MARACAD 2016 Held at Dubai International Exhibition and Conference Centre

Thursday / September 29, 2016


The second edition of MARACAD 2016, the Maritime Academic Conference and Expo, was concluded last Wednesday 21 September 2016 at Dubai International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

This event, which was held in Dubai for the second time, included participation by experts in maritime transport, and academics representing several well-known maritime academies and institutions. The assembled experts highlighted the importance of strengthening the role of the human element in the shipping and offshore industries, and the investments in technology needed to serve those sectors.

The conference witnessed discussions on several vital maritime issues relating to maritime education and training, in addition to issues of concern to the shipping community, such as environmental sustainability, and LNG as the future of maritime fuel.

The Director General of Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime Transport, the Official Sponsor of MARACAD, HE Dr. Abdullah Salem Al Kathiri said in his speech, that the participation of the Authority in this event highlighted the experience and advanced position of UAE as a pioneer state in the development of the maritime education and training sector.

Al Kathiri added: “At this moment, the maritime economy makes a direct contribution of about 5% to the country’s total economy, but this could rise to perhaps 25% through establishing national companies that will lead to the launching of the country maritime legislation and offer a range of services such as maritime education and marine industries, insurance, finance, classification societies, ship owners, operators and other success factors in any global maritime sector.”

Al Kathiri stressed that MARACAD is a strategic platform for the exchange of ideas and opinions on the best ways to address the emerging challenges that obstruct the development of maritime education and training, adding that the organization of this event had come at the right moment, when the importance of investments in human resources is increasing; such resources are the fundamental pillars to power the growth of the maritime sector locally and regionally.

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