcase the recent and most ambitious initiatives that have played a vital part in establishing Dubai as one of the world’s most competitive maritime hubs. Dubai Maritime City offers a distinctive opportunity for international maritime key players to exhibit at their pavilion that includes MaK ME, Reintjes Middle East, Al Suhail and Drydocks World. DMC aims at also emphasizing the importance of private sector bolstering business and to encourage new initiatives by harnessing the power of innovation and technology.

Reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global maritime hub

DMC’s participation in the event reaffirms its strategic objective for Dubai to become the global innovative hub for maritime industries. It also aims to establish the city as a preferred destination by international companies looking for an environment reflecting growth and sustainability.

Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation clarified, “Dubai has taken its first steps towards international leadership after being ranked fifth among the world’s most competitive and attractive maritime centers. DMC continues its efforts towards modernizing the sector into an inclusive, competitive and attractive area for investments, in line with the UAE’s Vision for building a more sustainable economy based on knowledge and innovation.”

Bin Sulayem further added, “Dubai’s global competitiveness can be further enhanced by the consolidation of public and private sectors. Building productive partnerships, promoting innovative ventures and expanding the scope of joint investments will contribute to the overall growth and progression of the maritime industry.”


Commenting on the Dubai Maritime City’s participation, Ahmed AlHammadi, COO of Dubai Maritime City, stated, “Our presence at this effective platform strengthening our aim to advance all aspects of the maritime industry in the region while upholding the values of quality and excellence. We are proud to participate in Seatrade Maritime ME, and extend our continuous support to all its programmes working to promote a culture of innovation and advancement in the region’s maritime community.”

AlHammadi added, “The UAE shipping sector is valued at Dh200 billion and makes up 5 per cent of the domestic economy. Dubai Maritime City will utilize this gathering of world leaders and experts to promote and provide strong components of competitiveness in order to enhance the attractiveness of the maritime community; encouraging the confidence from regional and international investors.”

AlHammadi continued, “Seatrade Maritime conference comes at a time with the maritime sector at the threshold of major advancements. We at DMC continue to reaffirm our commitment to explore and introduce latest maritime innovations and initiatives, and engage at this convention to build value connections across all investment horizons that act as key elements in building a safe, integrated and sustainable maritime environment; geared towards growth of the national economy.”

Promoting maritime innovation

Rado Antolovic, CEO & MD Maritime Services Division, DP World added, “Dubai is already an established maritime hub. In order to adapt to changing market dynamics, innovation and technology play a central role in our outlook and initiatives. We believe that utilization of new technologies will act as a catalyst for growth; providing Dubai with an immense competitive advantage and positioning it as a world-class maritime center.”

Antolovic explained, “Seatrade Middle East serves as an excellent platform for industry experts to deliver insights and offer knowledge on the current landscape and future outlook of the maritime sector; connecting all key stakeholders to unite efforts for the industry’s continued advancement.”

Antolovic concluded “Our primary aim has always been to improve efficiency in maritime. Participation at this event will provide us with ample opportunity to share insights and deep industry knowledge. This will in return assist us in our efforts to improve the competitiveness of our maritime cluster and fortifying our efforts to position the UAE and Dubai as leading maritime destinations.”

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