As Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, Captain Maktoum Al Houqani is leading the development of the Academy with the aim of providing word-class maritime education and training in the UAE, in addition to his role as the Chief Corporate Authority Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports.
Capt. 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 Capt. 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-zoneauthority, 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.
In 2009, Capt. 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.
Hamad Al Maghrabi
Director – Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy
Hamad Al Maghrabi has more than 15 years of experience in the marine and ports industry gained at major UAE-based maritime organisations.
Engineer Al Maghrabi is the Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy and also the General Manager of a further subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports – SAFEEN – the provider of professional, world-class and quality marine services across the seaports of Abu Dhabi.
Prior to this position, Al Maghrabi was the Senior Operations Manager – Ports Unit at Abu Dhabi Ports, where he was responsible for delivering safe, secure, efficient and smooth operations across all the ports and waterways of Abu Dhabi Ports. He also assisted the development and formation of Abu Dhabi Marine Services (SAFEEN) and, among many other achievements, helped set and implement the highest performance standards for the Ports Unit, in line with the UAE’s economic vision.
Al Maghrabi obtained a degree in Marine Engineering from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK. He also studied at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA as part of the Dubai Leaders Program.