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Published on July 30th, 2012 | by Dubai City


Ports in Dubai

Dubai is serviced by several commercial ports and Dubai Creek is still used by local traders in Dhows

  1. Mina’ Rashid : Mina Rashid (Port Rashid) is the man made, commercial, deep-water port of Dubai. Named after Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Mina Rashid provides passenger and Ro-Ro facilities to supplement the port of Jebel Ali, which is further from the commercial centre of Dubai. Adjacent to Mina Rashid is the only large dry dock facility in the Persian Gulf.
  2. Jebel Ali :  Jebel Ali (also sometime written “Mina Jabal Ali”) is a port (“Mina” in Arabic) town, located thirty-five kilometres southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Jebel Ali is the world’s largest man-made harbor and the biggest port in the Middle East. It is located 24°N & 55°02’E.

The Jebel ali free zone, established in 1985, is the industrial area surrouding the Jebel Ali port. Jebel Ali International Airport is being constructed in the area.

The Dubai Ports are one of DP World’s flagship facilities and have been ranked as 9th Top Container Port Worldwide having handled 7.62 million TEUs in 2005 which represents a 19% increase in throughput, over 2004.

Dubai Ports are committed to providing a world clss service with a personal touch, to meet and exceed customer expectations.

Dubai Port World was formally established in September 2005. Dubai Port World has emerged from the corporate integration between Dubai Ports Authority and DPI Terminals, to become one of the largest global port operators to date.

Dhows : A dhow is a traditional arab sailing vessel with one or more triangular sails, called lateens. It is indigenous to the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, India, and East Africa. A larger dhow may have a crew of approximately thirty while smaller dhow have crews typically ranging around twelve.

For celestial navigation, dhow sailors have traditionally used the kamal. This observation device determines latitude by finding the angle of the Pole Star above the horizon.

Up to the 1960s, dhows made commercial journeys between the Persian Gulf and East Africa using only sails as a means of propulsion. The freight was mostly dates and fish to East Africa and mangrove timber to the lands in the Persian Gulf. They sailed south with the monsoon in winter or early spring and back again to Arabia in late spring or early summer.

Types of Dhow :

  1. Ghanjah – a large vessel with a curved stem and a sloping, ornately carved transom
  2. Baghlah – the traditional deep-sea dhow
  3. Battil – featured long stems topped by large, club-shaped stem heads
  4. Badan – a smaller vessel requiring a shallow draught

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