Maritime Education and Training in Focus in Dubai

Dubai is a well-known business hub, but it is also in the spotlight as being a leading global maritime hub; lately, it promoted local maritime community’s key initiatives.

Last month, the emirate city held important events of the maritime sector and saw the launch of the ‘Dubai Maritime Agenda 2015’ on November 11. This is a “major initiative that supports the objectives of the ‘Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy’ centered on the development, promotion and organization of the local maritime sector and advancing its contributions to the development of the national economy on the way to making Dubai one of the best maritime capitals of the world by 2020,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem added. Such endeavors are reflecting the efforts of DMCA to make Dubai one of the best international maritime capitals in the world within the next five years, it added. (Source: TradeArabia News Service)

While the Dubai Maritime Agenda focused on emirate’s hub role, a prior event focused on maritime education​ and training of seafarers. In fact, an inaugural Maritime Academic Conference and Expo took place from November 9 to 10, 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This event followed World Maritime Day on 24 September; the 2015 theme was “Maritime education and training”.

Both World Maritime Day and the MARACAD Event are used to focus attention on the importance of maritime-themed activities to highlight and showcase developments made over the years.

MARACAD is a first-of-its-kind regional event “to expand prospects of maritime vocational education & training sector … boosting the efficiency of the domestic maritime manpower.” (Source: The event brought together international stakeholders like maritime industry leaders, decision makers, government officials, decision makers and experts, vessel operators and owners in the UAE.

Today, Dubai’s maritime industry continues to grow. As a destination for both international and regional industries, the maritime sector in Dubai and the U.A.E. has become globally recognized as leader in shipping; the region plays an important role at the center of all forms of maritime activities, whether operational, educational or investment-linked, says DMCA’s Executive Director of Operations, Ali Al Daboos.

He goes on to say, Dubai’s maritime has played pivotal roles in creating over 75,000 job opportunities for various industry segments such as “maritime operations and engineering and ports which account for 51 and 25 per cent of sector employment, respectively.”

A recent benchmarking study on leadership across the international maritime industry that was conducted by DMCA reveals that the value-added contributions of Dubai’s maritime sector to the local economy shows how it has become a prime source of employment. (Source:

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has placed a great emphasis on pointing out its substantial contribution to economic growth and development in the emirate.

His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs, and Free Zones Corporation, Chairman of DMCA, emphasized the importance of sponsoring MARACAD as an event that highlights “the UAE’s experience in supporting the sustainability of the maritime industry’s growth through strengthening its educational infrastructure and building effective strategic partnerships.”

He emphasized the enormous development opportunities the iconic World Expo 2020 represents for Dubai and how it will energize trade in the emirate in the coming years. The region will be a leading maritime gateway for traders in South East Asia and the West Coast of Africa. (Source:

Maritime Education and Training in Focus in Dubai

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