Dalma logistics transformed as new port opened on island
Abu Dhabi Ports has officially inaugurated Dalma Port, significantly improving connectivity and ocean logistics for the small island off the coast of the UAE capital.
Strategically located on the eastern side of Dalma Island, the new port will better serve the community as an upgraded multipurpose port capable of handling cargo, passenger ferries and ﬁshing vessels.
The inauguration took place in the presence of H.E Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, the Diwan of the Ruler's representatives from Al Dhafra region, in addition to other senior government and media representatives.
“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, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable sea transport as per the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” said H.E. Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Khalfan Al Mazrouei.
“Dalma 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,” added H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports.
The opening of the new port on the island is part of the Abu Dhabi Plan to diversify the economy by upgrading sea links on Delma Island and in the UAE, resulting in multiple commercial benefits. The new port will also play a role in attracting tourists from around the world to experience the Delma Wildlife Reserve and traditional boats.
Delma Port is one of the biggest in Al Dhafra Region, and has been designed to provide an effective sheltered harbour for the maritime community in Delma, according to Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
“It is capable of handling cargo, passenger ferries and ﬁshing vessels, better serving the community of Delma,” he said. “The Port, which is considered a hub, has been carefully designed as an integrated ecosystem that creates space for vessels and also offers the support services needed to facilitate sustainable transport.”
The new Delma Port covers a total area of 280,725 m2, with 58,500 m2 of pavement for easy transport and cost AED170-million to build. It features an accessible breakwater with platform to integrate the operation of ferry terminal and CICPA facilities.
The ferry terminal has a 103-m 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 was provided to support local boat owners. Buildings and facilities such as an administration building, fish market, restaurant, public building, sheltered storage area for fishing equipment, ADNOC Marine fuelling facility, ferry terminal building and CICPA inspection facility accentuate services for the New Delma Port.
A repair yard, CICPA inspection facility, ADNOC Marine Fuelling Facility, fishermen’s building, marina workshop, multipurpose operations building and a restaurant complete the Port’s revamped ecosystem.