Amer Ali Ð CEO of Dubai Maritime City (1st from left); presenting Rear Admiral Hisham Omar El Sersawy Ð Head of the Maritime Transport Sector at the Egyptian Ministry of Transport (1st from right) with a commemorative gift in the presence of other members of the Arab Sea Ports Federation
May 28, 2008
Dubai Maritime City to play key role in Arab maritime sector
The spectacular Dubai Maritime City development is set to play a prominent part in development of the Arab maritime sector.
When completed, Dubai Maritime City will be a vibrant mixed use development for the maritime industry, comprising industrial, commercial, residential and leisure facilities housed on a man-made peninsula between Port Rashid and Dubai Dry Docks.
The 227 hectare Dubai Maritime City, which is a member of the Dubai World Group, is described as a "fully-equipped, iconic and multidimensional maritime center providing a world-class infrastructure and environment for the global maritime industry and related sectors."
Amer Ali, CEO of Dubai Maritime City, recently headed a delegation that has just completed a visit to Egypt where it met with the Arab Sea Ports Federation and the Arab Federation of Chambers of Shipping.
The purpose of the meetings was to give an overview of Dubai Maritime City and the progress the City has witnessed so far and to discuss ways of cooperation between the parties.
The visit began with a tour of the city of Alexandria, followed by a workshop with the Arab Sea Ports Federation that was attended by Rear Admiral Hisham Omar El Sersawy, Head of the Maritime Transport Sector at the Egyptian Ministry of Transport, and Rear Admiral Isamuddin Badawi, Secretary General of the Arab Sea Ports Federation, in addition to a large number of the Federations' members.
At the workshop, Dubai Maritime City invited owners of ships and shipping companies to open offices in Dubai.
The workshop also discussed maritime education.
Ali stated: "Participants commended the recently launched Dubai Maritime City Campus, as it will open a window of great opportunity to the region in terms of supplying a group of specialists and professionals in the various maritime fields, filling the gap in qualified manpower currently needed in the Arab world."
The participants also discussed the importance of the flagging of marine vessels.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Ali extended an invitation to the members of the Federation to visit Dubai Maritime City to see the developmental activities currently taking place and witness the rapid progress of the project.
The Federation extended an invitation to Dubai Maritime City to participate in all symposiums and conferences organized by it. Representing all members of the Arab Federation of Chambers of Shipping, Rear Admiral Mohsen, its Secretary General, highlighted the importance of strengthening relations between the two sides for the further development of the maritime sector across the Arab world.
Commenting on this meeting, Ali stated: "Our meeting with the Arab Federation of Chambers of Shipping was a very productive and interesting one, which we hope would be activated in the future through a wide range of partnerships with the Federation and its members."