Abu Dhabi pumps money into Western region ports
Abu Dhabi Ports Company plans to pump money into development of ports in the sparsely-populated Western (Al Gharbia) region of the UAE.
The planned improvements and enhancements are part of ADPC’s mandate to develop world class ports across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The announcement of the plans was made at the ADPC-hosted World Ports and Trade Summit taking place this week.
ADPC has identified a number of ports in the Western Region that will have facilities upgraded including Sila, Mugharrag, Marfa, Delma and the marina at Shahama, which is located near Abu Dhabi city.
Two of the Western region ports will be officially opened shortly with the Sila Port opening in April and the Mugharrag Port in the following May. Both ports will be fully manned to handle commercial cargo and will each feature a terminal building, a newly installed Vessel Traffic System (VTS) along with a radar.
The remaining ports, Delma, Marfa and Shahama, are currently being carefully studied and will undergo development by the end of the year, once final approvals have been granted. Shahama Port will see the construction of a commercial recreational marina open to the public.
Commenting on the developments, Walid Al Tamimi, vice president of port operations, ADPC, said: “These exciting developments will help both the industry and local communities living in Al Gharbia and at Shahama.
"We are proud to be playing our part in the diversification of the Abu Dhabi economy and in creating new business opportunities foro the people of Abu Dhabi. We will continue with our ongoing commitment of providing excellent services to the ports we look after”.