SMM success for Dubai Chamber of Commerce
Dubai’s first ever national pavilion at the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology trade fair in Hamburg was a big success according to organisers.
During last week’s SMM 2014, the state-of-the-art Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry national pavilion attracted over 1,500 visitors wanting to learn more about Dubai’s competitive business environment, especially in the maritime sector.
More than 25 Dubai-based business leaders and company officials participating in the trade mission led by H.E. Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber, showcased their innovations in the field and what Dubai as a whole has to offer to global businesses from the maritime industry.
They also used the occasion to discuss potential business synergies with leaders in Hamburg’s thriving maritime sector while networking and establishing partnerships with global decision-makers and stakeholders from the industry.
The participating companies in the trade mission included Dry Docks World & Maritime World, Mubarak Marine LLC, Jumbo Line Shipping Agency, Tasneef, Emirates Classification Society, DNV GL – Maritime, Aries Group of Companies, The Folk Group, Dubai Trading Agency Group, Elcome International LLC, Nor Crane & Winch DMCCO, Fichte & Co Legal Consultancy, and Hamburg Representative Office in Dubai.
This important biannual maritime exhibition, held in Hamburg, attracts more than 2,000 exhibitors and over 50,000 visitors looking forward to keeping ahead of the latest sector innovations and trends.
Elated by the very successful outcome of the trade mission, H.E. Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber, informed that the Chamber has previously led a delegation to the expo in its last edition in 2012 but Dubai’s presence this time was larger and better as the trade mission succeeded in promoting the proficiency of Dubai’s key maritime hub and strategic location and business destination to a global audience.
‘‘The positive outcome of the trade mission is all too evident as we achieved our objective of connecting our successful companies with their global counterparts leading to a new era of stronger economic relations between Dubai and Hamburg which are both global role models in adopting eco-friendly solutions in maritime industry,’’ said H.E. Al Shirawi.
He also emphasised that the Dubai delegates, made the best use of the opportunity to enhance their trading ties with German companies while exchanging skills, innovations and expertise in various areas of joint cooperation in shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology, and attended five seminars and congresses covering some of the most important key areas in the maritime industry.
The 2nd Vice Chairman of Dubai Chamber further stressed that Dubai and Hamburg chambers got yet another opportunity to strengthen their long-time ties established during the past several Dubai and Hamburg business forums held alternatively in the two cities. The forum focuses on sectors of shared interest and has most recently looked at green technologies and sustainability, logistics and maritime and financial services, he said.