Big names join DMCA's new Maritime Advisory Council
Dubai has launched an initiative to engage more closely with maritime businesses as it looks to consolidate its position as one of the world’s foremost shipping centres, the DMCA has announced.
The newly created Maritime Advisory Council (MAC), which will be led by the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), will foster collaboration and coordination between industry stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.
The establishment of the MAC supports both the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, which aims to build a integrated and sustainable maritime economy, and Dubai Maritime Vision 2030, a plan conceived to strengthen the emirate’s unique competitive advantages.
Leading private businesses operating out of Dubai have already signed up as members. The list includes: DP World, Dry Docks World, Emirates Classification Society ‘TASNEEF,’ DIFC Courts, Clarksons, Tufton Oceanic, Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM), United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Maersk Line, Emarat Maritime, Fichte and Co, Partner Ince and Co, Global Marketing Systems (GMS), and Dubai Trading Agency (DTA).
“This initiative will nurture closer collaboration and mutual understanding between all the key maritime industry stakeholders in Dubai,” says Amer Ali, executive director, DMCA. “By engaging with businesses on this level Dubai can achieve buy-in from the industry to support its ambitious, strategic maritime objectives.”
“We also build our own understanding of exactly what our private partners want from a global shipping hub,” Ali added. “This will help us appreciate their commercial challenges and find solutions that enhance the confidence of regional and international investors in our local marine environment.”
Dubai has proving a major pull for international maritime firms. Over the last two years alone some 75,000 new job opportunities have been created in the maritime field, while the maritime sector now contributes some 4.6% of Dubai’s total GDP (equivalent to 14.4 billion AED).
Further members of the Maritime Advisory Council include senior partners or executives from Clyde & Co, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Topaz Energy and Marine Engineering, Al Tamimi & Company, National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFAL), UAE National Ship Suppliers Association (UNSSA), Hadef & Partners, Mubarak Marine, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), Wilhelmsen Ships Service, DHL Express, Rais Hassan Saadi, and Aramex 3PL.