Digital District opens at Zayed Port

First phase of Digital Harbour project now complete and ready to offer a dedicated digital ecosystem

AD Ports Group has opened 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 370,000sqm area, with the capacity to host more than 20,000 innovators, researchers and digital experts.

Abu Dhabi Digital Harbour will host an array of companies who are specialists in digitalising trade and logistics services: these include Maqta Gateway and the Digital Innovation Lab, established in 2016 as research and development centres focused on digitalising trade.

The Digital District was inaugurated by Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office.

In late December 2022, AD Ports Group signed an offshore logistics deal with Kazakh National Oil Company subsidiary and, in early January 2023, Mawani kicked-off a $1.86bn upgrade at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam.

The opening marks the start of the first phase of development of Abu Dhabi’s Digital Harbour – a cornerstone of the development plan set 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.”

Speaking at the launch, Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development remarked, “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.”

In early March 2023, Mawani signed an agreement to set-up a $266mn integrated logistics park in Al Khumrah.


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