Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, participated as a platinum sponsor in the Middle East Offshore Journal Conference 2014. The conference, which opened today (Tuesday, May 20, 2014) and will run until tomorrow, May 21, serves as an interactive platform to discuss ways to meet emerging challenges in the Middle East and to tackle numerous recruitment opportunities in the region. The Midlle East has become an attractive destination for operators of offshore support vessels in light of the steady growth of its investments into marine production and exploration. The event is being held in the Middle East for the first time by Riviera, the publisher of the Offshore Support Journal (OSJ), a pioneering international publication and event management company specializing in offshore support.
Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “The Middle East Offshore Journal Conference is of strategic importance not only for the emirates but also for the region, as it provides an interactive podium to address the local, regional and international challenges in the Middle East’s offshore sector. DMCA has extended its support to the conference in alignment with its Maritime Sector Strategy to strengthen Dubai’s position as the leading global maritime center.”
“DMCA will take this opportunity to network with key industry experts and stakeholders in the offshore support industry from all across the world with an aim to discuss issues that affect smooth operations of offshore support vessels and form new alliances, promote Dubai as a promising investment destination for maritime support activities, and leverage recruitment opportunities in the Middle East,” added Ali.
Industry experts attended the Offshore Support Journal Conference to take an in-depth look at the current regional challenges facing the market, including crewing and training, vessel design and construction, opportunities available outside the Middle East, ship performance, energy efficiency, power and propulsion technology, and dynamic positioning. The two-day event is holding popular roundtable sessions to provide an excellent platform for brainstorming and exchange of views on how to leverage the regional experience in the global context.
Offshore Support Journal, an undisputed market leader, is circulated in more than 1,000 national and private oil companies and contractors as well as more than 2,200 ship-owners, operators and managing companies of support vessels globally. It organizes the largest specialist conference on offshore support vessels in the world annually in London, UK. OSJ conferences have also taken place in Singapore and the USA. Nearly 5,000 industry professionals, including one-third from the ship owing/operating community, have attended OSJ conferences to date.
Nawafal Al Jourani, Director – Communications, Dubai Maritime City Authority, concluded: “Dubai has always played a significant role with its good reputation as an ideal environment for hosting most prominent international marine conferences, and once again reinforced its dominant position in the regional maritime sector by welcoming the first ever Middle East Offshore Journal Conference in the presence of the major companies operating in the offshore support operations locally and globally.”