The ruler of one of the United Arab Emirates has promised he would order a ship that could travel to and from a disputed island claimed by his country but controlled by Iran.

Tuesday's remark by Sharjah ruler Sheik Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi is the latest salvo from the Emirates over Abu Musa, the largest of three islands claimed by both the Arab country and Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the island earlier this month inflamed the dispute over the territories.

Sultan spoke on a television show after a viewer called in complaining there is no practical way to get to Abu Musa, which lies near the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Sultan says the boat would be fast and safe, in line with highest international standards.