Abu Dhabi Ports FAQs

  • 1. When was Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) established?

    ADPC was created in March 2006 as part of the restructuring of the commercial ports sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. ADPC has been given management control and regulatory enforcement power over all of the non-oil commercial and leisure ports previously owned by the Abu Dhabi Seaports Authority.

  • 2. What is ADPC’s core objective?

    ADPC’s core objective is to facilitate the diversification of Abu Dhabi’s economy by acting as an enabler for development and trade. ADPC aims to achieve this objective by:

     -          managing all ports in the emirate of Abu Dhabi (excluding the oil and military ports)

    -          supporting partners with their infrastructure projects

    -          setting up new companies and joint ventures with partners who service and operate in the ports and industrial zones sector

  • 3. What is Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030? How is ADPC linked to it?

    Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 aims to make the emirate of Abu Dhabi less dependent on oil. It supports projects, infrastructures and industries which can help to generate non-oil GDP. It also fosters opportunities for national citizens while being committed to local values and the strengthening of the UAE (emiritization).

     ADPC is playing a central role in delivering the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 as it is a fully owned government entity with the mandate to develop and regulate the ports and industrial zones sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

  • 4. What ports in Abu Dhabi is ADPC managing and operating?

    ADPC is managing and operating the following ports:

    -          Shahama Port (leisure port)

    -          Musaffah Port (commercial port)

    -          Zayed Port (commercial port)

    -          Which includes the Free Port (commercial port), the New Free Port (commercial port), and the Dhow Harbor (fishing and leisure port)

     Western Region Ports

    • Sila Port (fishing/commercial port)
    • Mugharrag Port (passenger ferry terminal/commercial port)
    • Delma Port (passenger ferry terminal/commercial port)
    • Marfa Port (fishing/leisure port)
    • Sir Bani Yas Logistics Port (commercial port)

    Khalifa Port

    • The deepwater Khalifa Port is managed and operated by ADPC, except for its container terminal which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) – a private joint stock company (PJSC)
  • 5. What is ADT?

    ADT stands for Abu Dhabi Terminals. It is a private joint stock company (PJSC) and ADPC’s collaborative partner in operating Khalifa Port’s container terminal. 

  • 6. Why did ADPC build Khalifa Port?

    Zayed Port opened in 1972 and is Abu Dhabi’s oldest commercial port. It has served the emirate for more than 40 years. However, in 2005, it was realized that with the projected growth, Zayed Port would reach full capacity by 2011, and so the Abu Dhabi leadership decided to build a new modern port with space to grow, to support their long term vision of strong and sustainable economic prosperity. Consequently, ADPC built its flagship deepwater Khalifa Port – on time and under budget, including the first semi-automated container terminal in the GCC region. 

  • 7. Where is Khalifa Port located?

    Khalifa Port is located in Taweelah, halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The port has an offshore area extending over 2.7 square kilometers, and the container terminal is situated more than four kilometers out to sea.

  • 8. What does Khalifa Port’s cutting edge infrastructure include?

    Khalifa Port is one of the most technologically advanced ports in the world. It features nine of the latest Super Post Panamax Quay cranes, 36 automated stacking cranes, 20 straddle carriers and comprehensive and state-of-the-art ICT services. With its four kilometers quay wall, 16.5 meters draft, a channel length of 11.5 kilometers and a channel width of 250 meters, Khalifa Port can accommodate the biggest ships sailing the world’s oceans. 

  • 9. How much did it cost to build Khalifa Port?

    Both, Khalifa Port and its adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad – Zone A), represent an investment of AED 22.5 billion (USD 6.2 billion).

  • 10. When did Khalifa Port commence operations?

    Khalifa Port commenced operations on 1 September 2012 and was officially inaugurated on 12 December 2012 by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi. 

  • 11. What makes Khalifa Port stand out in ADPC’s portfolio?

    Khalifa Port is ADPC’s flagship deep water port and the first semi-automated container port in the GCC region. Together with its adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), Khalifa Port covers an area of 418 square kilometers and forms the emirate’s biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken.

    Both, Khalifa Port and Kizad, are the key drivers in the restructuring of the UAE economy in line with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030. The aim is to shift the economic focus from finite natural resources (oil and gas) to sustainable industries and to diversify the economy. 

