Dubai Maritime City Authority reviews advantages of Smart Knowledge Platform in driving innovation, research and development
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The “Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster” platform, under the umbrella of the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), has drawn strong interest from visitors to Nor-Shipping 2019, which is currently underway in Oslo and Lillestrøm. The number of attendees seeking information about DMCA’s Smart Knowledge and Research platform demonstrates the attraction of developing an integrated portfolio of maritime services for foreign direct investors Dubai – one of the best maritime capitals in the world.
The “Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster” is a platform of great importance for adapting innovation and technological advances to serve the Maritime cluster, which stands out at the top of the most competitive and attractive maritime clusters in the world. It is highly trusted by global maritime industry pioneers, with high-level interactive features including a comprehensive information and knowledge portal, a virtual maritime centre for innovation, R&D and training, and a maritime sector index.
Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, explained that the initiative has proven to be a leap forward for a diverse maritime cluster characterized by competitiveness, comprehensive and investment attractiveness to push the path of economic diversification to the post-oil era. He stressed that it has provided an integrated framework to enhance the involvement of the maritime cluster in the activities of the local maritime cluster based on four basic pillars; developing maritime cluster, empowerment, awareness and participation and enhancing the confidence of investors in the local maritime environment to attract promising investments to increase the contribution of the maritime sector and make Dubai a major hub in the global economy.
Ali added: “We are pleased with the wide interest for the Virtual Cluster, which continues to play a pivotal role in building bridges of constructive interaction and positive participation of maritime sector pioneers through the virtual presence mechanism. It also promotes innovation, research, development, training and spreading the best maritime practices within the local maritime sector, which currently embraces more than 7,400 companies operating 13,000 maritime activities. We look ahead with great anticipation to the forthcoming contributions to our qualitative initiative that provides a comprehensive information and knowledge portal that contributes to enhancing the strengths of the maritime cluster components; leading to a renewed, secure and sustainable maritime sector.”
Nor-Shipping is held on a biennial basis, with a program of events across Oslo city centre and its exhibition facilities in Lillestrøm. In total, more than 30,000 visitors are expected from over 75 countries, with almost 1,000 of the world’s leading maritime companies participating.