UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) has established the ‘UAE Maritime Cluster’ to serve as an umbrella for the local, federal government and private organizations in the maritime sector.
According to the reports, the move is aimed at promoting the UAE’s maritime industry globally. Further, it also supports the Ministry’s role in developing alternative economic components to the oil sector, as well as its strategy to be a key contributor to the ‘Projects of the 50’ initiatives.
The cluster brings together organizations and individuals in the UAE maritime sector, combining their strengths to form a single force that will help the UAE to maintain its position as one of the top five global maritime centers.
The Ministry would create a communication network made up of diverse maritime bodies to launch the Cluster. This will serve as a launch platform for a variety of activities and events planned by the UAE Maritime Cluster.
“The UAE is a unique success story in government excellence. Building on the model of the UAE Union, we will unify the UAE maritime sector by launching the UAE Maritime Cluster, which will be a platform that integrates the capabilities of the various entities and organizations, whether federal, local, or from the private sector. The Cluster will enhance their performance by bringing together the competencies and experiences of professionals and experts working in the UAE’s maritime sector, many of whom are world-class experts. This will build a giant think tank and a portfolio for the national maritime capabilities, to create new opportunities for the development of the maritime sector. This is similar to the Union among the Emirates that created new opportunities for the people of the UAE to achieve growth and prosperity.”
“This cluster is one of our key initiatives that will contribute to our preparations for the next 50 years, ensuring the growth of the maritime sector that significantly contributes to the UAE’s GDP. Currently, the sector is estimated at around AED91 billion annually. We look forward to doubling this figure within a few years by building bridges to integrate the various organizations and stakeholders involved,” the minister added.
Mr. Hassan Mohammed Juma Al Mansouri, Undersecretary for Infrastructure and Transport Affairs at the MoEI said, “Launching the UAE Maritime Cluster was a direct result of unifying the UAE’s strategic sectors. This supports the maritime sector and ensures that it will benefit from the comprehensive government system, thus achieving unprecedented growth rates.”
The UAE Maritime Cluster would include a portal with a centralized database of maritime entities as well as a network of maritime organizations and professionals in the Emirates. It will also host events, conferences, and panel discussions to bring the public and private sectors together to exchange ideas, promote the maritime sector, and contribute to the development of a maritime strategy for the next 50 years.