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Maritime Security and Its Impacts on Global Economy Discussed at MENC

by Can Kılınç

The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), held as part of the DIMDEX 2024 framework on 5 March, resulted in intense discussions on “Economic Growth Prospects Amidst Security Challenges and Their Global Impact” by experts and academics. This year’s conference addressed a crucial issue for the whole globe: waterway security, the safety of global transportation networks, and their implications for the economy and global growth.


Major General (Navy) Abdullah bin Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Commander of the Qatari Naval Forces

Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Maritime Security

The conference was held under the patronage of the Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and hosted by the Qatar Armed Forces at the Al Mayassa Theatre in the Qatar National Convention Centre. Major General (Navy) Abdullah bin Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Commander of the Qatari Naval Forces, spoke at the conference, highlighting significant contribution the maritime sector provides to the global economy and shared that maritime security has become a critical issue. Staff Major General (Doctor / Air) Rashid Hamad Al-Nuaimi, Commander of the Strategic Studies Centre of the Qatar Armed Forces, stated the following: “Our conference aims to utilise the knowledge and expertise of military officials, academics, and experts, to address the significant role that technology and artificial intelligence can play in ensuring and enhancing maritime security across the globe in all its aspects.”


Staff Major General (Doctor / Air) Rashid Hamad Al-Nuaimi, Commander of the Strategic Studies Centre of the Qatar Armed Forces

Speakers from All Corners of the World

The conference was held in two sessions, and featured esteemed speakers like Vice Admiral George M. Wikoff, Commander of the United States Naval Forces, Central Command/Commander of the Fifth Fleet, and Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces, General Sir Patrick Sanders, Chief of the General Staff of the UK, Dr. Khalid Shames, Assistant Professor in Finance and Economics at Qatar University, and General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of EU Military Committee, moderated by Prof. Osama Kubbar, a senior expert and policy analyst at the Strategic Studies Centre of the Qatar Armed Forces.

In the second session, Cdre Mark Anderson CBE RN, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Deputy Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces, Professor Merve Seren, Assistant Professor at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Salers, Commander of Indian Ocean Naval Regional and Commander of the French forces stationed in the United Arab Emirates, and Dr. Mohamed Al Duranni, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at the Qatar Community College, shared their insights, moderated by Prof. Omar Ashour Professor of Security and Military Studies, founder of the Critical Security Studies Program at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and Head of the Strategic Studies Unit at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies.

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