AD Ports Group, a leading facilitator of trade, logistics, and industry in Abu Dhabi, has announced the opening of its digital district – a new commercial hub in Zayed Port dedicated to Abu Dhabi’s digital trade and logistics services.
The Digital District is the first building constructed within the Digital Harbour project, which will cover a 370,000 sq m area, with the capacity to host more than 20,000 innovators, researchers and digital experts.
Abu Dhabi Digital Harbor will host an array of companies specialised in digitalising trade and logistics services, starting with Maqta Gateway and the Digital Innovation Lab, established in 2016 as research and development centres focused on digitalising trade.
It was inaugurated by Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office.
The opening marks the start of the first phase of development of Abu Dhabi’s Digital Harbour, a cornerstone of the development plan to position Zayed Port as a unique destination for trade and investment services.
Group Chairman Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi said: "We are committed to providing smart solutions that facilitate trade from global markets and attract promising digital institutions to AD Ports Group’s Digital Harbour project in Abu Dhabi."
Over the past seven years, Maqta Gateway has successfully developed state-of-the-art digital solutions to integrate more than 80 entities and provide more than 800 services within the UAE and globally, in line with world-class standards for efficiency.
Maqta Gateway has fulfilled more than 110 million transactions, serving more than 20,000 users digitally, eliminating physical visits to customer service centres and reducing CO2 emissions by 1.6 million tonnes.
Speaking at the launch, Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, said: "Abu Dhabi has established itself as a leading regional and global hub for trade, business and investment. Our business-friendly ecosystem and trade facilitation solutions, including the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP), have simplified procedures, reduced time and costs, enabled seamless integration of government services, and enhanced capabilities to meet the increase in trade volumes."
"In line with Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation agenda, AD Ports Group is enhancing the competitiveness of the trade and logistics sector in the emirate, and playing a major role in developing a diversified, smart, and sustainable economy," he added.-TradeArabia News Service