The region’s maritime sector will come together to identify valuable business opportunities and discuss a wide range of topics about the future of the industry at the Maritime Middle East Trade Exhibition (SMLME) in May.
Held in conjunction with the Seatrade Maritime Club under the sponsorship of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, it is scheduled to take place from 16-18 May 2022. SMLME’s potential impact on the economic development of the region has made it a key maritime organization and authority for some key activities in the UAE and the region.
Its potential impact on the region’s economy has helped it gain support from key industry players such as Bahri Marine Services, Abu Dhabi Maritime, DP World and the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), among others.
Eng Hessa Al Malek, Adviser to the Minister of Maritime Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “The UAE is an important contributor to international trade flows. Our strategic location at the crossroads of global trade routes gives us an advantage over the rest of the world, strengthening our Status as a renowned maritime hub. Despite our strengths, we rely on our passion for continuous improvement and enhance our capabilities with innovation, advanced solutions and state-of-the-art infrastructure.”
“Today, we rank third globally in the Bunker Supply Index and trade in transport services; and are among the top five most competitive maritime hubs in the world. We owe this to the more than 27,000 maritime companies operating in the UAE, They are constantly raising the bar of excellence.Having an event like SMLME has proven essential for these organisations, as it allows them to meet and interact with each other, learn and leverage each other’s expertise to be more successful, ’ added Eng Al Malek.
Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Managing Director of the DMCA, said: “The UAE generates huge revenues worth more than AED90 billion (US$24.5 billion) annually through the contribution of the maritime sector. Considering the importance of the industry in terms of economic impact , it is necessary for us to invest a lot of energy in safeguarding the interests of the industry and enhancing its ability to attract more investment and organize the establishment of facilities in the country.
“Through events such as SMLME and UAE Maritime Week, we are not only able to discuss solutions to major issues and facilitate commercial transactions between industry giants, but also highlight the country’s strategic advantages to IMO, thus attracting their attention and interest in the country’s The same goes for investments in the region and the region.”
Capt Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime, said: “Despite the enormous challenges the world has faced with back-to-back crises over the past few years, the shipping industry has continued to grow steadily. resilience, and the ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. On our side, the focus has always been on making the best use of available resources and advanced digital solutions to find a way out of the crisis.
“As we remain committed to transforming Abu Dhabi into a top global maritime hub, it is imperative that events such as SMLME provide opportunities for everyone in the industry to engage on a common platform and devise new solutions to address similar challenges. “
Abdulaziz Sabri, Acting President of Bahri Marine Services, said of the event’s importance in increasing the importance of the region in maritime trade: “In the last forty years that we have existed in the maritime industry, we have undergone various changes. However, the world What has been witnessed in the wake of the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 and in the wake of the unprecedented geopolitical situation in the Northeast earlier this year is one of the greatest challenges we have faced to date. Nevertheless, despite obstacles, we continue to look for growth opportunities. Through perseverance, determination And steps in the right direction, our revenue has grown by 74% since the beginning of 2022.
“This achievement is a testament to our willingness to grow and our ability to drive progress amid a global crisis. Our partnerships with other industry players have played a vital role in our resilience and growth. Through events such as SMLME, We will be able to meet more companies who can support us in promoting the region as a global maritime hub.”
Andrew Williams, President of the Maritime Group at Informa Markets, said: “There is a lot of attention being paid to topics like digitalization and decarbonisation, and how we can address challenges to achieve common goals. The regional community has also told us that there needs to be a strong focus on deploying the right solutions to achieve success and growth. Resources. In our industry, the most important resources we have are maritime companies offering a diverse range of products, all of which work together to build greater strength and resilience across the industry. The UAE is home to thousands of companies, making it a premier maritime hub. Through SMLME, we will be able to highlight the value these organizations add to the advancement of the industry in the country and foster partnerships between them to further catalyze growth.”
Seatrade Maritime Group Director Chris Morley said: “As the world continues to move towards a return to normalcy, the maritime industry is full of opportunities that must be highlighted and capitalized on. SMLME will play this important role by connecting global industry players who will contribute to the recovery and success of the industry. With the support of such strong maritime companies and authorities, our vision of driving the advancement of the maritime sector in the region and making it the largest revenue generator seems achievable.” — trade arab news agency