Dubai expected to take fifth spot among world’s top maritime cluster by 2024
Dubai ranks first in Middle East and ninth in world’s top maritime capitals in 2019
Local maritime sector home to more than 7,400 active companies producing over 13,000 activities and creating 76,000 jobs
Maritime sector contribution to Dubai’s GDP at 7 per cent to AED 26,9 billion
Dubai is leading maritime cluster in Middle East and ninth best maritime capitals in the world
Dubai to continue to strengthen its importance, attractiveness, and competitiveness as it bids to become among top five of world’s best maritime centers by 2024
11 April 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai has moved up in the ranking of the world’s top 10 maritime capitals in 2019, the latest in its string of achievements that has made the emirate a globally competitive maritime hub. The emirate took the 9th spot this year, up from its 10th rank in 2017, according to a recent report issued by Menon Economics and DNV GL, the global organizations that specializes in benchmarking top maritime capitals of the world. The report disclosed today (Wednesday, April 10, 2019) in Singapore, surveyed 200 experts and high-profile officials from leading maritime companies worldwide. Around 40 per cent of the experts were from Europe, 30 per cent from Asia, and 30 per cent from the US, Middle East, and Africa.
H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World; Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation and Chairman of DMCA, said: “We are delighted to achieve this new global achievement that demonstrates the progress of the maritime sector in Dubai led with a leadership vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and his support to the industry and keen efforts to enable out teams to achieve better results in all areas related to maritime sector. I would also like to thank the DMCA team for its work and dedication to ensure improved local maritime services at all levels.”
H.E. Bin Sulayem added: “The remarkable progress made by Dubai as one of the world’s best maritime capitals for 2019 is not surprising as it serves as a continuation of the path towards excellence to become number one in the world. DMCA’s focus on research and development (R&D) and innovation to develop integrated logistics programs and advanced infrastructure and legislation is paying off as we ensure the highest standards of efficient maritime operations, occupational safety, and better environmental practices to reach global leadership. We are currently implementing an integrated and impactful portfolio of initiatives to enhance the sector’s competitiveness and guarantee its contributions to the country’s sustainable growth and economic diversification strategy. Promoting innovation, technology, and sustainability has enhanced the international community’s confidence in Dubai. The success of our ambitious plans, supported by our fruitful cooperation with our government and private sector partners makes Dubai and the UAE an influential global force in the maritime industry.”
H.E. Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary General of the Executive Council of Dubai, was not surprised over Dubai’s improved ranking in just over two years, noting that the emirate is moving steadily and confidently towards meeting the highest standards of maritime competitiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness with an aim of increasing industry’s economic share in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. Additionally, the ongoing local efforts are aimed at implementing the goals of the Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS), which was launched and being implemented by the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) to establish Dubai as a world-class maritime center.
H.E. Al Basti added: “We are proud of this new and important achievement, which inspires us further to join forces and boost our march towards establishing Dubai as a world-class maritime hub with top-notch maritime and logistics services and outstanding operations. We aim to transform Dubai into one of the world’s leading maritime centers over the next few years in line with Dubai Plan 2021 Plan.”
The global report has ranked Dubai as the leading maritime hub in the Middle East, India and Africa, while also being ranked 9th in the world. In line with this, experts expect the emirate to continue in its growth, further consolidating its pivotal role on the global maritime map to become one of the most important and powerful maritime capitals by 2024–reinforcing its strong presence as a major competitor to Hong Kong and major European maritime centers.
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