The “UAE Summit of Marine and Maritime Leaders” and the “Abu Dhabi Maritime Youth Summit for Empowering Emirati Youth Leaders in Maritime Domain” successfully concluded in Abu Dhabi. The summits were held under the patronage of Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime.
The two summits brought together prominent marine and maritime leaders from across the world. They discussed challenges that face marine shipping, and oil and gas. Participants exchanged ideas on the new options for governments and companies to improve the environment and enhance investments and profitability.
The two summits drew great attention from top decision makers in the marine and maritime industries in the UAE. They were held under a strategic partnership with the General Command of UAE Armed Forces, and sponsored by major national companies including Abu Dhabi Ports, National Marine Dredging Company, and National Drilling Company.
“The UAE relies on the maritime sector to maintain its position as the second largest economy in the Arab World, and to increase non-oil revenues in accordance with its strategy to diversity economy. Therefore, we look at such meetings and conferences differently from other conferences. We have been following our successes in this sector and found that it is important to create platforms for these forums. The success of both summits, which were held for the second time in Abu Dhabi, was the result of decades-long preparations for the UAE to lead the international maritime sector. This success also coincides with the government’s efforts to build a sustainable economy that is not reliant on oil and gas and is not affected by price fluctuations. This contributed to the development and prosperity of the UAE,” said Al Nuaimi.
“This year, we listened to international maritime leaders, and learned their aspirations and needs to overcome the challenges facing companies and business people. We promise them to develop our legal and procedural systems and build more marine facilities, so that our ports become the top destination globally for docking ships and providing stability for their businesses. We are striving to make the UAE flag one of the most preferred flags for ship owners around the world,” added Al Nuaimi.
Al Nuaimi noted that the UAE will seek to be a key member of the executive council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2017. “We obtained the necessary approvals from the concerned authorities in the UAE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and we will work closely with stakeholders, ports and everyone in the maritime sector to have a permanent representation in the International Maritime Organisation in London. We strive to have a key role in the IMO that reflects the importance of the maritime sector for the UAE and for the people in this filed, while working to have a greater role in this sector,” added Al Nuaimi.