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Capt. Maktoum Al Houqani

Captain Maktoum Al Houqani is the Chief Corporate Authority Officer and Acting Head of the Maritime Cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports.

Captain Al Houqani has several years of maritime experience and has held a number of positions aboard vessels, including oil tankers and LNG carriers. He has worked in petroleum ports, first as tug master then later as a pilot and amassed significant experience in the offshore industry as supervisor on a major reclamation project for the construction of artificial islands.

In 2015 Captain Al Houqani joined Abu Dhabi Ports as Chief Marine Services Officer, where he was in charge of the newly formed subsidiary Abu Dhabi Marine Services Company (SAFEEN). He temporarily took charge of Abu Dhabi Maritime Sector at the Department of Transport in 2018, before returning to Abu Dhabi Ports as the Executive Vice President for the Corporate Authority. His responsibilities included all regulatory issues related to the maritime and the free-zone authority, as well as compliance of the corporate HSEQ. Prior to Joining Abu Dhabi Ports he held the position of Senior Vice President for the Operations at IRSHAD.

Captain Al Houqani is also leading the development of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, a pioneering initiative by Abu Dhabi Ports to provide word-class maritime education and training in the UAE.

In 2009, Captain Al Houqani obtained his master’s degree in maritime studies from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong.

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