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DMCA attends the 38th Interferry Annual Conference

The Dubai Maritime City Authority ( DMCA ) participated at the 38th edition of the Interferry Annual Conference held in the Republic of Malta. The conference was attended by the leaders of water transport and maritime, trade and tourism transport organisations from around the world. Interferry, founded in 1976, is the only shipping association representing the ferry industry worldwide. There are currently 225 members – including four Arab countries, namely the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

It is the ideal platform to discuss emerging challenges and operational solutions, review alternative energy sources for engines of marine tankers, and encourage industrial cooperation for advancing the maritime transport sector in line with sustainability requirements.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, said: “Our participation is an important opportunity to learn about the latest regulations and practices being adopted to improve the quality of operation, maintenance and management within the world of ship and ferry building and discuss the regulations of environmental security, maritime safety and policies of marine traffic planning.”

He pointed out that the event proactively discusses best practices, systems, operational techniques and the latest innovations in the shipbuilding and maritime transportation industry.

Ali said: “The strategy of the maritime sector in Dubai focuses on integrating environmental security aspects, maritime safety, safe navigation, and operational efficiency. The strategy represents the essence of Interferry that operates according to clear bases designed to ensure the highest standards of sustainability, environmental security and safety of passengers and crews in commercial and cruise ships by applying fair regulations and legislation that are compatible with international resolutions in managing maritime operations.”

 

 

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DSCE honours winners at the Emirates Energy Award

Emirates Energy Award (EEA), was held on October 27 organised by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy at Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy said: “The Award highlights best global experiences and practices that enhance the rational use of energy, promote the sustainable use of alternative clean resources, reduce dependence on traditional resources to mitigate environmental pollution, strengthen the role of institutions and individuals, and raise awareness on the importance of rationalised use of energy and environmental protection.

“The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is striving to put these directives, initiatives and ambitious strategies into action; an example of which is the launch of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. This aims to diversify our energy sources to comprise a mix of 71% from natural gas, 12% from nuclear power, 12% from clean coal and 5% from solar energy by 2030,”.

The Award, distributed every two years, honoured the winners of the different categories as follows:

  • Large Energy Project: The Gold Award was presented to the Morocco-based NAREVA Holding; the Shams Power Company (United Arab Emirates) was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).
  • Small Energy Project: The Gold Award was given to the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company ‘du’ (United Arab Emirates); the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to Empower Company (United Arab Emirates).
  • Energy Efficiency for Public Sector: The Gold Award was given to Masdar (United Arab Emirates); RTA was honoured with the Silver Award (United Arab Emirates), while the Bronze award was given to RasGas (State of Qatar).
  • Energy Efficiency for Private Sector: The Gold Award was given to Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (United Arab Emirates); the Arab Contractors Company was honoured with the Silver Award (Egypt), while the Bronze award was given to ABB/ Al-Khaleej Sugar Company (United Arab Emirates).
  • Education Energy Award: The Gold Award was given to the Friends of Environment Society (Jordan); Dr. Hanan Talib was honoured with the Silver Award (United Arab Emirates), while the Bronze award was given to HSBC Bank (United Arab Emirates).
  • Research & Development Award: The Gold Award was given to Ayman Adnan Almaitah (Jordan); the University of Bahrain was honoured with the Silver Award (Kingdom of Bahrain), while the Bronze award was given to the Nitrate Production System (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan).
  • Young Professional Energy Award: The Gold Award was given to Abdul Aziz Al Obaidli (United Arab Emirates); Mahmoud Shatel (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to Aisha Ali, Aya Abu Hani and Noora Rashed Al Kaizi (United Arab Emirates).
  • A Special Recognition Award was awarded to the organisations that succeeded in reducing energy consumption, including: Saudi Aramco (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex; Dubai Investment Park (United Arab Emirates); Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme; Emirates Transport, for the use of clean transportation fuels; Dubai Silicon Oasis; and Drydocks World (United Arab Emirates).

 

 

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American hardword imports increase in the MENA region

According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), $45.05m of American hardwood lumber and veneer were exported to the MENA region including Pakistan during the first six months of this year.

This marks a 4% increase over the same period in 2012.

A closer look at markets across the region reveals strong demand for American hardwood lumber in the UAE (USD 3.98 million), Turkey (USD 3.59 million), Saudi Arabia (USD 3.42 million), Egypt (USD 4 million), and Pakistan (USD 3.85 million).

“A key issue for the timber industry in the MENA region is the EU Timber Regulation, which came into effect in March this year. Some of the world’s largest interior fit-out companies are based in the UAE and other Gulf countries and a number of Dubai-based joinery factories are almost totally focussed on production for countries outside the Middle East, including in the European Union. In the case of U.S. hardwoods, EUTR conformance is satisfied through the comprehensive ‘Assessment of Lawful Harvesting & Sustainability of U.S. Hardwood Exports’. This is significant given that the EU is a major destination for a significant amount of the joinery work being undertaken in the region, much of which features American hardwoods. Because of this and the region’s booming construction levels, we feel confident that U.S. hardwood exports to the Middle East will remain strong for the months and years ahead,” concluded Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Oceania.

 

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