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  November 6th, 2015 | Written by

AAL Launches Operation in Dubai

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  • Dubai office places AAL at the center of an emerging region for the project shipping sector.
  • AAL may develop regular semi-liner services based on customer demand.
  • AAL exec: There is a real opportunity to deliver transportation solutions for high-value cargo in the gulf region.

AAL has announced the opening of a new office in Dubai.

This marks the third new office launch for the company in the past two months, following office inaugurations in South Korea and Canada.

AAL Middle East will place the carrier at the center of an emerging and strategically important region for the project shipping sector, as government and private equity investment across the region brings new infrastructure and energy developments to fruition.

AAL Middle East will offer Arabic and English language capabilities and provide local customers with tramp and project shipping solutions, featuring the highest level of technical expertise and competitiveness for all industry sectors and cargo types. The office will also draw upon AAL’s fleet of seven classes of multipurpose heavy lift vessels, ranging from 12,000 to 31,000 deadweight tons. As well as offering tailor-made solutions, AAL will harness the scalability of its operations and infrastructure to potentially develop regular semi-liner services based on customer demand.

“The Middle East and Gulf market continues to experience significant capital expenditure and development in its infrastructure,” said Namir Khanbabi, managing director of AAL’s global tramp and projects division. “It has also seen investment in construction and now growth in nuclear energy—as well as being a major hub for oil and gas projects. In conjunction with the changing geopolitical landscape, there is a real opportunity to work on-the-ground, to deliver competitive transportation solutions for complex and high value cargo in this important region.”