Dubai’s role as a global hub for maritime proved to be a highlight of SMM 2016, as a result of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) participation in the key maritime event, held in Hamburg from September 5 to 9. Based in Germany, but attracting shipowners, decision makers and maritime pioneers from around the globe, SMM was a perfect stage on which to impress with government of Dubai achievements in transforming the emirate into one of the world’s best maritime capitals.
The Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) was particularly highlighted as the driving force behind Dubai’s inclusion in the top 10 maritime capitals of the world.
More specifically, SMM 2016 saw DMCA emphasize Dubai as the maritime gateway to global trade due to its strategic location between East and West, its advanced legal and legislative systems and infrastructure, investment-friendly environment, world-class facilities, maritime and logistics services, modern ports, and integrated maritime safety system. All of these components are supported by the government’s strategy promoting innovation, creativity and excellence.
According to international statistics, the DMCA witnessed remarkable growth in maritime registration and licensing in 2015, with figures doubling over 2014. The official statistics show that 1,623 marine crafts were licensed (compared to 698 in 2014), and 2,396 licenses issued for marine crews (compared to only 945 in 2014), in conjunction with the continued focus on providing new facilities to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction and happiness.
Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, said: “We are delighted to participate again in SMM and be given an opportunity to present before the international maritime community our remarkable progress in accordance with MSS’ goals. MSS is aligned with the vision of our wise leadership in building a secure, diverse, and comprehensive maritime sector, with solid foundation for innovation, creativity, excellence, human investment, and environmental security. We look forward to discussing optimal ways to maximize Dubai’s competitive advantages, including its strategic location, advanced infrastructure, tax exemptions, modern maritime legislation, and robust import and export sectors.”
As part of its farewell to Germany and SMM 2016, DCMA issued an open invitation to participants in the German shipping sector to visit the third consecutive edition of Maritime Week in Dubai. This is one of the leading initiatives attracting participation from senior industry professionals, regional and international experts, decision makers and pioneers of the maritime sector. It is a platform for presenting insights on the role of the maritime industry in supporting emerging and developed economies and discussing the present and future of the global maritime sector.
The first-of-its-kind event in the Middle East will be held in Dubai from October 30 to November 3, 2016. Those interested will have the opportunity to see for themselves the impressive achievements in the maritime sector and the changes taking place in the Emirate to support international shipping.