Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates/Aqaba, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Strengthening commitment to exploring the Red Sea marine ecosystem, particularly its coastal coral reefs, representatives from AD Ports Group – a global trade and Logistics – recently held a capacity-building workshop titled ‘Coastal Defense Infrastructure: Arid Rocks or New Ecosystems?’ in Akaba.
The workshop – attended by the Environment Department of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and professors from the Marine Science Station (MSS), an inter-university research institute belonging to the University of Jordan and the University of Yarmouk – explored the latest research done by New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and MSS on the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea for a better understanding of the current state of the marine environment of Aqaba.
In the same vein, through field assessments and extensive research, the AD Ports Group team seeks to understand the marine ecology of the Red Sea and how infrastructure could enhance marine biodiversity in the Gulf of Aqaba.
This milestone underscores AD Ports Group’s unwavering commitment to protecting marine life in Aqaba and mitigating the environmental impact of coastal developments, including its Aqaba Cruise Terminal, which is currently underway as one of five strategic mega-projects agreed with Aqaba Development Corporation in December 2021 to advance the coastal city’s tourism, logistics, transport and digital infrastructure sectors. As part of this process, AD Ports Group is collaborating with local institutions, namely ASEZA and MSS, to access relevant research being conducted in the Red Sea.
David Gatward, Director of Engineering and Technical Services, AD Ports Group, said: “Conducting sustainable and environmentally friendly operations where our projects are located is at the forefront of our priorities. For this reason, the NYUAD-MSS-ASEZA Collaborative Capacity Building Workshop is an essential learning exercise that will guide how we design, build and operate ports and marinas. It also facilitates close collaboration with our local partners, raises awareness of the remarkable coral reef system of the Red Sea, and ensures the preservation of these biologically and economically valuable resources. By combining global best practices for coral relocation with the successful Khalifa Port project, our team of experts is ready to build the capacity of local cadres and equip them with pioneering and innovative methods and techniques to safeguard ecosystems. marine fauna of Aqaba for future generations.
Dr. John A. Burt, Environmental Studies Program Leader and Associate Professor of Biology, NYUAD, said, “The Gulf of Aqaba is home to thriving marine life with hundreds of species of coral and fish inhabiting its waters. Creating an environment where this marine life can continue to survive, if not thrive, is paramount as Aqaba’s coastal development expands. Our recent visit gave us an excellent opportunity to assess the marine ecology of the Red Sea first hand, as well as to meet local specialists to share our experiences in the Persian Gulf and gather information specific to the Red Sea that will support conservation and sustainable development. forward.”
In addition to the Aqaba Cruise Terminal – a world-class facility for international cruise passengers wishing to visit Jordan, particularly Aqaba, Petra and Wadi Rum – AD Ports Group’s strategic agreements with Aqaba Development Corporation also include Marsa Zayed, Maqta Ayla for the development and operation of an advanced port community system, the multi-purpose port of Aqaba and the rehabilitation of King Hussein International Airport, which will help position Aqaba as a major regional destination, as well as a catalyst for long-term job creation, investment attraction and economic development.
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Established in 2006, AD Ports Group is today the region’s premier facilitator of logistics, industry and trade, as well as a bridge connecting Abu Dhabi to the world. Listed on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX: ADPORTS), AD Ports Group’s vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.
Operating multiple clusters spanning ports, economic cities and free zones, maritime, logistics and digital, AD Ports Group’s portfolio includes 10 ports and terminals, and over 550 square kilometers of economic zones within the group KEZAD, the largest integrated trade, logistics and industrial business cluster in the Middle East.
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