Let’s look at the major ports in the United Arab Emirates used for maritime trade:
Port of Jebel Ali (Dubai)One of the famous ports in the United Arab Emirates is the port of Dubai known as the port of Jebel Ali. It is considered as one of the largest manmade harbors in the world and its container contributes to one of the biggest between Singapore and Rotterdam. Port of Jebel Ali ranks ninth-largest container port worldwide which has an annual capacity of 21.1 million containers. The port of the Jebel Ali has a General Cargo Terminal Facility along with a Container Terminal. Some people call the port of Jebel Ali Dubai’s gateway to the world as importing and exporting of the products usually take at the seaport itself. The port of Dubai was constructed in the late 1970s to supplement the facilities at Port Rashid. The ports in Dubai are strengthened by the high degree of specialization in the storage and handling of all kinds of cargo for trading. Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the port of Jebel Ali in 1979 which went onto becoming inadequate for the growing number of cargo ships.
Port of Mina Zayed (Abu Dhabi)Port of Mina Zayed located in Abu Dhabi was named after UAE’s founding father and late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The port has served as one of the main seaports in the capital city of Abu Dhabi for more than forty years and has become one of the historic pioneers in the maritime industry. Where the port of Jebel Ali is one of the largest manmade harbor, this port is one of the biggest commercial ports in the capital city with an ability to hold up to 10 oceangoing vessels at a time. According to the recent data collected, the port of Mina Zayed has acquired the states of cruise tourism from premier regional hub along with being a general and bulk cargo services loader.
Mina Rashid Port (Dubai)The Mina Rashid Port, Dubai; is a man-made, cruise terminal that was built as Dubai’s first commercial port and named after Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. In 2018, the commercial dealings shifted to the port of Jebel Ali and Mina Rashid Port of Dubai started to serve as seafront coastal destinations. The coastal destination attracted tourists as it became a tourist cruise destination and the residential area which also serves as a permanent home of Queen Elizabeth 2. This port of Dubai lies very close to the Dubai Maritime City and the Drydocks World Dubai. The port is known to have received the prestigious Security Certificate of Excellence by International Maritime Security along with an ISO-9002 accreditation. It has also been voted as the most prominent luxury port in the Middle East for the last eight years in a poll.
Mina Khalid Port (Sharjah)Mina Khalid Port in Sharjah is home to the three finest deep-water harbors in the UAE and is operated under the Department of Seaports and Customs along with Hamriyah and Khor Fakkan. The port offers cold stores, reefer storage zones, bulk cargo, and currently operated 33 multi-purpose berths. The port offers an ample amount of storage for the cargos and since its construction, the port of Mina Khalid has continuously modernized its facilities and services. Port if Mina Khalid serves as a multipurpose port as it is a vital entry port into the industrial heart of the United Arab Emirates. The port includes two cold stores on the dockside and is equipped with offshore and oil support. There construction of the dhow wharfage facility and the new berth within the breakwater reclamation are is also in the construction plan of the port.
Khor Fakkan (Sharjah)Port of Khor Fakkan is in Sharjah and is one of the world’s leading container transshipment ports which is merely located three hours away from the UAE’s main centers making it an ideal location to trade cargo from the Arabian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, and East Africa. It is managed by the same management as Mina Khalid Port and serves as an easy open-sea access where cargo container is handled by ship-to-shoe gantry cranes. The port also features a natural deep-water harbor waterway serving as a cruise ship port as well. The Khor Fakkan’s authority keeps working on ways to improve the employee skills and the working environment for making the port the world’s leading one. The city of Khor Fakkan has about a population of 35,000 that ranks it in the UAE’s second-largest country and for this sole reason, the port of Khor Fakkan is preferred by the people. This port has access to the open sea and it can accommodate more than 1,000 reefer containers simultaneously.