Sunday 2, October 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, is all set to launch Dubai Maritime Summit 2016 on the sidelines of the third edition of Dubai Maritime Week. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, the event will take place on November 2, 2016 at The Address Dubai Marina. It will attract the participation of notable international maritime experts, senior government officials, key decision and policy makers, and pioneers involved in the regional maritime sector, including Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
H.E. Dr. Abdullah bin Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and the Chairman of Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, said: “The UAE is proud of its past and present achievements in the maritime sector. We thank DMCA and Dubai Maritime Cluster Office for their efforts in bringing together marine leaders through various prestigious and international events such as Dubai Maritime Summit and promote the UAE’s distinctive position in the global maritime sector. Participation of prominent maritime experts such as His Excellency Kitack Lim the secretary general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in this summit reiterates the trust of global maritime sector in the UAE as an ideal destination for excellence, development and investment in various fields.”

The Dubai Maritime Summit is of significant interest to the international marine community as it is a key component of Dubai Maritime Week, the Middle East’s first comprehensive maritime event which will kick off on October 30, 2016. Dubai Maritime Week is recognized worldwide as one of the region’s most relevant maritime events organised to discuss the best international practices and innovative solutions with the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the global maritime industry and building a robust, progressive and sustainable maritime economy.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and the President of Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “The Dubai Maritime Summit 2016 is important because of its significant role as an interactive platform to discuss the most prominent developments in the global maritime sector and shipping markets. It is also vital for discovering new prospects to develop the frameworks of the maritime legislations and encourage innovation. We are proud that Dubai has provided an ideal environment for global maritime sector to meet and identify its most important developments and establish further communication between all entities right from Asia and Middle East to Europe and the whole world. I welcome Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, to enrich the summit’s content by providing the audience with insight about the important role of the Canal in the logistics of the global maritime sector.”

Dubai Maritime Summit will launch of the first edition of the ‘Dubai Maritime Innovation Award’ to honour innovative initiatives that has driven the development and prosperity of local maritime sector, following which Todd Benjamin, Journalist and Broadcaster will open the session. Held over five sessions in presence of high level international speakers, the summit will cover topics, including the ‘The State of the Global Industry,’ ‘The Global Shipping Market,’ ‘Arbitration,’ and ‘Innovation in Maritime Sector.’ The session will conclude with discussions on ‘Maritime Regulation’ by international experts headed by Ashok Mahapatra, the Senior Deputy Director of the Maritime Safety Division in the IMO.

Aside from the Dubai Maritime Summit, Dubai Maritime Week 2016 will also feature the launch of Seatrade Maritime Middle East and the first edition of the UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar, among others, that will enrich the maritime sector of Dubai and the UAE.