Swedish company Saab and Abu Dhabi Ports have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop port surveillance and vessel traffic management technologies.

The agreement between the parties was signed at the international defence exhibition IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi.

As a defence and security company in the UAE, Saab has been building connections with the UAE Government and institutions, supporting the growth of a competitive defence and security industry and ecosystem.

Saab UAE managing director Anna-Karin Rosén said: “We are excited to collaborate with one of the fastest growing and innovative port operators in the world. Their high requirements will be essential for us in our ambitions to develop market-leading technologies made in the UAE.”

Abu Dhabi Ports owns, develops, manages, and runs as many as 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea.

The company manages integrated ports, logistics assets and services, industrial cities, and a free zone to facilitate international maritime trade, industry, and logistics.

Abu Dhabi Ports chief corporate authority officer captain Maktoum Al Houqani said: “Through our maritime trade proposition, Abu Dhabi Ports is enabling our emirate’s economy to soar to new heights and compete globally as a key hub, connecting east and west.

“Our partnership with Saab further solidifies our long-term strategic effort by creating new opportunities for both companies to work together to pioneer and develop solutions that place us at the forefront of technology.”

In December last year, Abu Dhabi Ports announced the completion of the second phase of development at Delma Port in the UAE.