Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has announced the launch of the first global maritime summit. The Dubai Maritime Summit will take place on 27 October 2014 and will be the main forum for opening Dubai Maritime Week, DMCA’s biennial event.

“The event aligns with DMCA’s strategic role played in promoting Dubai’s position as a pioneering maritime global hub as well as building a solid base to improve Dubai’s maritime zone in order to benefit from globally competitive maritime and logistics sectors that adhere to the highest international standards and practices,” says DMCA president Sultan bin Sulayem.

The summit will bring together top decision-makers and senior management of various public and private companies operating in the local, regional and international maritime sector. Spokespersons of the global maritime industry, including representatives from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) will also be present.

Amer Ali, DMCA executive director, says: “Dubai is seeking to establish itself as a leading destination for the organisation of international events in the global maritime industry. With the launch of the Dubai Marine Summit, the emirate will emerge as a main and important maritime hub for regional and global decision-makers and investors.”

Dubai Maritime Summit will be managed by Richard Quest, CNN’s international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business. He will engage key officials from the global and regional maritime sector in discussion on the most important developments in the global marine industry and comment on the major issues affecting the development of the marine sector with a focus on the international maritime clustering and Dubai’s efforts to lead the maritime sector.