The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently concluded a safety awareness workshop for abra drivers in Dubai.
Titled ‘Safety campaign for Abra Drivers,’ the event held at Ramee cruise witnessed a huge turnout of abra drivers, who took part in a series of discussions and knowledge and experience sharing.
Through various activities, the attendees learned about safety methods and emergency response procedures adopted by the local maritime community.
Abdullah Bin Touq, director of maritime inspection, DMCA, said: “The Authority, which prioritizes maritime safety, is fully committed to teaching all concerned stakeholders in Dubai, including our abra drivers, about the proper use of safety equipment while operating maritime vessels.”
“This is part of our efforts to strengthen the local maritime industry and attract investments in support of our government’s economic diversification policy,” he said. “The recently concluded campaign was designed to develop, organize, and enhance maritime operations as well as establish a secure, renewable, and sustainable maritime community in line with Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy.”
Apart from raising the safety awareness of abra drivers, the event also aimed to boost maritime safety, promote safe navigation, achieve operational efficiency, and increase Dubai maritime sector’s competitiveness and attractiveness.
Mohammed Khalifa Al Huraiz, director of waterway control, DMCA, said: “We will continue to hold educational awareness initiatives to ensure the security of all maritime stakeholders in Dubai and the safety of life at sea; avoid potential risks, especially during emergencies; save lives and property; and build globally competitive maritime community with robust components.”
Besides awareness campaigns aimed at educating drivers and promoting safety of life at sea, the DMCA also regularly participates in various local and international maritime events to form stronger partnerships with various government and private entities and create an environment conducive for business, investment, and leisure. Its active participation reflects Dubai’s leading position on the global maritime stage.