Abu Dhabi Ports launches region’s first Port Digital Innovation Lab

The lab will act as a R&D centre, where innovative new technologies can be tested before being applied to real-life trade through Port Khalifa.
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Abu Dhabi Ports has launched the region’s first Port Digital Innovation Lab through Maqta Gateway, where emerging technologies and new innovations can be tested ahead of real-world application.

Maqta Gateway is an Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary and the developer and operator of the eponymous port community system, which is itself the first in the emirate.

“The launch of the first Port Digital Innovation Lab in the region marks another significant milestone in Abu Dhabi Ports’ dedication to investing in cutting-edge technological innovations and skills,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO Abu Dhabi Ports.

According to Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, general manager of Maqta Gateway, the centre will be a digital nursery for the growth and testing of new technologies and digital processes.

“This is the first Port Digital Innovation Lab in the Middle East and it promises to fulfil the need for studying emerging technologies and developing new solutions by young, inspired creators and innovators that can then be practically applied to real-life trade and market situations,” she said.

The announcement was made at Abu Dhabi Ports’ annual Partners Forum, which serves as an interactive occasion to strengthen relations with stakeholders in the port operator. 

This year’s theme was ‘Innovating together for a brighter future’ with a focus on exploring local and international innovation trends and disruptive technologies that are shaping the industry’s future.

In addition, Abu Dhabi Ports also revealed its long-term innovation strategy to its stakeholders. The strategy will focus on development of initiatives around four key themes; smart technology, Ports-Emirates duality, future trade and logistics and space logistics. 

Maqta Gateway, inaugurated in October 2017, bills itself as a transformational project that has set out to re-define Abu Dhabi’s trade services, processes and information exchange through a unified interface.

The interface connects various trade customers, including shipping agents, traders, custom brokers, freight forwarders and clearing agents, with entities integrated within the system locally and internationally.

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