Our Story


Founded in 1898, Overseas AST was a major construction company based in Europe. In 1959 Overseas AST established operations in Dubai and in 1964 the business was officially incorporated by a Ruler’s Decree.

In 1983, two prominent UAE businessmen, Khalifa Juma Al Nabooda of Dubai and Abdulla Mohammed Al Mazrouei of Abu Dhabi, acquired a 51% share in the business. They acquired the remaining shareholding from the parent company in 2003.

Overseas AST now operates as a proudly UAE owned company with its Head Office in Dubai and branch offices in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

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To be the Clients ‘Contractor of Choice’ in our chosen fields of operation.

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We will engineer to construct projects safely and reliably for our Clients, deliver sustainable profits to our Shareholders and develop project delivery capability to secure a long term future.

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Care | Integrity | Respect | Commitment | Accountability

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Overseas AST specialises in the delivery of Near Shore Marine & Civil Infrastructure and Top Side Mechanical Installations in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Power, Desalination, Leisure and Residential sectors in the UAE and Neighbouring GCC countries.

As an ISO 9001, ISO 29001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified organisation we commit to the highest international Health, Safety and Environmental standards in everything we do.

We strive to provide our Clients with innovative and cost efficient solutions that guarantee certainty of delivery and reliability.

Our flexible approach to changing market demands has afforded Overseas AST the opportunity to maintain a strong presence in the UAE construction industry for over 50 years and most importantly develop a successful delivery model specific to this region. Over the years we have established reliable strategic relationships and developed a successful track record specific to our areas of expertise.

We undertake projects on a Design & Construct and Construct only basis.

Civil / Marine Mechanical Extended Offering Engineering

Shareholders Message

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Mr. Abdulla Mohamed Ali Ghanem Al Mazrouei
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Mr. Khalifa Juma Saeed Al Nabooda

We are proud to have Overseas AST as part of our investment portfolio and group of companies. Overseas AST is a 100% Emirati company that has, since 1959, built a solid track record in the successful delivery of complex projects in the UAE and neighbouring GCC countries. Over the years Overseas AST have established international best practice safety standards that support its goal to deliver quality projects for its Clients.

As shareholders, our commitment to ensuring Overseas AST remains a leading contracting company is demonstrated by our continuous investment in new technologies and sourcing best in class experts and professionals in our team. We aim to ensure that Overseas AST is a Clients “Contractor of Choice” in its chosen fields of operation.