Having honed their skills on homegrown contracts, United Arab Emirates shipyards are seeking sales from their Arabian Gulf neighbors.

Over the past five years, the UAE has become the gulf’s leading hub for naval shipbuilding, as well as the maintenance, repair and overhaul of warships. Two of the biggest reasons are Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) and Etihad Ship Building (ESB), said Matthew Hedges, military analyst for the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), based here.

“The UAE naval industry is a leading player in the region, with ADSB and Etihad Shipbuilding contributing a large amount to indigenous capabilities,” he said. “Other [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries can’t match the UAE capabilities.”