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International Superyacht Summit 2021 witnesses record number of attendees from global industry

DUBAI,11th December 2021 (WAM) – Held under the patronage of DP World’s subsidiary P&O Marinas and co-organised by Fabulous Yachts, the International Superyacht Summit 2021 was held on the 8th and 9th of December at the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2, at Mina Rashid.

By bringing together industry experts, superyacht builders and management companies, superyacht owners and captains, in discussions involving the future of the leisure yachting industry, the summit aimed to capitalise on Dubai and the UAE’s leading position in the superyacht sector.

In collaboration with key stakeholders like Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism and Dubai Maritime City Authority, the superyacht summit was powered by local and international top players of the industry such as Abu Dhabi Maritime, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Adriatic 42, MB92, Al Seer Marine, Ferretti Group, Lurssen, Oceanco, Damen, Camper and Nicholsons, Burgess and many others, which clearly showed how the industry is keen to take a collaborative approach to drive growth within the sector.

Top executives and industry elites who participated in the event included Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Ali Al Shaiba, Executive Director at Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism; Captain Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director at Abu Dhabi Maritime and Abeer Alshaali, Deputy Managing Director at Gulf Craft, among others, who enlightened attendees and offered key insights into the industry.

Through a series of speeches and panel discussions, speakers highlighted various subjects including the 2030 superyacht vision, building the perfect superyacht destination, optimal superyacht business landscape in the Gulf, setting a sustainable superyacht agenda for the Gulf and other topics. Martin Redmayne, Chairman of The Superyacht Group, was the moderator of the Summit. Redmayne's continuous endorsement of the event testifies to the international specialist media's interest in the Gulf Region, which is rapidly transforming into a new superyacht destination, superyacht service centre and a winter home port. The summit successfully concluded with an exclusive one-to-one keynote conversation with Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, one of the world's leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and leisure vessels.

Hamza Mustafa, Chief Operating Officer, P&O Marinas said: "It was an incredible two-day event with some intensive discussions around key topics concerning the superyacht and marine leisure tourism sectors combined. Dubai already holds an exceptional place in the marine leisure tourism industry with large numbers of tourists arriving via cruise tourism, and others availing the extensive amenities offered by the city’s world-class marinas. We hope discussions from the Summit will be strategic and instrumental in boosting yachting tourism, while also transforming the superyacht business landscape, making it modern, competitive and high-quality for both visitors and investors."

Featuring world-class ports and superyacht berths with state-of-the-art facilities, the UAE has an ideal setup for a thriving leisure tourism industry. Dubai especially has attractive and competitive advantages including suitable berth spaces, dedicated support facilities and its strategic location along a beautiful coastline.

Capt. Tony Crabbe, CEO of Fabulous Yachts said: "The UAE and the Middle East have sophisticated infrastructure and the capacity to welcome yachts of all shapes and sizes. People around the world are already acknowledging this. Events such as the International Superyacht Summit will add to the growing global interest in the region’s superyacht industry. We are hoping to see rapid growth in this sector over the next couple of years."

In collaboration with P&O Marinas and The Superyacht Group, the summit also held a strategic workshop ‘Superyachts 2030 – A Superyacht Strategy for the UAE’, a VIP focus group to formulate a real action plan and tangible objectives to create optimal conditions for superyachts to successfully operate & cruise in the Gulf. The primary aim was to ensure that all key local stakeholders will continue to be committed throughout the year to implement the strategy and strengthen Dubai and the UAE's position on the global superyacht map.

During the summit, P&O Marinas announced hosting the exceptional SailGP Season 3, to be held at Mina Rashid Marina in November 2022. A signing ceremony was held at Queen Elizabeth 2, with Julien di Biase, Chief Operating Officer of SailGP and Hamza Mustafa, Chief Operating Officer of P&O Marinas.

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Hamriyah and Deira ports record AED 12.133b in customs declaration value for first nine months of 2023

Dubai Customs plays a crucial role as the frontline defense for community security, consistently advancing its customs centers to safeguard and facilitate maritime trade. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of
Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, recently visited Creek Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center to evaluate progress and oversee ongoing efforts for continuous customs service development. During this visit, several executive directors, department heads, and customs center managers were present.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, accompanied by Rashid Al Dhabah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Seae Customs Centers Management, conducted inspections at Khor Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center. Managers Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Salman and Majid Salem Al Tawilah provided insights into workflow progress and accomplishments. Over the first nine months of this year, 62,454 customs declarations were processed, totaling AED 12.133 billion, with 19 seizures recorded during the same period. A visit to Hamriyah Port Customs Center showcased an advanced container X-ray inspection device, supporting increased inspection operations.

