Located in Taweelah, midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the deep water Khalifa Port is the first semi-automated container port in the region. It has been constructed on a reclaimed island with an offshore area over 2.7 square kilometers and a basin of 16.5 meters depth. Six Super Post Panamax Quay cranes, 32 automated stacking cranes, 20 straddle carriers and comprehensive ICT services are part of the container port’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, making it one of the most technologically advanced ports in the world.
Owned by ADPC and operated by ADT (Abu Dhabi Terminals – a private joint stock company), Khalifa Port commenced operations in September 2012. Today, the port handles general cargo and all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic. In its present development phase 1, the port has an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tons of general cargo. When all development phases are completed, Khalifa Port is expected to increase its capacity for container volumes to 15 million TEUs and 35 million tons of general cargo per year.
With market access to an estimated 4.5 billion people within four time zones, Khalifa Port can accommodate the biggest ships sailing the world’s oceans. Currently, the port serves 17 shipping lines, offers direct services and direct connections to more than 40 international destinations as well as transshipment at the world’s main hubs.