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Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure hosts ‘French Maritime Days’

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Dubai, 25th March, 2022 (WAM) — As part of its efforts to enhance cooperation between the local and the international maritime sectors, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure hosted the “French Maritime Days” event, in collaboration with “Business France”, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.

The event facilitated collaborations between the maritime industries in the UAE and France, and enabled the exchange of expertise, thus enhancing the maritime capabilities of both countries and increasing the adoption of innovative solutions and modern technologies in the sector.

The event was attended by several high-ranking officials from the ministry and the maritime sector and also saw the participation of various maritime authorities, companies, and ports operating in the country.

During the event, Capt. Abdullah Al Hayyas, Director of Maritime Transport Affairs at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said, “Our role in the UAE’s maritime sector is not limited to managing and operating one of the most important global maritime hubs in terms of shipping, logistics, bunkering and oil exports. France is one of the leading maritime hubs globally in developing advanced technologies, the adoption of best practices and smart tools that contribute to the digitisation of the industry, and increased operational efficiency and commercial performance.”

Al Hayyas added, “French ports are among the most important commercial gateways to the European continent due to their strategic location at the centre of the Northern Mediterranean coasts. Our cooperation with them will undoubtedly contribute to increasing the reach of our ‘Made in the UAE’ products to the European markets, which are considered one of the most important high-value consumer markets in the world. This is one of the most important objectives of the “Year of the Fiftieth” projects that focus on increasing the number of national exports worldwide.”

Raffaella Silvetti, Director of Inward Investments at Business France Middle East, which operates under the auspices of the French Embassy said, “The UAE’s strategic geographical location between Europe, Africa and Asia has cemented its position as a leading global maritime hub. The French maritime sector is currently under the spotlight at the ocean-themed fortnight at the France Pavilion, Expo 2020. Thanks to our cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, we are inviting major French ports to discuss their development strategies, showcase mutual investment opportunities, explore collaborations, and further strengthen economic ties with the Emirates. With a maritime surface area of 11 million km2, France has the largest coastline in Europe and the second-largest maritime area globally.”

Sandra Papet, Head of Industries and Cleantech Department, in charge of the French SMEs specialising in the maritime sector, added, “We are looking to enhance and support the local maritime industry by making use of our expertise, and getting the local stakeholders to connect with innovative French maritime and logistics companies, to benefit from cross-collaborations and cutting-edge technologies that will transform the industry as a whole. In line with the “Year of the Fiftieth” projects announced by the UAE government, the French maritime ecosystem has a unique set of skills and know-how involved in many highly technical projects that can support the UAE’s ambitious roadmap committed to becoming a more sustainable maritime destination.”

Over the three days of the “French Maritime Days” event, French companies will have the opportunity to meet the most prominent local maritime players, including DP World, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Khalifa Industrial City, ADNOC Logistics and Services, Dubai Maritime City, Drydocks World, in addition to Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Company, Grandweld Shipyards, and Poseidon Yachting Company.

French companies participating in the event will showcase their capabilities in Internet of Things, robotics and automation solutions, and their innovative solutions for the sector such as environmental and energy transformation, cybersecurity, green ships, smart ships, smart trade, smart port development for logistics, security developments, and the safety protocols followed in the field of maritime and during port activities.

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