Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) has pledged its support to the Abu Dhabi Global Summit of Marine & Maritime Leaders, by becoming the diamond sponsor. The Summit will be held on the 20th of January, 2016 at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi and is being organized by Tasneef and Mare Forum. As diamond sponsors, NMDC will also support the Abu Dhabi Maritime Youth Summit, which will be held on the sidelines of the main Summit.
Praising NMDC for its support, Engineer Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO of Tasneef, said: “We are proud of National Marine Dredging Company, which has strengthened UAE’s reputation globally, in the field of marine dredging with its extraordinary successes, especially in the momentous new Suez Canal project, proving their professionalism. Their sponsorship will be of immense value to the Summit which will be held for the first time in Abu Dhabi, as they will be able to shed light on the significant dredging industry, which is vital for our ports, marine and oil facilities. I am confident that the contribution of NMDC to the Summit will be a game-changer, just like its projects have changed the world map.”
Captain Waleed Al Nahdi, Director of Tasneef Academy said: “NMDC’s sponsorship and support shows their commitment and investment to the youth of the UAE, which in turn ensures the sustainability, development and prosperity of the nation for the next generation. We highly appreciate their support of the Main and Youth Summit and look forward to the interaction of their senior management with the younger graduates at the Summit; so as to make the youth aware of the opportunities in the field.”
Engineer Yasser Zaghloul, CEO of NMDC explained why the company decided to support both Summits: “ We owe all our success to the unlimited support of the UAE leadership which has helped us become a leading global company in the field of marine dredging. Therefore, it is natural for us to be at the forefront, when it comes to supporting the UAE as a global shipping hub. We would like to thank Tasneef and Mare Forum for organizing both Summits, which will attract more international companies to the UAE and make it a world centre in this sector, especially with the potential the country has along with its excellent infrastructure.”
Zaghloul added: “What makes us more determined to support this Summit is that it is associated with the Abu Dhabi Maritime Youth Summit, which aims to build a new generation of Emirati youth leaders in the maritime industry. We are fully aware of the strategic value that Tasneef Academy seeks to achieve in building the capabilities of the youth. Similarly, we too focus on loyalty through Emiratization, and will therefore support all community events that achieve this goal to attract Emirati experts in the field of marine dredging.”
On the sidelines of the agreement by NMDC with Tasneef, to sponsor the Summit, there is growing appreciation for the achievements of Tasneef and NMDC. This includes being recognized as the first certified national society for maritime classification by the Arab world, as well as its classification of ‘Sahara Notation’ for vessels operating in warm areas, the creation of the “UAE Yacht Code” and creating standards for floating villas. NMDC in turn, has become a leading innovative global company in the field of marine dredging, making it vital for port expansion for marine and real estate development and the exploration of oil and gas.
Meanwhile, Tasneef Academy announced that they intend to organize the Maritime Youth Summit on an annual basis and this will provide the UAE national youth with inspiration, while developing their capabilities; by broadening the base of participation to include pioneering entrepreneurs, national leaders and innovators from the international maritime field.