Duty Free Dubai Ports supports International Day of the Seafarer 2018

Duty Free Dubai Ports, operated by Maritime and Mercantile International LLC, recently hosted a day of celebration for International Day of the Seafarer.

The events were hosted at the Jebel Ali Seafarers Centre in JAFZA, Jebel Ali, by Ron Oldenburg, Head of DFDP MMI and Mahabir Singhal, Director, Jebel Ali International Seafarers Centre and welcomed dignitaries from DP World, including Chief Commercial Officer, DP World UAE Region, Abdulla Bin Damithan.

Held in the Seafarers Bar and Restaurant, which is operated by Emirates Leisure Retail, guests were able to enjoy complimentary meals from the popular casual dining venue as well as benefit from the International Day of Seafarers promotions with gifts available from leading brands at the on-site MMI Duty Free Shop.

All maritime visitors to the event were provided with a full medical check conducted in association with NMC hospitals including eye check-ups, BMI and cholesterol tests, blood sugar analysis and blood pressure examination from the team of doctors on-site.

Opened in July 2015, Duty Free Dubai Ports (DFDP – MMI) operates the Seafarers Centre, on behalf of DP World, offering a unique ‘home’ for the global organisation’s Mission to Seafarers. In line with MMI’s commitment to the International Maritime Organisation, the centre also provides the seafaring community in-house, round the clock support, advice and counselling.

Andy Gould, Group Marketing Manager MMI added: “We are delighted to continue supporting important initiatives like this and being a part of the International Day of the Seafarer is a tremendous honour. MMI is steeped in maritime history and from our humble beginnings as a Dubai Creekside shipping agent in 1916, our development over the last century has been intertwined with the growth of Dubai.

”We will continually strive to raise the standard for the visiting seafarers, by providing a superb facility in the Jebel Ali Seafarers Centre. A welcoming place where they can relax, enjoy a quality meal with a beverage, shop from over 2,200 duty-free products from essentials to electronics and provide the all-important pastoral support as well.”

The UAE has a long and storied seafaring tradition with the port of Jebel Ali playing an increasingly important role in recent years. As the port has increased its presence on the global stage so has the number of visitors to the Seafarer’s Centre with over 60,000 in 2018 already. By providing visitors with a refuge, the centre reflects DPW’s commitment to helping manage the mental and physical health of the international sailing community, as well as offering guests an authentic Gulf welcome.