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New app to boost Dubai's dhow trade

Over 1,500 Dubai-based dhows make 13,000 trips a year

New app to boost Dubai's dhow trade

A new project will use technology to boost Dubai’s maritime dhow trade, allowing sailors and traders to register, search, book and track cargo shipments through an app, the Port, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) has announced.

The “Dhowber” project, part of the Dubai 10X initiative, was first launched at the World Government Summit in Dubai in February.

The Dhowber app is a marketplace that brings together boat captains and traders who are seeking to move cargo to nearby ports. Using the app, the captains – known as nukdahs – can define their dhow’s route, display their cargo capacity, and connect with traders.

The app also allows nukdahs and traders to register, search and inquire about availability, as well as handle payments. Additionally, there is a two-sides rating system which allows traders and nukdahs to rate each other, as well as track cargo from departure to arrival.

According to Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World, the Dhowber project stands to benefit over 1,500 dhows which collectively make 13,000 trips annually, transporting 2.2 million tonnes of cargo worth AED 22 million ($5.99 million).

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