The U.A.E. branch was the first overseas branch of the Nautical Institute to be set up and was formed at the Arab Maritime Academy in Sharjah, whose head, Capt. Abdul Wahab M. Al Diwani became the first chairman on its formation on 04 October 1982.

The founding members were Capt. Alan Lester and Capt. Chris Spencer, the latter becoming the branch secretary.

The aims of the Nautical Institute are:-
  • Encourage and promote a high standard of qualification, competence and knowledge amongst those involved in the control of seagoing craft including non-displacement craft.
  • Facilitate the exchange and publication of information and ideas on Nautical Science and to encourage and publish appropriate research.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate educational and professional standards of membership.
  • Liaise with and influence government departments and other bodies concerned with statutory and other qualifications.
  • To represent the professional views of the members to and within the International , National and Local bodies, considering the safety and efficiency of shipping operations.

  • The UAE Branch of the Nautical Institute shall be involved in the following professional activities:-
  • To hold Technical Meetings and discuss the current, best Maritime practices and policies amongst fellow professionals
  • Invite Professionals from the Maritime industry to give a presentation to the local members. At present there are around 100 members residing in the UAE. This number is steadily increasing.
  • Give an opportunity to the Makers of Maritime equipment / machineries to share their latest Technologies with the Members.
  • To interact with other local Maritime bodies and explore ways to enhance the overall safety standards and incorporate current, best industry practices.
  • To provide professional feedback to the Nautical Institute, Head Office ,on all matters related to the Nautical profession, as put forward by local Branch Members.
  • Many of our senior members are employed here in Maritime related companies and provide their expertise to said companies and organisations.
  • To participate in local CSR- (Corporate Social Responsibilities ) Events and show our support to noble causes, viz: Diabetes Walk, Terry Fox Run, Al Jalila Cancer Research, Red Crescent, etc.
  • Our Members voluntarily assist fellow Mariners in UAE, who are appearing for CPD- Continual Professional Development Courses/ Examinations.
  • Interact with other Branches and share current, best Industry practices in the Nautical field, with an aim to continually improve the safety standards in Shipping. This will cover Navigation Audits, mentoring, usability, navigation safety and competency, and developing knowledge, expertise and best practice in these areas, all supported by Head Quarters .
  • The UAE Branch is closely associated with the Mission To Seafarers, The Flying Angel Committee and the UKMTO.

    Mission to Seafarers

    Maritime Standard

    Maritime Standard

    SeaTrade Middle East Awards