H.E. Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber
A strong Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry-led trade mission will leave tomorrow (Tuesday) for Hamburg to participate in the 4th Dubai Hamburg Business Forum which is being held in the strategic German city from February 4 to 7.
The delegates will also be meeting top officials of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and leading German businessmen including H.E. Fritz Horst Melsheimer, President, and H.E. Prof Dr. Hans-Jorg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO, Hamburg Chamber.
Led by H.E. Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber, the trade mission also includes H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber, and top officials from Dubai Municipality, Empower, Drydocks World and Maritime World, DP World, JAFZA and Economic Zones World, DAFZA, Dubai Healthcare City, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and members of the Press.
The 4th Dubai Hamburg Business Forum this year will discuss joint cooperation in four key economic areas including Green Cities, Maritime, Logistics and Tourism. The Dubai delegates participating in the panel discussion on Green Cities ‘Sustainable Growth through Smart Technology’ include Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General, Dubai Municipality, and Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, and also includes Heinrich Klingenberg, Managing Director, hySolutions GmBH, and Markus Echt, Vice-President E.ON Hanse AG.
The Maritime ‘Hamburg and Dubai: Shaping 21st Century’s Maritime Industry’ panellists include H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman Dry-docks World and Maritime World and H.E. Jamal Majid bin Thaniah, Vice-Chairman, DP World, and Dr. Stefan Behn, Member of the Executive Board, Hamburger Hagen und Logistik AF (HHLA) and Dr. Ing. Herbert Aly, Managing Partner, Blohm+Voss Shipyards GmBH.
The Logistics ‘Hamburg and Dubai as Aviation Hubs’ panelists include Nasser Al Madani, Assistant Director General, DAFZA, and Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO, Hamburg Airport GmbH and Oliver Lawrenz, COO, Satair Group while Marwan Abedin, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, Dubai Healthcare City, and Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director, Business Tourism, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Dietrich von Albedyll, CEO Hamburg Tourism Board, Gerd Drossel, Managing Director, Hamburg Cruise Center, and Ms. Sibylle Stauch-Eckmann Managing Director Helios Endo-Klinik Hamburg, join the panel discussion on tourism entitled ‘Cruise Tourism & International Patient Care as Engines for Growth’.
Before his departure to Hamburg, Al Shirawi informed that the main objective of this trade mission is to enhance and consolidate cooperation ties between the business communities of Dubai and Hamburg which are both strategic cities in their respective regions.
“It is through our joint efforts that we have seen this forum develop into a major strategic partnership over the past seven years. Today, we look forward to a forum that is both relevant and valuable for our private sectors,’’ said Al Shirawi adding that during the forum we will focus on the four strategic economic sectors that are drivers of our respective cities.
The topics of panel discussions hold potential for two-way cooperation and investment in the areas of green cities, maritime, logistics and tourism which is very important as Dubai’s status of a leading destination will be reinforced significantly with the event of Expo 2020 and will also create additional scope for Dubai’s existing partnership with Hamburg, added Al Shirawi.
Since its launch in 2007, the Dubai Hamburg Business Forum has become an ideal platform for joint cooperation and partnership for the business communities of Dubai and Hamburg and has led to a number of successful economic cooperation in various sectors by investors of both the strategic cities.
The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of Germany’s strongest economic regions and a central trading hub for Northern Europe. The port of Hamburg is one of the world’s largest container ports and is an important growth engine for the region. It takes the leading role in Germany in such industries as aviation, logistics, IT, renewable energies and media, while also playing a major global role. Hamburg is the third largest site for the aviation industry worldwide, with major players Airbus and Lufthansa Technik operating large facilities, and more than 30,000 employees in the industry.