Launch of world’s first online information platform collective ‘Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster’

03 September 2018 – makes Dubai Maritime Sector available 24 hours a day.

Bin Sulayem: ‘The initiative is a step towards strengthening the sector’s investment appeal and catalyze the industry to achieve economic diversification.’

    • More than 5,500 companies work in maritime sector practicing 13,000 activities
    • Maritime Sector Supports Dubai Economy with 76000 Jobs
    • Maritime sector’s contribution to Dubai economy grew 25 per cent from 2011 to 2015
    • Sector accounts for 7 per cent of Dubai’s GDP
    • Ship owners, ports, maritime engineering operations, maritime support services among most effective components of maritime clustering

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation in Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), has formally launched the Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster (DMVC) initiative on the website, aimed at providing smart and interactive platforms for knowledge-sharing and research to further attract growth and promote competitiveness within the sector. Local and international maritime industry players have hailed the move as a positive effort towards strengthening cooperation in the maritime sector with strategic partners, especially in the move to implement various maritime related activities.

The Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster is an innovative concept that promotes ease, efficiency, and quality for a broad and integrated range of maritime services provided by the Dubai Maritime Sector to all marine investors from around the world while also helping bolster more cooperation and engagement between industry leaders through a virtual platform that the cluster provides.

H.E. Bin Sulayem said that DMVC will provide a solid foundation for ensuring Dubai’s position as a major global competitor to the world’s leading maritime centers. He further added that DMVC is part of the continuous efforts to modernize the sector into a competitive, inclusive, and attractive area for investments, with the ability to effectively implement UAE’s post-oil strategies, in line with the UAE’s vision as a leading model for transforming into a diversified and sustainable economy based on knowledge and innovation; and establish a safer future for the current and future generations.

The DMCA Chairman noted: “The launch of the Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster comes in a very important stage, particularly as Dubai takes its first steps towards international leadership after being ranked as fifth among the world’s most competitive and attractive maritime centers. The new initiative stems from its much anticipated role in enhancing the capability of the maritime sector for attracting foreign investments by providing a smart and integrated platform for the world’s maritime best practices, as well as facilitating the accessibility of maritime leaders to the best services available in Dubai. This will ultimately serve the goals of the emirate’s ‘Dubai Plan 2021’, positioning it as one of the most important global hubs for business and investments.”

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, said: “Launching the Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster represents a turning point in strengthening the channels of communication between maritime stakeholders and engage the world maritime community in Dubai’s maritime activities in line with the four pillars we follow to achieve our goals, which include developing the maritime center, empowering the sector, spreading awareness, and encouraging participation. The Virtual Cluster provides advanced interactive advantages that make it an ideal platform for promoting R&D and maritime innovation, particularly an inclusive information and knowledge portal; a virtual hub for these purposes including training; as well as maritime sector index. We are fully confident that the new initiative will be an important addition to our endeavors aimed at meeting the diverse needs of regional and international maritime players, as we fulfill our commitment to promote Dubai as a leading world-class maritime hub.”

The Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster facilitates access and engagement of businesses to an integrated portfolio of smart maritime services by providing reliable and comprehensive information on key initiatives under the DMCA umbrella, including the ‘Maritime Sector Strategy’ which aims to strengthen Dubai’s leading position as a global maritime center.


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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