UAE Maritime Week garners aid from Industry stakeholders, ports in Middle East

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UAE Maritime Week, event held under UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has recently garners aid from Industry stakeholders, government sector, private sector entities who have been epitome of the advancement of the Maritime arena in Middle Eastern territory.

The event has been organized by Seatrade Maritime, a part of Informa Markets. This week will be instrumental for connection of maritime markets in Middle East by combining together forces of ship owners, industry suppliers and key decision-makers from the region for mainly core events comprising of:

Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME); Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa; Global Maritime Club round table; Maritime Leaders Forum and Experience Maritime.

Empowerment of Smarter Trade as well as Digitalization

UAEMW Exhibition

UAE Maritime Week, as per the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, had been considered as most influential events within the Maritime arena and with which Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME), could further finalize agenda of swift revolution in the maritime arena. In recent years, the pandemic has accelerated digitalization.

Few of the core organizations like DP World, Abu Dhabi Ports have been are leading from front of this revolution with their smart solutions like Maqta Gateway, Boxbay, Zodiac, etc.

As one of the most vital schemes that will prove its mettle in supporting the progress of the sector, the UAE Maritime Week will be held at a critical time during Expo 2020 Dubai and the International Maritime Organisation elections.

Statements recorded by Top Officials

Sheikh Nasser Majid Al-Qasimi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Infrastructure and Transport at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, stated out that, “The maritime sector globally has witnessed unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, we braved through that phase, and are now ushering in a rebound phase. Despite the pandemic, last year the UAE recorded foreign trade worth $532,774 million. Our GDP is expected to grow to 2.1 per cent this year and by 4.2 per cent in 2022 as estimated by the UAE’s Central Bank. The maritime sector will undoubtedly contribute to this growth. To ensure continued progress, apart from the support of government and private sector organisations, the role of industry initiatives like UAE Maritime Week is integral. In line with the principles of the UAE’s Projects of the 50, the week and its series of events that will coincide with two key events will create a dynamic maritime economy in the UAE, with far-reaching effects in the Middle East.”

Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, stated out that, “Following our vision to create a safe and vibrant maritime industry, we are aiming to build effective collaborations with government authorities, private sector organisations and relevant stakeholders to ensure sustainable growth of the sector in all aspects. Our strategic partnership with the UAE Maritime Week will help us in understanding more about the challenges industry stakeholders are facing, helping us evaluate our existing regulations and draft new policies, keeping in mind the best practices in maritime safety and operations.”

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, Head of Digital Cluster, AD Ports Group, and CEO of Maqta Gateway

Head of Digital Cluster, AD Ports Group, and CEO of Maqta Gateway, Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, stated out that, “Since its founding, Maqta Gateway has committed itself to transforming Abu Dhabi’s trade and logistics ecosystem through the development and adoption of leading-edge and integrated digital solutions. Our innovations have enhanced the user experience for all those involved across the entire value chain, providing better, faster, smoother, more secure, more predictable, and cost-effective offerings. To date, Maqta Gateway has facilitated more than 50 million digital transactions — 30 percent during the pandemic alone. Despite the challenges that arose in the wake of COVID-19, we evolved alongside our rapidly developing industry and tackled the crisis head-on. Thanks to the advanced infrastructure that AD Ports Group continuously develops, we were able to be resilient and respond swiftly to the unprecedented circumstances that prevailed during the pandemic, allowing us to safeguard national supply chains and ensure the movement of critical goods.”

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, also added that, “During this tumultuous period, the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP) was also inaugurated. Developed and operated by Maqta Gateway under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, ATLP is a novel solution that facilitates trade for customers and trade operators active across Abu Dhabi’s sea, land, air, industrial and free zones. Our partnership with UAE Maritime Week will prove beneficial in our road to achieving milestones concerning digitalization and innovation. We are ready and willing to share our expertise and success stories with our partners in this significant event, to foresee the future of the sector and discuss its latest trends to strengthen our leading position and keep pace with the rapid developments witnessed in our technologically advanced world today.”

Associate Dean of the College of Maritime Transport and Technology, AAST, Dr. Ahmed Youssef, stated out that, “The UAE Maritime Week is a one-of-a-kind wonderful platform for dialogue between industry leaders, government representatives and policy-makers. While doing so it also brings young aspiring professionals and maritime students face-to-face with experts. It will not only help maritime academies showcase their competencies, but it will also give our students maximum industry exposure. We are actively looking to partake in the event, so our students can learn about the newest happenings in the industry.”

Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade

Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade, stated out that, “SMME has received commendable industry support since inception. It is encouraging to see that the UAE Maritime Week too has received a similar response from key government ministries and organisations in the UAE and the Middle East and the industry at large. This has enhanced the event’s ability to facilitate lucrative contracts that can drive the economy of the UAE and the Middle East. What makes the week even special is that it will be held during Expo 2020 Dubai which is a mega-event and that will boost growth opportunities for the sector.”

Encouraging, Uplifting Transition

As per UAE maritime industry report, from the early 2008, SMME had been on the forefront of smoothening out the negotiations on the latest revolutions and technological advancements in the maritime shipping sector, that also comprises of its future vision and direction given. Its schemes have aided the revolution in the industry, making it a catalyst for treasured business associations in the industry.

The agenda for UAE Maritime Week will emphasize upon topics featuring speakers from leading organizations that have been powering out the transition in the arena. Throughout the week, discourses will be held on critical issues comprising of the decarbonisation, digitalization, regulatory change, supply chain infrastructure.

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