HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the ruler representative of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, has recently visited a number of proposed sites in the Western Region starting from the construction site of future citizen housing to the new planned location of the new branch of Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club . His Highness also met with officials from Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) at Marfa Port, which lies north of Marfa city in Al Gharbia region, 125 km west of Abu Dhabi.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was given a tour through the port facilities by Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC. Both took the opportunity to discuss the current development status of the port and the plans for the area over the next few years.
As the master developer of ports and industrial zones in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, ADPC invested AED 17 million in Marfa Port in 2013 to develop the local fishing industry and enhance the water sports as well as recreational facilities.
The development work in Marfa Port is being split into two phases. The first phase, which started in 2013, focusses on the port facilities, installing floating pontoons for the fishing community and improving coastal protection with dredging and reclamation work.
The second phase of the development will focus on the landside infrastructure and new marina facilities, including a fisherman’s association, fish market, café, restaurant and small supermarket. There will be retail units for maintenance businesses, boat parking, a shaded dry dock area for boat maintenance and around 240 new berths for boats.
With a population of 12,000 inhabitants, Marfa’s economy is largely based on manufacturing, tourism, fishing and service industries.