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Arab support for the UAE’s candidature for the membership of the International Maritime Organization

The Arab Ministers of Transport supported the UAE’s candidacy to become a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council under category B as the first Arab, regional and third in terms of the quality of port infrastructure.

The delegation, headed by Abdullah Al-Kathiri, Director General of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport, participated in the 30th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Transport, which was held in Alexandria today at the headquarters of the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. Al-Kathiri stressed that the support of the Arab countries for the UAE is due to its distinction in the field of maritime transport and its hosting 20 of the leading ports in the world.

Al-Kathiri pointed out that the UAE currently operates and operates 77 ports in the world, including vital ports in the United States and Europe, supported by a pioneering experience in operating local ports, which are considered to be the most important and largest ports in the world.

He stressed the importance of the 30th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Transport, explaining that the meeting discussed many issues related to maritime transport, land and air, as well as the request of the State to support its candidature to the IMO, which received the support of the Arab countries. The meeting discussed the study of the establishment of an Arab environment centre specialised in sustainable transport and ways of organising cooperation in the field of maritime transport between the Arab countries and studying the impact of the Silk Road on the Arab countries from an integrated perspective and studying the proposal to establish an Arab maritime bloc.

The meeting also discussed the draft amendment of the Agreement on Exemption from Taxes and Fees on the Activities and Equipment of Arab Air Transport Organizations of 1979 and a report on the study of dealing with EU law on competition in the field of civil aviation and other subjects in the field of land and air transport.