Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) announced it is launching the first ever Dubai Maritime Week, to be held in November this year.

In collaboration with several strategic partners from Dubai Government, DMCA will organise a number of maritime industry-related activities and events, including conferences, discussion panels and forums, as well as public-oriented activities to celebrate Dubai’s maritime heritage. DMCA will also organise a series of programmes at the Dubai Maritime Week to raise awareness about the urgent need to support the expansion and growth of the maritime industry in Dubai.

The week coincides with the Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2012 Exhibition, Awards and Conference, which is expected to attract hundreds of global equipment suppliers, modern technology providers and service providers to Dubai.

Dubai-headquartered global port operator DP World has welcomed the initiative.

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World said:“Dubai has been a maritime hub for generations, and is the centre for trade for a region of some two billion people across the GCC, the Subcontinent and East Africa, with DP World’s Jebel Ali port at the heart of that activity.  The Dubai Maritime Week 2012 is an exciting initiative that will bring together the key players in the industry to share ideas and best practices and explore business opportunities.”

Mohammed Sharaf, CEO, DP World, said: “This event provides an interactive platform to build and develop strategic relations, gathering all industry professionals, associations, experts, suppliers and ship owners in the region. We at DP World are delighted to support this first-of-its-kind event in Dubai.”

Amer Ali, CEO, Dubai Maritime City Authority said: “We appreciate the support of DP World for the Dubai Maritime Week 2012, which we have developed to enhance the quality of maritime services available in Dubai and the wider region, and ultimately promote the growth of the maritime industry in Dubai.”'

Joumana Saad

Before joining SME Advisor, I worked as a producer/reporter for Forbes Media in New York. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and International Studies at the University of South Florida in the US. I am currently in Dubai working as Sub-Editor for SME Advisor Middle East, which is a business magazine published by CPI. You can follow me on Twitter: @joumanasaad or @SMEadvisorME and (Joumana Saad) or (SME Advisor) on LinkedIn.

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