Sheikh Hamdan approves Dubai Silk Road strategy

Source : Khaleej Times

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, emphasised the importance of the logistics sector as a key driver of economic diversification as highlighted by the 50-Year Charter which outlines the vision of the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in cementing Dubai as a strategic link in global trade.

Sheikh Hamdan also noted that the Government of Dubai has already begun the implementation of the 50-Year Charter, and stressed the significance of collaboration of all concerned entities to work collectively to attain the aspirations of Dubai of becoming an icon of prosperity.

Sheikh Hamdan's remarks came as he gave his approval for the Dubai Silk Road strategy that seeks to build on the success Dubai has accomplished globally as a strategic trade link between east and west, and north and south.

In this context, Sheikh Hamdan said, "Our goal of becoming an established global trade and logistics hub will reflect positively on our economy by boosting competitiveness and sustainability."

The Dubai Silk Road strategy was prepared by the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), in collaboration with key government entities. Internally, the strategy focuses on enhancing trade between free zones and the rest of the emirates. Externally, the focus will be on enhancing strategic and operational connection of logistics services between DP World terminals across the world with Emirates airlines playing a key role.

Commenting on the strategy, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the Chairman of PCFC, said, "Dubai is moving ahead with boosting its capabilities in trade and logistics services through a new strategy. The strategy augments decades of successful investment in creating renowned ports, airports, and free zones both regionally and internationally."

According to bin Sulayem, Dubai's non-oil foreign trade reached AED1.302 trillion in 2017, with free zones' contribution reaching 33%. Sea trade grew to AED467 billion and air trade reached AED594 billion in the same period. The emirate's external non-oil trade in the first nine months of 2018 reached AED965.3 billion.

The new Dubai Silk Road strategy comprises 9 initiatives and 33 projects that will see the collaboration of Emirates airlines, Dubai Airports, Dubai South, Dubai Free Zones,DFZ, Council, Dubai Maritime City Authority, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, DP World, Dubai Municipality, Jebel Ali Free Zone.