Sunday 25, September 2016

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 confirmed its intention to launch ‘UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar’ (UMLS) which is organized by the Dubai Maritime Cluster Office on the sidelines of ‘Dubai Maritime Week 2016,’ the latest edition of the Middle East’s first comprehensive maritime event. The conference will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, from October 30 to November 3, 2016 at The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina.

The UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar, which is being held for the first time in Middle East, is an important interactive platform for consolidating communication channels among global maritime leaders and various maritime experts operating in the country–especially the young maritime workforce assigned across various administrative levels in the country’s ports and facilities and university and college students interested in the local maritime sector. The event will enable them to develop a road map for optimally using smart maritime and communication techniques to enhance the maritime industry and at the same time, demonstrate the role of innovation in transforming Dubai into one of the world’s most important maritime capitals.
Government figures, global and regional maritime leaders, decision-makers and representatives of leading maritime training centers have confirmed their participation in the UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar, which will be moderated by Capt. Michael P. Elwert, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Elektrans Group. The day-long seminar, which will take place on October 30, 2016 at The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, includes interactive discussions from four international maritime experts who will focus on the smart maritime subject—touching key topics like ‘Smart Maritime Navigation,’ ‘Advantages of Smart Maritime Navigation,’ ‘Role of Effective Communication in Promoting Smart Maritime Navigation and Development of Human Factor,’ and ‘Role of Smart Maritime Navigation in Shaping the Future of Maritime Sector.’

Speakers to present at the UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar’s include Dr. Volker Bertram from DNV GL – Maritime; Oscar Levander, Vice President of Innovation Department at Rolls-Royce and Frank Coles, President of Transas. At the concluding session of the forum, a Senior Researcher from Lloyd’s Register will present the ‘Lloyds International Report 2030,’ a specialized report tackling the future of the world’s maritime sector.

Dubai Maritime Week 2016 is expected to witness a series of world-class events, most importantly ‘Dubai Maritime Summit 2016,’ which will take place on November 2, 2016, covering the launch of the first edition of the ‘Dubai Maritime Innovation Award.’ The Award is designed to highlight the most important contributions and innovative initiatives in the domestic maritime sector throughout the year. The Week will also feature ‘Seatrade Maritime Middle East,’ ‘Global Shippers Forum,’ and ‘DMCA Partners Appreciation Gathering,’ among others.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, noted that strengthening communications among the leaders of the maritime industry is the topmost priority for developing a clear framework for facing emerging challenges and investing in promising opportunities to serve the ambitious aspirations for activating the role of the maritime sector in economic prosperity and social well-being. Ali said: “The DMCA is responsible for providing the maritime community with the latest developments and future prospects to enhance Dubai’s ability to compete with the most prominent maritime and logistics centers in the region and the world. This has prompted us to introduce a new quality event – the UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar – as the newest addition to the agenda of the Dubai Maritime Week, which we are proud of as the first and only event of its kind in the region that has established the emirate’s position as a leading hub for maritime excellence and innovation in the world.”

“The UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar complements the leading role played by the UAE in terms of fostering innovation, creativity and excellence within the maritime sector at the regional and international levels. It is not surprising that Dubai will host such an interactive conference that offers a perfect opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in smart maritime navigation which has emerged as an important pillar for developing the maritime sector to keep pace with the technological developments and rapid changes of the 21st century. We look forward to making this symposium successful by featuring all new aspects during Dubai Maritime Week 2016 which reinforce the strong march towards leadership and excellence pursued by Dubai in organizing the world’s leading maritime events to enhance UAE’s reputation as one of the world’s most important and competitive maritime hubs,” Ali concluded.

Dubai Maritime Week 2016 is expected to attract more than 350 exhibitors representing leading maritime companies from around the world and more than 7,000 leading local, regional and international experts and maritime professionals who will discuss the latest developments and explore the most promising solutions and opportunities that abound in Dubai’s maritime sector.