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HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed receives the SMT special “Maritime Visionary Award”
November 09, 2014
HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum received The Maritime Standard Special “Maritime Visionary Award” in recognition of his exceptional foresight in supporting and revitalizing the UAE’s maritime sector in his role as Chairman of Dubai World.
The award was presented on November 6th 2014 at the Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, at a glittering ceremony where leaders representing all facets of the industry from the Middle East & Indian subcontinent were present to honour HH & recognize his exception contribution. Over 600 guests joined the function to honour HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed at The Maritime Standards Award where PR guru, journalist and writer Alistair Campbell was Master of Ceremonies & led the accolades accorded to HH. The event was held to celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies active in the maritime sector in the region.
Taking centre stage on the evening to standing ovation was HH Sheikh Ahmad when the maritime industry expressed its gratitude and appreciation for his exceptional leadership, his innovation and his drive towards excellence for the industry. Leaders also acknowledged HH for his role in bringing about the transformation in Drydocks World & Dubai Maritime City where his vision, leadership & direction has created a maritime cluster driven by innovation & excellence in the offshore sector
While celebrating the recognition of HH Sheikh Ahmed, industry leaders also expressed their gratitude and thanks to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai for his forward thinking and vision of creating a global maritime cluster and a dynamic climate for growth of this sector in the UAE. The realization of this vision would not have been possible without the exemplary leadership, unstinting support to the industry & drive to excellence & innovation displayed by HH Sheikh Ahmad
The very first to comment on the recognition accorded to HH Sheikh Ahmed while presenting the award was Trevor Pereira, Founder & Managing Director of The Maritime Standard who said ”His Highness’ vision has helped transform the UAE’s maritime industry and has created the foundations on which this sector can grow and prosper in years to come.” 
In other accolades leaders from across the region celebrated HH Sheikh Ahmed’s award
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Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, The Chief Executive of the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company said “Tonight is a special night with HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum being awarded the Maritime Visionary Award, His contribution and leadership in the transformation of the maritime industry will always be a shining star for excellence and creativity. The maritime leaders in the region are extremely grateful for HH Sheikh Ahmad’s for providing direction, drive and enabling achievements.” 
Sheikh Dr. Sabah Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah, Director General of Kuwait Ports Authority and Chairman of the Board of Arab Sea Ports Federation said ” The global outlook of the Dubai maritime industry under the visionary foresight of HH sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AL Maktoum UAE vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai has been exceptional and proven to be a fitting role model for the region. When we recognize HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed leadership in taking this vision forward, we acknowledge him without a doubt as an exceptional leader with tremendous ability to innovate and his contribution to the maritime Industry supersedes Dubai and creates opportunities in the wider region. We are truly thankful to Dubai leadership initiatives and innovation in the Maritime industry.”
Khamis JumaBuamim, Chairman Drydocks World and Maritime World said “Dubai has become a model of leadership and creativity in all walks of life thanks to the incredible foresight & vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AL Maktoum UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,. In bringing about the realization of this vision of a great Dubai His Highness Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s contribution has been truly inspirational. The positive change towards tomorrow and the future is unmatched and we in the maritime industry will always look to his guidance and directives to ensure sustainability & robust growth for the industry.”
Salem Al Zaabi, Director General, National Transport Authority, UAE and Chairman, United Arab Shipping Company said “HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed has been the cornerstone of transformation and success of the maritime industry and today the industry has had the opportunity to thank and honor HH for such drive and for bringing about positive change to the industry.”
Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni, CEO of ADNATCO & NGSCO and President of The UAE Shipping Association said “ The remarkable economic growth of Dubai over the past decades was mainly driven by the transport, logistics, and maritime sector under the capable leadership of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

As the Chairman of the Emirates and Dubai World with its various portfolios, and keeping in line with the business philosophy of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum was pivotal in formulating the strategy and vision that led to the marvelous economic development that turned Dubai’s aviation and maritime sectors into the envy of the world. Winning the TMS Visionary Special Award is just the latest of a long list of recognition awards that Sheikh Ahmed won for his business acumen, vision, and leadership that made Dubai as a world model for good business. And it is through this global branding that Dubai won to host Expo

Mohammed Hussein AlShaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft said “We are really proud of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed contribution to the maritime industry. Under his guidance we have seen change and a great future ahead of the UAE industry and we congratulate HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai for his vision and creativity in creating a strategic global business hub”
Sheikh Khalil Ahmad Mohamed Al Salmi, Deputy CEO of Oman Dry Docks Company said “HH sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed is truly an exceptional leader and we in the industry have felt the effects of transformation and the forward thinking that will has not only revolutionized the Dubai maritime industry but the impact has also spread to the rest of the region. I thank him and this award is truly a richly deserved recognition of visionary foresight and excellence”
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi added/said: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to His Highness Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum on this very special occasion.  This award, the very first of its kind, recognizes the exceptional transformation of the UAE’s maritime industry under His Highness’s wise guidance and thoughtful leadership.


“H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has created a solid but ambitious foundation, a position which will enable the country to become a global leader in this field, in the years to come. We thank him for his vision and his foresight and are proud to be a part of the maritime sector driving economic growth for our beloved leadership and country”.

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