Port Jebel Ali is 35 kilometers southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2008, The Dubai Port Authority (DPA) announced that all cargo operations would be moved from Port Rashid to Port Jebel Ali. Port Rashid will then become a cruise terminal and mixed-use urban waterfront area to house 200,000 people.
Please refer to the World Port Source entry for Port Rashid for information about the history and tourist attractions of the city of Dubai.
Port Jebel Ali was constructed in the late 1970s to supplement the facilities at Port Rashid in Dubai. The village of Jebel Ali was constructed for port workers, and it has a population of 300 people.
Covering over 134 square kilometers (52 square miles), Port Jebel Ali is the biggest man-made harbor in the world and the biggest Middle East port. It is home to over five thousand companies from 120 countries of the world. Its deep harbor and large facilities have made it the US Navy’s most-visited port. The harbor and facilities will accommodate Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and battleships. US service personnel frequently take liberty there and have come to call it “The Sandbox.”
Port Jebel Ali offers amble area for container handling, with over 1 million square meters of container yard. It also contains ample space for medium- and long-term general cargo storage, including seven Dutch barns with a total of almost 19 thousand square meters and 12 covered sheds covering with 90.5 square meters. In addition, Port Jebel Ali offers almost 960 thousand square meters of open storage. The Port Jebel Ali berthing facilities for roll-on/roll-off vessels and car carriers offer ample space for short- and long-term vehicle storage and for livestock handling.
The Container Freight Station at Port Jebel Ali includes 17.4 thousand square meters of covered storage and over 200 thousand square meters of open storage. The Cool Stores at Port Jebel Ali accommodate chilled perishables like chocolates and semi-perishables like tobacco and pharmaceuticals in a 2695-square-meter facility that is both humidity- and temperature-controlled. The facility has a 1,400 pallet capacity.
The London Metal Exchange (LME) approves Port Jebel Ali as a delivery point for four non-ferrous metals, including copper, lead, nickel, and high-grade zinc. Port Jebel Ali terminal also maintains two tanker berths for multiple users and two for ENOC as well as private storage tanks for holding stocks of oil that are available for rent.
Port Jebel Ali is linked to Dubai’s expressway system and to the Dubai International Airport Cargo Village. The Cargo Village facilities are technologically advanced and capable of handling perishable and time-sensitive cargoes, making four-hour transit from ship to aircraft possible.
The DPA’s commercial trucking service offers container and general cargo transport between Port Jebel Ali, Port Rashid, and the rest of UAE all day every day at very competitive prices.
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When visiting Port Jebel Ali, you’ll want to see the Ibn Battuta Mall, with eight areas themed for six countries: India, China, Egypt, Persia, Andalusia, and Tunisia. The Mall contains a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes, and a multiplex cinema. It also boasts a permanent exhibit of Islamic invention, science, and astronomy.
Port Location: Jebel Ali
Port Name: Port of Jebel Ali
Port Authority: DP World
Address: PO Box 17000
United Arab Emirates
Phone: 971 4 8811110
Fax: 971 4 8811331
Web Site: http://www.dpa.ae
Latitude: 24° 59' 45" N
Longitude: 55° 3' 34" E
Port Type: Seaport
Port Size: Medium
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