UAE Energy Ministry inks strategic deal with AASTS for maritime sector

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has signed a partnership agreement with the Sharjah branch of the Arab Academy for Scientific Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTS) to support the maritime sector in the UAE.

This partnership intends to use the capabilities of AASTS and the skills of its staff to serve and develop the maritime sector.

The agreement supports the vision of AASTS to strengthen the Arab maritime sector by training the youth of the nation to be qualified professionals in the industry while also offering research and development services.

H.E. Hassan Mohammed Juma Al Mansouri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in the UAE, said, “In the UAE, we are determined to be ‘Number One’ in all areas and aim to become a unique example in sustainable development, ensuring the prosperity and wellbeing of the current and future generations in the post-oil era. This is the essence of the UAE’s strategy as we prepare for the next fifty years. The maritime economy and the maritime sector are key pillars to achieve this vision. Over 20,000 maritime establishments and companies operate in the UAE.”

“This vision cannot be achieved without qualified and creative professionals, who are capable of using this opportunity to build on the achievements of our founding fathers, under the flag of the Union. Our leaders transformed challenges into success and unparalleled prosperity and our partnership with the academy supports this vision,” added Mr. Al Mansouri.

H.E. Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag
Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag

“We have received unlimited support from the UAE’s leadership to empower and develop the maritime sector. This has been evident since the establishment of the academy’s branch in Sharjah, which is the largest of all our branches and is comparable in size and capabilities to our headquarters in Alexandria. Our partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, which includes the ministry’s accreditation of our training and academic programs, will make the academy the maritime academic arm that serves the UAE’s maritime agenda and contributes to implementing the country’s strategic plans.”

Developing maritime training commenting on the cooperation, Dr. Captain Ahmed Youssef, Associate Dean of the Maritime Transport Technology College, AASTS said, “This agreement is especially valuable as the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure will provide full support to facilitate the training of our students on ships operating in the UAE.”


The Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport Branch in Sharjah is a regional university operated by the Arab League which runs programs in marine transportation, business, and engineering. It will help students graduate in various maritime science and technology sectors and, it will provide the industry with specialists in all fields of maritime work.