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UAE is looking to innovate in its maritime sector, part of its economic diversification plan. (Image: Alamy)

* New initiative to make maritime sector bigger contributor to UAE diversification drive

* Encourages manufacturers and research institutes to conduct experiments to develop new tech

* “Innovative Quay” will allow manufacturers and research institutions to conduct field studies

* Project complements DMCA’s “Maritime Creativity and Innovation Lab”


The Dubai Maritime City Authority launched a new, innovative initiative to further grow and advance its maritime sector, with the goal of making it a larger contributor to the country’s economic diversification efforts.

Called “Innovative Quay”, the initiative encourages manufacturers, national, regional and international research institutes to conduct practical experiments to develop the sector’s technologies.


Consolidating leadership

“We seek to incubate innovative projects, encourage creative talents, and produce the best ideas to further improve the performance, safety, efficiency and competitiveness of the local maritime sector and consolidate Dubai’s and the UAE’s leadership in the global maritime sector,” H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of the DMCA, said in a statement.

According to the authority, the quay will be an integrated facility that allows manufacturers and research institutions to conduct field studies and consequently create new experiences using innovative technologies, such as drones, 3D technology, and smart and self-driving ships, among others.


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Sustainable maritime

The project complements the DMCA’s “Maritime Creativity and Innovation Lab”, instilling creativity in the sector and further enhancing the maritime community in line with the demands today’s market.

It highlights the aspirations of the Dubai Government to establish a sustainable maritime sector capable of meeting the sustainable development goals of the Emirate of Dubai.

“Innovation Quay” is not yet fully unveiled, the DMCA said, adding that it will gradually unveil the new projects falling under the initiative.

The UAE has a strong maritime heritage, which it has maintained and evolved to become one of the leading countries in terms of advancements and innovations.


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Source: Press Release