Subsequently, visits to Khor Customs Center and Deira Port highlighted achievements, including a notable seizure called the “Wheelhouse,” which successfully prevented an attempt to smuggle 243 kilograms of narcotics into the country. Commending customs employees, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih emphasized the pivotal role of maritime customs centers in ensuring community security and facilitating trade. The department collaborates for efficient goods clearance and acknowledges employee efforts
during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the department’s support for global efforts to revive maritime navigation and international trade.

Musabih clarified that the department’s advanced capabilities in monitoring and inspection enable it to keep pace with the UAE’s rapid foreign trade growth. Supporting Dubai’s economic agenda D33, the department aims to double foreign trade and enhance economic partnerships with key global markets. Efforts to boost customs inspector efficiency continue through training courses, ensuring their ability to thwart smuggling attempts. Continuous development of X-ray scanning
devices and the K9 customs dog unit further enhances contraband control achievements. Rasheed Al-Dabah explained that the forthcoming period will witness the advancement of new initiatives and mechanisms in the realm of inspection and examination. These initiatives are grounded in a forward-looking perspective to introduce cutting-edge technologies utilized in examining maritime transport vessels, wooden ships, and ships engaged in fish trade.

He remarked, “Our endeavors are harmonized to enhance performance in sea customs centers, concurrently focusing on bolstering monitoring, tracking, and technical support activities to yield optimal outcomes through continuous and productive collaboration among all specialized teams within the department. The Customs centers in Deira, Al Khor, and
Hamriyah Port Customs Center shoulder their vital responsibilities in safeguarding society and facilitating maritime trade through Dubai Creek and Hamriyah Port, supporting the ongoing growth of the national economy.”

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Dubai Customs Hosts Sharjah Housing Delegation to Strengthen Government Communication Ties

Dubai Customs, represented by the Corporate Communication Department, warmly welcomed a delegation from the Sharjah Housing Department. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegation with the duties and responsibilities of the
Corporate Communication Department and its affiliated divisions. The delegation also aimed to explore the awards received by the department, notably the recognition as the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award for 2023.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, along with department managers, extended a cordial reception to the Sharjah Housing delegation, which included Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication, Nada Sivan, Head of the Public Relations and Events Department, and Hamad Saleh Al Hamadi, Head of
the New Media Department. Bin Gharib highlighted the department’s commitment to strengthening communication with government entities to exchange practical experiences and knowledge. The delegation was briefed on Dubai Customs exceptional performance in customs operations and other facets.

The meeting delved into discussions on potential avenues for collaboration, with the Sharjah Housing delegation. Emphasis was placed on the crucial role played by Dubai Customs’ Corporate Communication Department, customs administrations, and centers in ensuring security and safeguarding society. The delegation was presented with an overview of the department’s working mechanisms, awareness campaigns, events, and activities conducted internally and externally, aligning with Dubai Customs esteemed reputation.

Furthermore, the Sharjah Housing delegation acquired an understanding of the best media practices adopted by the Corporate Communication Department, showcasing its outstanding performance in enhancing knowledge and media dissemination to all partners. This has resulted in the department establishing and fortifying relationships with local and international media
entities. The presentation also encompassed the factors contributing to the department’s receipt of the award for the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication at Sharjah Housing, expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dubai Customs Corporate Communication Department, acknowledging its excellence and significant contribution to enhancing the department’s standing. Dr. Al Nuaimi affirmed Sharjah Housing’s commitment to fostering ongoing visits and meetings with Dubai Customs, aiming to achieve the highest level of coordination and benefit from the Corporate Communication Departmen’s experience in securing numerous local and international awards.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2025 cycle

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions.  Submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2024 through the Prize’s online portal. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and high schools with sustainable solutions are invited to submit an entry for consideration in one of the six categories of Heath, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. Commenting on the launch of the 2025 submissions cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and COP28 President, said: “Since 2008, the
Zayed Sustainability Prize has honoured the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by fostering inclusive sustainable and humanitarian development around the world. In this decisive decade for climate change, these values are more important than ever. I am optimistic that the Prize will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which will pave the
way toward an effective response to the Global Stocktake decision.” In response to the pressing climate crisis, and to further support the UAE’s efforts to accelerate practical solutions needed to drive climate action and uplift vulnerable communities around the world, the Prize has increased its funds from US $3.6 million to US $5.9 million. The Prize will reward US $1 million to each winner in the organisational categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action. Within the Global High Schools category, which is split into six world regions, each school can claim up to US $150,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. The most recent Zayed Sustainability Prize winners were recognised at an Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE. To encourage a broader range of organisations and high schools to participate, the Prize will be accepting submissions in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. This will ensure that innovative solutions from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be recognised. For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, organisations should prove that they are improving access to essential products or services in their targeted communities and are able to implement a long-term vision for better living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, projects should be led by students, and must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges. The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a rigorous, three-stage process. First, due diligence is conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria of Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners across all six categories.   Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during the 2025 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

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