  • 12. What cargo is Khalifa Port handling? What is the port’s cargo capacity?

    Khalifa Port handles the container traffic and general cargo. In its present development phase one, the port manages a capacity of 2.5 million TEU containers and 12 million tons of general cargo. Once all development phases are completed, Khalifa Port is expected to handle 15 million TEU containers and 35 million tons of general cargo. 

  • 13. Why is Khalifa Port a game changer for the economy in Abu Dhabi and the UAE?

    Khalifa Port features state-of-the-art equipment and a world-class infrastructure. This puts the port in line with other major maritime hubs across the globe. Also, these features and the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) make the port a significant accelerator for Abu Dhabi’s import and export activities. 

  • 14. How well connected is Khalifa Port to regional and international markets?

    Khalifa Port offers an unprecedented market access to an estimated 4.5 billion people in four time zones. Furthermore, the port’s strategic location between Dubai and Abu Dhabi offers fantastic hinterland connections via dedicated highway access and three international airport hubs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Once Etihad Rail becomes operational, Khalifa Port will be the first port in the UAE with direct rail access on the dockside, further enhancing the transportation network.

  • 15. After shifting all container traffic from Zayed Port to Khalifa Port, what businesses is Zayed Port focusing on now?

    Zayed Port is now focusing on the growing Roll-On and Roll-Off (RORO) cargo volumes, including cars, buses, vans or trucks. In addition, Zayed Port handles general and bulk cargo as well as the emerging cruise business.

    As Abu Dhabi is firmly establishing itself as a regional as well as international tourist hub, ADPC will continue to develop Zayed Port into a world-class cruise line destination. The development phases are executed as per industry demand and focus on a state-of-the-art terminal building and a traditionally themed souk and heritage area, with activities for both passengers and the general public. 

  • 16. What is ADPC Marine Services?

    ADPC Marine Services was set up with an investment of AED 5 million in March 2013. ADPC Marine Services - a subsidiary of ADPC – is the first marine service provider in the Middle East to have been certified by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

    ADPC Marine Services provides a wide range of world-class marine services to vessels calling at all ports across the emirate. The team consists of 160 marine professionals who cover services such as pilotage, harbor towage, mooring and related services, Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) as well as Aid-to-Navigation (AtoN) services.

  • 17. What makes ADPC’s Maritime Training Center a first in the GCC region?

    ADPC’s Maritime Training Center in Musaffah is the first of its kind in the GCC region to offer internationally accredited high tech marine and port training courses to internal as well as external trainees. The training center is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a ship maneuvering simulator, a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) simulator as well as a computer laboratory with associated classrooms and conference rooms.

    The simulators have been programmed with local ports such as Musaffah and Khalifa for pilot and Master training, plus non-specific ports, to allow training in unfamiliar settings. A range of vessels are available for each simulator ranging from high speed pilot and crew boats to the world’s largest container vessels. The VTS training follows the model training courses implemented by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

  • 18. What training courses does ADPC’s Maritime Training Center offer?

    ADPC’s Maritime Training Center is offering the following world-class internationally accredited training courses:

    • Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) course
    • Musaffah channel familiarization course
    • Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM) course
    • Security training
    • Guarding and security awareness training

    For more information, please visit the relevant section “Maritime Training Center” on the website.

  • 19. In what ways is ADPC supporting the local community?

    In its continuous endeavor to follow Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, ADPC has made it a priority to facilitate the local community by putting focus on the development of the Western Region Ports while creating strong and sustainable businesses. These ports, which are located in Al Gharbia in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, support local industries including fishing, tourism, logistics and various leisure activities. They also support local communities by facilitating the transport of people and goods to offshore islands.

  • 20. What does ADPC do to support the careers of UAE Nationals?

    As a government owned entity with a special mandate to foster Emirati talent, ADPC has put a particular focus on the support of UAE Nationals by offering comprehensive development and training courses across a wide range of career areas.

    One of the company’s many initiatives is “The ADPC Way”, which offers tailor-made supervised programs for Emiratis to progress professionally and climb up the career ladder.  

    ADPC is also a strong supporter of the Absher initiative which has been introduced by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MOPA) and focusses on creating opportunities for unemployed UAE Nationals across the UAE.  ADPC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MOPA to recruit 300 unemployed UAE Nationals over the next few years.