Innovation, research, and data-backed decisions are the key driving forces behind the phenomenal growth of AD Ports Group. We support our leadership’s vision to diversify the economy and advance innovation in the UAE.
Re-inventing the way of doing business while looking out for new and more efficient ways has been a constant and continuous exercise for AD Ports Group. We develop and harness the power of emerging technologies to transform the future of trade, stay competitive and achieve sustainable growth.
To foster innovation across our group, we set up a Research & Development (R&D) committee in 2017, launched the IBTIKAR programme and integrated several innovative solutions to build an infrastructure to conceive, foster and execute innovative ideas in real-time business scenarios.
The global supply chain environment is highly competitive, dynamic, and fluid. As a result, the maritime and trade industry continuously demands new innovative ways of doing business.
With a progressive and sustainable intent in mind, we founded our R&D Committee in 2017. The goal was to build on infrastructure to conceive, foster and execute innovative ideas in real-time business scenarios.
Our R&D committee also raises awareness about the importance of technical and scientific research, publishing research papers, and organising workshops to explain the ongoing research and developments.
Saved through innovative ideas
Innovative ideas implemented in 2020
Issued in rewards to those who came up with innovative ideas
AD Ports Group introduced Remote Pilotage to maintain business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance social distancing and limit movement of staff. SAFEEN, part of AD Ports Group, was the first marine operator in the GCC to provide such a solution.
AD Ports Group launched the first autonomous truck system in the Middle East at CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal in Khalifa Port. Equipped with advanced traffic monitoring, driving guidance and a 360 sensory system, this smart automation is another step forward for Khalifa Port, one of the world’s most technologically advanced ports.
AD Ports Group launched the Smart Container Initiative to house its digital solutions in a resilient, safe and optimised eco-friendly mobile environment. Powered by clean energy, the solar-panelled steel and aluminium smart containers reduce Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) by more than 20% and slash carbon emissions by half.
For AD Ports Group, unconventional thinking and a futuristic outlook have been the key elements of our unprecedented growth since inception. Today, with the use of cutting-edge technology and ultra-modern automation techniques, AD Ports Group is not only making it easier for its stakeholders and customers to do business but is also setting an example for the worlds ports and industrial community to follow.
Khalifa Port is an outstanding testimony of how cutting-edge engineering innovation has been fused with tailored technology and world-class creative processes to create a seamless port experience.
The port offers innovative solutions, including:
At AD Ports Group, it has been our ambition to invest in and propagate cutting-edge technology for use in the trade community. This ambition was realised when we laid the foundation of the first of its kind Digital Innovation Lab in the Middle East.
With the setup, we aimed to cater to the needs of disruptive technologies such as AI, Cyber Security, and the use of robotics to optimise operations and positively impact the pillars of sustainability.
KIZAD lies adjacent to Khalifa Port and spans over 410 square kilometres at the gateway between East and West.
Positioned as the Middle East's industrial, logistics and trade hub, the giant industrial free zone is itself a fountainhead of innovation and leading-edge solutions.
IBTIKAR programme was kickstarted in 2012 to present a platform for the celebration of ideas and ingenuity in the maritime community. Initially an AD Ports Group in-house suggestion scheme programme, it has continued to grow to encourage active participation from not only our employees but also from customers and stakeholders to be idea generators.
Since then, it has become a part of the success stories of various ideas and accolades. After becoming the first ports company in the world to be accredited by IdeasUK in 2016. IBTIKAR presents an open stage for people to share their ideas, get evaluated, and eventually realise them in the most feasible way possible.
We offer opportunities to international participants with different perspectives from across the globe. Be an idea generator or innovator by taking part in our success story.