The Port of Khalid is in the heart of Sharjah city, seat of the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Emirate of Sharjah. The Port of Khalid is considered a pioneer seaport of the region, boasting the first container terminal, roll-on/roll-off cargo terminal, and free trade terminal.
The City of Sharjah has been inhabited for more than five thousand years. Archeological evidence shows that the settlers here were fishermen, and the area was a mangrove swamp.
Sharjah’s location on trade routes to India made it an important city. From its early beginnings until the mid-1800s, Sharjah was the premiere port on the southern Arabian Gulf. A map created by Greek geographer Ptolemy identified a settlement there in second century AD. Arab navigator Ahmad Ibn Majid wrote about Sharjah in his journals in 1490. Early Sharjah’s economy was based on farming, hunting, goat-hearding, pearl-diving, fishing, and maritime trade.
In the early 1700s, a clan of the Huwayla tribe, the Qawasim, established its base in Sharjan and declared the region’s independence. Led by Sultan ibn Saqr, Persian Gulf pirates from Sharjah raided ships from all countries without fear or restraint. When the British fleet defeated the pirates, the ruling Sheikh Sultan I agreed to British protection in 1820 to keep from being overrun by the Ottoman Turks.
In 1971, the region joined the United Arab Emirates. Today, over 800 thousand people call Sharjah home. Being near Dubai, many of its residents live in Sharjah and commute to work in Dubai. In 1998, UNESCO named the city the “Cultural Capital of the Arab World” due to its focus on preserving culture and heritage as the city grows. The Port of Khalid at Sharjah has long been a maritime and commercial center.
The Port of Khalid contains 21 berths that handle general, reefer, and dry, liquid, and bulk cargoes. Facilities include two dock-side colds stores as well as oil and offshore support. Since it was first constructed, the Port of Khalid has continuously modernized its facilities and services.
Department of Seaports and Customs owns and controls the emirate’s three ports (the Port of Hamriyah, Khor Fakkan, and Khalid). The Gulftainer Company Limited was formed in 1976 to operate and manage the Sharjah Container Terminal at the Port of Khalid and the terminal at Port of Khor Fakkan
Berths 1, 2, and 3, each 575 meters long, handle containers and general and bulk cargoes. Berths 4, 5, 6, and 7 (each of them 725 meters long) handle general and roll-on/roll-of cargo. Berth 8 is 220 meters long and handles roll-on/roll-off, project, general, and bulk cargo. Berths 9 through 13 are each 1000 meters long and handle bulk oil and ship repairs. Berths 14 through 16 (375 meters each) handle refer and general cargo and timber. Berths 16 and 17, at 400 meters each, have silos available for grain storage and handle general and bulk cargo. Berth 18 is 166 meters long and houses the oil terminal. Berths 19 through 21, at 585 meters long, handle general cargo and service oil tankers.
The Port of Khalid offers ample storage. Its public-user cold store has capacity for 5,000 tons, and a private dedicated cold store offers capacity for 3500 tons. The Port of Khalid contains six warehouses covering 4600 square meters each and five warehouses covering 7200 square meters each. The warehouse at the North Wharf covers 3600 square meters, and seven sheds cover 3756 squre meters. The Port of Khalid also offers open storage areas with a total of over 220 thousand square meters.
Cruising and Travel
Sharjah’s cruise potential is overshadowed by nearby Dubai, but it’s the Arab world’s Cultural Capital and an important center for Islamic education. Sharjah’s Heritage District boasts the Sharjah Fort Museum. Restored by the current Sheikh, it contains many exhibits portraying the Emirate’s social history. The Heritage District also contains the Islamic Museum where visitors can learn about the faith, view handwritten Qur’ans, see letters from the Prophet himself, and enjoy artifacts from Mecca. The museum also contains a rich display of Arab handicrafts. Visitors to the city should be sure of times these sites are open and set aside for women only.
Travelers should not miss the impressive “Eye of the Emirates,” the tallest (60-meter) observatory wheel on several continents. The Eye is part of Sharjah’s new cultural and entertainment hub. Built in The Netherlands, the Eye features 42 air-conditioned gondolas that hold eight people. Passengers get a panoramic view of the area, including Sharjah and Dubai.
Sharjah is a desert city, and it can get very hot, but from November to April, the weather is almost perfect. Temperatures range from 18° to 30°C (64° to 86°F). The Emirate has plentiful beautiful beaches to enjoy sunbathing, beach combing, and water sports. Women should dress modestly on Sharjah’s beaches.
Port Location: Sharjah
Port Name: Port Khalid
Port Authority: Ports of Sharjah
Address: P.O Box 510
United Arab Emirates
Web Site: http://www.sharjahports.gov.ae
Latitude: 25° 21' 58" N
Longitude: 55° 22' 42" E
Port Type: Seaport
Port Size: Medium
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