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Jebel Ali Port of Dubai UAE


Jebel Ali (Arabic: جبل علي‎) is a port town, located 35 kilometers southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The village has a thriving expatriate community with over 300 residents. The area is also home to "5,500 companies from 120 countries".


In 1985, the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) was established. JAFZ, an industrial area surrounding the port, allows the international companies who relocate there to enjoy the special privileges of the free zone. These include exemption from corporate tax for fifteen years, no personal income tax, no import or export duties, no restriction on currency, and easy labor recruitment. Al Maktoum International Airport is being constructed just outside of the port area.


Jebel Ali has become the port most frequently visited by ships of the United States Navy outside the United States. Virtually all sailors who have completed shipboard tours have visited the port at least once. Due to the depth of the harbor and size of the port facilities, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and several ships of the accompanying battle group can be accommodated pierside. Due to the frequency of these port visits, semi-permanent liberty facilities (referred to by service personnel as "The Sandbox") have been erected adjacent to the carrier berth.



Ports & Terminals in Pakistan


  • KPT ( Karachi Port Trust )
  • KPT is situated in the city of Karachi and has two different wharves East & West Wharf and it has 3 oil pier berths, 21 General Cargo berths and 2 Container Terminals on both wharves. Hence it is located in the area named "Keamari".
  • It is also called Keamari Port.



Port Qasim


Port Qasim is situated around 35 km far away from down town and it has 8 berths, 3 oil pier berths for Oil Tankers and 1 Container Terminal namely QICT ( Qasim International Container Terminal )



Gwadar Port


Gwadar Port is the third port of Pakistan - Karachi and Port Qasim being the other two. Gwadar borders on Arabian Sea and lies in the Balochistan Province. It is about 533 km from Karachi and 120 km from the Iranian border. Gwadar Port is located at the mouth of the Persian/Arabian Gulf and out side the Straits of Hormuz. It is near the key shipping routes used by the mainline vessels in the region with connections to Africa, Asia and Europe and enjoys high commercial and strategic significance.


Various professional studies manifest that Gwadar Port location is the most advantageous one as an alternative port, which could handle mother ships and large Oil Tankers in due course. It will act as catalyst for large number of related projects like:


  • Trans-shipment of bulk cargo

  • Oil storage, refinery and petrochemicals

  • Export processing and Industrial Zones

  • Export of minerals and live stock

  • Services (hotels, accommodation, tourism)


Current Gwadar Port Infrastructure


  • 3 multipurpose berths, each 200 meters long

  • 1 service berth, 100 meters

  • 4.5 km long approach channel dredge to
    13.5 - 14.5 m

  • Turning basin 500m dia

  • Terminal infrastructure, cargo handling equipment, pilot boats, tugs, survey vessels etc.


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