Khalifa Port - Features, Services and Terminals | Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port – Gateway to Abu Dhabi and the World

Khalifa Port, strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, was officially inaugurated on 12.12.12 by the Late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The deep-water port’s advantageous location and extensive international network serves as the perfect crossroads, connecting Europe and the West with the Middle East, Asia and Africa, facilitating global trade.

Investment in state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, strong local and international partnerships, combined with the strength of AD Ports Group’s integrated trade and logistics solutions have created a world-class global logistics hub.

7.8 million TEU
Container Capacity

25 million FT (2022)
GC Capacity

Ro-ro Capacity

Depth Alongside

STS Cranes


Quay Wall Length

Land Plots

Features, Facilities and Capacity

A truly multi-purpose port, with deep-water access, handles a wide range of cargo types from general cargo and containers, to RoRo, Dry Bulk, Liquid and Gas. We also offer on-site warehousing and storage as part of our holistic range of services.

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Khalifa Port Terminals

Abu-Dhabi Terminals

The region’s original semi-automated terminal is still among the most technologically advanced maritime facilities in the world. Operating MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company’s hub has strengthened its position as one of the Middle East’s foremost container terminals.

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CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal

Created following a 35-year concession agreement between AD Ports Group and COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, the CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal serves as a strategic hub along China’s Belt and Road Initiative, while also facilitating business opportunities between KEZAD and wider international markets.

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Autoterminal Khalifa Port

Established in partnership with Autoterminal Barcelona, Autoterminal Khalifa Port is a premier RoRo hub that aims to become the leading automotive distribution hub in the entire Middle East region. Handling high volumes of vehicles, the port is also equipped with a dedicated Technical Centre.

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CMA CGM Terminal

Through a 35-year concession agreement between AD Ports Group and France-based CMA CGM Group, a state-of-the-art container terminal will be established in Khalifa Port, providing CMA CGM with a new regional hub and positioning Khalifa Port as a hub for three of world’s top four shipping companies. The terminal is expected to open in 2024.

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Vision & Expansion

Business growth and customer demand led us to embark on an expansion programme in a bid to increase the port’s handling volumes and capabilities. By increasing direct deep-water access, yard and warehousing facilities and offering land plots, we help facilitate opportunities for businesses. This significant expansion in South Quay, as well as Khalifa Port Logistics (KPL), signals a new era for Khalifa Port, enabling it to accommodate vessels of all sizes and types. Additionally, thanks to our recent agreement with CMA CGM we will also increase our container handling capacity exponentially.

General Cargo Terminals:

South Quay

  • 9 Berths
  • 823,000 sqm terminal yard
  • 3km quay wall
  • 18,5m draft

Khalifa Port Logistics

  • 8 Berths
  • 1.3 million sqm terminal yard
  • 3km quay wall
  • 8 to 16m draft

Strategic Location & Multi-Modal Connectivity

Khalifa Port has deep water access, linking cargo ships to an expansive network of sea trade routes. Easy access to a modern highway system, airports and direct rail connectivity, as well as close proximity to the region’s largest economic zone (KEZAD Group) ensure efficient movement of goods. Our ample infrastructure and multi-modal connectivity via land, sea and air combine together for seamless logistical solutions.

Environment & Sustainability

Economic ambition is matched only by AD Ports Group’s commitment to working in harmony with its surroundings. By constantly monitoring marine ecosystems and taking all the necessary precautions to protect them, AD Ports Group safeguards both its economic and environmental future.

Equal value is also placed on the people who help run the Port; of the 55 nationalities that make up the workforce, over half are UAE nationals and more than 80% of female employees are Emirati.

Please contact us for further information or general enquiries