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Port Jebel Ali on 1 May 2007
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|• Total||47 km2 (18 sq mi)|
|• Density||670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Community number||383-394 (Jebel Ali)|
500 (Jebel Ali Village)
511-52 (Jebel Ali Free Zone)
599 (Jebel Ali Industrial)
Jebel Ali (Arabic: جبل علي) is a port town 35 kilometers (22 mi) south-west of Dubai. The Jebal Ali Port is located there. Al Maktoum International Airport has been constructed just outside the port area. Jebel Ali is connected to Dubai via the UAE Exchange (formerly Jebel Ali), Danube (formerly Jebel Ali Industrial) and Energy stations on the Dubai Metro.
In 1985, the JAFZA was created: an industrial area surrounding the port. International companies that relocate there enjoy the special privileges of the free zone. These include exemption from corporate tax for 50 years, no personal income tax, no import or re-export duties, no restriction on currency, and easy labour recruitment.
Jebel Ali has become the port most frequently visited by ships of the United States Navy outside the United States. 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 pierside. 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.
Among the infrastructure projects built to support the port and town is the world's largest desalination plant, the Jebel Ali Desalination Plant (Phase 2), providing an ample supply of fresh water.
Many Arab historians argue that it was named after Ali bin Abitalib who was the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad while expanding the Islamic Caliphate had stood on one hill and looked towards the sea and perhaps supplicated as well although no such recorded proof has been found. "Jebel" means Mountain in Arabic.
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