The ten-year Port Khalifa project has been formally inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The event marks another key step in the port’s rapid development, which costs AED 4 billion (EUR 1.04 billion) and transforms a 4 km stretch of reclaimed land in Abu Dhabi. The inauguration has involved the commissioning of 12.5 km of quay with 21 berths, the development of an area of 8.63 km2, the opening of new trade corridors, and the listing of AD Ports Group on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market.
More than 25 container lines now call regularly at the port, providing direct links to more than 70 destinations around the world. They include CMA CGM, Cosco, and MSC. AD Ports Group aims to raise container throughput in Khalifa Port to 15 million TEUs by 2030, alongside general cargo capacity of 25 million tonnes.
AD Ports Group chairman, His Excellency Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, said: “We are honoured to welcome His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to inaugurate the Khalifa Port expansion, which is a vital national project to support the direction of our wise leadership to position Abu Dhabi and the UAE at the frontier of global trade.
“Today, Khalifa Port is one of the most advanced deep-water ports in the world,” he noted. “By continuing to expand our operations internationally, we are honouring the memory of the leaders who placed us on the path to progress. We have continued to reach new heights and deliver outstanding results through our expertise and global focus.”
UAE President inaugurates Port Khalifa expansion