Dubai maritime sector set to impress at Nor-Shipping

DP World and DMCA chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem says Dubai will make Nor-Shipping a key focus this year
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs, and Free Zones Corporation, and chairman of DMCA
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs, and Free Zones Corporation, and chairman of DMCA

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Dubai Maritime City Authority has announced a significant programme of investment in this year’s Nor-Shipping event, held in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway.

Alongside exhibiting at Nor-Shipping, DMCA is sponsoring the ‘Offshore Day’ and hosting a banquet in the Norwegian capital for leading names within the global shipping industry as it seeks to underscore Dubai’s position as a leading global maritime hub.

Key messages will focus on the benefits of Dubai’s fully developed cluster and specialist experience in ports management, ship maintenance and operation, and wider maritime services, and its growing importance to the national economy.

Maritime now contributes some 4.6% of Dubai’s total GDP (equivalent to AED 14.4 billion), while more than 75,000 new job opportunities have been created in the sector over the past two years.

“A strong maritime Dubai is good news for the shipping world,” explains Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs, and Free Zones Corporation, and chairman of DMCA. “We offer a key regional gateway for international traders, supported by modern infrastructure, an excellent business environment and an established framework of regulations and best practices.”

Sulayem added that engaging the shipping community at the event and cementing long-lasting relationships was essential to achieving the strategic objective of Dubai Maritime Vision 2030.

“Nor-Shipping, which attracts around 50,000 high quality international delegates over a week long programme of events, is the ideal platform to showcase Dubai and take a regional success story worldwide,” he said.

The Norwegian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Sten Anders Berge, said that Dubai’s expanded participation in Nor-Shipping was a natural continuation of the close relationship between the two maritime hubs.

“Dubai and Norway are natural maritime partners. Dubai has established a vibrant maritime centre and a key regional hub, while Norway is a leading shipping nation with operations worldwide,” said Berge. “By working together our maritime enterprises can support and strengthen one another, while delivering competitive benefits to the industry as a whole.”

Nor-Shipping takes place from 2 to 5 June, with the main exhibition housed in Norway’s largest meeting venue, the 39,000 sqm exhibition hall in Lillestrøm, and events taking place across Oslo itself. DCMA’s invitation-only banquet will be held beside the prestigious Astrup Fearnley Museum on the Nor-Shipping Island, Oslo, on Wednesday 3 June.

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