Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster proves strong attraction at Nor-Shipping 2019

04 June 2019 – Dubai Maritime City Authority reviews advantages of Smart Knowledge Platform in driving innovation, research and development

The “Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster” platform, under the umbrella of the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), has drawn strong interest from visitors to Nor-Shipping 2019, which is currently underway in Oslo and Lillestrøm. The number of attendees seeking information about DMCA’s Smart Knowledge and Research platform demonstrates the attraction of developing an integrated portfolio of maritime services for foreign direct investors Dubai – one of the best maritime capitals in the world.

The “Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster” is a platform of great importance for adapting innovation and technological advances to serve the Maritime cluster, which stands out at the top of the most competitive and attractive maritime clusters in the world. It is highly trusted by global maritime industry pioneers, with high-level interactive features including a comprehensive information and knowledge portal, a virtual maritime centre for innovation, R&D and training, and a maritime sector index.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, explained that the initiative has proven to be a leap forward for a diverse maritime cluster characterized by competitiveness, comprehensive and investment attractiveness to push the path of economic diversification to the post-oil era. He stressed that it has provided an integrated framework to enhance the involvement of the maritime cluster in the activities of the local maritime cluster based on four basic pillars; developing maritime cluster, empowerment, awareness and participation and enhancing the confidence of investors in the local maritime environment to attract promising investments to increase the contribution of the maritime sector and make Dubai a major hub in the global economy.

Ali added: “We are pleased with the wide interest for the Virtual Cluster, which continues to play a pivotal role in building bridges of constructive interaction and positive participation of maritime sector pioneers through the virtual presence mechanism. It also promotes innovation, research, development, training and spreading the best maritime practices within the local maritime sector, which currently embraces more than 7,400 companies operating 13,000 maritime activities. We look ahead with great anticipation to the forthcoming contributions to our qualitative initiative that provides a comprehensive information and knowledge portal that contributes to enhancing the strengths of the maritime cluster components; leading to a renewed, secure and sustainable maritime sector.”

Nor-Shipping is held on a biennial basis, with a program of events across Oslo city centre and its exhibition facilities in Lillestrøm. In total, more than 30,000 visitors are expected from over 75 countries, with almost 1,000 of the world’s leading maritime companies participating.


About Dubai Maritime City Authority:

Founded in 2007, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has brought about a radical change in the local maritime sector through an extensive range of industry initiatives and regulations which support its ambitious approach to creating a safe investment environment for industry leaders from all over the world, while reaffirming Dubai’s position as a first-class international maritime hub. Established to monitor, develop and promote maritime activities, DMCA provides a platform of excellence and quality as it develops world-class regulations and guidelines to raise the bar on the maritime industry and boost its infrastructure, operations and logistics services while offering investment opportunities to boost Dubai’s competitiveness at the regional and international levels.

DMCA aims to build effective and strategic partnerships with relevant government agencies, private businesses and stakeholders in line with its vision to create a safe and vibrant maritime sector and therefore drive economic sustainability and growth in the emirate. The Authority is keen on expanding its scope of work and laying down effective policies under the highest standards of maritime safety and best environmental practices, in adherence with the local and international laws to develop a safe maritime environment for maritime operations and businesses.


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