Meraque Services Sdn Bhd (Meraque), a Malaysian drone tech company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Al Nabooda Chulia, a Dubai based facilities management services company to drive collaboration and active involvement in the expansion of Meraque’s services and solutions to the Middle East and Africa.
As part of the MoU, the new partners will be able to leverage each other’s expertise and experience to lay a strong foundation for the adoption of industry-leading unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions across the middle east and Africa, utilising drone engineering and innovation, in line with Meraque’s global expansion goals.
The MoU exchange ceremony was held at the Malaysian Pavilion, Dubai Expo on 28 February 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where the documents were exchanged between Rahman Hussin, Chief Strategy Officer of Meraque and Nazmi Amri, General Manager of Al Nabooda Chulia.
The exchange was witnessed by His Excellency Dato’ Mohd Tarid Sufian, Ambassador of Malaysia to the United Arab Emirates, Puan Zarina Abdul Kadir, Chief Executive of Invest Johor and Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iskandar Investment Berhad.
Meraque aims to generate 1,000 job opportunities across the globe and aims to create an economic impact of RM 90 million over the next 3 years through export revenues, solidifying their commitment to support Malaysia’s ambitions to become a major player in the global drone industry as well as a potential drone hub in ASEAN.
Rahman Hussin, Chief Strategy Officer of Meraque said, “The collaboration with Al Nabooda Chulia is a pivotal step forward as we embark on our expansion plans. Al Nabooda Chulia’s comprehensive knowledge and vast understanding of facilities management and the drone technology landscape in the Middle East and Africa definitely give us a prime advantage here. We would like to express our gratitude to Invest Johor and Iskandar Investment Berhad for their continuous support in helping us realise this collaboration.”
Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iskandar Investment Berhad said, “Congratulations Meraque and Al Nabooda Chulia. Iskandar Investment Berhad is proud to support this collaboration. The possibilities that drone technology offer today are endlessly exciting. The global market for drone technology has been witnessing astonishing growth and we are delighted to see that a Malaysian startup is tapping into this gold mine. This MoU is validation that Malaysian startups are poised to expand to global markets, given a little bolstering through market access opportunities.”
Meraque has already begun catalytic initiatives through training and skilling programmes, working closely with the Malaysian federal and state governments to mould and equip 500 youth with the necessary skills sets to become industry ready by 2023, preparing them for job opportunities across the globe in the drone industry.
Meraque was named the 19th best drone technology service provider in the world last year by Drone Industry Insights, a Market Research consultant based in Germany.