Port_of_Jebel_Ali Latitude and Longitude:

25°00′41″N 55°03′40″E / 25.01126°N 55.06116°E / 25.01126; 55.06116
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Port of Jebel Ali
ميناء جبل علي
Jebel Ali Port View
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Country United Arab Emirates
Location Dubai
Coordinates 25°00′41″N 55°03′40″E / 25.01126°N 55.06116°E / 25.01126; 55.06116
Opened26 February 1979 by Queen Elizabeth II [2]
Operated by DP World
No. of berths67
Annual container volume13.7 million TEU (2021) up 1.9% year-on-year [3]

Port of Jebel Ali, also known as Mina Jebel Ali, [4] is a deep port located in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Jebel Ali is the world's ninth busiest port, the largest man-made harbour, and the biggest and by far the busiest port in the Middle-East. [5] Port Jebel Ali was constructed in the late 1970s to supplement the facilities at Port Rashid.


Jebel Ali port is located 35 km southwest of Dubai, in the Persian Gulf. The port is part of the Maritime Silk Road that runs from the Chinese coast to the south via the southern tip of India to Mombasa, from there through the Red Sea via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean, there to the Upper Adriatic region to the northern Italian hub of Trieste with its rail connections to Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the North Sea. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]


Jebel Ali Port, credited to the efforts of Rashid bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, [11] was constructed in the late 1970s and opened in 1979 to supplement the facilities at Port Rashid. It was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on 26 February 1979. [2] The village of Jebel Ali was constructed for port workers, and it has a population of 300 people. Covering over 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi). It is home to over 5,000 companies from 120 countries of the world. With 67 berths and a size of 134.68 square kilometres (52.00 sq mi), Jebel Ali is the world's largest man-made harbour and the biggest port in the Middle-East.

The port of Jebel Ali has become the port most frequently visited by ships of the United States Navy outside the United States. [12] Due to the depth of the harbour and size of the port facilities, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and several ships of the accompanying battle group can be accommodated pier-side. Due to the frequency of these port visits, semi-permanent liberty facilities (referred to by service personnel as "The Sandbox") have been erected adjacent to the carrier berth.


Port Jebel Ali encompass over one million square metres of container yard. It also contains space for medium- and long-term general cargo storage, including seven Dutch barns with a total of almost 19 thousand square metres and 12 covered sheds covering with 90.5 square metres. In addition, Port Jebel Ali also consist of 960 thousand square metres of open storage. [13]

Port Jebel Ali is linked to Dubai's expressway system and to the Dubai International Airport Cargo Village. The Cargo Village facilities capable of handling cargoes, making four-hour transit from ship to aircraft possible. [14] The DPA's commercial trucking service transport container and general cargo transport between Port Jebel Ali, Port Rashid, and the rest of UAE every day. [13]

Jebel Ali port is one of DP World's flagship facilities and have been ranked as 9th in Top Container Port Worldwide having handled 7.62 million TEUs in 2005, which represents a 19% increase in throughput, over 2004. [15] Jebel Ali Port was ranked 7th in the world's largest ports in 2007. [16] Jebel Ali port is managed by state-owned Dubai Ports World. [17]


The expansion of Jebel Ali port commenced in 2001, which is the master plan of the port. The project comprises 15 stages, which will be completed over the decade. Stage one was completed in 2007, which has increased the storage and handling capacity by 2.2 million TEUs and a Quay length of 1,200 m. [18]

The entire project includes 2.4 km of new berths, the container yard behind the berths and the supporting infrastructure and buildings necessary for a fully functioning terminal. The new port will be on reclaimed land extending seaward from the existing port and situated to the west of the Jumeirah Palm Island complex. [19]

The current plan is expected to multiply the total capacity of Jebel Ali port by more than seven, making it the world's biggest container port, surpassing the ports of Shanghai and Singapore. [20]


On 9 April 2011 Port of Jebel Ali won the Golden Award for Best Seaport Overall from the Higher Committee for UAE Civil Seaports and Airports Security. [21] [22]


In 2017, a big port crane started to collapse. It hit a vehicle and building as it collapsed. People were able to escape. [23]


See also


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  2. ^ a b "History of the UAE: Jebel Ali Port completes 40 years". Gulf News. 8 December 2011.
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  4. ^ The Middle East and North Africa 2003. London: Psychology Press. 2002. p. 1175. ISBN  9781857431322.
  5. ^ "Dubai's economy: Growing up". The Economist. Dubai. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ Next Up On China's Maritime Silk Road: Abu Dhabi
  7. ^ China to invest $3.4bn in Dubai warehousing and trading
  8. ^ What are the top ports in the Middle East?
  9. ^ China’s Belt and Road Initiative beacons new trade in MENAT
  10. ^ Dubai’s Ports. A strong model facing new paradigms
  11. ^ "The National". The National. 1 November 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  12. ^ Kenneth Katzman (2 November 2017). The United Arab Emirates (UAE): Issues for U.S. Policy (Report). Congressional Research Service. p. 20. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  13. ^ a b Port of Jebel Ali World Port Source
  14. ^ "Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Dubai Ports - Dubai City News And Travel Guide". 30 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Ranking the World's Largest Ports — Why So Low, USA? » INFRASTRUCTURIST". Archived from the original on 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  17. ^ "DP World Website". Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
  18. ^ "Dubai Ports - Dubai City News and Travel Guide". 4 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Jebel Ali Port Expansion - Dubai". Archived from the original on 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  20. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25.
  21. ^ Staff Report (9 April 2011). "Jebel Ali Port wins Golden Award - Khaleej Times". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  22. ^ Staff Report (10 April 2011). "Jebel Ali Port wins award for best seaport". Gulf News. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Dramatic Jebel Ali crane collapse caught on video". YouTube.

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