Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai, the “International Conference on Policy Making: The Future of Ports” began today in Dubai.
The conference is organized by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai and witnessed the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Managing Director from Emirates. Airline and group; Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai; Abdullah Al Basti, Secretary General of Dubai Executive Council; and Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General of the GDRFA in Dubai.
The conference also hosted a distinguished group of leaders, decision makers, researchers and experts from around the world to chart a roadmap for shaping future port policy.
Al Marri highlighted Dubai’s leadership in providing the highest international service standards on land, sea and airports, and embodied the vision of the UAE leadership to transform the emirate into one of the world’s premier destinations in the tourism and travel sector.
He also pointed out the uniqueness of the UAE in general, and Dubai in particular, in terms of meticulous pre-planning, continuous brainstorming, future forecasting of various opportunities and challenges, proactive planning and their consistent top positions in global indexes.
Major General Obaid Muhair bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of the GDRFA in Dubai, said the UAE is characterized by strong infrastructure and wise government decisions, which have contributed to a rapid recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic .
The conference featured a hologram-enhanced video presentation on Dubai GDRFA’s progress on smart travel and the future of ports. It also included a keynote session by François Laruelle, Director of the ETIAS Central Unit Division at the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), and a panel discussion entitled ‘Future challenges and innovative solutions’.
Before the end of the first day of the conference, Al Marri thanked the attendees and commended their valuable participation.