The new framework forms part of the emirate’s Policy Agenda 2007-2008, set out by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan on 20 November.

It will separate the regulatory body overseeing aviation and ports from the companies operating in those sectors, with the aim of bringing the regulation of the two sectors up to international standards.

A consultation process has been set up between the regulator and other interested groups such as ports operators, shipping firms and the Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad, to develop policy objectives in these markets and build a regulatory framework.

The Department of Transport says the new rules will adhere to global best practice and will impose the highest standards in health, safety, security and environmental protection.