Tuesday 21, June 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: The Marine Advisory Council discussed the best ways to continue leading the march to excellence pursued by the Dubai Maritime Authority in upgrading the components of Dubai’s maritime sector and modernizing infrastructure, developing legislative, legal and logistics aspects, and further diversifying investment opportunities to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the local maritime community. These were touched on during the Council’s fourth meeting which facilitated extensive discussions on how to improve the quality of services in line with rapid regional and international developments in order to achieve higher levels of customer service excellence.

The participants called for a continued focus on strengthening partnerships between the public and private sectors based on the foundations of transparency and good governance in order to make Dubai the most comprehensive, prestigious and competitive maritime hub in the world. They agreed to achieve this through the launching of innovative initiatives under the umbrella of the Marine Advisory Council. The attendees also emphasized the need to provide new opportunities to encourage the private sector to actively participate in the ambitious development projects required to advance the establishment of a competitive and sustainable maritime sector and consolidate the leadership of the Emirate of Dubai as one of the world’s leading naval and logistics centers.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, explained that the Maritime Advisory Council meetings are vital interactive platforms for promoting effective communications among the pioneers of the maritime sector from the public and private sectors. He underscored their importance in creating a clear framework for advancing the development of the local maritime industry and promoting economic development in Dubai.
Ali added: “We look forward to exploring new avenues for improving the quality of marine and logistics services in order to keep pace with emerging trends and enhance regional and international investor confidence in competitive local maritime elements in line with the objectives of the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy. We are confident that our efforts to encourage active partnerships with the public and private sectors will significantly drive the ambitious aspiration to elevate Dubai among the ranks of the most prominent maritime capitals in the world by 2020.”
The Marine Advisory Board is one of the major initiatives under the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy. It’s membership includes government officials, partners, experts, and senior executives from prominent legal firms and marine companies, including Clyde & Co.; Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); Topaz Energy and Marine Engineering; Al Tamimi & Company; National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFAL); UAE National Ship Suppliers Association (UNSSA); Hadef & Partners; Mubarak Marine; Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla; Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW); Wilhelmsen Ships Service; DHL Express; Rais Hassan Saadi& Co. LLC; and Aramex 3PL.