Muhammad Tahir Lakhani Biography – (DTA) Ship Agency LLC, Dubai UAE

Muhammad Tahir Lakhani is the Chairman and Managing Director of (DTA) Dubai Trading Agency LLC, Dubai UAE. Mr. Muhammad Tahir Lakhani was born in Karachi Pakistan on 27th April 1962 into a well- respected family.

Muhammad Tahir LakhaniHe was a keen sportsman in his younger years, taking up tennis and playing at a professional level. Representing Pakistan at the Davis Cup and playing Junior Wimbledon were his major achievements in tennis, after which he decided to explore the ship recycling industry.

Mr Tahir Lakhani learned his trade at the pithead, when in his early 20s he worked in the ship recycling yard of a close family friend in Pakistan. He spent 3 years working from 8am to 8pm on ships and supervising the movement of steel plates after they were cut from vessels. These plates were commonly sold on-site to traders.

After having been involved in this industry in Pakistan, he moved to Dubai, UAE in 1985 to start a business buying old ships and then selling them on to the recycling yards for decommissioning. Tahir Lakhani Dubai was the first ‘cash buyer’ of vessels to set up fully fledged operations in the UAE, also holding the first Green Recycling Conference in Dubai, in partnership with international maritime publication Tradewinds.

This business became very successful and by 1997 his business was the biggest “cash buyer” of ships in the world, buying and selling over 100 ships per year. In 1996 he concluded the purchase of three ex-Adriatic Tankers VLCC’s in international waters off the UAE and delivered them to breakers in Pakistan. At the time this was one of the biggest ship demolition deals ever made.

By 1999 the ship recycling business required a more international platform and he decided to move with his family to the UK where he built on his industry connections. He became a British citizen in 2009 and continued to visit Dubai on a regular basis, expanding the business in both volume and scale, eventually moving back in 2014.

  • Mr Tahir Lakhani is a member of the Propeller Club of the United States and Port of Monaco
  • Mr Tahir Lakhani represented the UAE as the Vice Chairman of the UAE Shipping Association until 2019
  • Mr Tahir Lakhani continues to play an important role in promoting the UAE as an important regional and international hub for maritime trade and logistics