Arabian shipowners attract European shipping people

Locals refer to Arabian carrier UASC as Mini Maersk. The Middle East, and Dubai in particular, has attracted dozens of Danish shipping people.

“I call it ‘Mini Maersk,’” says United Arab Shipping Company board member Sheik Ali when asked to describe the Danish shipping group’s influence on the Arabian container carrier. And there is some truth to the matter, just as there is a lot of truth in the fact that many Danes from the maritime cluster live and work in Dubai and the other major cities in the region.

One man, who has been present from the beginning, also before the city’s skyline was dominated by skyscrapers, is partner and co-owner of American consulting firm Mercator International, Jesper Kjædegaard. He has lived in Dubai three times, and now he is back again. The first time was in the early eighties, where he was deployed as a Maersk trainee and stayed around to establish the company’s new regional office, during which time he also met his wife there. Mercator was established in 2008, and the company has, in a period of just a few years, solidified its position as one of the key consulting firms used by major equity funds, container ports, and shipping companies  when they need consulting.

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