Khalifa Port

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Khalifa Port ميناء خليفة
Country Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Location Abu Dhabi
Coordinates 24°50′00″N 54°40′00″E / 24.83333°N 54.66667°E / 24.83333; 54.66667Coordinates: 24°50′00″N 54°40′00″E / 24.83333°N 54.66667°E / 24.83333; 54.66667
Opened 2012
Owned by Abu Dhabi Ports
Type of harbor Containers, Reefers, General Cargo, Dry & Liquid Bulk, Ro/Ro and Project cargo
Annual container volume 2.5 million TEUs

Abu Dhabi Ports


Khalifa Port (Arabic: ميناء خليفة‎) is the Abu Dhabi Ports' flagship, deepwater port built to accommodate the largest ships existing when it was built. It is a state-of-the art gateway to Abu Dhabi and handles all of the emirate’s container traffic. The transfer of container traffic from Zayed Port was completed in December 2012.[1]

Khalifa Port has a Phase 1 capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tonnes of general cargo a year and an expected capacity of 15 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of general cargo by 2030.[2]

After a three-month transition of container operations from Abu Dhabi's Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi Ports' Khalifa Port was officially inaugurated by the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on 12 December 2012.[3]

The port island, which includes the region’s only semi-automated container terminal, is 2.7 km2 (1.05 square miles) and is situated some 5 km (3.12 miles) offshore. It is joined to the onshore by a north and south causeway and a 1 km-long road and utility bridge. The port’s container yard has nine of the world's largest ship-to-shore quay cranes, 42 automated stacking cranes, and 23 shuttle carriers. The onshore port area, which connects the port with Kizad (Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi) hosts customs, immigration, container freight, inspection, and security facilities.[4]

The semi-automated process allows more container capacity with minimal congestion and faster turnaround times, compared to older methods. The inventory stacks in the yard are fully automated, and the delivery and loading information and advanced GPS tracking information is fully integrated with customs to increase throughput.[5]

The port’s software and wireless technologies provide integrated movement of containers through the port. It has transport links to Abu Dhabi and beyond via high-speed road. As of 2013 rail connections were planned. On 29 October 2014 Abu Dhabi Terminals celebrated the handling of 2 million containers at Khalifa Port.

On 24 February 2013 Abu Dhabi Ports chairman Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber announced that Khalifa Port would be the official shirt sponsor for football team Al Ain FC during the 2013 AFC Champions League.[6]

After reaching 905,000 TEUs in 2013, a rise of 17 percent, container traffic at Khalifa Port is expected to climb to around 1.3 million TEUs by the end of 2014, a further increase of 22 percent. [7]

Khalifa Port Container Terminal[edit]

The container terminal at Khalifa Port is managed and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Ports, Mubadala and Mubadala Infrastructure Partners. ADT signed a 30-year concession agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports to manage and operate Khalifa Port Container Terminal until 2042.

Abu Dhabi Terminals was established in 2006 as the operator of all ports in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and formerly operated Zayed Port and the Freeport in Musaffah. Under Abu Dhabi Terminals' leadership, Khalifa Port Container Terminal has tripled the container trade in Abu Dhabi and currently connects Abu Dhabi to 62 direct international destinations.

In 2015, Abu Dhabi Terminals handled 32% more containers. The terminal moved 1,504,293 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units/containers), up from 1,137,679 TEUs in 2014. In H1 2016, Abu Dhabi Terminals volume at Khalifa Port grew by 11%, taking the lead again in the Middle East region for fastest growing container terminal as most ports announced flat or negative growth.


Despite considerable efforts to move away from petrochemical dependency, mega projects such as Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port have faced criticism for being non-strategic vanity projects of the ruling tribal monarchies - an oft-repeated example in a well-documented pattern of duplication, redundancy and waste within the infrastructural framework of the United Arab Emirates.[8] Khalifa Port continues to remain relatively quiet since it opened in 2012 mainly due to its location - approximately 70km from the world's ninth busiest port, the largest man-made harbour, and the biggest and by far the busiest port in the Middle-East: Dubai's Port of Jebel Ali. With an objective to hit 15m TEU, throughput at Khalifa Port remains stubbornly low bobbling around the 1.5m TEU mark despite the port's 2.5m TEU capacity.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Khalifa Port now fully operational", Emirates 24/7. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2013-04-09
  2. ^ Profile of Abu Dhabi Ports
  3. ^ Opening of Khalifa Port marks UAE milestone, The National, 13 December 2012
  4. ^ "A major new port and industrial zone for the United Arab Emirates.",
  5. ^ "Fresh thinking", 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-11
  6. ^ "Khalifa Port sponsorship for Al Ain". Gulf News. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW-Abu Dhabi ports expect year-end spike in traffic as projects boom". Reuters. 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  8. ^ "Gulf states run the risk of duplicating strategies". Financial Times.
  9. ^ "Khalifa Port: The Birth of a Giant". Port Technology. 2012-04-13.

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