Dubai – MENA Herald: The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has announced its participation as the sponsor for the ‘Middle East Yachting Conference 2016’ on February 29, 2016 at the Habtoor Grand Hotel. The event will also unveil the details of this year’s ‘Dubai International Boat Show,’ the leading marine luxury, leisure and lifestyle industry event scheduled to take place from March 1 to 5, 2016.

Commenting on the participation, DMCA’s Executive Director, Amer Ali said: “The Dubai maritime sector, considered as a main pillar of the local economy, has transformed over the past years. It has played a pivotal role in advancing Dubai’s comprehensive and sustainable development as well as contributed significantly to the emirate’s gross domestic product (GDP). At the ‘Middle East Yachting Conference 2016,’ we will discuss important topics with our counterparts and global industry leaders as well as share our knowledge and experiences with them. In particular, we will tackle the latest market developments, modern technologies, existing regulations and policies, and best practices related to maritime sector and marine leisure activities in the Middle East in general and Dubai in particular.”

Under the theme ‘Investing for the future, Defining future strategies’ this year’s edition will revolve around key issues and topics such as the region’s waterfront projects and maritime legislations and laws. It will specifically focus on the Middle East’s growing yachting industry, emerging trends, the maritime community’s aspirations, and navigation at the local and regional levels. International senior experts, officials and decision makers from various fields will participate in the conference.

During the event, Nawfal Al Jourani, DMCA’s Director of Communications, will provide a keynote speech discussing the sector’s economic importance, major features of the first-of-its-kind Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy, numerous fundamental industry developments, and local challenges and opportunities.

For his part, Mohammed Al Bastaki, Director of DMCA’s Maritime Operations, said: “The ‘Middle East Yachting Conference 2016’ will see the launching of the much-awaited annual ‘Dubai International Boat Show.’ Experts and specialists meet each year to attend the boat show to learn about the latest innovations and developments in luxury yachting as well as exchange information, insights and predictions about the future of the maritime sector in the region. We look forward to the yachting conference where we can share our expertise and experiences in the marine leisure industry, while providing the events and activities at the upcoming ‘Dubai International Boat Show.’”

The ‘Middle East Yachting Conference 2016’ will witness the participation of keynote speakers and experts in a series of seminars and discussion sessions on a wide range of key topics, including the maritime classification mechanisms in the UAE, the importance of economic transformation in the move to improve lifestyles, an overview of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), and the Middle East’s position on the global maritime map. The conference will also feature international standards, guidelines and best practices in yacht purchasing procedures, with discussions on current and future trends in the luxury yacht market and marine lifestyle in the UAE and the rest of the region.