Strategically located between Europe and Asia, Dubai has attracted seafarers and traders for centuries. The city emerged as a trading centre in 1833 when Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti established a trading port along the banks of the natural water inlet that splits the city into Deira and Bur Dubai.
Between 1976 and 1978, the late Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, gave instructions for two ambitious projects - the construction of the world's largest man-made harbour at Jebel Ali, and a premier ship repair and industrial marine yard, Jadaf Dubai. Shortly thereafter, Jebel Ali established itself as one of the world's busiest ports, and Jadaf Dubai as a world-class dockyard. Dubai quickly became a global import and re-export centre. Dubai Maritime City is building on these wellestablished maritime traditions, and seeks to propel the worldwide maritime industry into even higher levels of excellence.
With an educated multicultural work force, abundant financial incentives, an efficient corporate infrastructure, and excellent unrestricted, open sea access, Dubai has developed to become one of the world's top centres for maritime commerce. Dubai's economic strength, diversity, growing population, and tourism benefits Dubai's existing maritime businesses and serves to attract more international clients. Dubai Maritime City offers free zone district benefits and is part of Dubai World, a holding company that brought the world such visionary projects as The Palm, Jafza, and the internationally acclaimed DP world.