‘Make it in the Emirates Forum’ focuses on industry capabilities, benefits and enablers – News

The UAE offers world-class logistics and communications infrastructure and facilities that enable the industrial sector to be globally competitive.



Published: Tue, Jun 21, 2022, 9:12 PM

Last update: Tue, Jun 21, 2022, 9:15 PM

The “Make it in the Emirates” forum discussed the unique competitive advantages of the UAE and highlighted the industrial capabilities, advantages and enablers the country offers to manufacturers, in the first session held tuesday.

The UAE offers world-class logistics and communications infrastructure and facilities that help the industrial sector to compete globally and position the UAE as a global manufacturing hub.

On the first day of the Make it in the Emirates Forum, a session entitled “Why Make it in the Emirates?” was attended by Humaid Mohammed bin Salem, Secretary General of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, Sameh Al Qubaisi, Director General of Economic Affairs at the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Group, and Ahmed Al Naqbi, CEO of Emirates Development Bank, Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi, Saud Abu Al Shawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City, and Rola Abu Manneh , CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE.

The second session — Industrial Opportunities: Building Resilience discussed the exceptional resilience of the UAE economy and supply chains. The sessions also addressed various opportunities in technologies, hydrogen, petrochemicals and renewable energies. The UAE has emerged as a global clean energy hub, having completed the construction of world-leading solar power plants. The UAE’s oil and gas sector has provided unprecedented opportunities for clean energy innovation, making the country a major driver of the global energy transition.

The session was attended by Tareq Abdul Rahim Al Hosani, CEO of Tawazun Economic Council; Faisal Al Bannai, Executive Chairman of the EDGE Group Board; Abdel Nasser Ibrahim bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminum, and Farhan Malik, CEO of Pure Health, Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata Manufacturing, and Khalifa Al Shamsi, CEO of Etisalat – Consumer Digital Services.

The third session of the forum—Industrial Growth—debated how large domestic companies are driving industrial growth and localizing supply chains. The session presented current and future opportunities in the industrial sector. Participants also discussed how the energy sector, alongside other sectors, contributes to the economic diversification of the UAE, creating new opportunities. Panelists explored the value program’s key role in the country in bolstering industrial efforts and discussed steps the UAE has taken to improve technology adoption in the sector.

Jasim Thabet, CEO and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi National Power Company (Taqa) participated in this session, along with Khaleefa Al Muhairi, Acting CEO of Ta’ziz, Adel Abdullah Al Breiki, CEO of Aldar, and Abdel Moneim Al Kindi, Director of Exploration, Development and Production at Adnoc.

The fourth session – Manufacturers’ Perspectives – discussed the UAE’s industrial expertise and its position as a hub for large global corporations, SMEs and local businesses. During the session, participants heard about the positive experiences of manufacturers in the country, especially in terms of access to finance and to important global markets.

Session participants included Widad Haddad, vice president and general manager of Emerson; Mitsuru Anisaki, General Manager of Al Gharbia Pipe Company; Thierry Conti, CEO of TechnipFMC; Fahad Al Mheiri, deputy general manager of Raytheon Emirates; Zaher Ibrahim, Corporate Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, Baker Hughes; and Masoud Ahmed Al Masoud, Chairman of the Board of Al Masaood Group. [email protected]

Melvin B. Baillie