DUBAI, 22nd August, 2016 (WAM)–The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has reaffirmed its commitment to promote the local maritime sector’s competitiveness at Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM) Hamburg 2016, the latest edition of the world’s leading trade fair for the maritime industry.

The fair will take place from September 6 to 9, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. DMCA will participate alongside the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) to promote the city’s leadership and standards of excellence to make the emirate one of the world’s most competitive maritime hubs.

DMCA’s attendance in the biennial international fair is a major step towards showcasing the key aspects of the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) developed in accordance with the goals revolve around establishing a sustainable and integrated maritime sector; gaining regional and international investors’ confidence in domestic integrated logistics programs; building world-class infrastructure; and developing maritime regulations and legislations for smooth maritime operations in accordance with the highest professional safety standards, best environmental practices, and local and international resolutions.

The event will also serve as a platform for DMCA to highlight the Dubai Maritime Cluster Office it recently established in response to the government’s efforts to transform the local maritime sector into one of the world’s most comprehensive and competitive maritime clusters. It will introduce the Office’s pivotal role in strengthening the fruitful cooperation among government sector, private entities, and stakeholders involved in local, regional and global maritime activities.

Hisham Abdullah Al Shirawi, the Dubai Chamber’s 2nd Vice Chairman, is looking forward to attending SMM Hamburg 2016 as part of the UAE delegation along with DMCA, which is at the forefront of enhancing the local maritime sector’s competitiveness and promoting Dubai as a world-class global maritime hub.

He pointed out that this qualitative step will serve as an inspiration to successfully represent the UAE in similar international forums as well as strengthen communication with the global business community to attract foreign investments to take advantage of the Dubai’s competitive business environment and support its industrial strategy where the maritime sector constitutes an important pillar of it.

Al Shirawi added, “We organise the UAE’s trade mission on the sidelines of the prestigious SMM Hamburg 2016 following our success during the 2014 edition, with UAE delegates meeting with their German and other foreign counterparts. During their interactions, they exchanged experiences, transferred knowledge, and discussed effective strategies to boost the capacities of the maritime and shipbuilding sector. We are confident that our efforts, in cooperation with DMCA, will deliver tangible and positive results in terms of supporting the growth of maritime activity and consolidating Dubai’s reputation as a major global headquarters for operators of ports and a key global destination for ship owners.”

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, said that participating in SMM Hamburg 2016 will bolster national efforts aimed at promoting the competitive advantages of the UAE’s maritime sector through Dubai which moves towards becoming one of the world’s best maritime capitals. He added: “We are confident that DMCA and the Dubai Chamber will successfully represent the UAE in this important international event. DMCA, in particular, has already made major strides in boosting Dubai’s capabilities in hosting key global maritime events and promoting the competitiveness of the local maritime clustering. Our series of quality initiatives have made a clear impact on promoting sustainability and competitiveness in Dubai and the UAE’s maritime industry.”

DMCA and the Dubai Chamber will occupy the UAE pavilion (B3.OG.120) during SMM Hamburg 2016. DMCA delegates headed by Amer Ali will comprise Nawfal Al Jourani, Director of Communications; Eman Alshamsi, Assistant Manager of the Communications Department; Abdullah bin Touq, Senior Manager at the Survey and Inspections Department; and Hanan Al Kashri, Manager of Registration and Licensing.

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