Mohammed bin Rashid enacts Dubai Ports Authority law to boost maritime trade

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued Law No. (4) of 2023 on the Dubai Ports Authority and the Affiliated Drydocks World-Dubai Authority.

The law aims to enhance Dubai Ports Authority’s position as the leading global model in port operations, management and terminal handling. It aims to provide efficient operational services while regulating and developing the port sector in Dubai according to strategic plans and guidelines.

In addition, the law seeks to strengthen Dubai’s status as an international hub for maritime trade and to facilitate the import, export and re-export of goods through the emirate’s ports. In addition, an attractive investment climate for sea freight and ship logistics is to be created, the maritime sector promoted and investments in maritime industries and services promoted.

The law applies to the Dubai Ports Authority created by Decree No. (1) of 1990 and its subsequent amendments. It outlines the authority’s responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to, strategic planning and policy development for overseeing Dubai’s seaports and terminals, regulating their operations, and developing and managing port infrastructure.

The law also designates the authority that, among other things, identifies and regulates the businesses, activities and professions authorized to operate in ports and terminals.

The law also defines the organizational structure of the Dubai Ports Authority, including the roles and responsibilities of the Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, the Authority’s leadership team and the mechanism for appointing the CEO of the Dubai Ports Authority and delineating their responsibilities.

The Act provides that upon its entry into force all responsibilities and duties of Drydocks World-Dubai, established under Decree No. (3) of 1983, will be transferred to the Dubai Ports Authority. This transfer will include all Drydocks World-Dubai employees without affecting their acquired rights, as well as all assets and funds. Subsequently, the Dubai Ports Authority assumes all duties and liabilities of Drydocks World-Dubai.

Law No. (4) of 2023 replaces Law No. (1) of 1990 and Decree No. (4) of 1991 relating to the establishment of the Dubai Ports Authority. It also repeals Decree No. (3) of 1983 and its amendments relating to the establishment of the Dubai Drydocks Authority and Decree No. (29) of 2005 relating to the Dubai Drydocks Authority’s affiliation with the Ports , Customs and Free Zone Corporation.

In addition, Decision No. (10) of 2022 which mandates the CEO of Dubai Ports Authority to oversee the operations of the Dubai Drydocks Authority is annulled. The law also supersedes any other law that may conflict with its provisions.

All regulations, decisions and memos issued to implement the above laws will remain in force until new ones are issued, as long as they do not conflict with the provisions of Law No. (4) of 2023.

This law comes into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal.

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