2013-10-22 15:11:28 - Authority provides competitive maritime services in support of Dubai’s transformation into ‘Smart City’
October 22, 2013
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, recently announced that it has won the prestigious ‘Website of the Year’ award under the 'Governmental Authorities and Official Organizations' category of the 7th UAE Excellence Awards. The awards ceremony is a high-level initiative that recognizes excellence and creativity in web design and development at par with the highest international standards. It encourages optimal use of modern technology by young people, in support of the UAE’s approach towards comprehensive development.
DMCA’s IT team received the award at the sidelines of the 41st edition of Web Awards program in the Arab region. The UAE Excellence
Award 2013 ceremony was held in Dubai in the presence of high-profile government and diplomatic leaders, other prominent figures, and a select group of academic, media, banking and ICT professionals.
Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, underscored the need to raise the bar on web standards to expedite the transformation into a smart, sustainable economy in line with the directives of Dubai’s leadership. “Local government departments have made a great leap forward in terms of establishing unified standards for web portal development. This caters to Dubai’s shift into a smart city, based on a new developmental approach aimed at managing all facilities and services through smart, inter-connected online systems.”
“DMCA remains steadfast in its efforts to leverage the best and first-of-their-kind maritime e-services and smart solutions under the highest standards of automation and use of advanced technologies. Winning this prestigious award marks a major milestone which supports ongoing government efforts to promote the UAE’s competitiveness in the smart and e-government industry. We are committed to making the best of technology, benchmarking with leading maritime and ports authorities from all over the world to study leading international practices and the latest industry technologies. This serves as a significant addition to the Smart City project which will significantly contribute to positioning Dubai among the top five governments in the world,” Amer Ali added.
For his part, Mahmoud Ewidah, Senior IT Manager at Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “We are pleased to have participated in the ‘UAE Excellence Awards 2013’ and the Web Awards program in the Arab region which offers a key platform to encourage all vital industries and sectors to keep pace with rapidly growing changes in the digital world. We reaffirm our commitment to make use of the latest technologies and best practices to enable us to meet emerging needs and effectively contribute to the smart and electronic transformation of Dubai and the entire UAE.”
Part of DMCA’s strategic responsibilities is to develop world-class regulations and guidelines to raise the bar for the maritime industry and boost its infrastructure, operations and logistics services while contributing to Dubai’s competitiveness at the regional and international levels. The Authority develops practical policies aimed at ensuring the highest levels of maritime safety in regional waters. Its framework focuses on achieving leadership through innovation, creativity, transparency and cooperation with key industry professionals, in line with the UAE’s genuine maritime heritage and with the goal of reinforcing Dubai’s premier position as a world-class international maritime hub.