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Abu Dhabi launches app for safe maritime navigation

The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has announced the launch of a new smartphone app called Al Nalia, which provides access to Abu Dhabi’s maritime safety map. The app was developed in partnership with Abu Dhabi Maritime and Maqta Gateway, both part of the AD Ports Group, which aims to improve the safety of maritime navigation in the emirate. It also ensures the efficiency and ease of use of Abu Dhabi’s waterways.

Al Nalia was launched as a follow-up to the launch of the Abu Dhabi Maritime Safety Map. These two launches represent a qualitative change in maritime navigation for the Emirates by displaying vital navigational information in real-time. This includes major commercial shipping lanes and connecting routes, speed restrictions, mooring and anchorage areas, and designated locations for motorized and non-motorized marine recreational activities.

The app features a highly interactive interface that enables users to directly search for the nearest offshore installations such as piers, skids and offshore fueling stations. It also identifies sites designated for recreational activities, including jet skiing, sea water sports, swimming and surfing.

The app is named after the historical maps used by the Emirati ancestors to navigate the local waterways, with information about the harbor and pearling sites marked on the map. The name Al Nalia is a tribute to the heritage and depth of the UAE’s maritime history.

The app provides users with one of the most advanced smartphone maritime navigation services in the region, offering a flexible experience that ensures ease of use and navigation. It provides accurate data directly on global navigation systems such as Google Maps, helping users determine the best shipping lanes, routes and destinations, making maritime map reading more accessible and user-friendly than ever before.

Developed by Maqta Gateway, the digital division of AD Ports Group, the Al Nalia mobile app provides users with access to convenient and easy-to-access additional features. The app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play, while the Maritime Safety Map is available on Abu Dhabi Maritime’s digital portal. The interactive map shows the user’s location in real-time and provides information on any regulations in their current area, ensuring the safe and proper use of waterways by all residents and visitors in the emirate.

Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, Director General of Operations at DMT, said the new application has significantly facilitated digital transformation and enhanced Abu Dhabi’s position as the world’s leading maritime hub.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of AD Ports Group, said the launch of new digital solutions, such as the Al Nalia app, reflects the company’s commitment to innovation and the creation of a strong national economy. The app pushes the boundaries of how advanced technology can be applied to modernize service capabilities and enhance the user experience for the maritime community, while reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading global maritime hub.

Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Maritime, AD Ports Group, noted that the Al Nalia app is a major milestone in Abu Dhabi Maritime’s ongoing collaboration to develop breakthrough solutions to accelerate the digitization of the emirate’s maritime industry. The app overlays Abu Dhabi’s nautical maps with zoning and safety regulations in a fully interactive form, greatly improving the level of navigational safety and efficiency for business and recreational users on waterways throughout the emirate.

The Maritime Safety Map was developed in close cooperation with Abu Dhabi Maritime, Maqta Gateway, Abu Dhabi Environment Authority (EAD), Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Regions Protection Command (CICPC).

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