For the first time ever in the UAE’s history of sea port operations, Abu Dhabi Ports has a dedicated team that consists entirely of UAE Nationals, who can carry out the entire circle of port operations, including the full range of marine services, as well as the process of loading and unloading cargo vessels.
Increasing the number of UAE Nationals in the workforce is a core pillar of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and a central business strategy for Abu Dhabi Ports.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “This marks a major breakthrough and confirms our role in supporting young Emirati talent while putting the directives of our leadership into action.
“Our role is driven by a sense of patriotism that supports our commitment to training and development, making sure that, as the maritime industry grows, the Emirates' development into a major international maritime hub is motivated by talented, skilled UAE Nationals in meaningful maritime careers.”
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The success of our ‘Emiratisation’ strategy is directly linked to the range of different training programmes that we offer.
“These range from specialised operational training or developing back office administration skills, to identifying potential future leaders and giving them the training and support to realise their career potential.”
The maritime sector is vitally important to the emirate which relies heavily on imports, and it will become more important as trade and economic diversification increases in support of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.