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Abu Dhabi inaugurates new port to boost trade

Abu Dhabi inaugurates new port to boost trade

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Ports Company, the master developer of ports and industrial zones, has announced the inauguration of Delma Port, located about 40km off the coast of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Strategically located on the eastern side of Delma Island, the new port will better serve the community as an upgraded multipurpose port capable of handling cargo, passenger ferries and fishing vessels, a statement said. With a budget of over AED170 million, the new Delma Port covers a total area of 280,725 sq m, and features an accessible breakwater with ferry terminal. The terminal has a 103m long quay wall with three fixed ramps that serve as berthing areas for ferry vessels.

A marina with 160 wet berths and 104 dry berths for fishing and recreational craft is also provided to support the local boat population. An administration building, fish market, restaurant, public building, sheltered storage area for fishing equipment, ADNOC Marine fuelling facility, ferry terminal building are also included at the New Delma Port. Faris Khalaf Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Chief of the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones, and board member of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The development of Delma Port comes in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan, which calls for an effective transportation system to serve the community and economy.

“The Delma Port project is one that promises to be a foundation stone in the development of the Al Dhafra Region through its focus on meeting the highest quality standards.” Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, added: “Delma Port will play an active role in promoting economic and social growth in the Al Dhafra region, through its use as a multi-purpose port for cargo vessels, ferries and fishing boats. In addition, this port will help support the growth of the tourism sector in Dalma, the Islands and the surrounding areas.”