Dubai: Wooden commercial boats will cross the creek again – News
Decision will boost local trade and market activity
Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Border Crossing Security Council, on Thursday approved the re-entry of commercial wooden vessels (dhows) into Dubai Creek.
The traditional dhows had moved their base to a new quay opposite the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Deira by the end of 2014.
The move will boost commercial traffic in the emirate and facilitate local trade and market activity, while allowing wooden dhows from outside the country to have direct access to local markets, including through Deira Wharfage. and the port of Al Hamriyah.
Sheikh Mansoor underscored the importance of Dubai Creek as a key artery for trade and tourism in the emirate, given its impact in facilitating trade movements for local markets. He hailed the growth of trade through seaports.
He expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation’s Wooden Dhow Maritime Agency to ensure the streamlined movement of dhows, which has resulted in an increase in the number of commercial vessels entering the emirate, increasing from 2,200 in the first quarter of 2021 to more than 2,500 in the same period in 2022, leading to an 8% growth in trade in this sector.
This growth rate coincides with the strong performance of economic activities in Dubai during the first quarter of this year.
“We will continue to strengthen our efforts to develop commercial traffic, infrastructure in ports and marinas, utilities and other services related to this sector. We believe these initiatives are key to delivering a distinctive investor experience and realizing our vision of strengthening Dubai’s position as a leading maritime hub and leading global center for commerce,” said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. , President of Ports, Customs and Free Zone. Company.