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Maqta Gateway Acquires Majority Stake in Dubai Technologies

Maqta Gateway Acquires Majority Stake in Dubai Technologies

February 06, 2024

AED 28 Million Strategic Investment to Broaden Maqta Gateway’s Digital Trade Portfolio with Best-in-Class Solutions

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 06 February 2024:  AD Ports Group (ADX: ADPORTS) announced today that Maqta Gateway, its digital arm and enabler of cutting-edge trade digitalisation solutions, has acquired a 60 per cent equity stake in Dubai Technologies, a trade and transportation solutions’ developer headquartered in Dubai.

The total purchase consideration for the 60 per cent shareholding amounts to AED 28 million. 

The company’s FY2023 financial performance recorded revenues of AED 70.5 million and EBITDA of AED 8.4 million. 

The company has developed an intelligent ports’ operations management platform - Minato®, four transportation platforms, and nine white-label solutions that are custom-built for regional digitally focused government bodies. All solutions are built in-house by the company’s 300+ team members working collaboratively across the UAE and India. 

Minato® is currently utilised by international port operators and includes the highly coveted advanced digital twin technology for ports. It will be a great addition to Maqta Gateway’s inhouse single window offering for ports’ digitalisation, in addition to realising cost synergies for the Group with its gradual implementation across all international ports managed by AD Ports Group.

The company’s transportation platform comprises of fleet management, passenger transportation, smart driving analytics, and waste transportation management, which can be leveraged by the Group to enhance logistics’ efficiencies in hinterland and industrial zones’ operations. 

Besides broadening its digital trade portfolio, with this acquisition Maqta Gateway will extend its inhouse capabilities, realise cost synergies and further strengthen its position as the developer of leading-edge digital trade solutions. Their offshore development expertise will be of great value as Maqta Gateway continues to expand internationally. Maqta Gateway has an R&D hub in Vietnam following the successful acquisition of TTEK Inc.

Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “In line with the vision of our wise leadership, we at AD Ports Group have long realised the significance of keeping pace with advanced technologies and making the best of advanced solutions and innovations to reimagine the future of trade regionally and globally. This acquisition reflects our strategic plans aimed at boosting AD Ports Group’s position as an integrated digital trade solutions’ provider to core markets, while increasing self-reliance for critical technologies to our business. 

It also reiterates our commitment to harness the power of emerging technologies that moves us closer to our ambition of developing an integrated digital portfolio of innovative trade solutions that future-proof supply chains. 

The extended technical capabilities acquired through this investment will be instrumental in delivering a more differentiated service to international markets. We also look forward to leveraging cost synergies, offering superior operational efficiencies, and unmatched solutions to our partners and stakeholders.”

Commenting on the investment, Dr Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of Digital Cluster and CEO of Maqta Gateway, AD Ports Group, said: “Dubai Technologies has three decades of expertise in delivering best-in-class trade and transportation solutions to government and large enterprises. We are confident that the addition of these solutions to our portfolio, and the access to this unrivalled expertise will open-up prospects to enhance our customer base, better serve our existing customers, and spur growth plans. This acquisition is yet another milestone in our journey as we forge ahead to be the leading global trade facilitator under the auspices of our wise leadership.”

Ahmed Alrafi, Founder of Dubai Technologies, supported the acquisition, saying: “This is truly a pivotal moment for us at Dubai Technologies. Becoming a part of Maqta Gateway and AD Ports Group will enable wider access to international markets and bigger opportunities, adding fuel to our ambition of connecting people and making the world smarter, sustainably. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and look forward to collectively shaping the future of trade and technology.”

The founder will retain 40% stake in the company and the existing leadership team will remain in management to deliver on the strategic growth plans.